Retrospective study comparing irinotecan and pegylated liposomal doxorubicin in treatment of recurrent platinum-refractory/resistant epithelial ovarian cancer

H. Nomura, H. Tsuda, F. Kataoka, T. Chiyoda, W. Yamagami, E. Tominaga, N. Susumu, D. Aoki

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Purpose: The standard regimen for platinum-resistant/refractory recurrent epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) remains to be determined. In this study, we retrospectively compared the effect of irinotecan (CPT-11) and pegylated liposomal doxorubicin (PLD) in the treatment of platinum-resistant recurrent EOC. Methods: Thirty patients who received salvage chemotherapy with CPT-11 or PLD were included in the study. CPT-11 (100 mg/m 2) was administered intravenously on days 1, 8 and 15 every four weeks. PLD (50 mg/m 2) was administered on day 1 every four weeks. Treatment was repeated, provided that no disease progression or intolerable toxicity occurred. Results: Response rate in the CPT-11 group and PLD group showed no difference at 26.7% (p = 0.66) in both, while non-PD rate was 73.3% vs 33.3% (p < 0.05), respectively. Progression-free survival after CPT-11 treatment and PLD treatment was 28.4 weeks and 16.8 weeks (p = 0.07), respectively. Hand-foot syndrome and mucositis were more common in the PLD group than in the CPT-11 group (p < 0.05). Conclusions: The results indicate that CPT-11 is a promising drug for the treatment of platinum-resistant recurrent EOC.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)86-89
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Journal of Gynaecological Oncology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Sep 3



  • Irinotecan
  • Liposomal doxorubicin
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Platinum-resistant
  • Recurrence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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