Dose escalation of docetaxel concomitant with hypofractionated, once weekly chest radiotherapy for non-small-cell lung cancer: a phase I study

Am J Clin Oncol. 2004 Aug;27(4):395-9. doi: 10.1097/


Hypofractionated chest radiotherapy has been used as an alternative when standard fractionated schedules are neither practical nor feasible. To explore docetaxel as radiosensitizer in a hypofractionated chest irradiation schedule, a docetaxel dose escalation study was conducted in which 26 patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) (stages III and IV) were enrolled. Docetaxel was administered 24 hours prior to irradiation (starting dose 10mg/m2; escalating in 5mg/m2 increments). Radiation was administered at 500 cGy (one fraction) once/wk for 10 consecutive weeks (5000 cGy total). The docetaxel dose was escalated up to 45 mg/m2/wk. The treatment was well tolerated over 10 consecutive weeks without requiring dose reductions or interruptions. Toxicities were mainly docetaxel related. One of 19 evaluable patients had a complete radiographic response within the radiation treatment port, 13 had a partial response, and 5 had stable disease. No patient recurred within the radiation field. Three patients who underwent surgical resection following treatment were pathologically down staged to stage I. This trial of a small group of patients supports, in selected patients, synchronous administration of effective hypofractionated, radiosensitized radiation therapy and optimized systemic chemotherapy.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Clinical Trial, Phase I
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Antineoplastic Agents, Phytogenic / administration & dosage
  • Antineoplastic Agents, Phytogenic / therapeutic use*
  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung / drug therapy*
  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung / radiotherapy*
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Docetaxel
  • Dose Fractionation, Radiation*
  • Drug Administration Schedule
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Lung Neoplasms / radiotherapy*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Palliative Care*
  • Radiation-Sensitizing Agents / administration & dosage
  • Radiation-Sensitizing Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Taxoids / administration & dosage
  • Taxoids / therapeutic use*


  • Antineoplastic Agents, Phytogenic
  • Radiation-Sensitizing Agents
  • Taxoids
  • Docetaxel