Ifosfamide, paclitaxel, and carboplatin, a novel triplet regimen for advanced, recurrent, or persistent carcinoma of the cervix: A phase II trial

Levi S. Downs, Justin C. Chura, Peter A. Argenta, Patricia L. Judson, Rahel Ghebre, Melissa A. Geller, Linda F. Carson

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Objectives: (1) To determine the response rate of advanced, recurrent, or persistent carcinoma of the cervix to ifosfamide, paclitaxel, and carboplatin chemotherapy; (2) to determine the progression free interval and survival rate in patients treated with this regimen; (3) to describe the toxicities associated with this regimen; and (4) to evaluate the quality of life of patients while on treatment. Methods: Eligible patients had histologically proven stage IVB, recurrent, or persistent carcinoma of the cervix not amenable to curative treatment with surgery and/or radiation therapy. Chemotherapy was given on day 1 of a 28-day cycle: mesna (600 mg/m2) prior to ifosfamide (2 g/m 2), paclitaxel (175 mg/m2), carboplatin (AUC 5). Response rates were determined according to RECIST criteria. Toxicity was graded according the National Cancer Institute's common toxicity criteria. Quality of life measurements were obtained using the FACT-Cx. Results: Twenty-eight patients participated in this study, with 21 evaluable for response rate. Overall, 7 patients (33%) had a demonstrated objective response (4 complete responses, 3 partial responses). Stable disease was documented in 3 patients. The overall median survival for all patients was 10 months. Median progression free survival for evaluable patients was 5.0 months. Bone marrow suppression was the most common toxicity. There were no negative effects of this treatment regimen on quality of life assessments. Conclusion: Ifosfamide, paclitaxel, and carboplatin is an effective regimen in treating advanced or recurrent carcinoma of the cervix and has an acceptable toxicity profile.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)265-269
Number of pages5
JournalGynecologic oncology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2011



  • Carboplatin
  • Cervical cancer
  • Ifosfamide
  • Paclitaxel
  • Phase II trial

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