Mitomycin C, teniposide, and cisplatin combination chemotherapy for advanced non-small-cell carcinoma of the lung
Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung
A total of 45 patients with advanced non-small-cell lung carcinoma were treated with a combination of cisplatin, teniposide, and mitomycin C. Most subjects exhibited good prognostic factors (performance status, 0-1; minimal weight loss; locoregional disease). Toxicity consisted mainly of myelosuppression and nausea and vomiting. Four patients died of sepsis due to chemotherapy-induced leukopenia. The response rate was 39.5%, with no complete responses being observed; the median duration of partial responses was 231 days and median survival was 243 days. Although the response rate and durations of both response and survival were comparable with those obtained using other cisplating-containing regimens, myelotoxicity was rather pronounced in the present study. Further studies of teniposide in this type of combination are not warranted.