Quoted from http://highwire.stanford.edu/cgi/medline/pmid;22943698:
Re-challenge with pemetrexed in advanced mesothelioma: a multi-institutional experience.
A Bearz, R Talamini, G Rossoni, A Santo, V de Pangher, G Fasola, F Rosetti, A Favaretto, V Gregorc, M Berretta, S Santarossa, E Berto, and U Tirelli
BMC Res Notes, September 3, 2012; 5(1): 482.
BACKGROUND: Although first-line therapy for patients affected by advanced mesothelioma is well established, there is a lack of data regarding the impact of second-line treatment.
METHODS: We retrospectively collected data of patients affected by advanced mesothelioma, already treated with first-line therapy based on pemetrexed and platin, with a response (partial response or stable disease) lasting at least 6 months, and re-treated with a pemetrexed-based therapy at progression. The primary objective was to describe time to progression and overall survival after re-treatment.
RESULTS: Overall across several Italian oncological Institutions we found 30 patients affected by advanced mesothelioma, in progression after a 6-month lasting clinical benefit following a first-line treatment with cisplatin and pemetrexed, and re-challenged with a pemetrexed-based therapy. In these patients we found a disease control rate of 66%, with reduction of pain in 43% of patients. Overall time to progression and survival were promising for a second-line setting of patients with advanced mesothelioma, being 5.1 and 13.6 months, respectively.
CONCLUSIONS: In our opinion, when a patient experience a long-lasting benefit from previous treatment with pemetrexed combined with a platin compound, the same treatment should be offered at progression.