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Phase II clinical trial of carboplatin and docetaxel in patients with metastatic ovarian cancer: Active combination with low incidence of peripheral neuropathy
  1. D. A. VOROBIOF*,
  3. M. R. CHASEN*,
  4. G.L. COHEN,
  5. R. MAHOMED and
  6. M. KARIME*
  1. *Sandton Oncology Center, Johannesburg, South Africa
  2. †The Medical Oncology Center of Rosebank, Johannesburg, South Africa
  3. ‡Mary Potter Oncology Center, Pretoria, South Africa
  1. Address correspondence and reprint requests to: Dr Daniel A Vorobiof, Sandton Oncology Center, PO Box 2059, Parklands 2121, Johannesburg, South Africa. E-mail: voro{at}


During the past 2 decades there have been chemotherapeutic advances in the management of patients with advanced epithelial ovarian cancer. Nevertheless, new drug combinations aimed at increasing response and survival and decreasing toxicities are under investigation. The aim of this phase II study is to determine the feasibility, efficacy and toxicity of docetaxel at a dose of 75 mg/m2 in combination with Carboplatin at an area under the curve (AUC) of 6, as first line treatment in patients with advanced ovarian cancer. 37 patients with stage III-IV epithelial ovarian cancer were entered, and are currently evaluable for response and toxicity. Treatment was well tolerated. The most common grade III and IV toxicities were leukopenia and neutropenia. The incidence of febrile neutropenia was 16.2%. Grade II and III sensory peripheral neuropathy occurred in 8.1% of patients. Peripheral neuropathy resolved in two patients and persisted for more than 10 months in one patient. An overall clinical response of 89% was documented (95% CI 74.5% to 96.9%). Carboplatin and docetaxel administered according to our protocol is an effective alternative to other existing platinum-taxane based combinations. This treatment is associated with low incidence of sensory peripheral neuropathy, which is generally associated with better patient compliance and quality of life.

  • Phase II
  • carboplatin
  • docetaxel
  • ovary cancer
  • peripheral neuropathy

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