Phase I trial of dihydroxyanthracenedione

D. A. Van Echo, M. Y. Whitacre, J. Aisner, P. H. Wiernick

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Dihydroxyanthracenedione was given to 16 patients with solid tumors in a phase I clinical trial. The dose schedule used was a single daily dose for 3 consecutive days given every 3 weeks. The amount given ranged from 2 to 5 mg/m2/day. The dose-limiting toxic effect was moderate to severe leukopenia which occurred at a dose ≥ 4 mg/m2/day x 3. Thrombocytopenia was infrequent and did not require transfusion. Nonhematologic side effects were insignificant and included nausea, vomiting, and green-tinged urine. A minor tumor response was noted in a patient with fibrosarcoma. The recommended doses for solid tumor phase II studies are 4 mg/m2/day x 3 for good-risk patients and 3 mg/m2/day x 3 for poor-risk patients, given every 3 weeks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)831-834
Number of pages4
JournalCancer treatment reports
Issue number9-10
StatePublished - 1981
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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