Phase II evaluation of dibromodulcitol, ICRF-159, and maytansine for sarcomas

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Department of Quantitative Health Sciences

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Adolescent; Adult; Aged; Bone Neoplasms; Drug Evaluation; Female; Humans; Male; Maytansine; Mesothelioma; Middle Aged; Mitolactol; Osteosarcoma; Oxazines; Piperazines; Prognosis; Random Allocation; Razoxane; Sarcoma; Soft Tissue Neoplasms


Biostatistics | Epidemiology | Health Services Research


Patients with objectively measurable soft tissue sarcomas, osteosarcomas, chondrosarcomas, and mesotheliomas were treated with dibromodulcitol (DBD) (180 mg/m2 p.o. days 1-10 q4 wks.). ICRF-159 (300 mg/m2 p.o. tid days 1-3 q4 wks), or maytansine (MAYT) (1.5 mg/m2 I.V. q3 wks.). Forty-five evaluable patients received DBD, 47 MAYT, and 37 ICRF-159. Only patients who had had their histopathologic diagnoses confirmed by a pathology reference panel were included in the final analysis. Two patients had objective partial responses: a patient with osteosarcoma who responded to DBD and a patient with fibrosarcoma who had a partial response of brief duration to ICRF-159. Approximately 70% of the patients treated with each drug were of ECOG performance status 0 or 1, and over half had moderate or worse toxicity. It seems unlikely that these drugs have significant therapeutic activity for common mesenchymal malignancies.


Am J Clin Oncol. 1982 Aug;5(4):417-20. Link to article on publisher's site

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American journal of clinical oncology

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