Retrospective Analysis on the Feasibility and Efficacy of Docetaxel-Cisplatin Therapy for Recurrent Endometrial Cancer

Tomomi Ninomiya, Wataru Yamagami, Nobuyuki Susumu, Takeshi Makabe, Kensuke Sakai, Michiko Wada, Aya Takigawa, Tatsuyuki Chiyoda, Hiroyuki Nomura, Fumio Kataoka, Akira Hirasawa, Kouji Banno, Daisuke Aoki

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AIM: There is poor evidence regarding effective treatment for recurrent endometrial cancer. We treated patients with recurrent endometrial cancer with docetaxel-cisplatin (DP) therapy as second-line or third-line chemotherapy. We aimed to evaluate the feasibility and efficacy of DP therapy for patients with recurrent endometrial cancer.

PATIENT AND METHODS: We included 26 patients diagnosed with recurrent endometrial cancer, who underwent DP chemotherapy at our Institution. Docetaxel at 70 mg/m(2)and cisplatin at 60 mg/m(2)were administered by intravenous injection every 3 weeks. We retrospectively analyzed the clinicopathological factors associated with the response rate (RR) and prognosis. We also analyzed the adverse effects of DP therapy.

RESULTS: Median follow-up was 33.8 months and the median number of therapy cycles was six. Grade 3 or 4 adverse effects included leukopenia (66%), neutropenia (81%), anemia (9%), diarrhea (12%), general fatigue (12%), liver dysfunction (4%), peripheral neuropathy (4%), and hyponatremia (4%). RR was 58% and the median progression-free survival (PFS) was 7.5 months. The group with a treatment-free interval of 6 months or more tended to have better PFS than that with less than 6 months (p=0.01). The group with a platinum-free interval of 6 months or more had significantly better PFS than that with less than 6 months (p=0.09). Although the history of taxane usage was not relevant to prognosis, a taxane-free interval of 12 months or more was associated with a tendency for better PFS (p=0.06).

CONCLUSION: DP therapy was fully feasible and demonstrated efficacy for patients with recurrent endometrial cancer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1751-1758
Number of pages8
JournalAnticancer Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Apr 1



  • cisplatin
  • docetaxel
  • Endometrial cancer
  • recurrent

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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