Gemcitabine/Alimta in locally advanced or metastatic non-small-cell lung cancer

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The search for new combination chemotherapeutic regimens for the treatment of non-small-cell lung cancer is motivated not only by the desire to increase the objective tumor response and survival rates, but also by the desire to reduce toxicity, decrease symptoms, and improve the psychological well-being of treated patients. At present, the overall phase II response rates with existing combination chemotherapeutic regimens are approximately 15% to 30%, and the median survival rates are about 8 to 9 months. The median 1-year survival rates are about 30% to 40%, while the 2-year survival rates are only about 10% to 15%. Thus, while we have made substantial progress in the treatment of this disease, the long-term outcome is still relatively bleak. This article reviews the results of a phase I trial with a new combination chemotherapeutic regimen (gemcitabine [Gemzar] and the novel antifolate, Alimta), and outlines the rationale for, and design of, an ongoing phase II trial.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)49-52
Number of pages4
Issue number7 SUPPL. 4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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