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Gemcitabine Plus Radiation Therapy in Treating Patients With Pancreatic Cancer

This study has been completed.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by:
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Identifier:
First received: November 1, 1999
Last updated: June 20, 2013
Last verified: June 2013

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

PURPOSE: Phase I trial to study the effectiveness of gemcitabine plus radiation therapy in treating patients with pancreatic cancer that can not be surgically removed.

Condition Intervention Phase
Pancreatic Cancer
Drug: gemcitabine hydrochloride
Radiation: radiation therapy
Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase I Trial of Combined Modality Gemcitabine Plus Radiation Therapy for Patients With Locally Advanced Unresectable Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma

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Further study details as provided by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center:

Study Start Date: April 1998
Study Completion Date: March 2002
Primary Completion Date: March 2002 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:

OBJECTIVES: I. Determine the maximum tolerated dose of gemcitabine in combination with radiation therapy to patients with locally advanced and/or unresectable adenocarcinoma of the pancreas. II. Determine the dose limiting toxic effects of this combination therapy in these patients. III. Evaluate the ability of these patients to tolerate induction and then maintenance therapy with gemcitabine preceding and following combination therapy. IV. Evaluate the efficacy (response rate, pattern of failure, and survival) of this combination therapy in these patients.

OUTLINE: This is a dose escalation study of gemcitabine. Part I: Patients receive gemcitabine as a continuous infusion over 30 minutes once weekly for 3 weeks followed by 1 week of rest. Part II: Gemcitabine IV is administered as a 30 minute infusion twice a week (Monday and Thursday) for 5-6 weeks. Patients receive radiation therapy 5 days a week for 5-6 weeks. In the absence of dose-limiting toxicity (DLT) in the first 6 patients treated, subsequent cohorts of 6 patients each receive escalating doses of gemcitabine on the same schedule. If DLT occurs in 2 of 6 patients at a given dose level, then dose escalation ceases and the next lower dose is declared the maximum tolerated dose. Part III: In the absence of toxicity and disease progression, patients continue gemcitabine for 3 additional courses. Maintenance gemcitabine starts 4 weeks after the completion of radiation therapy and is administered once weekly for 3 weeks followed by 1 week of rest. Patients are followed until death.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: This study will accrue 15-30 patients in approximately 24 months.


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

DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: Histologically or cytologically proven locally advanced and/or unresectable adenocarcinoma of the pancreas No metastatic disease No completely resected pancreatic cancer

PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age: 18 and over Performance status: Karnofsky 60-100% OR ECOG 0-2 Life expectancy: Not specified Hematopoietic: WBC at least 3000/mm3 Platelet count at least 100,000/mm3 Hepatic: Bilirubin less than 2.0 mg/dL Renal: Creatinine no greater than 1.5 mg/dL Cardiovascular: No congestive heart failure No New York Heart Association class III and IV heart disease Other: Not pregnant No concurrent medical problems that would increase the side effects or morbidity of chemoradiation No concurrent medical condition that would make patient ineligible to receive external beam radiation such as: Crohn's disease Inflammatory bowel disease No active infection requiring systemic antibiotics

PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: Biologic therapy: Not specified Chemotherapy: No prior gemcitabine No prior chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer Endocrine therapy: Not specified Radiotherapy: No prior radiotherapy to the pancreas Surgery: Not specified

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00003426

United States, New York
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
New York, New York, United States, 10021
Sponsors and Collaborators
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Study Chair: David Paul Kelsen, MD Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  More Information Identifier: NCT00003426     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 98-019
CDR0000066451 ( Registry Identifier: PDQ (Physician Data Query) )
Study First Received: November 1, 1999
Last Updated: June 20, 2013

Keywords provided by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center:
stage II pancreatic cancer
stage III pancreatic cancer
adenocarcinoma of the pancreas

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Pancreatic Neoplasms
Digestive System Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Endocrine Gland Neoplasms
Digestive System Diseases
Pancreatic Diseases
Endocrine System Diseases
Antimetabolites, Antineoplastic
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Antineoplastic Agents
Antiviral Agents
Anti-Infective Agents
Enzyme Inhibitors
Immunosuppressive Agents
Immunologic Factors
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