Phase II trial with dose titration of paclitaxel for the therapy of human immunodeficiency virus-associated Kaposi's sarcoma

Lauri Welles, M. Wayne Seville, Jill Lietzau, James M. Pluda, Kathleen M. Wyvill, Irwin Feuerstein, William D. Figg, Richard Lush, Jeanne Odom, Wyndham H. Wilson, Monina T. Fajardo, Rachel W. Humphrey, Ellen Feigal, David Tuck, Seth M. Steinberg, Samuel Broder, Robert Yarchoan*

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Purpose: To investigate the antitumor activity and safety of paclitaxel in patients with advanced human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-associated Kaposi's sarcoma (KS). Patients and Methods: Twenty-nine patients with advanced HIV-associated KS were enrolled. The patients were overall quite immunosuppressed (median CD4 count, 15 cells/μL). Paclitaxel was initially administered at 135 mg/m2 over 3 hours every 3 weeks without filgrostim support; the dose was increased as tolerated to a maximum of 175 mg/m2. Patients who failed to respond or progressed could then receive filgrastim support or paclitaxel administered over 96 hours. Results: Of 28 assessable patients, 20 had major responses (18 partial responses [PRs], one clinical complete response [CR], and one CR), for a major response rote of 71.4% (95% confidence interval [CI], 51.3% to 86.8%). Each of the five patients with pulmonary KS responded, as did all four assessable patients who had previously received anthracycline therapy for KS. Of six patients who went on to receive a 96-hour infusion of paclitaxel, five had major responses. Neutropenia was the most frequent dose-limiting toxicity; possible novel toxicities included late fevers, late rash, and eosinophilia. Two patients developed an elevated creatinine concentration and one cardiomyopathy. Conclusion: Paclitaxel has substantial activity against advanced HIV- associated KS as a single agent, even in patients with pulmonary involvement or who had previously received anthracyclines. Further research is needed to define the optimal treatment schedule and its role vis-a-vis the other available therapies far this disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1112-1121
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Clinical Oncology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1998


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