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BACKGROUND/AIM: The efficacy of trifluridine/thymidine phosphorylase inhibitor (FTD/TPI) plus bevacizumab as later-line treatment for metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) has been demonstrated. However, little is known about the impact of a usage history of bevacizumab in front-line treatment on the clinical benefit of combining bevacizumab with FTD/TPI.
PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 62 patients with mCRC treated with FTD/TPI±bevacizumab was enrolled and assessed for chemotherapeutic efficacy and adverse events.
RESULTS: Regardless of the usage history of bevacizumab in front-line treatment, the FTD/TPI plus bevacizumab group had a significantly better progression-free survival rate than the FTD/TPI monotherapy group, and no significant differences in the safety profile were observed between the two groups.
CONCLUSION: Combining bevacizumab with FTD/TPI improves the survival outcomes with manageable toxicity, regardless of the usage history of bevacizumab in front-line treatment, in patients with mCRC.