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One shot NEPA plus dexamethasone to prevent multiple-day chemotherapy in sarcoma patients

  • Autori: Badalamenti, G.; Incorvaia, L.; Messina, C.; Musso, E.; Casarin, A.; Ricciardi, M.; De Luca, I.; Bazan, V.; Russo, A.
  • Anno di pubblicazione: 2019
  • Tipologia: Articolo in rivista (Articolo in rivista)
  • OA Link: http://hdl.handle.net/10447/353197

Abstract

Purpose: Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) is one of the most feared and disturbing adverse events of cancer treatment associated with decreased adherence to effective chemotherapy regimens. For high-risk soft tissue sarcoma patients, receiving multiple-day chemotherapy (MD-CT), antiemetic guidelines recommend a combination of an NK 1 receptor antagonist (NK 1 -RA), a 5-HT 3 receptor antagonist (5HT 3 -RA), and dexamethasone on each day of the antineoplastic treatment. NEPA is the first oral fixed-dose combination of a highly selective NK 1 -RA, netupitant, and second-generation 5HT 3 -RA, palonosetron. So far, no data has been published in literature about the efficacy of a single dose of NEPA in MD-CT. Methods: We performed a prospective, non-comparative study to assess the efficacy of one shot of NEPA plus dexamethasone in sarcoma patients receiving MD-CT. The primary efficacy endpoint was a complete response (CR: no emesis, no rescue medication) during the overall phase (0–120 h) in cycle 1. The main secondary endpoints were CR during the overall phase of cycles 2 and 3. Results: The primary endpoint was reached in 88.9% of patients. Cycles 2 and 3 overall CR rates were 88.9% and 82.4%, respectively. The antiemetic regimen was well tolerated. Conclusions: This pilot study showed the benefit of one shot of NEPA to prevent CINV in sarcoma patients receiving MD-chemotherapy.