Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology

, Volume 69, Issue 1, pp 35–42 | Cite as

A phase I trial of oral metronomic vinorelbine plus capecitabine in patients with metastatic breast cancer

  • Zacharenia Saridaki
  • Nikolaos Malamos
  • Panagiotis Kourakos
  • Aristides Polyzos
  • Alexandros Ardavanis
  • Nikolaos Androulakis
  • Kostas Kalbakis
  • Lambros Vamvakas
  • Vassilis Georgoulias
  • Dimitris MavroudisEmail author
Original Article



To determine the dose-limiting toxicities (DLTs) and the maximum tolerated doses (MTD) of oral metronomic vinorelbine with capecitabine in patients with metastatic breast cancer (MBC).

Patients and methods

Escalated doses of oral metronomic vinorelbine (starting dose 30 mg) every other day continuously and capecitabine (starting dose 800 mg/m2 bid) on days 1–14 every 21 days were administered. DLTs were evaluated during the first cycle.


Thirty-six women were enrolled at eight escalating dose levels. For twenty-four patients, treatment was first line, for eight second line, and for four third line. The DLT level was reached at oral metronomic vinorelbine 70 mg and capecitabine 1,250 mg/m2, and the recommended MTD doses are vinorelbine 60 mg and capecitabine 1,250 mg/m2. DLTs were febrile neutropenia grade 3 and 4, diarrhea grade 4, and treatment delays due to unresolved neutropenia. There was no treatment-related death. The main toxicities were grade 2–3 neutropenia in 16.6% of patients each, grade 2–3 anemia 16.5%, grade 2–4 fatigue 27.5%, grade 2–3 nausea/vomiting 11%, and grade 3–4 diarrhea 8.2%. Two complete and 10 partial responses were documented.


Oral metronomic vinorelbine with capecitabine is a well-tolerated and feasible regimen that merits further evaluation in MBC.


Metronomic vinorelbine Capecitabine Phase I Metastatic breast cancer 


Conflict of interest



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zacharenia Saridaki
    • 1
  • Nikolaos Malamos
    • 1
  • Panagiotis Kourakos
    • 1
  • Aristides Polyzos
    • 1
  • Alexandros Ardavanis
    • 1
  • Nikolaos Androulakis
    • 1
  • Kostas Kalbakis
    • 1
  • Lambros Vamvakas
    • 1
  • Vassilis Georgoulias
    • 1
  • Dimitris Mavroudis
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Hellenic Oncology Research Group (HORG)AthensGreece

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