Irish Journal of Medical Science

, Volume 178, Issue 3, pp 301–307

Evaluation of carboplatin dosage based on 4-variable modification of diet in renal disease equation

  • A. Barry
  • R. O’Cearbhaill
  • D. Griffin
  • P. Donnellan
  • M. Keane
  • H. Grimes
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11845-008-0250-z

Cite this article as:
Barry, A., O’Cearbhaill, R., Griffin, D. et al. Ir J Med Sci (2009) 178: 301. doi:10.1007/s11845-008-0250-z

Abstract

Background

Traditionally, carboplatin dosage is based on the Calvert formula. Glomerular filtration rate (GFR) and creatinine clearance (CrCl) are often used interchangeably in this formula. The modification of diet in renal disease (MDRD) equation is now routinely available to estimate GFR (eGFR).

Methods

We performed a retrospective analysis of carboplatin dosage in our institute. Calvert formula derived carboplatin dose using eGFR calculated from the MDRD equation was compared to estimated CrCl from the Cockcroft-Gault and Jelliffe equations.

Results

Ninety-two carboplatin treatment episodes were recorded. eGFR and CrCl correlated reasonably well with a correlation coefficient (r) of 0.88. The correlation was weakest at lower levels of serum creatinine. Correcting eGFR for body surface area resulted in a tighter correlation (r = 0.94).

Conclusion

The MDRD derived eGFR is readily available and may prove very useful in calculating carboplatin dosage for patients with impaired renal function.

Keywords

CarboplatinCreatinine clearanceEstimated glomerular filtration rateCalvert formulaModification of diet in renal disease

Copyright information

© Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Barry
    • 1
  • R. O’Cearbhaill
    • 2
  • D. Griffin
    • 3
  • P. Donnellan
    • 4
  • M. Keane
    • 4
  • H. Grimes
    • 5
  1. 1.21 Ashley CourtDublin 4Ireland
  2. 2.Department of Medical OncologyBeaumont HospitalDublinIreland
  3. 3.Department of Clinical BiochemistryGalway University HospitalGalwayIreland
  4. 4.Department of Medical OncologyGalway University HospitalGalwayIreland
  5. 5.Department of Clinical BiochemistryGalway University HospitalGalwayIreland