Human plasma pharmacokinetics of thiotepa following administration of high-dose thiotepa and cyclophosphamide.

S. P. Ackland*, K. E. Choi, M. J. Ratain, M. J. Egorin, S. F. Williams, J. A. Sinkule, J. D. Bitran

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Thiotepa is an established alkylating agent whose pharmacokinetics in standard doses are well defined. In order to ascertain whether dose-dependent variations in pharmacokinetics occur, we have undertaken an analysis of plasma thiotepa levels in 16 patients entered on a phase I-II study of bialkylator chemotherapy. High-dose thiotepa (1.8 to 7.0 mg/kg) and cyclophosphamide (2.5 g/m2) were administered intravenously (IV) on days -6, -4, and -2 followed by autologous marrow reinfusion on day 0. Plasma and urinary thiotepa was assayed by gas chromatography. Biexponential plasma decay curves were seen in ten patients, with a t 1/2 alpha of 10.0 +/- 6.4 minutes, a t 1/2 beta of 174 +/- 61 minutes and a total body clearance of 379 +/- 153 mL/h/kg (mean +/- SD). Six patients displayed monoexponential plasma decay curves with a terminal t 1/2 of 137 +/- 83 minutes and a total body clearance of 440 +/- 195 mL/h/kg. Although there was a trend toward reduced plasma clearance in the three patients treated at the highest dose level, the available data suggest that metabolic clearance mechanisms for thiotepa were not saturated with the doses used in this study. By stepwise regression analysis, linear functions using only 15-minute and four-hour postinfusion plasma levels were derived that correlated closely with area under the plasma concentration X time curves (AUC) (P less than .002). We conclude that high-dose thiotepa results in similar pharmacokinetic values to conventional doses with no apparent dose-dependent variation. The value of specific time points to predict AUC and clearance will require prospective evaluation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1192-1196
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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