Weekly Topotecan for Recurrent Small Cell Lung Cancer - a Retrospective Anatolian Medical Oncology Group Study

  • Altinbas, Mustafa (Medical Oncology Clinic, Diskapi Yildirim Beyazit Education and Research Hospital) ;
  • Kalender, Mehmet Emin (Medical Oncology Department, Gaziantep University) ;
  • Oven, Basak (Medical Oncology Clinic, Kartal Lutfu Kirdar Education and Research Hospital) ;
  • Sevinc, Alper (Medical Oncology Department, Gaziantep University) ;
  • Karaca, Halit (Medical Oncology Department, Erciyes University) ;
  • Kaplan, M. Ali (Medical Oncology Department, Dicle University) ;
  • Alici, Suleyman (Medical Oncology Unit) ;
  • Arpaci, Erkan (Medical Oncology Clinic, Demetevler Oncology Hospital) ;
  • Yildiz, Ramazan (Medical Oncology Department, Gazi University) ;
  • Uncu, Dogan (Medical Oncology Clinic, Numune Education and Research Hospital) ;
  • Camci, Celalettin (Medical Oncology Department, Gaziantep University) ;
  • Gumus, Mahmut (Medical Oncology Clinic, Kartal Lutfu Kirdar Education and Research Hospital)
  • Published : 2012.06.30


Aim: To evaluate efficacy and tolerability of topotecan treatment for recurrent small cell lung carcinoma. Patients and Methods: A total of 62 patients were evaluated retrospectively. Statistical analysis was performed using GraphPad Instat (version 3.05). Results: DFifty five of patients (89%) were male and 7 (11%) were female. Median age was $56.7{\pm}9.3$ (34-75). Forty eight of patients (80%) were extensive stage (ES) at the time of diagnosis. Fifty of the patients (80.6 Medical Oncology Clinic) were given median 5.36 cycles of cisplatin-etoposide (2-8 cycles). Time to recurrence was $15.6{\pm}6.13$ weeks in patients with limited stage (LS) and $6.3{\pm}3.82$ weeks in extensive stage (ES) (p<0.0001). Overall survival was $14.0{\pm}6.08$ months in ES and $17.9{\pm}6.88$ months in LS. The difference between two groups was statistically meaningful (p=0.0447). The overall survival of the patients was $14.8{\pm}6.43$ months (4.5-40 months). In terms of survival, there was no difference between males and females (p=0.1171). In 17 (27%) patients who were refractory to topotecan or in whom progression occurred other chemotherapies were used. Conclusion: Small cell lung cancer is chemosensitive, but recurrences occur in short time. Other chemotherapy regimens are used in progression. Topotecan is one of them. Patients who were young and in whom recurrences occur late had given better response to topotecan. Because of the retrospective nature of the study, we couldn't reach the records exactly and consequently, rate and duration of response couldn't be calculated. In recurrent SCLC topotecan is one of the treatment choices. But both hematological and non hematological side effects should be taken into consideration.


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