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Keywords:

  • cancer;
  • canine;
  • malignant;
  • paclitaxel;
  • translational oncology;
  • tumour

Abstract

A new formulation of water-soluble paclitaxel (Paccal® Vet) has been developed for canine cancer patients, without the need for pre-medication (traditionally required in non-water-soluble paclitaxel formulations). The objective of the study was to determine a clinically safe and efficacious dose of Paccal Vet and to estimate progression-free and overall survival and to evaluate single-dose pharmacokinetics in tumour-bearing dogs. A positive risk:benefit ratio was established for Paccal Vet administered at 150 mg m–2 intravenous (IV) for three or more treatment cycles. Preliminary efficacy was demonstrated by best objective response rate (86%), median time to response (14 days) and median progression-free survival (131 days). Paccal Vet was associated with expected adverse events (AE) (e.g. myelosuppression), however the majority were transient, clinically silent and manageable. This is the first clinical report of a water-soluble formulation of paclitaxel suggesting successful administration and being safely used without pre-medication in dogs.