Comparison of two different carboplatin and weekly paclitaxel schedule in elderly advanced non-small cell lung cancer patients

  • Derya Kıvrak Salim
  • Tuğba Akın Telli
  • Ali Murat Tatlı
  • Sadettin Kılıçkap
  • Perran Fulden YumukEmail author
Original Article



In this study our aim was to compare efficacy and toxicity profiles of two different schedule of carboplatin-paclitaxel regimen in elderly advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients.


Data from the charts of 59 elderly patients with metastatic NSCLC, treated with weekly paclitaxel combined with two different schedule of carboplatin were collected retrospectively from three medical oncology centers in Turkey between September 2002 to March 2018. No prior systemic therapy or radiotherapy was allowed. Brain metastases were not considered as exclusion criteria unless symptomatic. Patients were analyzed in two treatment groups; CP3 (who received 3 weekly carboplatin and weekly paclitaxel), and CP1 (weekly carboplatin and weekly paclitaxel). Overall survival (OS) was the primary endpoint of the study. Secondary end points were as follows: progression free survival (PFS), response rates (RR), grade 3–4 toxicities, skipped cycles, dose reductions, and treatment discontinuation rates.


Twenty-four patients received 3 weekly carboplatin and weekly paclitaxel schedule (CP3) while weekly carboplatin and weekly paclitaxel schedule (CP1) was performed in 35 patients. CP3 had a median OS of 14 months whereas CP1 had 9 months of median OS (p = 0.084). Both treatments (CP3 vs CP1) had similar median PFS (7 months vs 4 months, p = 0.109) and objective RR (20.9% vs 29.4%, p = 0.465). There was an increased incidence of grade 3–4 anemia and grade 3–4 neutropenia in CP3 compared to CP1 (p = 0.003 in both), but no major differences in febrile neutropenia and infection toxicity profiles (p = 0.289 and p = 0.770, respectively). Weekly schedule (CP1) had a tendency of increased grade 3–4 neurotoxicity (33.3% vs 42.9%, p = 0.461).


Weekly carboplatin and paclitaxel might be more tolerable and is as effective as 3 weekly carboplatin and weekly paclitaxel schedule in metastatic elderly NSCLC patients.


NSCLC Elderly Carboplatin Paclitaxel 



Area under curve


Confidence interval


3 weekly carboplatin with weekly paclitaxel


Weekly carboplatin with weekly paclitaxel


Computed tomography


Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events


Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group Performance Status


Non-small cell lung cancer


Febrile neutropenia




Not available


Not significant


Not otherwise specified


Objective response rate


Overall survival


Programmed death ligand 1


Progression free survival






Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The author(s) declare that they have no competing interests.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Medical Oncology DepartmentSBU Antalya Education and Research HospitalMuratpaşa/AntalyaTurkey
  2. 2.Medical Oncology Division, Pendik Education and Research HospitalMarmara University, School of MedicinePendik/IstanbulTurkey
  3. 3.Medical Oncology DivisionAkdeniz University HospitalAntalyaTurkey
  4. 4.Medical Oncology DivisionHacettepe University Oncology HospitalAltındağ/AnkaraTurkey

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