Dose-ranging study of recombinant human granulocyte-macrophage colony- stimulating factor in small-cell lung carcinoma

J. Hamm, J. H. Schiller, C. Cuffie, M. Oken, R. I. Fisher, F. Shepherd, G. Kaiser

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Purpose: This randomized, multicenter, dose-finding study was undertaken to determine the dose of recombinant human granulocyte-macrophage colony- stimulating factor (rhGM-CSF) that can safely reduce neutropenia after cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, and etoposide (CAVP-16) chemotherapy in patients with small-cell lung cancer (SCLC). Secondary clinical end points included incidence of infection, intravenous (IV) antimicrobial use, and chemotherapy delivered. Patients and Methods: A total of 290 newly diagnosed SCLC patients were to receive six cycles of standard CAVP-16 chemotherapy on days 1 to 3 of every 21 days alone or with rhGM-CSF at 5, 10, or 20 μg/kg, administered subcutaneously (SC) on days 4 to 13 of each cycle. Results: In cycle 1, median absolute neutrophil count (ANC) nadirs were twofold to threefold higher in patients who received rhGM-CSF, although all values were less than 500/μL, and recovery from neutropenia was faster at all rhGM-CSF dosages versus observation (P ≤ .01). In cycle 2, 56% of all patients given rhGM-CSF received full chemotherapy dosages (87.5% to 112.5% of projected dose) versus 36% of observation patients. During days 5 to 21 of cycle 1, fewer patients who received 10 μg/kg of rhGM-CSF required antibiotics compared with observation patients (11% v 29%, P ≤ .01). Adverse events that occurred more frequently in rhGM-CSF-treated patients included injection- site reaction, edema, asthenia, paresthesia, diarrhea, myalgia, musculoskeletal pain, pruritus, and rash (P ≤ .10). Fever occurred more frequently in the 10- and 20-μg/kg rhGM-CSF groups than in the observation groups. The incidence in the 5-μg/kg group was comparable to that in observation patients. Patients who received rhGM-CSF had a higher incidence of thrombocytopenia. Conclusion: rhGM-CSF at 5 to 10 μg/kg reduces chemotherapy-associated neutropenia and should be the dose range used in future studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2667-2676
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Clinical Oncology
Issue number12
StatePublished - 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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