Clinical studies of docetaxel (Taxotere) and concomitant chest therapy

Semin Oncol. 1997 Aug;24(4 Suppl 14):S14-26-S14-29.


The administration of concomitant chemoradiotherapy has been shown to increase local and regional control of non-small cell lung cancer. Docetaxel (Taxotere; Rhône-Poulenc Rorer, Antony, France) has single-agent activity in non-small cell lung cancer, as well as radiation-enhancing potential in preclinical studies. Therefore, its investigation with concomitant radiotherapy in the clinical setting is justified. Since the clinical interactions of docetaxel and concomitant chest radiotherapy have not been previously described, we initiated a phase I study with the goal of determining the maximum tolerated dose of docetaxel and the optimal schedule for its administration during a standard course of radiation therapy to the chest, in addition to defining the dose-limiting toxicities of this regimen. This report describes the design and preliminary results of this study.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Antineoplastic Agents, Phytogenic / therapeutic use*
  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung / drug therapy*
  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung / radiotherapy*
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Docetaxel
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Lung Neoplasms / radiotherapy*
  • Male
  • Paclitaxel / analogs & derivatives*
  • Paclitaxel / therapeutic use
  • Radiation Dosage
  • Research Design
  • Taxoids*
  • Thorax


  • Antineoplastic Agents, Phytogenic
  • Taxoids
  • Docetaxel
  • Paclitaxel