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BACKGROUND Patients receiving chemotherapy often develop anemia. Darbepoetin alfa (Aranesp(TM)) is an erythropoiesis-stimulating glycoprotein that has been shown, in dose-finding studies, to be safe and clinically active when administered to patients with cancer every 1, 2, or 3 weeks. This phase III study compared the safety and efficacy of darbepoetin(More)
In part A of this study, patients were randomised to cohorts receiving darbepoetin alfa at doses of 0.5 to 8.0 m.c.g x kg(-1) x wk(-1) or to a control group receiving epoetin alfa at an initial dose of 150 U x kg(-1) three times weekly. In part B, the cohorts were darbepoetin alfa 3.0 to 9.0 m.c.g x kg(-1) every 2 weeks or epoetin alfa, initial dose 40 000(More)
A multicentre study evaluated the efficacy and safety of darbepoetin alpha administered weekly (QW), every 3 weeks (Q3W), and every 4 weeks (Q4W) to anaemic patients with cancer not concurrently receiving chemotherapy or radiotherapy. The QW portion (n=102) was an open-label, sequential, dose-escalation design; cohorts received darbepoetin alpha QW by(More)
BACKGROUND The effect of using fixed versus weight-based doses for erythropoietic agents has not been reported previously. To investigate this issue, the authors conducted a randomized Phase II study of darbepoetin alfa administered as either a fixed dose or a weight-based dose using an accelerated correction and maintenance dosing regimen (front-loading).(More)
Anaemia is a common haematologic disorder in patients with cancer and has a multifactorial aetiology, including the effects of the malignancy itself and residual effects from previous therapy. Novel erythropoiesis stimulating protein (NESP, darbepoetin alfa), a protein with additional sialic acid compared with erythropoietin (EPO), stimulates erythropoiesis(More)
This dose-finding, placebo-controlled study evaluated the safety and efficacy of darbepoetin alfa administered every 3 weeks (Q3W) to anaemic patients receiving chemotherapy. In part A, patients (haemoglobin </=110 g/l) were randomised in a 1:4 ratio to receive 1 of 6 doses of darbepoetin alfa (4.5, 6.75, 9.0, 12.0, 13.5 and 15.0 microg/kg) or placebo Q3W(More)
To evaluate safety and pharmacokinetics and to establish the maximum tolerated dose of glufosfamide when administered in combination with gemcitabine in advanced solid tumors. This Phase 1 dose-escalation study evaluated the combination of glufosfamide + gemcitabine in patients with advanced solid tumors. Cohorts of three to six patients were treated with(More)
BACKGROUND Anemia in patients receiving chemotherapy can be ameliorated with recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEPO), which is administered one to three times per week. Darbepoetin alpha, a new erythropoietic agent, has longer serum residence time, allowing it to be administered less frequently. METHODS Patients (n = 127) were randomized to receive(More)
BACKGROUND Anemia is common in patients with lung carcinoma, particularly among those undergoing platinum-based cytotoxic chemotherapy. Evidence is growing that anemia can have a profound impact on the patient's quality of life, often manifested as the patient's inability to function normally. METHODS A literature review was conducted to provide a current(More)
Darbepoetin alfa is a novel erythropoiesis stimulating protein (NESP), which stimulates erythropoiesis by the same mechanism as recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEPO). NESP has been shown to be safe and efficacious in patients with chronic renal failure. NESP is biochemically distinct from rHuEPO, due to its increased sialic acid content. NESP has an(More)