A phase II study of outpatient first-line paclitaxel, carboplatin, and bevacizumab for advanced-stage epithelial ovarian, peritoneal, and fallopian tube cancer

Int J Gynecol Cancer. Jul-Aug 2007;17(4):771-6. doi: 10.1111/j.1525-1438.2007.00886.x. Epub 2007 Mar 5.


The purpose of this study was to assess the response rate and toxicity of paclitaxel, carboplatin, and bevacizumab (PCB) primary induction therapy for the treatment of advanced-stage ovarian carcinoma. Twenty patients were treated with paclitaxel (175 mg/m(2)), carboplatin (AUC of 5 IV), and bevacizumab (15 mg/kg) of body weight; q21 days for six cycles. Bevacizumab was administered at cycles two through six. Patients received 116 cycles of PCB chemotherapy (median = 6, range 2-6) and were evaluable for toxicity assessment. Grade 3 and 4 neutropenia developed in 23.3% and 25% of cycles, with no incidence of grades 3/4 thrombocytopenia or anemia. Prior to cycle six, one patient was removed from the study due to grade 3 neuropathy and another patient was excluded due to clinical deterioration. There was no incidence of gastrointestinal perforations, and only two patients demonstrated grade 3 hypertension (HTN). No grade 4 HTN was observed. Eighteen patients were evaluated for response following induction therapy. Six demonstrated a complete response (30%) and ten exhibited a partial response (50%), resulting in a total response rate of 80%. One patient exhibited stable disease (5%), and one demonstrated disease progression (5%). The lack of bowel perforations and wound complications should mitigate some concerns regarding these side effects. This study suggests that first-line treatment with PCB can be safely administered to previously untreated advanced-stage ovarian carcinoma patients. The favorable toxicity results and reasonable response rate warrant additional study in a larger patient population.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial, Phase II
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adenocarcinoma / drug therapy*
  • Adenocarcinoma / pathology
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal / administration & dosage
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal / adverse effects
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal, Humanized
  • Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols / therapeutic use*
  • Bevacizumab
  • Carboplatin / administration & dosage
  • Carboplatin / adverse effects
  • Epithelial Cells / pathology
  • Fallopian Tube Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Fallopian Tube Neoplasms / pathology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasm Staging
  • Ovarian Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Ovarian Neoplasms / pathology
  • Paclitaxel / administration & dosage
  • Paclitaxel / adverse effects
  • Peritoneal Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Peritoneal Neoplasms / pathology


  • Antibodies, Monoclonal
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal, Humanized
  • Bevacizumab
  • Carboplatin
  • Paclitaxel