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Lung Cancer treatment details. Chemotherapy. University Medical Center Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany

Survival: 10.7 months
Toxicity Grade: 5
Treatments: Chemotherapy
Country: Germany
City/State/Province: Mannheim
Hospital: University Medical Center Mannheim
Journal: Link
Date: 4/2011

This study involved non-small cell lung cancer patients that had not received prior chemotherapy. Patients were divided into 2 separate treatment groups. Group A consisted of 416 patients with a median age of 60 years and 70.7% were male. Group B had 423 patients with a median age of 60 years and 70.2% were male.

Group A was treated with the chemotherapy agents cisplatin and gemcitabine in addition to the immunotherapy agent PF-3512676, which triggers an anti-tumor immune response.

Patients in group B were treated with cisplatin and gemcitabine only.

Treatment-related deaths were reported for group A from causes including bleeding, anemia, dehydration, and neutropenia. Severe flu-like symptoms were also reported.

For group B, treatment-related death due to bleeding was reported. Also, neutropenia and thrombocytopenia of grade 3 or greater was reported.

The median overall survival for groups A and B was, 11.0 and 10.7 months, respectively.

This study was supported by Pfizer, makers of PF-3512676 (called ProMune).

Correspondence: Dr. C. Manegold; email:

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