A phase I study evaluating the safety and pharmacokinetics of weekly paclitaxel and carboplatin in relapsed ovarian cancer

Int J Gynecol Cancer. Mar-Apr 2007;17(2):379-86. doi: 10.1111/j.1525-1438.2007.00811.x.


This phase I study sought to determine the toxicity profile, pharmacokinetics, and antitumor activity of giving carboplatin every 3 weeks and paclitaxel weekly in patients with relapsed ovarian cancer. Eligible patients with relapsed epithelial ovarian cancer and prior treatment with platinum- and paclitaxel-based therapy were treated with an escalating regimen of carboplatin (day 1) at an area under the curve (AUC) of 4-6 and 1-h infusions of paclitaxel (days 1, 8, and 15) at 50-80 mg/m(2) cycled at 3-week intervals. Pharmacokinetic studies were performed on the first day of cycles 1 and 2. All patients had a platinum-free interval of greater than 6 months from the most recent platinum treatment. A total of 77 cycles were administered to 16 patients, with a similar median number of cycles per patient at each dose level varying from 4.6 to 5.3. Febrile neutropenia and grade 4 thrombocytopenia were the dose-limiting toxicities at dose levels 3 and 4 after the third cycle, with no mucositis, nausea, vomiting, or peripheral neuropathy observed greater than grade 2. The maximum tolerated dose of carboplatin was an AUC of 5 and 80 mg/m(2) for paclitaxel. Pharmacokinetic analysis showed a marginal statistical difference with regard to reduced systemic paclitaxel concentration after cycle 2 compared with cycle 1 (P= 0.06). Of nine patients evaluable for a radiographic response, the response rate was 66.6% with a complete response of 33.3%. All five patients with nonmeasurable disease achieved a biochemical response. The combination of carboplatin given every 3 weeks at an AUC of 5 and 1-h weekly paclitaxel at 80 mg/m(2) is a feasible and reasonably well-tolerated regimen and may have significant antitumor activity in relapsed ovarian cancer patients.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial, Phase I
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols / adverse effects
  • Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols / pharmacokinetics
  • Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols / therapeutic use*
  • Carboplatin / administration & dosage*
  • Carboplatin / adverse effects
  • Carboplatin / pharmacokinetics
  • Carcinoma / drug therapy*
  • Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
  • Drug Administration Schedule
  • Female
  • Hematologic Diseases / chemically induced
  • Hematologic Diseases / therapy
  • Humans
  • Maximum Tolerated Dose
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / drug therapy*
  • Ovarian Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Paclitaxel / administration & dosage*
  • Paclitaxel / adverse effects
  • Paclitaxel / pharmacokinetics
  • Platelet Transfusion
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Carboplatin
  • Paclitaxel