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Low dose continuous infusion doxorubicin in children and young adults

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Andrew Pearson, Dr Jennifer Kernahan, Dr Helen Lucraft, Anne Thompson, Emeritus Professor Alan Craft


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Ten patients (age range 3.2-26.3 yrs) with relapsed or resistant malignancies received a total of 20 courses of low dose continuous infusion doxorubicin (3 mg/m2/day for 28 days) delivered by portable Graseby infusion pumps via central venous catheters. Each patient received a median dose of 144 mg/m2 (range 87-261). Four patients responded to treatment (1 complete response (CR) and 3 partial response (PR)) and performance status improved in seven patients. Overall toxicity was minimal: WHO Grade 4 anaemia in 2/18 courses, Grade 4 neutropenia in 1/18, Grade 3-4 thrombocytopenia in 3/18, nausea and vomiting of Grades 2 and 4 in 4/20 and 1/20 respectively, and mucositis of Grades 2 and 4 in 2/20 courses each. Cardiac toxicity was assessed using echocardiography, and fractional shortening remained within normal limits in all patients. Low dose continuous infusion doxorubicin is a feasible, well tolerated, ambulatory therapy in children and may be an effective way of delivering doxorubicin with less toxicity, thus enabling the development of more dose intensive regimens. (C) 1993 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Kynaston, J. A., Pearson, A. D. J., Kernahan, J., Lucraft, H. H., Barstow, D., Thompson, A., Craft, A. W.

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Medical and Pediatric Oncology

Year: 1993

Volume: 21

Issue: 7

Pages: 494-498

ISSN (print): 0098-1532

ISSN (electronic): 1545-5017


DOI: 10.1002/mpo.2950210707

PubMed id: 8341217


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