Medline: 8677079

Obstetrics and Gynecology 87(5, Pt 1): 747-750, 1996.

Ifosfamide treatment of recurrent or metastatic endometrial stromal sarcomas previously unexposed to chemotherapy: a study of the Gynecologic Oncology Group.

Sutton G, Blessing JA, Park R, et al.


To determine the effectiveness and toxicity of ifosfamide chemotherapy in women with metastatic or recurrent endometrial stromal sarcomas unexposed to other chemotherapy.

In a prospective, multi-institutional phase II study conducted by the Gynecology Oncology Group, the starting dose of ifosfamide was 1.5 g/m2 given daily intravenously (i.v.) for 5 days (reduced to 1.2 g/m2 daily in patients who had previously received radiotherapy). Mesna (2 mercaptoethane sodium sulfonate) was given i.v. immediately and at 4 and 8 hours after the administration of ifosfamide. Each dose of mesna was 20% of the total daily dose of ifosfamide. Patients were treated every 3 weeks if blood counts permitted. Therapy was discontinued if there was progression of the cancer or unacceptable toxicity.

Twenty-two patients were entered into this study. One was excluded from analysis because of the wrong histologic type, leaving 21 evaluable for response and toxicity. Gynecologic Oncology Group grade 3 or 4 granulocytopenia occurred in four patients (19%), and one patient each experienced Gynecologic Oncology Group grade 4 anemia and genitourinary toxicity. Three patients experienced complete tumor responses and four had partial responses, for an overall response rate of 33.3%.

Ifosfamide is active in the therapy of women with chemotherapy-naive metastatic or recurrent endometrial stromal sarcomas.

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