Efficacy of modified FOLFOX6 chemotherapy for patients with unresectable pseudomyxoma peritonei

Sakura Hiraide, Keigo Komine, Yuko Sato, Kota Ouchi, Hiroo Imai, Ken Saijo, Masahiro Takahashi, Shin Takahashi, Hidekazu Shirota, Masanobu Takahashi, Chikashi Ishioka

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Background: Pseudomyxoma peritonei (PMP) is a rare malignancy, and there is insufficient evidence about systemic chemotherapy for this disease. Methods: We retrospectively evaluated the efficacy and safety of a chemotherapeutic regimen with 5-fluorouracil and oxaliplatin (modified FOLFOX6, mFOLFOX6) for patients with unresectable pseudomyxoma peritonei. Patients who received the therapy between April 2000 and February 2019 at the Department of Medical Oncology, Tohoku University Hospital, were enrolled in this study. Results: Eight patients were treated with mFOLFOX6. The sites of primary tumor were appendix in six patients, ovary in a patient, and urachus in a patient. Six patients received surgery. Seven patients had histologically high-grade PMP, and one patient had low-grade PMP. The median follow-up duration was 27.2 months. All the patients had non-measurable regions as the targets of tumor response. Non-complete response or non-progressive disease was observed in seven patients, with a disease control rate of 87.5%. The median progression-free survival and overall survival were 13.0 months and 27.9 months, respectively. An obvious reduction in the symptoms was observed in two patients. Five patients experienced decline in the serum tumor markers, CEA or CA19-9. The grade 3/4 toxicity that was observed was grade 4 neutropenia in one patient and grade 3 neutropenia in two patients. Conclusions: mFOLFOX6 might be an effective and tolerable treatment option for patients with unresectable PMP. To our knowledge, this is the first case series of mFOLFOX6 in patients with unresectable PMP and the first case series of systemic chemotherapy for Asian patients with unresectable PMP.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)774-781
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Clinical Oncology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Apr 1


  • 5-Fluorouracil and oxaliplatin (FOLFOX)
  • Pseudomyxoma peritonei
  • Systemic chemotherapy
  • Unresectable

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Hematology
  • Oncology


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