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Keywords:

  • novel therapeutics;
  • neuroblastoma;
  • salvage therapy;
  • peripheral blood stem cells

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The authors report a retrospective analysis of high-dose ifosfamide, carboplatin, and etoposide (HD-ICE) for patients with refractory or relapsed neuroblastoma (NB). A major reason for using this regimen was the long time since patients received previous treatment with a platinum compound. The authors also summarized the published experience on ICE in patients with NB.

METHODS:

Treatment comprised ifosfamide (2000 mg/m2 daily for 5 days), carboplatin (500 mg/m2 daily for 2 days), and etoposide (100 mg/m2 daily for 5 days). Patients who had poor hematologic reserve (platelet count <100,000/μL) from previous therapy received peripheral blood stem cells (PBSCs) after HD-ICE. Disease status before and after HD-ICE was defined according to International Neuroblastoma Response Criteria (expanded to include 123I-metaiodobenzylguanidine findings). Publications that were informative about ICE for NB were reviewed.

RESULTS:

Seventy-four patients received 92 cycles of ICE, including 37 patients who received PBSC rescue. Grade 3 toxicities were rare: 1–3 patients had encephalopathy, mucositis, or gastroenteritis. Bacteremia was documented in 24 of 92 cycles (26%). The absolute neutrophil count reached 500/μL on day 17–30 (median, day 22) in patients who had satisfactory hematologic reserve. Disease regressions (major and minor responses) were achieved by 14 of 17 patients (82%) with a new relapse, 13 of 26 patients (50%) with refractory NB, and 12 of 34 patients (35%) who were treated for progressive disease during chemotherapy (P = .005). In the literature, patients received ICE at lower dosages and achieved major response rates >36% in phase 1 and 2 studies (in which less comprehensive staging evaluations were used) that involved resistant NB and >70% in induction for newly diagnosed NB.

CONCLUSIONS:

HD-ICE is appealing as salvage treatment or consolidative therapy because of its anti-NB activity and the low risk of major nonhematologic toxicity. PBSC support is unnecessary for patients who had intact hematologic reserve. Cancer 2013. © 2012 American Cancer Society.