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  • PHASE-I STUDY OF TOPOTECAN FOR PEDIATRIC-PATIENTS WITH MALIGNANT SOLID TUMORS JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY Pratt, C. B., Stewart, C., Santana, V. M., Bowman, L., Furman, W., Ochs, J., Marina, N., Kuttesch, J. F., Heideman, R., Sandlund, J. T., Avery, L., Meyer, W. H. 1994; 12 (3): 539-543


    To determine the dose-limiting toxicity and potential efficacy of topotecan in pediatric patients with refractory malignant solid tumors.In this phase I clinical trial, 27 patients received topotecan 0.75-1.9 mg/m2 by continuous intravenous infusion daily for 3 days. Fifty-three treatment courses were given to these patients.Myelosuppression was the dose-limiting toxicity at levels of 1.3 to 1.9 mg/m2 for 3 days, requiring significant support with transfused packed RBCs and platelets. Myelosuppression was variable in severity at the 1.0-mg/m2 dosage level; thus, additional patients were treated with this dosage, followed by human recombinant granulocyte-colony stimulating factor (G-CSF). Other toxicities were not significant. One patient with neuroblastoma had a complete response that lasted for 8 months. Stable disease activity was recorded for other patients with neuroblastoma, rhabdomyosarcoma, and islet cell carcinoma. Pharmacokinetic studies showed that topotecan plasma concentrations ranged from 1.6 to 7.5 ng/mL during infusions of 1.0 mg/m2/d, and that there was a biphasic plasma distribution with a mean terminal half-life of 2.9 +2- 1.0 hours.Topotecan is a promising anticancer agent that deserves phase II testing in pediatric solid tumors. We recommend that pediatric phase II topotecan trials use 1.0 mg/m2/d for 3 days as a constant intravenous infusion, followed by G-CSF for 14 days, and that these treatment courses be repeated every 21 days.

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