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Gemcitabine Plus Docetaxel or Irinotecan in Treating Patients With Stage IIIB or Stage IV Non-small Cell Lung Cancer

This study has been completed.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology Identifier:
First received: December 10, 1999
Last updated: July 19, 2016
Last verified: July 2016

RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. Combining more than one drug may kill more tumor cells.

PURPOSE: Phase II trial to compare the effectiveness of gemcitabine plus either docetaxel or irinotecan in treating patients who have stage IIIB or stage IV non-small cell lung cancer.

Condition Intervention Phase
Lung Cancer Drug: docetaxel Drug: gemcitabine hydrochloride Drug: irinotecan hydrochloride Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Phase II Randomized Trial of Gemcitabine/Docetaxel and Gemcitabine/Irinotecan in Stage IIIB/IV Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Resource links provided by NLM:

Further study details as provided by Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • response rate [ Time Frame: Up to 2 years ]
  • overall survival [ Time Frame: Up to 2 years ]
  • failure-free survival [ Time Frame: Up to 2 years ]

Enrollment: 80
Study Start Date: September 1999
Study Completion Date: January 2006
Primary Completion Date: July 2004 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Gemcitabine + Irinotecan Drug: gemcitabine hydrochloride Drug: irinotecan hydrochloride
Experimental: Gemcitabine + Docetaxel Drug: docetaxel Drug: gemcitabine hydrochloride

Detailed Description:

OBJECTIVES: I. Compare the complete and overall response rate to gemcitabine and docetaxel versus gemcitabine and irinotecan in chemotherapy naive patients with stage IIIB or IV non-small cell lung cancer. II. Compare the overall and failure free survival, duration of response, and toxicity associated with these combination regimens in this patient population.

OUTLINE: This is a randomized study. Patients are stratified according to disease stage (stage IIIB vs stage IV without CNS involvement vs stage IV with CNS involvement vs recurrent/progressive disease post surgery and/or radiotherapy). Patients are randomized to one of two treatment arms. Arm I: Patients receive gemcitabine IV over 30 minutes immediately followed by irinotecan IV over 90 minutes on days 1 and 8. Arm II: Patients receive gemcitabine IV over 30 minutes immediately followed by docetaxel IV over 60 minutes on days 1 and 8. Treatment repeats every 3 weeks in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. Patients achieving partial or complete response or stable disease receive treatment for least 6 courses and for 2 additional courses beyond the maximum response, and then at the investigator's discretion. Patients are followed every 3 months for 1 year, every 6 months for 2 years, and then annually thereafter until disease progression or death.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 72 patients (36 per treatment arm) will be accrued for this study within 12 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 confirmed stage IIIB, IV, or recurrent non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) including: Squamous cell carcinoma Adenocarcinoma (including bronchoalveolar cell) Large cell anaplastic carcinoma (including giant and clear cell carcinomas) Stage IIIB eligible for other CALGB protocols consisting of combined chemotherapy and chest radiotherapy not permitted Malignant pleural effusion allowed CNS metastases allowed following completion of cranial radiotherapy Unidimensionally or bidimensionally measurable disease Solid tumor mass or hilar lesion surrounded by aerated lung Pleural based mass Mediastinal or hilar adenopathy clearly measurable No bone only disease No pleural or pericardial effusions No irradiated lesions unless progression is documented following radiotherapy

PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age: 18 and over Performance status: ECOG 0-1 Life expectancy: Not specified Hematopoietic: Granulocyte count at least 1,500/mm3 Platelet count at least 100,000/mm3 Hepatic: Bilirubin no greater than 1.5 mg/dL SGOT no greater than 2 times upper limit of normal (ULN) Alkaline phosphatase less than 2.5 times ULN if SGOT is greater than 1.5 times ULN Renal: Creatinine no greater than 2.0 mg/dL Other: No other malignancies within the past 5 years except curatively treated basal or squamous cell skin cancer or carcinoma in situ of the cervix or breast Not pregnant or nursing Fertile patients must use effective contraception

PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: Biologic therapy: Not specified Chemotherapy: See Disease Characteristics No prior chemotherapy for NSCLC Endocrine therapy: Not specified Radiotherapy: See Disease Characteristics At least 2 weeks since prior radiotherapy At least 2 weeks since prior whole brain radiotherapy or stereotactic radiotherapy for CNS disease Surgery: At least 2 weeks since prior surgery for CNS disease

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00004139

United States, District of Columbia
Vincent T. Lombardi Cancer Research Center, Georgetown University
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, 20007
Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, 20307-5000
United States, Missouri
Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Saint Louis, Missouri, United States, 63110
United States, Nevada
CCOP - Southern Nevada Cancer Research Foundation
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, 89106
United States, North Carolina
Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center
Durham, North Carolina, United States, 27710
United States, South Carolina
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina, United States, 29425-0721
CCOP - Greenville
Greenville, South Carolina, United States, 29615
United States, Tennessee
University of Tennessee, Memphis Cancer Center
Memphis, Tennessee, United States, 38163
Sponsors and Collaborators
Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Study Chair: Caio Max S. Rocha Lima, MD Medical University of South Carolina
  More Information

Rocha Lima CM, Rizvi NA, Zhang K, et al.: CALGB 39809: Randomized phase II trial of gemcitabine/irinotecan and gemcitabine/docetaxel in stage IIIB (malignant pleural effusion) or stage IV NSCLC. [Abstract] Proceedings of the American Society of Clinical Oncology 21: A-1344, 2002.

Responsible Party: Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology Identifier: NCT00004139     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CALGB-39809
U10CA031946 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
CDR0000067369 ( Registry Identifier: NCI Physician Data Query )
Study First Received: December 10, 1999
Last Updated: July 19, 2016

Keywords provided by Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology:
recurrent non-small cell lung cancer
squamous cell lung cancer
large cell lung cancer
stage IIIB non-small cell lung cancer
stage IV non-small cell lung cancer
adenocarcinoma of the lung
bronchoalveolar cell lung cancer

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
Bronchial Neoplasms
Antimetabolites, Antineoplastic
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Antineoplastic Agents
Antiviral Agents
Anti-Infective Agents
Enzyme Inhibitors
Immunosuppressive Agents
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Tubulin Modulators
Antimitotic Agents
Mitosis Modulators
Antineoplastic Agents, Phytogenic
Topoisomerase I Inhibitors
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