Albumin-bound paclitaxel and gemcitabine combination therapy in soft tissue sarcoma

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Background: The evidence that albumin-bound paclitaxel (nab-paclitaxel) is safe and efficacious for the treatment of many types of malignant tumors is continuously increasing. However, the evidence and clinical data of nab-paclitaxel and gemcitabine in metastatic soft tissue sarcoma (STS) treatment are rare. Methods: The clinical data of metastatic STS patients who received nab-paclitaxel/gemcitabine chemotherapy between January 2019 and February 2020 were retrospectively analysed. All these patients were treated with nab-paclitaxel/gemcitabine only after doxorubicin-based chemotherapy had failed. We evaluated the effectiveness and safety of nab-paclitaxel and gemcitabine in these patients. Results: A total of 17 patients treated with nab-paclitaxel/gemcitabine were enrolled in this study. One patient with angiosarcoma achieved complete response, 6 patients had partial response, 5 patients achieved stable disease, and 5 patients had progressive disease. The average diameter change in target lesion from baseline was-19.06 ± 45.74%. And median progression free survival was 6 months (95% CI, 2-9 months). Grade 3/4 adverse events were not common, included neutropenia (17.6%), fatigue (11.8%), anemia (11.8%), leukopenia (11.8%), nausea (5.9%), peripheral neuropathy (5.9%), diarrhea (5.9%), and thrombocytopenia (5.9%). No treatment-related deaths occurred. Conclusion: Nab-paclitaxel/gemcitabine combination chemotherapy is comparatively effective in the treatment of STS, demonstrates low toxicity, and is worthy of further study.




Tian, Z., Zhang, F., Li, P., Wang, J., Yang, J., Zhang, P., … Wang, X. (2020). Albumin-bound paclitaxel and gemcitabine combination therapy in soft tissue sarcoma. BMC Cancer, 20(1).

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