Survival after phase ii treatment of advanced renal cell carcinoma with taxol or high-dose interleukin-2

E. T. Walpole, J. P. Dutcher, J. Sparano, R. Gucalp, A. Einzig, E. Paietta, N. Ciobanu, K. Grima, G. Caliendo, G. Cavasotto, P. H. Wiernik

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From 1986 to 1989, 71 patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma were treated at one institution with either the Phase II agent, taxol, or one of several high dose interleukin-2 (IL-2) protocols. As no responses to taxol were seen, that group may represent the natural history of renal cell carcinoma in a Phase II population. The results of treatment with IL-2 were examined against this background. Concurrently, 17 patients received taxol and 14 patients IL-2. An additional 40 patients subsequently received IL-2. Five taxol patients with Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status (PS) 2 were excluded from the comparison as similar patients were ineligible for the IL-2 studies. There were more patients in the IL-2 groups with non-liver/lung metastases and ECOG PS 0 than in the taxol group. Six (43%) of concurrent IL-2 patients responded [complete response (CR)=14%; partial response (PR)=29%]. The response rate for all IL-2-treated patients was 22% (CR ± 7%, PR ± 15%). The response rate to IL-2 was higher in cases with ECOG PS 0, time to treatment <12 months, and no prior chemotherapy. The median time to progression for the concurrent IL-2 group was 4.5 months (4.0 months for all IL-2 patients) and 2.5 months for taxol patients. Median survival for concurrent IL-2 patients was 12.5 months (12 months for all IL-2 patients) and 10 months for taxol patients. Durable remissions resulted in a 21% overall survival at 40 months for all IL-2 patients. These data show prolonged time to treatment failure after treatment with IL-2 and evidence of improvement in survival for patients eligible for Phase II studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)275-281
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Immunotherapy
Issue number4
StatePublished - May 1993


  • Interferon-a
  • Interleukin-2
  • Lymphocyte-activated killer cells
  • Renal cell carcinoma
  • Taxol

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology
  • Pharmacology
  • Cancer Research


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