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Borner, M; Koeberle, D; Von Moos, R; Saletti, P; Rauch, D; Hess, V; Trojan, A; Helbling, D; Pestalozzi, B; Caspar, C; Ruhstaller, T; Roth, A; Kappeler, A; Dietrich, D; Lanz, D; Mingrone, W (2008). Adding cetuximab to capecitabine plus oxaliplatin (XELOX) in first-line treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer: a randomized phase II trial of the swiss group for clinical cancer research SAKK. Annals of Oncology, 19(7):1288 -1292 .

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BACKGROUND: To determine the activity and tolerability of adding cetuximab to the oxaliplatin and capecitabine (XELOX) combination in first-line treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer (MCC). PATIENTS AND METHODS: In a multicenter two-arm phase II trial, patients were randomized to receive oxaliplatin 130 mg/m(2) on day 1 and capecitabine 1000 mg/m(2) twice daily on days 1-14 every 3 weeks alone or in combination with standard dose cetuximab. Treatment was limited to a maximum of six cycles. RESULTS: Seventy-four patients with good performance status entered the trial. Objective partial response rates after external review and radiological confirmation were 14% and 41% in the XELOX and in the XELOX + Cetuximab arm, respectively. Stable disease has been observed in 62% and 35% of the patients, with 76% disease control in both arms. Cetuximab led to skin rash in 65% of the patients. The median overall survival was 16.5 months for arm A and 20.5 months for arm B. The median time to progression was 5.8 months for arm A and 7.2 months for arm B. CONCLUSION: Differences in response rates between the treatment arms indicate that cetuximab may improve outcome with XELOX. The correct place of the cetuximab, oxaliplatin and fluoropyrimidine combinations in first-line treatment of MCC has to be assessed in phase III trials.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Oncology
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Date:July 2008
Deposited On:05 Mar 2009 14:16
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 13:09
Publisher:Oxford University Press
Additional Information:Oxford Journals – free final text
Publisher DOI:10.1093/annonc/mdn058
PubMed ID:18349029

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