A rapid and systematic review of the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of topotecan for ovarian cancer

Forbes C, Shirran L, Bagnall A M, Duffy S, ter Riet G
Record ID 32001000969
Authors' objectives:

To examine the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of oral and intravenous topotecan (Hycamtin(R), SmithKline Beecham, UK) for the treatment of all stages of ovarian cancer.

Authors' recomendations: This review indicates that there is little evidence in the form of RCTs on which to base an assessment of the effectiveness of topotecan as second-line therapy for advanced ovarian cancer. The evidence suggests there were no statistically significant differences overall between topotecan and paclitaxel, or topotecan and caelyx in clinical outcomes. However, statistically significant differences were observed in the incidence of adverse effects. The clinical significance of the findings is not discussed. Overall, the effects of topotecan could at best be described as modest, but the alternative agents offer no real advantages except fewer side-effects and possibly improved cost-effectiveness. Both of the clinical effectiveness studies on which this evidence is based had methodological flaws, the most serious being the lack of a blinded assessor in the topotecan versus caelyx trial, which is important for unbiased assessment of response outcomes. The economic evaluations also suffered from a number of potential problems.
Authors' methods: Systematic review
Project Status: Completed
URL for project: http://www.hta.ac.uk/1209
Year Published: 2001
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: England, United Kingdom
MeSH Terms
  • Topotecan
  • Ovarian Neoplasms
Organisation Name: NIHR Health Technology Assessment programme
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