Table 4. Other Drugs That Have Been Used in the Setting of Recurrent Ovarian Cancer(Efficacy Not Well Defined After Failure of Platinum-Containing Regimens)
Topoisomerase II inhibitor
Oral; rare leukemia dampens interest
Cyclophosphamide and several other bischloroethylamines
Myelosuppression; alopecia (only the oxazaphosphorines)
Leukemia and cystitis; uncertain activity after platinums
Unknown but probably alkylating prodrugs
Emesis and neurotoxicity
Oral; uncertain activity after platinums
Topoisomerase I inhibitor
Diarrhea and other gastrointestinal symptoms
Cross-resistant to topotecan
Neuropathy, emesis, myelosuppression
Cross-resistant to usual platinums, but less so
Fluorouracil and capecitabine
Gastrointestinal symptoms and myelosuppression
Capecitabine is oral; may be useful in mucinous tumors
Oral; minimal activity, perhaps more in subsets
Treatment Options for Patients with Recurrent or Persistent Disease
Secondary cytoreduction has been advocated, but it remains controversial. The GOG-0213 trial, active in 2008, is attempting to define its role.
For patients with platinum-sensitive disease (i.e., ≥6–12 mo between completion of a platinum-based regimen and the development of recurrent disease), retreatment with a platinum or platinum-containing combination, such as carboplatin, should be considered (see Table 3).
For patients with platinum-refractory or platinum-resistant disease (i.e., disease that has progressed while on a platinum-based regimen or has recurred within 6 months of completion of a platinum-based regimen), clinical trials should be considered. For patients who are not entering a trial, treatment with one of the drugs listed above should be considered.
Other agents that have shown activity in phase II trials are listed in Table 4 and may also be used alone or in combination with other drugs, but such treatments are best done in prospective trials.
Current Clinical Trials
Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials that are now accepting patients with recurrent ovarian epithelial cancer. The list of clinical trials can be further narrowed by location, drug, intervention, and other criteria.
General information about clinical trials is also available from the NCI Web site.
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