The purpose of this study was to establish the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) of docetaxel in an outpatient docetaxel (T), cisplatin (P), 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) (F), and leucovorin (L) (opTPFL) regimen and to obtain preliminary assessment of opTPFL efficacy. Thirty-four patients with stage III or IV squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck were treated with opTPFL. Docetaxel was escalated from 60 to 95 mg/m(2) in combination with 100 mg/m(2) cisplatin intravenous bolus, and 2,800 mg/m(2) 5-FU continuous infusion and 2,000 mg/m(2) leucovorin continuous infusion with prophylactic growth factors and antibiotics. Patients who achieved a complete (CR) or partial (PR) response to three cycles received definitive twice-daily radiation therapy. A total of 97 cycles were administered to 34 patients. The major acute toxicities were neutropenia and mucositis. The MTD of docetaxel was 90 mg/m(2) . Seventy-seven of 97 cycles of were administered on an outpatient basis. The overall clinical response rate to opTPFL was 94%, with 44% CRs and 50% PRs. The MTD of opTPFL is 90 mg/m(2) docetaxel. Outpatient administration of opTPFL is tolerable, feasible, and does not alter the ability to administer definitive radiation therapy on schedule.
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