Dr. Saba on Scheduling Challenges With Cisplatin in Head and Neck Cancer | OncLive

Dr. Saba on Scheduling Challenges With Cisplatin in Head and Neck Cancer

August 24, 2020

Nabil F. Saba, MD, FACP, discusses ​scheduling challenges with cisplatin in head and neck cancer.

Nabil F. Saba, MD, FACP, director, Head and Neck Medical Oncology Program, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Department of Otolaryngology, Emory University School of Medicine, discusses ​scheduling challenges with cisplatin in head and neck cancer.

The head and neck cancer paradigm has been limited in terms of systemic therapy options to combine with radiation therapy, says Saba. Additionally, scheduling of cisplatin has been a long-standing issue in the space.

Giving high-dose cisplatin every 3 weeks remains the standard of care based on level 1, phase 3 data, Saba explains. However, about 40% of patients who receive this regimen are unable to receive cycle 3 of therapy due to intolerable toxicity.

As such, giving once-weekly cisplatin at a lower dose may be less toxic and better tolerated for patients with head and neck cancer, concludes Saba.


x