Combination chemotherapy plus radiation therapy for non-small cell lung cancer has several theoretical advantages: the potential of chemotherapy to radiosensitize tumors, the possibility of improved local control due to combined treatment, and the opportunity for spatial cooperation, attacking disease both locally and systemically and thus potentially increasing response and, ultimately, survival. The combination of radiotherapy plus standard chemotherapy (etoposide plus cisplatin) has yielded limited success; therefore, new and novel chemotherapies have been sought. Paclitaxel (Taxol; Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Princeton, NJ), the prototype of a novel class of drugs, the taxanes, has proven feasible both alone and with other agents in combined-modality regimens with radiation. Concurrent paclitaxel/carboplatin/radiotherapy appears to offer a relatively safe and more active regimen to control local and metastatic non-small cell lung cancer than the current standard. This report reviews the range of experience with paclitaxel-based combined-modality therapy.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Seminars in oncology|
|Issue number||1 SUPPL. 2|
|State||Published - Apr 13 1999|
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