Purpose: To assess the efficacy, tolerability and safety of MTX-HSA (methotrexate (MTX) covalently linked to human serum albumin (HSA)) combined with cisplatin as first line therapy for advanced bladder cancer.
Methods: Patients (pat) were treated with a loading dose of 110 mg/m(2) of MTX-HSA followed by a weekly dose of 40 mg/m(2) starting on day 8. Cisplatin was given on day 2 of each 28 day cycle at a dose of 75 mg/m(2).
Results: Tumor response evaluation was possible in 7 patients. Complete response (CR) and partial response (PR) was observed in 1 patient each (overall response rate: 29%). Key toxicities included CTC Grade (G) 3/4 stomatitis in 6 patients, vomiting G3 in 1 patient, fatigue G3 in 1 patient and thrombocytopenia G3 in 3 patients.
Conclusion: The combination of MTX-HSA with cisplatin is feasible and shows antitumor activity against urothelial carcinomas combined with an acceptable toxicity profile.