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29 June 2019 : Clinical Research  

Prolonged Capecitabine Chemotherapy Following Capecitabine and Oxaliplatin (CAPOX) Regimen Chemotherapy Failed to Improve Survival of Stage III Colorectal Cancer After Radical Resection

Ju Ling Xu1ABCDEF, Cheng Wu Tang2ABCDEF, Wen Ming Feng2ABCDEF, Ying Bao2ABCDEF, Zhen Zhong Chai2ABCDEF

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.915992

Med Sci Monit 2019; 25:4831-4836


BACKGROUND: Colorectal cancer (CRC) is considered to be a worldwide health problem because of its increasing incidence and prevalence. Surgery offers an opportunity for cure, but the postoperative recurrence rate is still high despite the advancement of chemotherapy. This study aimed to assess the efficacy and safety of prolonged capecitabine chemotherapy following CAPOX chemotherapy for stage III  CRC after radical surgery.

MATERIAL AND METHODS: This study included 212 patients with stage III CRC undergoing open radical surgery from July 2010 to June 2015. Among those patients, 104 patients received prolonged capecitabine chemotherapy (prolonged group) following 8 cycles of CAPOX regimen chemotherapy, while the other 108 patients (control group) received no prolonged chemotherapy. The prolonged chemotherapy consisted of capecitabine (1000 mg/m² per day for 2 weeks) and was repeated every 3 weeks for 8 cycles at most. Long-term survival and toxicities were retrospectively compared.

RESULTS: Patient characteristics did not differ between the 2 groups. For all patients, no significant difference was found in the 3-year disease-free survival (DFS) (P=0.7775) or 3-year overall survival (OS) rates between the 2 groups (P=0.5787). The prolonged group had significantly higher frequency of hand-foot syndrome (P=0.0267) and paresthesia (P=0.0164). In further subgroup analyses, no benefit for 3-year DFS or 3-year OS of prolonged capecitabine chemotherapy was found in colon cancer or rectal cancer.

CONCLUSIONS: Prolonged capecitabine chemotherapy following CAPOX regimen chemotherapy failed to improve the survival of patients with stage III CRC after radical surgery.

Keywords: Chemotherapy, Adjuvant, Colorectal Neoplasms, Disease-Free Survival, Survival, Aged, Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols, capecitabine, Drug Administration Schedule, Middle Aged, Neoplasm Staging, oxaliplatin, Retrospective Studies



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