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Discussion: session 2 Josep M del Campo*1, Jalid Sehouli2 & Domenica Lorusso3 Gynecological, Head & Neck Cancer Division, Department of Medical Oncology, Vall d’Hebron University Hospital, Barcelona, Spain 2 Department of Gynecology, European Competence Center for Ovarian Cancer, Campus Virchow Klinikum, Charité University Hospital, Berlin, Germany 3 Gynecologic Oncology Unit, Fondazione `IRCCS’ National Cancer Institute, Milan, Italy *Author for correspondence: Tel: +34 93 4894350 n Fax:+34 93 2746781 n [email protected] 1

What do you usually do in your hospital when a patient develops hypersensitivity to platinum? Josep M del Campo

Drugs can cause allergic reactions via a range of immunologic mechanisms which, as yet, are either unknown or poorly understood. These drug reactions may be mediated immunologically: mast cells and basophils are the critical components mediated by IgE, and mast cells release mediators (e.g., histamine, arachidonic acid metabolites [leukotrienes and prostaglandins], proteases and proteoglycans) that lead to classic cutaneous, respiratory, cardiovascular and gastrointestinal symptoms. In ovarian cancer patients, carboplatin is responsible for up to approximately 27% of hypersensitivity reactions (HSRs), with approximately 50% of initial HSRs occurring during the eighth course of treatment, usually starting within 30 min of infusion and despite premedication with dexamethasone and antihistamines. Other antineoplastic drugs lead to HSRs with varying rates (paclitaxel/docetaxel: 10–30%; cabazitaxel: 0.3–1.8%; cetuximab: 16–19%; trastuzumab: 40%; rituximab: 77%) [1–4]. The retreatment interval has also been shown to be important with regard to carboplatin-related HSRs. A retreatment interval >23 months has been associated with a 36% incidence of HSRs, compared with a HSR incidence of 8% with a retreatment interval 12 months, trabectedin/PLD has been shown to result in an OS of 36.5 months [8], in the range observed with platinum combinations, and it is associated with a different safety profile to platinum combinations. In particular, trabectedin/ PLD is not associated with cumulative end-organ toxicities (renal, cardiac or neurological) or adverse effects such as alopecia, HSRs, hand–foot syndrome or mucositis [11]. As such, for patients with fullysensitive recurrent ovarian cancer (platinum-free interval: >12 months), combination of trabectedin/ PLD may represent an alternative treatment option. ovarian cancer in late relapse. J. Clin. Oncol. 28, 3323–3329 (2010).




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in combination with liposomal pegylated doxorubicin in relapsed ovarian carcinoma: considerations for optimal management. Int. J. Gynecol. Cancer 21(Suppl. 1), S6–S8 (2011). Financial & competing interests disclosure

The authors have no relevant affiliations or financial involvement with any organization or entity with a financial interest in or financial conflict with the subject matter or materials discussed in the manuscript. This includes employment, consultancies, honoraria, stock ownership or options, expert testimony, grants or patents received or pending, or royalties. Editorial assistance was provided by Content Ed Net, with funding from PharmaMar, Madrid, Spain.


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