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Standard Regimens for Fit Patients with Limited SCLC

​Updated January 2014

Chemotherapy Regimens for Limited SCLC

Combination chemotherapy is mandatory for curative intent therapy of limited SCLC.

Four cycles of EP (LUSCPERT) has become the international standard for good performance status patients with good renal function with limited SCLC. EP is not associated with severe normal tissue toxicity when administered concurrently with full dose thoracic irradiation. The standard interval between cycles is three weeks. Thoracic irradiation should not be interrupted because of neutropenia (regardless of severity) in the absence of clinical evidence of infection.

An advantage for topoisomerase 1 inhibitors (irinotecan or topotecan) plus cisplatin over etoposide and cisplatin has not been confirmed in North American trials of extensive stage disease and this class of agents does not combine well with thoracic irradiation.


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