Penile cancer

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10 variants on this page


Guidelines

ESMO

NCCN

Neoadjuvant chemotherapy

TIP

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TIP: Taxol (Paclitaxel), Ifosfamide, Platinol (Cisplatin)

Regimen

Study Evidence
Pagliaro et al. 2010 Phase II

Note: cycle was repeated on day 22 if the patient's ANC was at least 1400/uL and platelet count was at least 100 x 109/L.

Chemotherapy

  • Paclitaxel (Taxol) 175 mg/m2 IV over 3 hours once on day 1
  • Ifosfamide (Ifex) 1200 mg/m2 IV over 2 hours once per day on days 1 to 3
  • Cisplatin (Platinol) 25 mg/m2 IV over 2 hours once per day on days 1 to 3
    • Administered intravenously in 250 mL of normal saline containing 12.5 g of mannitol

Supportive medications

21 to 28-day cycle for 4 cycles

Subsequent treatment

  • Surgery

References

  1. Pagliaro LC, Williams DL, Daliani D, Williams MB, Osai W, Kincaid M, Wen S, Thall PF, Pettaway CA. Neoadjuvant paclitaxel, ifosfamide, and cisplatin chemotherapy for metastatic penile cancer: a phase II study. J Clin Oncol. 2010 Aug 20;28(24):3851-7. Epub 2010 Jul 12. link to original article contains verified protocol link to PMC article PubMed

VBM

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VBM: Vincristine, Bleomycin, Methotrexate

Regimen

Study Evidence
Pizzocaro et al. 1988 Pilot, <20 pts

Note: this is of historic interest given the toxicity of bleomycin-containing regimens.

Preceding treatment

  • Surgery, within 2 to 4 weeks

Chemotherapy

12-week course

Subsequent treatment

  • Surgery

References

  1. Pizzocaro G, Piva L. Adjuvant and neoadjuvant vincristine, bleomycin, and methotrexate for inguinal metastases from squamous cell carcinoma of the penis. Acta Oncol. 1988;27(6b):823-4. link to original article contains verified protocol PubMed
  2. Review: Pagliaro LC, Crook J. Multimodality therapy in penile cancer: when and which treatments? World J Urol. 2009 Apr;27(2):221-5. Epub 2008 Aug 6. link to original article contains verified protocol link to PMC article PubMed

Adjuvant chemotherapy

DCF

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DCF: Docetaxel, Cisplatin, Fluorouracil

Regimen

Study Evidence
Necchi et al. 2011 Case report

Preceding treatment

  • Surgery

Chemotherapy

21-day cycle for 3 cycles

References

  1. Case report: Necchi A, Nicolai N, Colecchia M, Catanzaro M, Torelli T, Piva L, Salvioni R. Proof of activity of anti-epidermal growth factor receptor-targeted therapy for relapsed squamous cell carcinoma of the penis. J Clin Oncol. 2011 Aug 1;29(22):e650-2. Epub 2011 May 31. link to original article contains verified protocol PubMed

TIP

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TIP: Taxol (Paclitaxel), Ifosfamide, Platinol (Cisplatin)

Regimen


Note: No primary reference available, but some guidelines state that it is reasonable to give adjuvant TIP if it was not given preoperatively and pathology shows high-risk features. (see neoadjuvant TIP for a referenced regimen)

Preceding treatment

  • Surgery

Chemotherapy

References

  1. No primary reference available

Metastatic or unresectable disease

BMP

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BMP: Bleomycin, Methotrexate, Platinol (Cisplatin)
MPB: Methotrexate, Platinol (Cisplatin), Bleomycin

Variant #1

Study Evidence
Haas et al. 1999 (SWOG 8520) Phase II

This is likely of historic interest due to the toxicity of bleomycin-containing regimens.

Chemotherapy

  • Bleomycin (Blenoxane) 10 units/m2 IV bolus once per day on days 1 & 8
    • Chemotherapy with bleomycin was discontinued when a total cumulative dose of 200 units/m2 was reached
  • Methotrexate (MTX) 25 mg/m2 IV bolus once per day on days 1 & 8
  • Cisplatin (Platinol) 75 mg/m2 at a concentration of 1 mg/mL normal saline IV given at a rate of 1 mg/min once on day 1

Supportive medications

21-day cycles, given until disease progression; patients who achieved complete remission discontinued therapy after 6 cycles

Variant #2

Study Evidence
Corral et al. 1998 Phase II

21 of 29 evaluable patients in Corral et al. 1998 had penile cancer. Please see the paper for additional variations in the protocol, including some patients being treated with intraarterial therapy. This is likely of historic interest due to the toxicity of bleomycin-containing regimens.

Chemotherapy

  • Bleomycin (Blenoxane) 10 mg/m2 IV once per day on days 2 to 6
    • Note: Pagliaro et al. 2009 lists a "dosage of 50 mg/m2 on days 2 to 6," which could be misinterpreted as 50 mg/m2 for each dose, which is in contrast to the 50 mg/m2 for each cycle that Corral et al. 1998 describes.
  • Methotrexate (MTX) 200 mg/m2 IV once per day on days 1, 15, 22
  • Cisplatin (Platinol) 20 mg/m2 IV over 3 hours once per day on days 2 to 6
    • Note: Corral et al. 1998 does not specify which days cisplatin is given on. Pagliaro et al. 2009 specifies that cisplatin is given on days 2 to 6. For Corral et al. 1998, the 5 day course is inferred based on the paper saying that the total dosage--presumably per cycle--was 100 mg/m2.

Supportive medications

28-day cycles

References

  1. Corral DA, Sella A, Pettaway CA, Amato RJ, Jones DM, Ellerhorst J. Combination chemotherapy for metastatic or locally advanced genitourinary squamous cell carcinoma: a phase II study of methotrexate, cisplatin and bleomycin. J Urol. 1998 Nov;160(5):1770-4. link to original article contains verified protocol PubMed
  2. Haas GP, Blumenstein BA, Gagliano RG, Russell CA, Rivkin SE, Culkin DJ, Wolf M, Crawford ED. Cisplatin, methotrexate and bleomycin for the treatment of carcinoma of the penis: a Southwest Oncology Group study. J Urol. 1999 Jun;161(6):1823-5. link to original article contains verified protocol PubMed content property of HemOnc.org
  3. Review: Pagliaro LC, Crook J. Multimodality therapy in penile cancer: when and which treatments? World J Urol. 2009 Apr;27(2):221-5. Epub 2008 Aug 6. link to original article contains verified protocol link to PMC article PubMed

Cisplatin & Fluorouracil

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Regimen

Study Evidence
Shammas et al. 1992 Pilot, <20 pts

Chemotherapy

References

  1. Shammas FV, Ous S, Fossa SD. Cisplatin and 5-fluorouracil in advanced cancer of the penis. J Urol. 1992 Mar;147(3):630-2. contains protocol PubMed

Cisplatin & Irinotecan

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Regimen

Study Evidence
Theodore et al. 2008 (EORTC 30992) Phase II

Chemotherapy

Supportive medications

  • Adequate hydration with cisplatin, per guidelines at each investigator's site
  • Antiemetic medication per routine local practice.
  • "Systematic premedication with atropine as of the first cycle of treatment was at the investigator's discretion but was not recommended."

28-day cycles, with up to 4 cycles before surgery in the neoadjuvant setting for T3 or N1 to N2; up to 8 cycles for patients with T4, N3, or M+ distant metastatic disease

References

  1. Theodore C, Skoneczna I, Bodrogi I, Leahy M, Kerst JM, Collette L, Ven K, Marréaud S, Oliver RD; EORTC Genito-Urinary Tract Cancer Group. A phase II multicentre study of irinotecan (CPT 11) in combination with cisplatin (CDDP) in metastatic or locally advanced penile carcinoma (EORTC PROTOCOL 30992). Ann Oncol. 2008 Jul;19(7):1304-7. link to original article contains verified protocol PubMed

Paclitaxel monotherapy

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Regimen

Study Evidence
Di Lorenzo et al. 2011 Phase II

Chemotherapy

Supportive medications

  • G-CSF could be used in later cycles if the patient developed febrile neutropenia during treatment
  • Dexamethasone (Decadron) 8 mg PO given three times, at 12 hours before, immediately before, and 12 hours after paclitaxel

21-day cycles

References

  1. Di Lorenzo G, Federico P, Buonerba C, Longo N, Cartenì G, Autorino R, Perdonà S, Ferro M, Rescigno P, D'Aniello C, Matano E, Altieri V, Palmieri G, Imbimbo C, De Placido S, Mirone V. Paclitaxel in pretreated metastatic penile cancer: final results of a phase 2 study. Eur Urol. 2011 Dec;60(6):1280-4. link to original article contains verified protocol PubMed

Panitumumab monotherapy

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Regimen

Study Evidence
Necchi et al. 2011 Case report

Chemotherapy

14-day cycles

References

  1. Necchi A, Nicolai N, Colecchia M, Catanzaro M, Torelli T, Piva L, Salvioni R. Proof of activity of anti-epidermal growth factor receptor-targeted therapy for relapsed squamous cell carcinoma of the penis. J Clin Oncol. 2011 Aug 1;29(22):e650-2. Epub 2011 May 31. link to original article contains verified protocol PubMed

PCF

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PCF: Paclitaxel, Cisplatin, Fluorouracil

Regimen

Study Evidence
Pizzocaro et al. 2009 Pilot, <20 pts

Chemotherapy

Supportive medications

  • "Corticosteroids, antihistamines, and an H2 antagonist were administered before starting paclitaxel"
  • "Antiemetic drugs and glutathione were administered before Cisplatin (Platinol)"
  • 1 liter half normal 2.5% glucose saline with 20 mEq potassium chloride and 10 mEq magnesium sulfate (MgSO4) IV given twice, before and after Cisplatin (Platinol)

21-day cycles; "two patients received more than the standard four courses"

References

  1. Pizzocaro G, Nicolai N, Milani A. Taxanes in combination with cisplatin and fluorouracil for advanced penile cancer: preliminary results. Eur Urol. 2009 Mar;55(3):546-51. Epub 2008 Jul 14. link to original article contains verified protocol PubMed

TIP

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TIP: Taxol (Paclitaxel), Ifosfamide, Platinol (Cisplatin)

Regimen


Note: No primary reference available, but some guidelines state that it is reasonable to give TIP as first-line therapy for metastatic penile cancer (see neoadjuvant TIP for a referenced regimen)

Chemotherapy

References

  1. No primary reference available