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A phase I trial of beta-all-trans-retinoic acid delivered via a collagen sponge and a cervical cap for mild or moderate intraepithelial cervical neoplasia.

  • Author(s): Meyskens, FL;
  • Graham, V;
  • Chvapil, M;
  • Dorr, RT;
  • Alberts, DS;
  • Surwit, EA
  • et al.
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A phase I trial was conducted of the vitamin A derivative beta-all-trans-retinoic acid (vitamin A acid; TRA), delivered via a collagen sponge and cervical cap for mild or moderate intraepithelial cervical neoplasia. On the basis of known skin and mucosal membrane toxicity, a concentration of 0.05% TRA in a cream-based vehicle was selected as the starting dose and was escalated later with the use of a modified Fibonacchi scale. The delivery device and the TRA were changed daily for 4 days, and side effects were assessed on days 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, and 30 by clinical and colposcopic examination. Vaginal, cervical, and systemic toxicity were evaluated in 35 patients. No dose-related systemic effects were found; mild cervical inflammation increased in many patients at higher doses. Unacceptably high vaginal toxicity was reached at a TRA concentration of 0.484%. A concentration of 0.372% TRA is recommended for use in phase II trials in mild and moderate cervical intraepithelial neoplasia.

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