Doxorubicin and ifosfamide-mesna in advanced and recurrent uterine sarcomas

B. Piura, A. Rabinovich

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    Purpose of investigation: To report the experience of a single institution in the south of Israel with doxorubicin and ifosfamide-mesna in patients with advanced/recurrent uterine sarcomas. Methods: The hospital records of five patients with advanced/recurrent uterine sarcomas who had combination chemotherapy with doxorubicin and ifosfamide-mesna were retrospectively reviewed. Doxorubicin 30 mg/m2 was given on days 1 and 2 and ifosfamide 2,000 mg/m2 (+ mesna, WAV 60%) was given on days 1, 2 and 3 of every 21 days. Dose intensity, relative dose intensity and average relative dose intensity (ARDI) of chemotherapy were calculated. Response was determined using clinical evaluation and radiological reports. Toxicity was graded using the National Cancer Institute (NCI) criteria. Results: The median ARDI of the combination of doxorubicin and ifosfamide received by the patients was 0.68 (range, 0.53-0.74). One (20%) patient had disease complete response lasting three months and four (80%) patients had progressive disease. Toxicity was mainly hematological with grade 3 or 4 leukopenia - four (80%) patients, neutropenia - four (80%), thrombocytopenia - one (20%) and anemia - one (20%). Non-hematological toxicity was negligible. At follow-up, four (80%) patients had died of disease and one (20%) was alive with disease. Conclusion: Although the combination of doxorubicin and ifosfamide has certain activity in advanced/recurrent uterine sarcomas, the toxicity is of much concern and the results of treatment in terms of response duration and survival are poor.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)275-278
    Number of pages4
    JournalEuropean Journal of Gynaecological Oncology
    Issue number3
    StatePublished - 6 Jul 2005


    • Chemotherapy
    • Disease response
    • Doxorubicin
    • Ifosfamide
    • Toxicity
    • Uterine sarcoma

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Oncology
    • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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