Third-line chemotherapy in platinum- and paclitaxel-resistant ovarian, fallopian tube, and primary peritoneal carcinoma patients

Int J Gynecol Cancer. Sep-Oct 2004;14(5):804-14. doi: 10.1111/j.1048-891X.2004.014512.x.


Ovarian carcinoma is a malignant disease with a high rate of recurrence, necessitating repeated chemotherapy treatments. We conducted a retrospective study in patients with platinum- and paclitaxel-resistant ovarian, fallopian tubes and primary peritoneal carcinoma patients treated at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. We evaluated the responses, progression-free intervals, and overall survival duration of 51 patients after third-line chemotherapy treatment. The overall response rate was 16% (eight cases) with 2% complete response rate (one case) and 14% partial response rate (seven cases). Stable disease was achieved in 31% (16 cases). The progression-free intervals of 24 patients who had response and stable disease was 7.4 months (range, 1.4-18.4 months). The median overall survival of all patients was 15.8 months (95% CI, 8.1-23.4 months). The median survival duration of eight responders was not significantly different from that of 43 nonresponders, 18.9 months (95% CI, 2.4-35.4 months) versus 15.8 months (95% CI, 6.4-25.2 months), respectively (P = 0.73). In conclusion, third-line chemotherapy in our study results in a modest response and prolongation of progression-free interval without obvious impact on survival. The decision to utilize third-line chemotherapy will be a balance of the limited efficacy, toxicity of the agents, and the expertise of the clinician.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols / therapeutic use*
  • Carcinoma / drug therapy*
  • Carcinoma / pathology
  • Cisplatin / administration & dosage
  • Cisplatin / pharmacology
  • Disease-Free Survival
  • Drug Resistance, Neoplasm
  • Fallopian Tube Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Fallopian Tube Neoplasms / pathology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Ovarian Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Ovarian Neoplasms / pathology
  • Paclitaxel / administration & dosage
  • Paclitaxel / pharmacology
  • Peritoneal Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Peritoneal Neoplasms / pathology
  • Prognosis
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Salvage Therapy


  • Paclitaxel
  • Cisplatin