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Articles by N. Saijo
Total Records ( 2 ) for N. Saijo
  N Yamamoto , I Sekine , K Nakagawa , M Takada , M Fukuoka , Y Tanigawara and N. Saijo
  Objective

The aim of this study was to investigate the safety, pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic profiles of pegfilgrastim (KRN125), a long-acting granulocyte colony-stimulating factor, in lung cancer patients with chemotherapy-induced neutropenia.

Methods

Eighteen Japanese lung cancer patients who had experienced severe neutropenia (absolute neutrophil counts <0.5 x 109 cells/l) were enrolled. Six patients were sequentially enrolled in each pegfilgrastim dose cohort (dose levels of 30, 60 or 100 µg/kg). Patients received the same chemotherapy regimen as in their previous cycle and pegfilgrastim was injected subcutaneously the day after chemotherapy ended in each treatment cycle. Pharmacokinetic, pharmacodynamic and safety analyses were performed.

Results

Dose-limiting toxicity and serious adverse events related to pegfilgrastim were not observed in any patients. Pegfilgrastim antibodies were not detected. Maximum serum concentrations and area under the serum concentration–time curves of pegfilgrastim were dependent on the pegfilgrastim dose in a non-linear manner. Of the 18 patients, severe neutropenia occurred in 4 (22.2%), and, of these, 1 patient (5.5%) required rescue treatment by filgrastim.

Conclusions

A single dose of pegfilgrastim increases the serum concentration of pegfilgrastim for several days in a dose-dependent manner and is not associated with significant toxicity. Good efficacy of pegfilgrastim for the prevention of severe neutropenia was observed at all dose levels. Based on these data, further studies are warranted to determine the recommended dose of pegfilgrastim for Japanese patients with chemotherapy-induced neutropenia.

  T Fujii , H Kunikane , H Okamoto , K Watanabe , H Kunitoh , K Mori , A Yokoyama , H Fukuda , T Tamura and N. Saijo
  Objective

It is important to find optimal regimens of cisplatin (CDDP)-based third-generation chemotherapy and radiotherapy for patients with unresectable Stage III non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).

Methods

This Phase II study was designed to determine the toxicity and efficacy of two courses of chemotherapy (CDDP 80 mg/m2 on day 1 and irinotecan 60 mg/m2 on days 1 and 8) followed by accelerated hyperfractionated thoracic radiotherapy (60 Gy/40 fractions in 4 weeks) combined with daily carboplatin (CBDCA) administration. CBDCA was administered at a target area under the plasma level–time curve of 0.4 x (24 h creatinine clearance + 25), according to Calvert's formula.

Results

Twenty-six patients were enrolled in the study. The patients' median age was 63 years (range 40–74 years) and included 22 males and 4 females. Seven patients were Stage IIIA and 19 were Stage IIIB. Twenty had a performance status (PS) of 1 versus six with a PS of 0. There was one treatment-related death due to sepsis and pneumonia associated with Grade 4 neutropenia and diarrhea during chemotherapy. Grade 3 or 4 neutropenia and diarrhea were observed in 14 and 5 patients, respectively. Toxicity of the radiotherapy was mild. There were 0 complete response and 13 partial responses, giving a response rate of 50.0%. Median survival time and 2-year survival were 16.4 months and 21.5%, respectively. This study was designed with Simon's two-stage design, and the response rate did not meet the criteria to proceed to the second stage and the study was terminated early.

Conclusions

This regimen might be inactive for patients with unresectable Stage III NSCLC.

 
 
 
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