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Vol. 31, No. 1-2, 2008
Issue release date: January 2008
Onkologie 2008;31:11-16
Original Article · Originalarbeit

Docetaxel and Gemcitabine in the Treatment of Soft Tissue Sarcoma – A Single-Center Experience

Ebeling P.a · Eisele L.a · Schuett P.a · Bauer S.a · Schuette J.b · Moritz T.a · Seeber S.a · Flasshove M.c
aInnere Klinik und Poliklinik (Tumorforschung), Universitätsklinikum Essen, bMarienhospital Düsseldorf, Klinik für Hämatologie und Onkologie, Düsseldorf cKrankenhaus Düren, Klinik für Hämatologie und internistische Onkologie, Düren, Germany


Introduction: Advanced stage/metastatic soft tissue sarcoma (STS) has a poor prognosis especially after failure of the established first-line treatment. In patients with relapsed leiomyosarcoma, however, the combination of gemcitabine (G) and docetaxel (D) recently has emerged as a valuable salvage therapy. Patients and Methods: A retrospective analysis of G (900 mg/m2, days 1+8) and D (100 mg/m2, day 8) was performed in 34 patients with STS, and response rate (RR), overall survival (OS), time to progression (TTP), and toxicities were evaluated. Results: Analysis of these 34 patients revealed a RR of 15% with no complete remission (CR) and 5 partial remissions (PR). Of note, 4/5 PR were achieved in patients with leiomyosarcoma. In 13 patients (38%) disease stabilization (SD) could be achieved resulting in a clinical benefit rate (CBR), defined as CR+PR+SD, of 53%. Median OS was 12.5 and TTP was 2.4 months for the whole group and 2.8 months for patients with leiomyosarcoma. A progression- free rate at 3 months of 38% and 45%, respectively, was observed in these 2 groups. Major side effects were 47% hematological and 26% grade 3/4 nonhematological toxicity. Conclusion: With regard to the observed CBR further use of GD seems to be warranted even in pretreated patients with STS.

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