Background: Intravenous administration of amifostine reduces chemotherapy-induced toxicity. Preclinical experiments showed a reduction in radiation-induced mucositis after local application of the active metabolite of amifostine (WR-1065). This study evaluated the effect of local application of WR-1065 on chemotherapy-induced oral mucositis. Patients and Methods: Non-small cell lung cancer patients treated with gemcitabine and epirubicin every 3 weeks for a maximum of five cycles were included. WR-1065 was administered during the second and third cycle as an oral rinse. Oral mucositis evaluation included WHO toxicity grading, a validated oral mucositis assessment scale (OMAS) and a questionnaire. Results: Twenty-four patients were evaluated for at least one control and one rinse cycle. Mucositis scores, pain and feeding difficulties increased from day 1 to day 15, and were not significantly different between the control and rinse cycles. Local application of WR-1065 leads to detectable quantities of WR-1065 in epithelial mucosa cells. A negative correlation between the WR-1065 concentration and OMAS score was found. Conclusion: No clinical detectable influence of WR-1065 on oral mucositis was found.
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - 2004|
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