Irinotecan Therapy for Small-Cell Lung Cancer
April 01, 2002
Dr. Sandler has written a thorough and cogent review of the literature on irinotecan (CPT-11, Camptosar) in the treatment of small-cell lung cancer. The most promising data are those from a randomized trial by Noda et al, which showed that irinotecan, compared to etoposide, in combination with cisplatin resulted in an approximately 3-month survival benefit in patients with extensive disease, good performance status, and an age < 70 years. The results of this trial were published recently in The New England Journal of Medicine and, therefore, will attract wide readership and, presumably, much enthusiasm and excitement.