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Paclitaxel and Irinotecan in Treating Patients With Advanced Non-small Cell Lung Cancer

This study has been completed.
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First Posted: January 27, 2003
Last Update Posted: August 25, 2009
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National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by:
Yale University

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: This phase II trial is studying how well giving paclitaxel together with irinotecan works in treating patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer.

Condition Intervention Phase
Lung Cancer Drug: irinotecan hydrochloride Drug: paclitaxel Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Phase II Trial of Irinotecan Plus Paclitaxel in Patients With Advanced Nonsmall Cell Lung Cancer

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Further study details as provided by Yale University:

Enrollment: 28
Study Start Date: March 1999
Study Completion Date: February 2006
Detailed Description:


  • Determine the antitumor activity and toxicities of irinotecan and paclitaxel in patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer.

OUTLINE: Patients receive paclitaxel IV over 1 hour followed immediately by irinotecan IV over 30 minutes. Treatment continues weekly for 2 weeks followed by one week of rest. Courses are repeated every 3 weeks in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

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

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 11-22 patients will be accrued for this study over 12 months.


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


  • Histologically confirmed metastatic non-small cell lung cancer for which no curative therapy exists
  • Stage IIIB with pleural effusion allowed
  • Measurable or evaluable disease
  • CNS metastases allowed if disease stable at least 4 weeks following completion of surgery and/or radiotherapy and no anticonvulsant required



  • Over 18

Performance status:

  • ECOG 0-2

Life expectancy:

  • At least 3 months


  • Absolute neutrophil count at least 1,500/mm^3
  • Platelet count greater than 100,000/mm^3


  • Bilirubin less than 2.0 mg/dL
  • SGOT no greater than 3 times upper limit of normal (ULN) (no greater than 5 times ULN if tumor involves liver)


  • Creatinine clearance at least 70 mL/min


  • No other malignancies within past 3 years except nonmelanomatous skin cancer and carcinoma in situ of the cervix
  • HIV negative
  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Negative pregnancy test
  • Fertile patients must use effective birth control
  • No active infection
  • No concurrent medical condition that would preclude study participation


Biologic therapy:

  • Not specified


  • No prior systemic chemotherapy for lung cancer
  • No prior irinotecan or paclitaxel

Endocrine therapy:

  • Not specified


  • See Disease Characteristics
  • At least 4 weeks since prior wide field radiotherapy
  • No prior radiotherapy to greater than 20% of bone marrow allowed


  • See Disease Characteristics
  • Recovered from prior surgery
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00004924

United States, Connecticut
Yale Comprehensive Cancer Center
New Haven, Connecticut, United States, 06520-8028
Northwestern Connecticut Oncology-Hematology Associates - Torrington
Torrington, Connecticut, United States, 06790
Sponsors and Collaborators
Yale University
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Study Chair: John R. Murren, MD Yale University
  More Information

ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00004924     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000067608
First Submitted: March 7, 2000
First Posted: January 27, 2003
Last Update Posted: August 25, 2009
Last Verified: August 2009

Keywords provided by Yale University:
stage IIIB non-small cell lung cancer
stage IV non-small 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
Albumin-Bound Paclitaxel
Antineoplastic Agents, Phytogenic
Antineoplastic Agents
Tubulin Modulators
Antimitotic Agents
Mitosis Modulators
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Topoisomerase I Inhibitors
Topoisomerase Inhibitors
Enzyme Inhibitors