Irinotecan is expected to become a new drug for childhood solid tumors. Sixteen children with relapsed solid tumors received irinotecan 180 mg/m 2/day for 3 consecutive days, repeated once after 25 days off. Their original tumors were neuroblastoma in 7, rhabdomyosarcoma in 3, nephroblastoma and undifferentiated sarcoma in 2 each, and primitive neuroectodermal tumor and leiomyosarcoma in 1 each. The average age at trials was 6 years. Partial response was achieved in 5 (31.3%) (neuroblastoma, rhabdomyosarcoma, nephroblastoma, undifferentiated sarcoma, and leiomyosarcoma), and decrease in tumor marker in the other 2. Irinotecan appears promising, and could become included in the first-line treatment.
- Clinical trials
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Cancer Research