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Lecaer H.,Services de Pneumologie | Barlesi F.,Aix - Marseille University | Corre R.,Rennes University Hospital Center | Jullian H.,Services de Pneumologie | And 6 more authors.
British Journal of Cancer | Year: 2011

Background: Elderly cancer patients form a heterogeneous population in which therapeutic decision-making is often difficult. The aim of this randomised phase II trial was to evaluate the feasibility and activity of weekly docetaxel/gemcitabine (DG) followed by erlotinib after progression (arm A) vs erlotinib followed by DG after progression (arm B) in fit elderly patients with advanced non small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC).Methods:Elderly chemotherapy-naive patients with stage IIIB/IV NSCLC were selected after a comprehensive geriatric assessment (socioeconomic, cognitive, depression, ADL and IADL assessments). The primary endpoint was the time to second progression (TTP2). Overall survival (OS), the time to first progression (TTP1) and safety were secondary endpoints. Results: Between July 2006 and November 2008, 22 centres enrolled 100 patients. TTP2 was 7.5 and 5.8 months in arm A and arm B, respectively; TTP1 was 4.7 and 2.7 months; and the median OS time was 9.4 and 7.1 months; the respective 1-year survival rates were 36.2 and 31.4%. There was no major unexpected toxicity. Conclusion: These results suggest that weekly DG, followed by erlotinib, is a promising treatment for fit elderly patients with NSCLC; the efficacy of the reverse sequence was insufficient to recommend it for EGFR-non-selected patients. © 2011 Cancer Research UK All rights reserved. Source

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