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Toxicity in patients receiving adjuvant docetaxel plus hormonal treatment after radical radiotherapy for intermediate or high-risk prostate cancer: a preplanned safety report of the SPCG-13 trial
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiation Sciences, Oncology.
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2012 (English)In: Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases, ISSN 1365-7852, E-ISSN 1476-5608, Vol. 15, no 3, 303-307 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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BACKGROUND: Radical radiotherapy (RD combined with androgen deprivation therapy is currently the standard treatment for elderly patients with localized intermediate- or high-risk prostate cancer (PC). To increase the recurrence-free and overall survival, we conducted an adjuvant, randomized trial using docetaxel (T) in PC patients (Scandinavian Prostate Cancer Group trial 13). METHODS: The inclusion criteria are the following: men > 18 and <= 75 years of age, WHO/ECOG performance status 0-1, histologically proven PC within 12 months before randomization and one of the following: T2, Gleason 7 (4 + 3), PSA > 10; T2, Gleason 8-10, any PSA; or any T3 tumors. Neoadjuvant/adjuvant hormone therapy is mandatory for all patients. The patients were randomized to receive six cycles of T (75 mg m(-2) d 1. cycle 21 d) or no docetaxel after radical RI (with a minimum tumor dose of 74 Gy). This study identifier number is NTC 006653848 ( RESULTS: In this preplanned safety analysis of 100 patients, T treatment induced grade (G) 3 adverse events (AEs) in 15 patients (30%) and G4 AEs in 30 patients (60%), mainly due to bone marrow toxicity. Neutropenia G3-4 was observed in 72% of the patients, febrile neutropenia was found in 24% of patients, neutropenic infection in 10% of patients and G3 infection without neutropenia in 4% of patients. Nonhematological G3 AEs were rare: anorexia, diarrhea, mucositis, nausea, pain (1 patient each) and fatigue (5). Other severe serious AEs related to T were pulmonary embolism and renal failure. However, only three patients discontinued T before completing the planned six cycles. No deaths had occurred. No patients in the control arm experienced G3-4 toxicities at 12 weeks after the randomization. CONCLUSIONS: Adjuvant docetaxel chemotherapy after radiotherapy has a higher frequency of neutropenia than previous studies on patients with metastatic disease. Otherwise, the treatment was quite well tolerated.

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2012. Vol. 15, no 3, 303-307 p.
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adjuvant, radiotherapy, docetaxel, randomized trial
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Cancer and Oncology
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-61209DOI: 10.1038/pcan.2012.13ISI: 000307799300015OAI: diva2:565675
Available from: 2012-11-08 Created: 2012-11-07 Last updated: 2012-11-08Bibliographically approved

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