Concurrent Chemoradiotherapy with Cisplatin and Vinorelbine for Stage III Non-small Cell Lung Cancer

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Concurrent chemoradiotherapy with full doses of cisplatin-based chemotherapy is standard treatment for inoperable stage III non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Although many platinum-based two drug combinations with third-generation agents are difficult to combine fully with thoracic radiotherapy (TRT), a phase I study reported a full dose of cisplatin (CDDP) plus 80% dose of vinorelbine (VNR) was successfully combined with concurrent TRT.


Between October 2000 and October 2004, 73 patients with inoperable stage III NSCLC treated with CDDP, VNR, and concurrent TRT were retrospectively analyzed. Patients were treated with CDDP 80 mg/m2 on day 1 and VNR 20 mg/m2 on days 1 and 8 every 4 weeks. Radiotherapy was administered concurrently in cycle 1. The total radiation dose was 60 Gy in 30 fractions. Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events version 3.0 were used to assess treatment-related adverse events.


Median age was 63 years (40–78). Twenty-nine patients had adenocarcinoma, 63 were male, 47 ECOG PS 1, and 47 stage IIIB. Median chemotherapy cycle was 2.0. Objective response rate was 93% and median survival time was 21 months. Three-year overall survival rate was 33%. Infield control rate was 71%. The most common grade 3 or 4 adverse event was leukocytopenia (67%). Only 3 patients (4%) experienced grade 3 esophagitis. One patient died of radiation pneumonitis 87 days after completion of chemoradiotherapy.


Concurrent chemoradiotherapy with CDDP and VNR was highly active and well-tolerated. This regimen could be used as a control arm in future trial for stage III NSCLC.

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