A randomized phase III trial of IV carboplatin and paclitaxel x 3 courses followed by observation versus weekly maintenance low-dose paclitaxel in patients with early-stage ovarian carcinoma: A Gynecologic Oncology Group Study

Robert S. Mannel, Mark F. Brady, Elise C. Kohn, Parviz Hanjani, Masamichi Hiura, Roger Lee, Koenraad De Geest, David E. Cohn, Bradley J. Monk, Helen Michael

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Objective: To compare the recurrence-free interval (RFI) and safety profile in patients with completely resected high-risk early-stage ovarian cancer treated with intravenous (IV) carboplatin and paclitaxel with or without maintenance low-dose paclitaxel for 24 weeks. Methods: Eligibility was limited to patients with stage IA/B (grade 3 or clear cell), all IC or II epithelial ovarian cancer. All patients were to receive carboplatin AUC 6 and paclitaxel 175 mg/m2 q3 weeks × 3 courses with random assignment to either observation or maintenance paclitaxel 40 mg/m2/week × 24 weeks. Recurrence required clinical or radiological evidence of new tumor. Results: There were 571 patients enrolled onto this study, of whom 29 were deemed ineligible due to inappropriate stage or pathology, leaving 542 patients. At least 3 cycles of treatment were administered to 524/542 (97%) of patients, and among those assigned to maintenance paclitaxel, 80% completed the regimen. The incidence of grade 2 or worse peripheral neuropathy (15.5% vs. 6%), infection/fever (19.9% vs. 8.7%), and dermatologic events (70.8% vs. 52.1%) was higher on the maintenance regimen (p <0.001). The cumulative probability of recurring within 5 years for the maintenance paclitaxel regimen is 20% vs. 23% for surveillance (hazard ratio 0.807; 95% CI: 0.565-1.15). The probability of surviving 5 years was 85.4% and 86.2%, respectively. Conclusion: Maintenance paclitaxel at 40 mg/m2/week × 24 weeks added to standard dose AUC6 and paclitaxel 175 mg/m2 × 3 doses provides no significant increase in RFI.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)89-94
Number of pages6
JournalGynecologic Oncology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2011
Externally publishedYes



  • early stage ovarian carcinoma
  • GOG
  • IV carboplatin and paclitaxel

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Oncology

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