Chemoradiation in NSCLC: focus on the role of gemcitabine.

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Research to identify the optimal drugs for use in chemoradiotherapy has led to the development of the potent radiosensitizing agent gemcitabine (Gemzar), which has exhibited excellent activity in non-small-cell cancer. When used in sequential chemoradiotherapy regimens, gemcitabine has been associated with response rates of 57% to 68%. A full dose of gemcitabine (1,000 mg/m2) can be safely used as induction therapy, and there is no definitive indication of enhancement of radiotoxicity. In addition, results from phase I/II trials support the efficacy of concurrent gemcitabine/radiation therapy in improving overall response rates and overall survival. Rates of 68%, 37%, and 28%, respectively, for 1-, 2-, and 3-year survival have been reported for gemcitabine/cisplatin chemotherapy administered concurrently with radiotherapy. Although the optimal dose has yet to be determined, a weekly dose of 300 mg/m2 appears to be effective with an acceptable toxicity level. Additional clinical trials are warranted to assess the long-term efficacy and safety of gemcitabine in combination with other chemotherapeutic agents and radiation therapy for treatment of non-small-cell lung cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)38-42
Number of pages5
JournalOncology (Williston Park, N.Y.)
Issue number8 Suppl 5
StatePublished - Jul 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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