Int J Hyperthermia. 2011;27(1):27-32. doi: 10.3109/02656736.2010.500645. Epub 2010 Sep 21.
The regimen of gemcitabine and cisplatin combined with radio frequency hyperthermia for advanced non-small cell lung cancer: a phase II study.
Department of Oncology, the First Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing Medical University, 300 Guangzhou Road, Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China.
This phase II randomised trial was designed to evaluate the therapeutic efficacy and feasibility of radio frequency regional hyperthermia in combination with chemotherapy for patients with advanced non-small lung cancer (NSCLC).
Eighty patients with pathologically proven advanced NSCLC, were enrolled and divided into two groups. Group A patients were treated by radio frequency regional hyperthermia in combination with the regimen of gemcitabine and cisplatin (GP). Group B patients were treated with the GP regimen alone.
In group A, one patient achieved a complete response (CR), 18 achieved a partial response (PR), 18 achieved a stable disease and three experienced a progression of the disease. Thirty-three patients had a positive Clinical Benefit Response (CBR). In group B, no patient achieved CR, 17 achieved PR, 19 achieved a stable disease and four experienced a progression of the disease. Nineteen patients had a positive CBR. Significant differences between the two groups were observed for the CBR (P < 0.05), but not for RR. Major toxicities included bone marrow depression, nausea, vomiting, without significant differences between the two groups (P > 0.05).
Radio-frequency regional hyperthermia in combination with chemotherapy (GP) is a safe, well tolerated, and effective therapeutic modality for patients with advanced NSCLC. The addition of hyperthermia improved quality of life.