The addition of docetaxel to cisplatin and 5-fluorouracil was shown to confer a survival benefit in patients with advanced gastric cancer (one; AGC), although with increased toxicity. We hereby report our experience with the use of docetaxel, cisplatin, and 5-fluorouracil (DCF). Data on all consecutive patients who received first-line treatment with DCF at our institute were analyzed retrospectively. Twenty-three patients were included. The median age was 63 years. Patients received an average of 10 cycles (range, 1-24). All experienced grade ≥3 toxicity, requiring hospitalization in 35%. There was one toxic death. The median progression-free and overall survival rates were 10.0 and 12.8 months, respectively; the 2-year and 3-year survival rates were 22 and 17%, respectively. The DCF regimen is indeed associated with substantial toxicity, although manageable. Nevertheless, the observed benefit was remarkable compared with any previous report on chemotherapy in AGC, and should therefore represent a valid treatment option in AGC and a platform for future combinations.
- Gastric cancer
- Locally advanced