Stage III non-small-cell lung cancer treated with high-dose hyperfractionated radiation therapy and concurrent low-dose daily chemotherapy with or without weekend chemotherapy: retrospective analysis of 301 patients

Am J Clin Oncol. 2004 Aug;27(4):350-60. doi: 10.1097/01.coc.0000071463.72269.2a.


We investigated the outcome in patients with stage III non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) treated with high-dose hyperfractionated radiation therapy (Hfx RT) and concurrent chemotherapy (CHT) consisting of carboplatin (C) and etoposide (E). During three prospective randomized phase III and one prospective phase II study enrolling a total of 536 patients, 301 patients were treated with high-dose Hfx RT (69.6 Gy) and either low-dose daily CE (50 mg each) (n = 163) or daily CE (30 mg each) accompanied by "weekend" CE (100 mg of each on Saturdays and Sundays) (n = 138). The median survival time for all 301 patients is 22 months and 5-year survival is 24%. Median local recurrence-free survival (LRFS) time is 21 months and 5-year local recurrence-free survival is 32%. The median time to distant metastasis is 25 months, and 5-year distant metastasis-free survival (DMFS) is 35%. Only the type/schedule of CHT administration did not influence overall survival, LRFS, and DMFS. On multivariate analyses using these three endpoints, age stage, interfraction interval, and type/schedule of CHT administration did not predict survival, LRFS, and DMFS, while gender, KPS, and weight loss did. Only high grade hematologic toxicity was more frequent in weekend CHT group. High dose Hfx RT and concurrent low-dose daily CE with or without weekend CE is an active treatment approach in stage III NSCLC that led to high overall survival, LRFS, and DMFS rates.

MeSH terms

  • Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols / therapeutic use*
  • Carboplatin / administration & dosage
  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung / drug therapy*
  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung / radiotherapy*
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Dose Fractionation, Radiation
  • Etoposide / administration & dosage
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Lung Neoplasms / radiotherapy*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Survival Analysis
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Etoposide
  • Carboplatin