OBJECTIVE: To assess the effectiveness and safety of treatment consisting of extending chemotherapy (ECT) with capecitabine following capecitabine plus oxaliplatin (CAPOX) chemotherapy for stage 3 gastric carcinoma (GC) after D2 gastrectomy.
PATIENTS AND METHODS: In this retrospective study, we included 214 patients with stage 3 GC who underwent D2 gastrectomy between January 2012 and April 2014. The CAPOX regimen chemotherapy was administrated to all of the patients as adjuvant therapy. The CAPOX regimen consisted of capecitabine (1000 mg/m2, in 2 divided doses for 14 d) and oxaliplatin (130 mg/m2 given on Day 1), repeated every 21 d for 8 cycles. Following CAPOX chemotherapy, 102 of these patients received extending chemotherapy (the ECT group) with capecitabine, whereas 112 patients (the control group) received no ECT. The ECT consisted of capecitabine (1000 mg/m2, in 2 divided doses for 14 d), repeated every 21 d for 8 cycles at most. The chemotherapy was discontinued if unacceptable toxicity or disease progression occurred or upon the request of the patient. All cases were followed up, and overall survival (OS), recurrence-free survival (RFS), and toxicities were compared.
RESULTS: The ECT group exhibited a distinctly higher 5-year OS (p=0.0468) and RFS (p=0.0483) than those of the control group. The incidence of hand-foot syndrome was markedly greater in the ECT group (p=0.0043). No toxicity-related death occurred.
CONCLUSIONS: Extending chemotherapy with capecitabine following the CAPOX regimen chemotherapy provides significant survival benefit for stage 3 GC after D2 gastrectomy.Free PDF Download
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Y. Fei, S.-X. Huang, M.-Y. Fei, X.-P. Pan
Extending chemotherapy with capecitabine following CAPOX chemotherapy improves survival of Stage 3 gastric carcinoma after radical surgery: a 5-year analysis
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