Phase I trial of ixabepilone plus pegylated liposomal doxorubicin in patients with adenocarcinoma of breast or ovary

E. Chuang, N. Wiener, P. Christos, R. Kessler, M. Cobham, D. Donovan, G. L. Goldberg, T. Caputo, A. Doyle, L. Vahdat, J. A. Sparano

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Background: Ixabepilone is a semisynthetic epothilone B analogue that is active in taxane-resistant cell lines and has shown activity in patients with refractory breast and ovarian cancer. We carried out a phase I trial of ixabepilone plus pegylated liposomal doxorubicin (PLD) in patients with advanced taxane-pretreated ovarian and breast cancer. Methods: Patients with recurrent ovarian or breast carcinoma received PLD every 3 or 4 weeks plus five different dose schemas of ixabepilone in cohorts of three to six patients. Results: Thirty patients received a total of 142 treatment cycles of the PLD-ixabepilone combination. The recommended phase II dose and schedule of ixabepilone was 16 mg/m2 on days 1, 8, and 15 plus PLD 30 mg/m2 given on day 1, repeated every 4 weeks. Hand-foot syndrome and mucositis were dose limiting when both ixabepilone and PLD were given every 3 or 4 weeks. Objective responses were observed in 3 of 13 patients (23%) with breast cancer and 5 of 17 patients (29%) with ovarian cancer. Conclusion: Ixabepilone may be safely combined with PLD, but tolerability is highly dependent upon the scheduling of both agents. This combination demonstrated efficacy in patients with breast and ovarian cancer and merits further evaluation in these settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2075-2080
Number of pages6
JournalAnnals of Oncology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Mar 31 2010



  • Breast cancer
  • Ixabepilone
  • Liposomal doxorubicin
  • Ovarian cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Oncology

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