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The rational for this trial is given by the knowledge that gemcitabine acts as a potent inhibitor of DNA repair and therefore may prevent adequate repair of platin-induced DNA damage. Gemcitabine is an excellent choice for combination therapy by its unique mechanism of action and favourable toxicity profile. The combination of gemcitabine and cisplatin was shown to be effective in several trials, producing response rates of 30-52 % in patients with pretreated metastatic breast cancer. To improve on tolerability and handling of the regime carboplatin may be the more appropriate choice for treatment. The mechanism of action of carboplatin is very similar to that of cisplatin. The rational for combining gemcitabine and carboplatin is based on their single-agent activities in metastatic breast cancer, the activity of this combination in other malignancies and on the fact that carboplatin has demonstrated efficacy comparable with cisplatin in several tumor types.
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Ages Eligible for Study:
18 Years to 75 Years (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Histologically confirmed metastatic breast cancer
All patients were required to give written informed consent.
Prior treatment with chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, immunotherapy or local radiotherapy was allowed (except gemcitabine or platinum agents).
Patients were required to have at least one bidimensionally measurable lesion outside a previous radiation port.
Age ≥ 18 years
Karnofsky Performance status ≥ 70 %
Minimal life expectancy of 12 weeks
Adequate haematological, renal, cardiac and hepatic function:
Leukocyte count ≥ 3.0 x 109/l
Absolute neutrophil count ≥ 2.0 x 109/l
Platelet count ≥ 100 x 109/l
Haemoglobin ≥ 8 g/dl
Total serum bilirubin ≤ 1.25 x upper limit of normal (ULN) In presence of liver metastasis ≤ 3 x ULN
Transaminase (ALT,AST) level ≤ 3 x ULN In presence of liver metastasis ≤ 5 x ULN
Alkaline phosphatase level ≤ 2.5 x ULN
Creatinine clearance was required to exceed 60 ml/min.
Prior treatment with gemcitabine or platinum agents
Inadequate creatinine clearance (< 60 ml/min)
Only bone metastases
Symptomatic brain metastases
Women who are pregnant, lactating or refuse effective contraception
History of another primary malignant disease other than in situ carcinoma of the uterine cervix or adequately treated basal cell skin cancer
Any other concomitant severe clinical condition making implementation of the protocol including pre-hydration difficult.