David Fennelly, MD, MRCPI | Authors

Paclitaxel for Breast Cancer: The Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Experience

March 01, 1997

The proven safety profile and antitumor activity of paclitaxel (Taxol) in the treatment of metastatic breast cancer led investigators at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) to further examine the agent's potential in the treatment of advanced breast cancer. Efficacy and tolerability studies of paclitaxel as single-agent therapy were undertaken, along with parallel investigations of quality-of-life parameters. The studies examined the effects of 96-hour infusion schedules of paclitaxel and are currently assessing the feasibility of a weekly 1-hour infusion schedule. Researchers at MSKCC also compared the results of a variety of two- and three-drug paclitaxel-containing regimens to determine possible synergism and better define safety profiles. They examined the combination of paclitaxel and edatrexate, as well as a promising combination of paclitaxel and a monoclonal antibody directed at growth factor receptors. The latter ongoing trial will include both laboratory studies that examine possible cellular mechanisms for the combination's observed synergy and a clinical trial that combines paclitaxel with a monoclonal antibody directed against the epidermal growth factor. In conclusion, the investigators discuss the optimal integration of paclitaxel into doxorubicin/cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan, Neosar)-based adjuvant therapy for node-positive stage II-III resectable breast cancer. [ONCOLOGY 11(Suppl):20-28, 1997]

Role of Chemotherapy Dose Intensification in the Treatment of Advanced Ovarian Cancer

October 01, 1995

Cisplatin (Platinol) has been the most active agent against ovarian cancer. The question of a relationship between platinum dose and response remains unresolved.

Commentary (Fennelly): Current Status of Vinorelbine For Breast Cancer

August 01, 1995

This is a timely, comprehensive overview of the current status of vinorelbine (Navelbine) in the treatment of metastatic breast cancer. For most patients with advanced breast cancer, there is no clear evidence that chemotherapy prolongs survival, although it can achieve clear improvements in quality of life [1].