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Radiation Therapy in Treating Patients With Non-small Cell Lung Cancer

This study has been completed.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Radiation Therapy Oncology Group Identifier:
First received: November 1, 1999
Last updated: November 18, 2013
Last verified: November 2013

RATIONALE: Radiation therapy uses high-energy x-rays to damage tumor cells.

PURPOSE: Phase I/II trial to study the effectiveness of radiation therapy in treating patients with non-small cell lung cancer that cannot be surgically removed.

Condition Intervention Phase
Lung Cancer Radiation: radiation therapy Phase 1 Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Primary Purpose: Treatment

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Further study details as provided by Radiation Therapy Oncology Group:

Estimated Enrollment: 36
Study Start Date: July 1995
Primary Completion Date: January 2003 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:

OBJECTIVES: I. Assess the treatment related morbidity associated with escalating doses of 3-dimensional conformal radiotherapy (3D-CRT) in patients with locally advanced, inoperable, non-small cell lung cancer. II. Determine the maximum tolerated dose of 3D-CRT in these patients. III. Evaluate the morbidity associated with high dose 3D-CRT for carcinoma of the lung.

OUTLINE: This is a dose escalation study. Patients are stratified by the percentage of total lung volume (TLV) receiving greater than 20 Gy of radiation (less than 25% vs 25% to less than 37% vs at least 37%). As of 7/1/1999, the third stratum closed to accrual. Patients receive 3-dimensional conformal radiotherapy (3D-CRT) 5 days a week for either 6-7 weeks, 7-8 weeks, or 9-10 weeks (depending on the cohort). Within each TLV stratum, cohorts of 15-36 patients receive escalating doses of 3D-CRT until the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) is determined. The MTD is defined as the dose at which less than 15% of patients experience dose limiting toxicity. Patients are followed every 3 months for 1 year, every 4 months for 1 year, every 6 months for 3 years, and then annually thereafter.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 15-36 patients per cohort will be accrued for this study within 1 year. As of 7/1/1999, the third stratum closed to accrual.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: Histologically proven non-small cell lung cancer of the following histologic types: Squamous cell carcinoma Adenocarcinoma Undifferentiated large cell carcinoma Not otherwise specified (i.e., diagnosis by cytology alone) Unresectable stage I, II, or III disease Measurable lesion Primary and nodal lesions encompassable within radiotherapy fields No positive supraclavicular lymph nodes (stage N3) No massive atelectasis No complete remission if treated with chemotherapy Prior cisplatin, vinblastine, etoposide, paclitaxel, carboplatin, or vinorelbine allowed All chemotherapy delivered within 4 months of entry No pleural effusion with positive cytology Other pleural effusions eligible with following requirements: Present prior to mediastinoscopy or exploratory thoracotomy Transudate cytologically negative on 2 separate thoracenteses OR Present after mediastinoscopy or exploratory thoracotomy Either transudate or exudate with negative cytology on thoracentesis OR Present only on CT and not on chest x-ray Too small to tap under CT or ultrasound guidance Ineligible for treatment on RTOG phase III studies

PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age: 18 and over Performance status: Karnofsky 70-100% Hematopoietic: Not specified Hepatic: Not specified Renal: Not specified Other: No second malignancy within the past 5 years except nonmelanomatous skin cancer

PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: Biologic therapy: No prior biologic response modifier therapy Chemotherapy: See Disease Characteristics At least 6 months since prior bleomycin, mitomycin, doxorubicin, or cyclophosphamide No concurrent chemotherapy Endocrine therapy: Not specified Radiotherapy: No prior thoracic irradiation Surgery: Ineligible for definitive surgery

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00002577

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Sponsors and Collaborators
Radiation Therapy Oncology Group
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Study Chair: Mary V. Graham, MD Washington University Siteman Cancer Center
  More Information

Bradley J, Deasy J, Naqa IE, et al.: Predictors of lung toxicity from the RTOG 9311 radiation dose escalation trial: GTV position is important. [Abstract] Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 63 (2 Suppl 1): A-67, S40, 2005.
Bradley JD, Graham MV, Winter KW, et al.: Acute and late toxicity results of RTOG 9311: a dose escalation study using 3D conformal radiation therapy in patients with inoperable non-small cell lung cancer. [Abstract] Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 57 (2 Suppl): S137-8, 2003.
Graham MV, Winter K, Purdy JA, et al.: Preliminary results of a Radiation Therapy Oncology Group trial (RTOG 9311): a dose escalation study using 3d conformal radiation therapy in patients with inoperable nonsmall cell lung cancer. [Abstract] Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 51(3 suppl 1): A-34, 19-20, 2001.

Responsible Party: Radiation Therapy Oncology Group Identifier: NCT00002577     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: RTOG-9311
Study First Received: November 1, 1999
Last Updated: November 18, 2013

Keywords provided by Radiation Therapy Oncology Group:
stage I non-small cell lung cancer
stage II non-small cell lung cancer
recurrent non-small cell lung cancer
squamous cell lung cancer
large cell lung cancer
stage IIIA non-small cell lung cancer
stage IIIB non-small cell lung cancer
adenocarcinoma of the lung

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Lung Neoplasms
Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung
Respiratory Tract Neoplasms
Thoracic Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Lung Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Carcinoma, Bronchogenic
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