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Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases 2005;58(4):344-351.
DOI:    Published online April 1, 2005.
Gemcitabine Plus Vinorelbine as Second-line Chemotherapy of the Patients of Previously Treated Non-small Cell lung Cancer: Phase II Trial.
Pil Soon Jang, , Hyun Mo Kang, , Jeong Eun Lee, , Seon Jung Kwon, , Jin Young An, , Yun Sun Lee, , Sung Soo Jeong, , Ju Ock Kim, , Sun Young Kim,
Department of Internal Medicine, Chungnam National University Hospital, Cancer Research Institute Daejeon, Korea.
Both gemcitabine and vinorelbine are effective anticancer drugs with mild toxicity on non-small cell lung cancer, and monotherapy of these drugs are effective as a second-line chemotherapy. The aim of this trial was to assess the response and toxicity of a combination of gemcitabine and vinorelbine in patients of previously treated for non-small cell lung cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 24 patients, initial stage III A/B,IV and previously treated with platinium and taxane based regimens, were enrolled from June 2000 to March 2004. The regimens consisted of vinorelbine 25mg/m2 followed by an infusion of gemcitabine 1000mg/m2 on day 1 and day 8 every three weeks. This course was repeated more than twice. RESULTS: Twenty-four patients were analyzed for the response, survival rate, and toxicities. The overall response was 17% with a complete remission rate of 4%. The median time-to progression (TTP) was 3.1 months (95%, CI 1-10months), and the survival time was 8.2 months (95%, CI 1-23 months). The grade 3/4 toxicities encountered were neutropenia (12.5%), anemia (0%), thrombocytopenia (0%). Non-hematological 3/4 toxicities were not observed. CONCLUSION: A combination of gemcitabine and vinorelbine in patients previously treated for non-small cell lung cancer provides a relatively good response rate, and a low toxicity profile. However, further study will be needed to confirm its effectiveness.
Key Words: Advanced non-small cell lung cancer, Second-line chemotherapy, Gemcitabine, Vinorelbine

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