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Advanced non-small cell lung carcinoma: the emerging role of docetaxel
Invest New Drugs. 2000 Feb;18(1) :17-28
PMID: 10830138 URL: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&dopt=Citation&list_uids=10830138
AbstractThe treatment of advanced non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC) has improved greatly over the past decade. With the advent of new agents, in particular taxanes, gemcitabine, vinorelbine, and topoisomerase I inhibitors, response rates have improved from 15-20% to 25-35%, with commensurate improvement in median and one year survival rates to 8-10 months and 35-45%, respectively. These improvements have proven statistically significant in multiple studies [1-4]. Docetaxel, either alone or in combination with platinols, has shown particular promise; and, in some arenas, it has become a standard component of our therapeutic armamentarium. We will review the preclinical data and single agent activity of docetaxel in treatment-naive and previously treated NSCLC patients, its activity in combination with cisplatin and carboplatin, as well as other new agents, and finally focus on ongoing studies evaluating its role in locally advanced disease.
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