Medline ® Abstract for Reference 95
of 'Management of acute chemotherapy-related diarrhea'
Feasibility study of supportive care using lafutidine, a histamine H2 receptor antagonist, to prevent gastrointestinal toxicity during chemotherapy for gastric cancer.
Namikawa T, Munekage E, Maeda H, Kitagawa H, Kobayashi M, Hanazaki K
Anticancer Res. 2014 Dec;34(12):7297-301.
UNLABELLED: The present study evaluated the efficacy of lafutidine, a histamine H2 receptor antagonist, for reducing gastrointestinal toxicities during adjuvant chemotherapy using oral fluorouracil anticancer drugs for gastric cancer.
PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients with stage II (T1 cases excluded) or stage III gastric adenocarcinoma who underwent gastrectomy with D2 lymphadenectomy achieving R0 resection from 2011 to 2013 were prospectively enrolled in the study. Patients were randomly assigned to either S-1 treatment or S-1 plus lafutidine treatment. Quality of life and gastrointestinal toxicity were evaluated before chemotherapy and at 2, 4, and 6 weeks after the beginning of treatment.
RESULTS: The incidence of diarrhea during chemotherapy was significantly lower in the S-1 plus lafutidine group than in the group treated with S-1 alone (10% vs. 83%, respectively; p=0.002). The grades of diarrhea and nausea during chemotherapy were also significantly lower compared to those before chemotherapy in patients receiving S-1 plus lafutidine than in those administered S-1 alone. The rate of patients requiring a dose reduction or interruption of S-1 was significantly lower in the S-1 plus lafutidine group than in the group treated with S-1 alone (30% vs. 83%, respectively; p=0.027).
CONCLUSION: Lafutidine might be useful not only for preventing gastrointestinal toxicities during adjuvant chemotherapy for gastric cancer, but also for improving compliance with taking oral fluorouracil anticancer drugs. However, this indication needs to be confirmed in a larger, prospective, randomized, controlled trial.
Department of Surgery, Kochi Medical School, Kochi, Japan email@example.com.