Background: A subgroup analysis of oxaliplatin (LOHP)+irinotecan (CPT-11)+5-fluorouracil (5FU) and leucovorin (LV) (FOLFOXIRI regimen) versus irinotecan+5FU/LV (FOLFIRI regimen) as first-line treatment of patients >65 years old with metastatic colorectal cancer is presented.
Patients and methods: Eighty-two (56%) and 75 (55%) patients with metastatic colorectal cancer aged >65 years were enrolled in the FOLFOXIRI and FOLFIRI regimen, respectively.
Results: There was no statistically statistical difference in terms of overall survival or time-to-tumor progression between young and aged patients between the two chemotherapy arms. The objective response rate was significantly lower in older patients treated with FOLFOXIRI (32% vs. 52%; OR: 1.45, 95% CI: 1.06-2.09; p=0.03). Elderly patients experienced a significantly higher incidence of grade 3/4 diarrhea compared to younger patients, irrespectively of the chemotherapy regimen (p=0.005 for FOLFIRI; p=0.017 for FOLFOXIRI). Dose reductions and treatment delays were more frequent in the FOLFOXIRI arm.
Conclusion: FOLFOXIRI does not seem to offer substantial benefit compared to FOLFIRI regimen in elderly patients with metastatic colorectal cancer.
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