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Open Access Research article

Phase I study of miriplatin combined with transarterial chemotherapy using CDDP powder in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma

Kenya Kamimura, Takeshi Suda*, Yasushi Tamura, Masaaki Takamura, Takeshi Yokoo, Masato Igarashi, Hirokazu Kawai, Satoshi Yamagiwa, Minoru Nomoto and Yutaka Aoyagi

Author Affiliations

Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences, Niigata University, Niigata, Japan

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BMC Gastroenterology 2012, 12:127  doi:10.1186/1471-230X-12-127

Published: 20 September 2012

Abstract

Background

There is no standard therapeutic procedure for the hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in patients with poor hepatic reserve function. With the approval of newly developed chemotherapeutic agent of miriplatin, we have firstly conducted the phase I study of CDDP powder (DDP-H) and miriplatin combination therapy and reported its safety and efficacy for treating unresectable HCC in such cases. To determine the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) and dose-limiting toxicity (DLT) for the combination of transarterial oily chemoembolization (TOCE) and transarterial chemotherapy (TAC) using miriplatin and DDP-H for treating unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).

Methods

Transarterial chemotherapy using DDP-H was performed through the proper hepatic artery targeting the HCC nodules by increasing the dose of DDP-H (35–65 mg/m2) followed by targeting the HCC nodules by transarterial oily chemoembolization with miriplatin.

Results

A total of nine patients were enrolled in this study and no DLT was observed with any dose of DDP-H in all cases in whom 80 mg (median, 18–120) miriplatin was administered. An anti-tumour efficacy rating for partial response was obtained in one patient, while a total of four patients (among eight evaluated) showed stable disease response, leading to 62.5% of disease control rate. The pharmacokinetic results showed no further increase in plasma platinum concentration following miriplatin administration.

Conclusion

Our results suggest that a combination of DDP-H and miriplatin can be safely administered up to their respective MTD for treating HCC.

Trial registration

This study was registered with the University Hospital Medical Information Network Clinical Trials Registry (UMIN-CTR000003541).

Keywords:
Miriplatin; Hepatocellular carcinoma; Cisplatin powder; Phase I clinical trial