Journal article

The palliative benefit of irinotecan in 5-fluorouracil-refractory colorectal cancer: its prospective evaluation by a Multicenter Canadian Trial.

M Michael, D Hedley, A Oza, R Feld, M Pintilie, R Goel, J Maroun, J Jolivet, A Fields, IM Lee, MJ Moore

Clinical Colorectal Cancer | Published : 2002

Abstract

Most patients with colorectal cancer (CRC) who have failed initial 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) chemotherapy have worsening of disease-related symptoms (DRS) and quality of life (QOL). Irinotecan has a reported response rate of 10%-20% in such patients. The aim of this phase II trial was to prospectively determine the palliative benefit of irinotecan utilizing DRS as primary endpoints of response. Patients had advanced CRC refractory to 5-FU with at least 1 DRS defined as (1) Karnofsky performance status (KPS) 60%-80%, (2) baseline analgesic use > or = 10 mg morphine/day (or equivalent), or (3) disease-related pain score > 1 cm on a 10-cm linear analogue self-assessment (LASA) scale. Patients recei..

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