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BACKGROUND Primary debulking surgery before initiation of chemotherapy has been the standard of care for patients with advanced ovarian cancer. METHODS We randomly assigned patients with stage IIIC or IV epithelial ovarian carcinoma, fallopian-tube carcinoma, or primary peritoneal carcinoma to primary debulking surgery followed by platinum-based(More)
The study was designed to investigate possible relationships between tumour response and exposure to cisplatin (area under the curve of unbound cisplatin in plasma, AUC) and DNA-adduct formation in leucocytes (WBC) in patients with solid tumours. Patients were treated with six weekly courses of cisplatin at a dose of 70 or 80 mg m-2. The AUC was determined(More)
Cisplatin today is a cornerstone of combination chemotherapy for ovarian cancer. Carboplatin seems equal to cisplatin in antitumour activity, but has a different toxicity profile. After a feasibility study, a randomized phase III study in ovarian cancer stage II, III, and IV was undertaken, comparing carboplatin with cisplatin in combination with(More)
A long-term follow-up analysis of the randomized clinical trial Adjuvant Chemotherapy in Ovarian Neoplasm (ACTION) from the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer was undertaken to determine whether the original results with a median follow-up of 5.5 years could be verified after longer follow-up with more events. In the ACTION trial,(More)
Previous clinical investigations with doxorubicin indicated that modulators of P-glycoprotein dramatically decrease the systemic clearance of the drug, which complicates the interpretation of toxicity and response data. In the present study, we examined the pharmacokinetics of doxorubicin and GF120918, a novel potent P-glycoprotein inhibitor, in cancer(More)
In the present study we describe the toxicity of weekly high-dose (70-85 mg x m(-2)) cisplatin in 400 patients (203 men, 197 women; median age 54 years) with advanced solid tumours treated in the period 1990-2001 who took part in phase I/II trials, investigating the feasibility and efficacy of weekly cisplatin alone, or in combination with paclitaxel or(More)
BACKGROUND Although the value of primary cytoreductive surgery for epithelial ovarian cancer is beyond doubt, the value of debulking surgery after induction chemotherapy has not yet been defined. In this randomized study we investigated the effect on survival of debulking surgery. METHODS Eligible patients had residual lesions measuring more than 1 cm in(More)
PURPOSE Taxol (paclitaxel; Bristol-Myers Squibb, Wallingford, CT) is a new anticancer agent with activity in a number of human tumors, including epithelial ovarian cancer. In nonrandomized trials, doses studied have ranged from 135 mg/m2 to 250 mg/m2 administered over 24 hours with premedication to avoid hypersensitivity reactions (HSRs). This study(More)