The role of pegylated liposomal doxorubicin in ovarian cancer: A meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials

Jean Marie Gibson, Saeed Alzghari, Chul Ahn, Holly Trantham, Ninh M. La-Beck

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Background. Recent studies suggest that carboplatin with pegylated liposomal doxorubicin (C PLD) is as efficacious as carboplatin with paclitaxel (C P) and possibly is more tolerable for ovarian cancer therapy. Pegylated liposomal doxorubicin (PLD) may also be efficacious and tolerable as monotherapy in recurrent or platinum-resistant disease. We performed a meta-analysis of randomized trials in order to elucidate the role of PLD in ovarian cancer. Methods. We searched PubMed, Scopus, and ISI Web of Knowledge for studies comparing C PLD with C P and comparing PLD with another monotherapy. Summary hazard ratios (HRs) and relative risks with their corresponding 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were calculated using a fixed-effects model. Results. Three trials were included in the doublet regimen analysis, and five trials were included in the monotherapy regimen analysis. C PLD provided superior progression-free survival (PFS) (HR, 0.87; 95% CI, 0.78-0.96) and similar overall survival (OS; HR, 0.95; 95% CI, 0.84-1.07) compared with C P. There was no evidence of improved tolerability: C PLD had more gastrointestinal toxicity, anemia, thrombocytopenia, cutaneous toxicity, and mucositis/stomatitis, although there was less neutropenia, neuropathy, and alopecia. PLD monotherapy had similar PFS (HR, 0.99; 95% CI, 0.89-1.11) and OS (HR, 0.99; 95% CI, 0.88-1.11) to other monotherapies, but it was more tolerable. There was less neutropenia, anemia, thrombocytopenia, and gastrointestinal toxicity, although cutaneous toxicity was increased. Conclusion. C PLD had better PFS and similar OS compared with C P and had a very different toxicity profile. Therapy selection could be based on patient risks for side effects. PLD is as efficacious as other monotherapies and is more tolerable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1022-1031
Number of pages10
Issue number9
StatePublished - 2013


  • Carboplatin
  • Meta-analysis
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Paclitaxel
  • Pegylated liposomal doxorubicin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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