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Zhong Y.H.,Wuhan University | Zhong Y.H.,Hubei Clinical Cancer Study Center | Dai J.,Wuhan University | Dai J.,Hubei Clinical Cancer Study Center | And 9 more authors.
Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology | Year: 2013

Purpose: To evaluate the feasibility and efficacy of neoadjuvant chemotherapy involving docetaxel and cisplatin followed by intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) with concurrent cisplatin in patients with newly diagnosed stage III to IVB nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). Methods: Docetaxel (75 mg/m2 on day 1) and cisplatin (75 mg/m2 on day 1) were administered on a 3-week cycle for 2 courses, followed by radical IMRT (72 Gy/33F/6.5-7 W) with concurrent cisplatin (75 mg/m2, on day 1) every 3 weeks for 2 cycles. Results: From June 2008 to October 2010, forty-six patients were recruited in this trial. Forty-five patients completed neoadjuvant setting, and all patients completed planned concurrent chemoradiotherapy (CCRT). The complete and partial response rates were 28.3 and 56.5 % after neoadjuvant chemotherapy, and 91.3, 8.7 % after CCRT, respectively. After median follow-up of 26 months (range 12-39 months), one patient experienced local recurrence and 4 patients developed distant metastasis. The 3-year overall survival and progression-free survival rate were 94.1 and 72.7 %, respectively. Neutropenia (37.0 %) and vomiting (28.3 %) were the most common Grade 3-4 adverse effects during neoadjuvant course, while mucositis (30.4 %), xerostomia (30.4 %) and radiodermatitis (21.7 %) were the most common Grades 3 acute toxicities during CCRT. Xerostomia (73.9 %), dysphagia (56.5 %), hear loss (30.4 %) and skin reaction (21.7 %) were the common Grade 1-2 late effects. There were no Grades 3-4 late toxicities. Conclusions: The protocol of neoadjuvant docetaxel and cisplatin followed by IMRT with concurrent cisplatin was well tolerated, with outstanding compliance and efficacy in locally advanced NPC, which deserved further follow-up. © 2013 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

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