Poor treatment outcomes with palliative gemcitabine and docetaxel chemotherapy in advanced and metastatic synovial sarcoma.
van der Graaf, W
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The outcome for patients with unresectable or metastatic soft tissue sarcoma remains poor with few treatment options. Synovial sarcoma is a rare type of sarcoma, predominantly affecting adolescents and young adults. Following failure of first-line anthracycline-based chemotherapy, several salvage options are available. We reviewed the safety and efficacy of gemcitabine/docetaxel chemotherapy in two tertiary oncology centres. We identified patients treated with gemcitabine/docetaxel between 2004 and 2016 in a UK and a US oncology centre using retrospective pharmacy and medical records. Treatment response, toxicity and outcome data were collected. Twenty one patients were treated with gemcitabine/docetaxel, the majority as a second- or third-line treatment for metastatic disease. The response rate was 5% with a median progression-free survival of 2 months (95% CI 1.3-3.7). Toxicities reported were as expected for this chemotherapy combination. Treatment was not discontinued due to toxicity. Gemcitabine/docetaxel chemotherapy shows little efficacy in synovial sarcoma and should not be offered to this patient group outside a clinical trial context.
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Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols
Clinical and Translational Sarcoma
Sarcoma Clinical Trials (R Jones)
Lung Cancer Group
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Medical oncology (Northwood, London, England), 2018, 35 (10), pp. 131 - ?