Investigational New Drugs

, Volume 30, Issue 4, pp 1628–1640

Feasibility and effectiveness of inhaled carboplatin in NSCLC patients

  • Paul Zarogoulidis
  • Ellada Eleftheriadou
  • Iordanis Sapardanis
  • Vasiliki Zarogoulidou
  • Helliel Lithoxopoulou
  • Theodoros Kontakiotis
  • Nikolaos Karamanos
  • George Zachariadis
  • Maria Mabroudi
  • Athanasios Zisimopoulos
  • Kostantinos Zarogoulidis


Background Inhaled chemotherapy is under investigation as an alternative therapeutic modality for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer. Methods 60 NSCLC patients were randomized into 3 groups in this study. 20/60 patients (group A—control group) received I.V. chemotherapy (carboplatin AUC ≈ 5.5 D1); 20/60 (group B) received 2/3 of I.V. predicted carboplatin dose by I.V. infusion and the rest 1/3 as aerosol (jet nebulised D1); and 20/60 (group C) received all the predicted I.V. dose of carboplatin as aerosol in 3 equally divided fractions D1-3. In all patients I.V. docetaxel 100/m2 was as well administered (D1). Lung functional tests were performed in all groups before chemotherapy in the 3rd and 6th cycles. Results Group B had a statistically significant increase in survival compared to control group A [275 days (95% CI 249–300) vs. 211 (95% CI 185–236)]. In regard to lung functional tests, a statistically significant decline was observed only in FEV1 of group C in 6 months compared to the initial measurement. Conclusions Inhaled carboplatin could be given as an alternative root of pulmonary drug delivery in selected patients, but further randomized studies remain to prove whether the inhaled chemotherapy is an efficient and safe treatment modality.


NSCLC Inhaled chemotherapy Experimental chemotherapy regimens Carboplatin 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Zarogoulidis
    • 1
  • Ellada Eleftheriadou
    • 1
  • Iordanis Sapardanis
    • 1
  • Vasiliki Zarogoulidou
    • 1
  • Helliel Lithoxopoulou
    • 1
  • Theodoros Kontakiotis
    • 2
  • Nikolaos Karamanos
    • 3
  • George Zachariadis
    • 4
  • Maria Mabroudi
    • 1
  • Athanasios Zisimopoulos
    • 5
  • Kostantinos Zarogoulidis
    • 1
  1. 1.Aristotle University Pulmonary Department“G. Papanikolaou” HospitalThessalonikiGreece
  2. 2.Bronchoscopic Unit“G. Papanikolaou” HospitalThessalonikiGreece
  3. 3.Laboratory of BiochemistryUniversity of PatrasPatrasGreece
  4. 4.Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry, Department of ChemistryAristotle University of ThessalonikiThessalonikiGreece
  5. 5.Nuclear Medicine DepartmentDemocritus University of ThraceAlexandroupolisGreece

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