Drug Formulary information is intended for use by healthcare professionals. It is not intended to be medical advice. Some of the information, including information about funding for cancer drugs, does not apply to all patients. Cancer treatment plans are unique to each patient. If you are a patient, please speak with your healthcare team to understand how this information applies to you.
Regimen is considered appropriate as part of the standard care of patients; meaningfully improves outcomes (survival, quality of life), tolerability or costs compared to alternatives (recommended by the Disease Site Team and national consensus body e.g. pan-Canadian Oncology Drug Review, pCODR). Recommendation is based on an appropriately conducted phase III clinical trial relevant to the Canadian context OR (where phase III trials are not feasible) an appropriately sized phase II trial. Regimens where one or more drugs are not approved by Health Canada for any indication will be identified under Rationale and Use.
This Regimen Abstract is an abbreviated version of a Regimen Monograph and contains only top level information on usage, dosing, schedule, cycle length and special notes (if available). Information in regimen abstracts is accurate to the extent of the ST-QBP regimen master listings, and has not undergone the full review process of a regimen monograph. Full regimen monographs will be published for each ST-QBP regimen as they are developed.
For first-line treatment of extensive-stage small cell lung cancer, in patients with good performance status
ODB - General Benefit (etoposide - oral capsules)
New Drug Funding Program (Atezolizumab - In Combination with Etoposide and Platinum for Extensive-Stage Small Cell Lung Cancer) (NDFP Website )
|atezolizumab||1200 mg||IV||Day 1|
|CISplatin||75 mg /m²||IV||Day 1|
|etoposide||200 mg /m²||PO||Days 1 to 3|
REPEAT EVERY 21 DAYS
For a usual total of 4 cycles, followed by atezolizumab maintenance (ATEZ(MNT)), unless disease progression or unacceptable toxicity occurs
No routine prophylaxis for etoposide PO
Also refer to CCO Antiemetic Recommendations.
Pre-medications for atezolizumab (prophylaxis for infusion reaction):
There is insufficient evidence that routine prophylaxis with premedications reduce infusion reaction (IR) rates.
- Consider antipyretic and H1-receptor antagonist upon atezolizumab re-challenge.
Also refer to the CCO guideline for detailed description of Management of Cancer Medication-Related Infusion Reactions.
Screen for hepatitis B virus in all cancer patients starting systemic treatment. Refer to the hepatitis B virus screening and management guideline.
Refer to CCO's Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor Toxicity Management Guideline for detailed descriptions of Immune-related toxicities and their management.
Other Supportive Care:
Standard regimens for Cisplatin premedication and hydration should be followed. Refer to local guidelines.
CADTH reimbursement recommendation: Atezolizumab (In combination with carboplatin and etoposide for the first-line treatment of adult patients with extensive-stage small cell lung cancer). September 2022.
Cisplatin, etoposide, and atezolizumab drug monographs, Ontario Health (Cancer Care Ontario).
Horn L, Mansfield AS, Szczesna A, et al. First-line atezolizumab plus chemotherapy in extensive stage small-cell lung cancer. N Engl J Med 2018;379:2220-9.
Klastersky J, Sculier JP, Dabouis G, et al. A randomized trial of two platinum combinations in patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer: a preliminary
report. European Organization for the Research and Treatment of Cancer--Lung Cancer Working Party. Semin Oncol. 1990 Feb;17(1 Suppl 2):20-4.
Smith IE, Evans BD, Gore ME, et al. Carboplatin (Paraplatin; JM8) and etoposide (VP-16) as first-line combination therapy for small cell lung cancer. J Clin ONcol 1987;5:185-9.
March 2023 New ST-QBP regimen
A Regimen Abstract is an abbreviated version of a Regimen Monograph and contains only top level information on usage, dosing, schedule, cycle length and special notes (if available). It is intended for healthcare providers and is to be used for informational purposes only. It is not intended to constitute or be a substitute for medical advice, and all uses of the Regimen Abstract are subject to clinical judgment. Such information is provided on an “as-is” basis, without any representation, warranty, or condition, whether express, or implied, statutory or otherwise, as to the information’s quality, accuracy, currency, completeness, or reliability, and Cancer Care Ontario disclaims all liability for the use of this information, and for any claims, actions, demands or suits that arise from such use.
Information in regimen abstracts is accurate to the extent of the ST-QBP regimen master listings, and has not undergone the full review process of a regimen monograph. Full regimen monographs will be published for each ST-QBP regimen as they are developed.
Refer to the New Drug Funding Program or Ontario Public Drug Programs websites for the most up-to-date public funding information.
The information set out in the drug monographs, regimen monographs, appendices and symptom management information (for health professionals) contained in the Drug Formulary (the "Formulary") is intended for healthcare providers and is to be used for informational purposes only. The information is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, drug interactions or adverse effects of a particular drug, nor should it be construed to indicate that use of a particular drug is safe, appropriate or effective for a given condition. The information in the Formulary is not intended to constitute or be a substitute for medical advice and should not be relied upon in any such regard. All uses of the Formulary are subject to clinical judgment and actual prescribing patterns may not follow the information provided in the Formulary.
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