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Treating patients with resectable esophagogastric cancer with docetaxel, oxaliplatin, and fluorouracil/leucovorin (FLOT) may be superior to epirubicin, cisplatin, with fluorouracil or capecitabine (ECF/ECX), according to results from a trial presented at the European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO) 2017 Congress in Spain.1

In the phase 3 FLOT4 study ( Identifier: NCT01216644), 716 patients with resectable gastric or gastro-esophageal junction adenocarcinoma of stage cT2 or higher and/or cN+ were randomly assigned to 2 study arms: 3 pre-operative and 3 post-operative 3-week cycles of ECF/ECX or 4 pre-operative and 4 post-operative 2-week cycles of FLOT. The primary outcome of the study was overall survival (OS).

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Results from multivariate, subgroup and sensitivity analyses revealed that FLOT was associated with greater overall survival compared to ECF/ECX (50 vs 35 months; hazard ratio [HR], 0.77; P = .012), as well as longer progression-free survival (30 months vs 18 months; HR, 0.75; P = .001).

Patients receiving FLOT also experienced fewer cases of progressive disease during/after preoperative therapy (1% vs 5%; P < .001), greater number of pT0/pT1 tumors (25% vs 15%; P = .001), and more R0-resections (84% vs 77%; P = .011), compared to ECF/ECX.

The relative effects of FLOT were demonstrable in all subgroups, and was pronounced numerically in patients with Barrett tumors, small tumors T1/2, nodal negative tumors, and Siewert type 1 esophageal tumors.

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Study authors noted that “Patients derived benefit from FLOT even if they were old (> 70 years), had small tumors, a nodal negative status, or a signet cell component. The presence of one of these factors should no longer be a reason for not considering perioperative therapy in daily practice.”

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  1. Al-Batran S, Pauligk C, Homann N, et al. Docetaxel, oxaliplatin, and fluorouracil/leucovorin (FLOT) for resectable esophagogastric cancer: Updated results from multicenter, randomized phase 3 FLOT4-AIO trial (German Gastric Group at AIO).  Presented at: ESMO 2017 Congress; Madrid, Spain: September 8-12, 2017. Abstract LBA27.