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Combination Chemotherapy and Tamoxifen in Treating Patients With Solid Tumors

This study has been completed.
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National Cancer Institute (NCI) Identifier:
First received: November 1, 1999
Last updated: July 9, 2013
Last verified: May 2005

RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as cisplatin and doxorubicin, work in different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. Estrogen can stimulate the growth of tumor cells. Hormone therapy using tamoxifen may fight cancer by blocking the uptake of estrogen. Combining tamoxifen with chemotherapy may kill more tumor cells.

PURPOSE: This phase II trial is studying how well giving cisplatin and doxorubicin together with tamoxifen works in treating patients with solid tumors.

Condition Intervention Phase
Adrenocortical Carcinoma Brain and Central Nervous System Tumors Head and Neck Cancer Liver Cancer Malignant Mesothelioma Pheochromocytoma Sarcoma Drug: cisplatin Drug: doxorubicin hydrochloride Drug: tamoxifen citrate Procedure: conventional surgery Radiation: radiation therapy Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Cisplatin, Doxorubicin and Tamoxifen in the Treatment of Incurable Soft Tissue and Endocrine Malignancies

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Further study details as provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):

Estimated Enrollment: 30
Study Start Date: May 1994
Study Completion Date: April 2005
Detailed Description:


  • Determine the feasibility and efficacy of cisplatin, doxorubicin, and tamoxifen (CAT) in patients with soft tissue sarcoma, glioma, mesothelioma, hepatoma, thyroid cancer, or adrenal cancer.
  • Determine the toxicity of this regimen in these patients.

OUTLINE: Patients receive cisplatin IV over 1-2 hours followed immediately by doxorubicin IV over 15-30 minutes on days 1-3 and oral tamoxifen twice daily on days 4-17. Treatment continues every 3 weeks in the absence of the total cumulative doxorubicin dose reaching at least 500 mg/m2, disease progression, or unacceptable toxicity. Patients who achieve partial remission (PR) undergo local surgery or radiotherapy, if feasible, to convert PR to complete remission.

Patients are followed every 2 months for 1 year and then every 3 months for 2 years.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 14-30 patients will be accrued for this study.


Ages Eligible for Study:   up to 65 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Histologically proven soft tissue sarcoma, glioma, mesothelioma, hepatoma, thyroid cancer, or adrenal cancer with clinical, radiological, or histologic evidence of incurability
  • Patients with thyroid cancer must have failed radioactive iodine
  • Measurable or evaluable disease



  • 65 and under

Performance status:

  • ECOG 0-2


  • Granulocyte count at least 1,500/mm3
  • Platelet count at least 140,000/mm3


  • Bilirubin normal


  • Creatinine less than 1.47 mg/dL


  • Left ventricular ejection fraction at least 50% by MUGA scan
  • No congestive heart failure
  • No severe, uncontrolled hypertension
  • No ischemia, life-threatening arrhythmia, or conduction disturbance by ECG


  • No allergy to study medications
  • No uncontrolled infection
  • No active abuse of ethanol that would preclude treatment
  • No other prior or concurrent malignancy
  • Not pregnant
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception


Biologic therapy:

  • Not specified


  • No more than 1 prior chemotherapy regimen
  • No prior anthracycline or cisplatin
  • At least 3 weeks since other prior chemotherapy and recovered

Endocrine therapy:

  • Not specified


  • See Disease Characteristics
  • No prior radiotherapy to more than 25% of bone marrow
  • At least 3 weeks since other prior radiotherapy and recovered


  • Not specified
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00002608

Canada, Ontario
Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre at Ottawa Hospital - General Campus
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1H 1C4
Sponsors and Collaborators
Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre
Study Chair: Stan Z. Gertler, MD, FRCPC Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre
  More Information

Gertler SZ, Yau J, Stewart DJ, et al.: Cisplatin, doxorubicin and tamoxifen (CAT) in the treatment of incurable soft tissue and endocrine malignancies-preliminary results. [Abstract] Proceedings of the American Society of Clinical Oncology 15: A1427, 1996. Identifier: NCT00002608     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CAN-OTT-9401
CDR0000063892 ( Registry Identifier: PDQ (Physician Data Query) )
Study First Received: November 1, 1999
Last Updated: July 9, 2013

Keywords provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):
childhood brain tumor
childhood infratentorial ependymoma
childhood supratentorial ependymoma
recurrent adult soft tissue sarcoma
recurrent childhood brain tumor
childhood liver cancer
stage IV childhood liver cancer
recurrent childhood liver cancer
advanced malignant mesothelioma
recurrent malignant mesothelioma
localized unresectable adult primary liver cancer
advanced adult primary liver cancer
recurrent adult primary liver cancer
recurrent adult brain tumor
stage IV adrenocortical carcinoma
recurrent adrenocortical carcinoma
stage IV papillary thyroid cancer
stage IV follicular thyroid cancer
thyroid gland medullary carcinoma
anaplastic thyroid cancer
recurrent thyroid cancer
adult brain stem glioma
adult medulloblastoma
adult glioblastoma
metastatic pheochromocytoma
recurrent pheochromocytoma
childhood soft tissue sarcoma
metastatic childhood soft tissue sarcoma
recurrent childhood soft tissue sarcoma
childhood high-grade cerebral astrocytoma

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Head and Neck Neoplasms
Liver Neoplasms
Nervous System Neoplasms
Central Nervous System Neoplasms
Lung Neoplasms
Adrenocortical Carcinoma
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms, Connective and Soft Tissue
Neoplasms by Site
Digestive System Neoplasms
Digestive System Diseases
Liver Diseases
Neoplasms, Mesothelial
Nervous System Diseases
Respiratory Tract Neoplasms
Thoracic Neoplasms
Lung Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Neuroendocrine Tumors
Neuroectodermal Tumors
Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal
Neoplasms, Nerve Tissue processed this record on September 21, 2017