Phase I Clinical and Pharmacokinetic Study of Taxol

Peter H. Wiernik, Edward L. Schwartz, Janice J. Strauman, Janice P. Dutcher, Richard B. Lipton, Elisabeth Paietta

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Taxol, selected for clinical trial because of its animal antitumor activity and unique structure and mechanism of action, was administered in Cremophor by i.v. infusion over 6 h in a phase I study. Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group toxicity grading was used. Eighty-three taxol courses were administered to 34 patients. Grade 3–4 hypersensitivity reactions occurred in 4 of 13 courses at the first 2 dose levels, but premedication with dexamethasone, diphenhydramine, and cimetidine resulted in only 3 additional Grade 2 reactions in the next 70 courses. Neurotoxicity, which resolved or improved after stopping therapy, was Grade 1 with 2 of 10 courses of 230 mg/m2and Grades 1–3 after 11 of 12 courses of 275 mg/m2. Leukopenia, first seen (Grade 1) after 1 of 8 75 mg/m2courses, was Grades 3–4 after 10 of 34 courses of 175–230 mg/m2and 10 of 12 courses of 275 mg/m2. The WBC nadir occurred at a median of 10 days and the median time required for normalization of the WBC was 18 days. Alopecia began 2–3 weeks posttaxol in 2 of 9 patients treated with 75–135 mg/m2and in all 16 patients (Grade 3) treated with 175–275 mg/m2. Grades 1–2 nausea and vomiting occurred in about one-third of the patients treated at a dose of 105 mg/m2or more. Taxol disappearance from plasma was biphasic; half-lives of the first and second phases after a 275 mg/m2dose were 032 and 8.6 h, respectively. The apparent volume of distribution was 55 liters/m2, and the peak plasma concentration with a dose of 275 mg/m2, which occurred immediately postinfusion, was approximately 8 μM. Only 5% of parent drug was excreted in the urine within 24 h. Minor objective responses were noted in one patient with gastric cancer and another with ovarian carcinoma. In addition, one patient with massive ascites due to metastatic adenocarcinoma from an unknown primary had only minimal sonographic evidence of ascites for 6 months posttreatment. Neurotoxicity and leukopenia were dose limiting in this schedule. The recommended phase II trial dose is 250 mg/m2, with premedication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2486-2493
Number of pages8
JournalCancer research
Issue number9
StatePublished - May 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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