Background: The objective of ECOG 1503 was to determine the response rate of this combination in the second-line treatment of advanced NSCLC. Methods: Triapine 105 mg/m2 IV on days 1, 8, and 15, and gemcitabine 1,000 mg/m2 on days 1, 8, and 15, of a 28 day cycle. Results: Eighteen patients enrolled. Three patients were not eligible due to protocol violations. No objective antitumor responses were seen. Three patients (20%) experienced stable disease (90% CI 5.7-44%). Median overall survival: 5.4 months (95% CI 4.2-11.6 months); median time to progression: 1.8 months (95% CI 1.7-3.5 months). Five patients developed acute infusion reactions to Triapine® related to elevated methemoglobinemia. Patients with MDR1 variant genotypes of C3435T experienced superior overall survival compared to non-variants (13.3 vs. 4.3 months, respectively, p = 0.023). Conclusion: This regimen did not demonstrate activity in relapsed NSCLC. Prolonged survival seen with MDR1 variant genotypes is hypothesis-generating.
- ATP binding cassette transporter
- Combination chemotherapy
- Non-small cell lung cancer
- Ribonucleotide reductase
- Single nucleotide polymorphism
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pharmacology (medical)