Substantial activity of mitoxantrone and paclitaxel in a heavily pre-treated metastatic bladder cancer patient

J La State Med Soc. Jan-Feb 2008;160(1):17-8.


A 53-year-old man with metastatic bladder cancer was treated with multiple chemotherapy regimens with clear disease progression. At presentation in our clinics, he was symptomatic with severe pain, weight loss, fatigue, pain, and lower extremity edema. Hospice care had been recommended; however, the patient wanted to continue treatment. The patient was started on a novel bladder chemotherapy regimen using a combination of mitoxantrone and paclitaxel. This regimen has been shown to be effective in platinum refractory ovarian cancer but there are no prior data in bladder cancer. The patient's bladder cancer responded dramatically from a clinical, biochemical, and radiographic perspective.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Antineoplastic Agents / administration & dosage
  • Antineoplastic Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Antineoplastic Agents, Phytogenic / administration & dosage
  • Antineoplastic Agents, Phytogenic / therapeutic use*
  • Biomarkers, Tumor
  • Carcinoma, Transitional Cell / pathology*
  • Disease Progression
  • Fatal Outcome
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mitoxantrone / administration & dosage
  • Mitoxantrone / therapeutic use*
  • Paclitaxel / administration & dosage
  • Paclitaxel / therapeutic use*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Urinary Bladder Neoplasms / pathology*


  • Antineoplastic Agents
  • Antineoplastic Agents, Phytogenic
  • Biomarkers, Tumor
  • Mitoxantrone
  • Paclitaxel