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1.  A randomized trial of amifostine in patients with high-dose VIC chemotherapy plus autologous blood stem cell transplanation 
British Journal of Cancer  2001;84(3):313-320.
This pilot study evaluates the degree of side effects during high-dose chemotherapy (HD-VIC) plus autologous bone marrow transplant (HDCT) and its possible prevention by the cytoprotective thiol-derivate amifostine. Additionally, the in-patient medical costs of both treatment arms were compared. 40 patients with solid tumours were randomized to receive HD-VIC chemotherapy with or without amifostine (910 mg/m2 at day 1–3) given as a short infusion prior to carboplatin and ifosfamide. Patients were stratified according to pretreatment. HDCT consisted of an 18 h infusion of carboplatin (500 mg/m2/d over 18 h), ifosfamide (4 g/m2/d over 4 h) and etoposide (500 mg/m2/d) all given for 3 consecutive days. All patients received prophylactic application of G-CSF (5 μg kg−1 subcutaneously) to ameliorate neutropenia after treatment. Patients were monitored for nephrotoxicity, gastrointestinal side effects, haematopoietic recovery, as well as frequency of fever and infections. The median fall of the glomerular filtration rate (GFR) was 10% from baseline in the amifostine group (105 to 95 ml min−1) and 37% in the control patient group (107 to 67 ml min−1) (P< 0.01). Amifostine-treated patients revealed a less pronounced increase in albumine and low molecular weight protein urinary excretion. Stomatitis grade III/IV occurred in 25% without versus 0% of patients with amifostine (P = 0.01). Acute nausea/vomiting was frequently observed immediately during or after the application of amifostine despite intensive antiemetic prophylaxis consisting of 5-HT3-receptor antagonists/dexamethasone/trifluorpromazine. However, delayed emesis occurred more often in the control patients. Engraftment of neutrophil (> 500 μl−1) and thrombocytes (> 25 000 μl−1)were observed at days 9 versus 10 and 10 versus 12, respectively, both slightly in favour of the amifostine arm. In addition, a lower number of days with fever and a shortened duration of hospital stay were observed in the amifostine arm. The reduction of acute toxicity observed in the amifostine arm resulted in 30% savings in costs for supportive care (Euro 4396 versus Euro 3153 per patient). Taking into account the drug costs of amifostine, calculation of in-patient treatment costs from the start of chemotherapy to discharge revealed additional costs of Euro 540 per patient in the amifostine arm. This randomized pilot study indicates that both organ and haematotoxicity of HD-VIC chemotherapy can be ameliorated by the use of amifostine. Additionally, a nearly complete preservation of GFR was observed in amifostine-treated patients which may be advantageous if repetitive cycles of HDCT are planned. Larger randomized trials evaluating amifostine cytoprotection during high-dose chemotherapy are warranted. © 2001 Cancer Research Campaign http://www.bjcancer.com
doi:10.1054/bjoc.2000.1611
PMCID: PMC2363753  PMID: 11161394
toxicity; high-dose chemotherapy; PBSC transplantation; cytoprotection; amifostine; pharmacoeconomics
2.  Silibinin protects against cisplatin-induced nephrotoxicity without compromising cisplatin or ifosfamide anti-tumour activity. 
British Journal of Cancer  1996;74(12):2036-2041.
Cisplatin is one of the most active cytotoxic agents in the treatment of testicular cancer, but its clinical use is associated with side-effects such as ototoxicity, neurotoxicity and nephrotoxicity. Long-term kidney damage from cisplatin particularly affects the proximal tubular apparatus and can be detected by increased urinary excretion of brush-border enzymes, such as L-alanine-aminopeptidase (AAP), and magnesium. In the current study, the flavonoid silibinin was used as a nephroprotectant for cisplatin-induced nephropathy in a rat animal model. Infusion of silibinin before cisplatin results in a significant decrease in glomerular (indicated by creatinine clearance and serum urea level) and tubular kidney toxicity (excretion of brush-border enzymes and magnesium). Silibinin given alone had no effect on renal function. In order to exclude an inhibition of the anti-tumour activity of cisplatin and 4-hydroperoxy-ifosfamide by co-administration of silibinin, in vitro studies were performed in three established human testicular cancer cell lines. Dose-response curves for cisplatin (3-30 000 nmol) combined with non-toxic silibinin doses (7.25 x 10(-6) or 7.25 x 10(-5) mol l-1) did not deviate significantly from those of cisplatin alone as measured by relative cell survival during a 5 day assay using the sulphorhodamine-B staining technique. Also silibinin did not influence the cytotoxic activity of 4-hydroperoxy-ifosfamide (30-10 000 nmol) in vitro. In summary, these in vitro data rule out a significant inhibition of the anti-tumour activity of the major nephrotoxic components, cisplatin and 4-hydroperoxy-ifosfamide, by co-administration of silibinin in a human germ cell tumour cell line model. Together with these demonstrated cytoprotection effects in the rat animal model, these data form the basis for a randomised clinical trial of silibinin for the protection of cisplatin-associated nephrotoxicity in patients with testicular cancer.
PMCID: PMC2074813  PMID: 8980410

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