A phase II trial of etoposide (100 mg/m2) on days 4, 5, 6, doxorubicin (Adriamycin, 20 mg/m2) on days 1, 7, and cisplatin (30 mg/m2) on days 2, 8 (EAP) was carried out in order to reduce toxicity associated with a full-dose EAP regimen for advanced and/or metastatic gastric adenocarcinoma. Out of 21 evaluable patients, 2 (10%) had a complete response (CR), 7 (33%) had a partial response (PR), 4 (20%) showed no change and 8 progressed (38%). The mean duration of response (CR+PR) was 8.4+ months. Survival of the whole group was 7.5+ months. Treatment was quite well tolerated by most patients on an outpatient basis. Grade 3 vomiting and leukopenia were seen in 30% and 35% of cases respectively. One patient had grade 3 esophagitis, and 1 patient was hospitalized for severe grade 4 febrile leukopenia. Although the EAP regimen cannot be considered a standard therapy for gastric cancer, the EAP schedule employed in this study seems to be better tolerated than those reported by other authors, and can sefely be given on an outpatient basis. © 1994 Springer-Verlag.