Abstract The clinical impact of ET-743 (trabectedin; Yondelis) in women with leiomyosarcoma and undifferentiated uterine sarcoma in patients previously treated with chemotherapy is investigated. Current data show a clinical benefit in 2/5 patients, of which 1 had a partial remission during 9 months. Pooling the treatment outcomes with literature data, a response in 5 (38%) of 13 patients and a clinical benefit in 7 (54%) of 13 patients for all high-grade uterine sarcomas is calculated. When only uterine leiomyosarcomas are concerned, response rate is 5 (45%) of 11 patients with a clinical benefit in 7 (64%) of 11 patients. These results on the use of ET-743 in uterine sarcoma patients support the conductance of larger trials.
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Frédéric Amant is clinical researcher, and An Coosemans is an Aspirant of the Fund for Scientific Research-Flanders (FWO-Vlaanderen).