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Paclitaxel Plus Radiation Therapy in Treating Children With Newly Diagnosed Brain Stem Glioma

This study has been terminated.
(Administrative closure 9/22/2006. Decline in enrollment at CHOP. due to competing protocols with new agents.)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Identifier:
First received: March 8, 2002
Last updated: March 17, 2015
Last verified: January 2014

RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. Radiation therapy uses high-energy x-rays to damage tumor cells. Paclitaxel may make the tumor cells more sensitive to radiation therapy.

PURPOSE: Phase I trial to study the effectiveness of combining paclitaxel with radiation therapy in treating children who have newly diagnosed brain stem glioma.

Condition Intervention Phase
Brain and Central Nervous System Tumors
Drug: paclitaxel
Radiation: radiation therapy
Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase I Study Of Taxol And Involved Field Radiation Therapy For Newly Diagnosed Intrinsic Gliomas Of Childhood

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Further study details as provided by Children's Hospital of Philadelphia:

Enrollment: 11
Study Start Date: August 1999
Study Completion Date: September 2006
Primary Completion Date: September 2006 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:


  • Determine the maximum tolerated dose of paclitaxel when combined with involved-field radiotherapy in children with newly diagnosed, diffuse, intrinsic brain stem glioma.
  • Determine the toxicity of this regimen in these patients.
  • Assess the antitumor activity of this regimen in these patients.

OUTLINE: This is a multicenter, dose-escalation study of paclitaxel.

Patients receive induction therapy comprising paclitaxel intravenously (IV) over 1 hour once weekly and involved-field radiotherapy (after paclitaxel infusion) once daily, 5 days a week, for 6 weeks.

Beginning 6 weeks after completion of induction therapy, patients may receive maintenance therapy comprising paclitaxel IV over 1 hour once every 3 weeks for a total of 8 courses. Treatment continues in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

Cohorts of 3-6 patients receive escalating doses of paclitaxel until the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) is determined. The MTD is defined as the dose preceding that at which 2 of 3 or 2 of 6 patients experience dose-limiting toxicity.

Patients are followed every 3 months for 1 year, every 6 months for 1 year, and then annually thereafter.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A minimum of 12 patients will be accrued for this study within 12-18 months.


Ages Eligible for Study:   3 Years to 21 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Newly diagnosed, diffuse, intrinsic brain stem glioma by clinical examination and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

    • Histologic verification not required
    • Intrinsic (more than 50% intra-axial) involvement of the pons, pons and medulla, pons and midbrain, or entire brain stem allowed
    • Contiguous involvement of the thalamus or upper cervical cord allowed



  • 3 to 21 at diagnosis

Performance status:

  • Not specified

Life expectancy:

  • Not specified


  • Absolute neutrophil count greater than 1,000/mm3
  • Platelet count greater than 100,000/mm3
  • Hemoglobin greater than 10.0 g/dL


  • Bilirubin less than 1.5 times normal
  • serum glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase (SGOT) or serum glutamic-pyruvic transaminase (SGPT) less than 2.5 times normal


  • Creatinine less than 1.5 times normal


  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Negative pregnancy test
  • Fertile patients must use a highly effective method of contraception for female patients or barrier contraception for male patients


Biologic therapy:

  • Not specified


  • No other concurrent anticancer chemotherapy

Endocrine therapy:

  • Concurrent corticosteroid therapy for increased intracranial pressure allowed


  • Not specified


  • Not specified


  • No concurrent cytochrome P450-inducing anticonvulsants (e.g., phenytoin or carbamazepine) during paclitaxel therapy
  • Other concurrent anticonvulsants (e.g., valproic acid) for pre-existing seizure disorder allowed
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00031577

United States, Georgia
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
Egleston, Georgia, United States, 30322
United States, Pennsylvania
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 19104
Sponsors and Collaborators
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Study Chair: Jean B. Belasco, MD Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  More Information

Responsible Party: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Identifier: NCT00031577     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 1999-6-1780
Study First Received: March 8, 2002
Last Updated: March 17, 2015

Keywords provided by Children's Hospital of Philadelphia:
untreated childhood brain stem glioma

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Nervous System Neoplasms
Central Nervous System Neoplasms
Neoplasms, Neuroepithelial
Neuroectodermal Tumors
Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Neoplasms, Nerve Tissue
Neoplasms by Site
Nervous System Diseases
Albumin-Bound Paclitaxel
Antineoplastic Agents, Phytogenic
Antineoplastic Agents
Tubulin Modulators
Antimitotic Agents
Mitosis Modulators
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action processed this record on April 21, 2017