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Arsenic Trioxide in Treating Patients With Stage IVB or Recurrent Cervical Cancer

This study has been completed.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
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National Cancer Institute (NCI) Identifier:
First received: July 5, 2000
Last updated: June 20, 2013
Last verified: March 2002

RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die.

PURPOSE: Phase II trial to study the effectiveness of arsenic trioxide in treating patients who have stage IVB or recurrent cervical cancer.

Condition Intervention Phase
Cervical Cancer Drug: arsenic trioxide Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase II Study of Arsenic Trioxide (NSC #706363) in Patients With Advanced Cervical Carcinoma

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

Study Start Date: April 2000
Study Completion Date: May 2003
Detailed Description:


  • Evaluate the efficacy of arsenic trioxide in patients with stage IVB or recurrent cervical carcinoma.
  • Determine the safety of this treatment in these patients.

OUTLINE: Patients receive arsenic trioxide IV over 1-4 hours on days 1-5. Courses repeat every 28 days in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 12-37 patients will be accrued for this study over 10-19 months.


Ages Eligible for Study:   17 Years and older   (Child, Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Histologically confirmed stage IVB or recurrent cervical carcinoma that is not amenable to standard curative therapies

    • Squamous carcinoma OR
    • Adenocarcinoma
  • Measurable disease

    • At least 20 mm by conventional techniques OR
    • At least 10 mm by spiral CT scan
    • Nonmeasurable disease defined as any of the following:

      • Bone disease
      • Leptomeningeal disease
      • Ascites
      • Pleural/pericardial effusion
      • Inflammatory breast disease
      • Lymphangitis cutis/pulmonis
      • Abdominal masses not confirmed or followed by imaging techniques
      • Cystic lesions
  • No active brain metastases



  • 17 and over

Performance status:

  • Karnofsky 60-100%

Life expectancy:

  • Greater than 3 months


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


  • Bilirubin no greater than 1.5 times upper limit of normal (ULN)
  • AST and ALT no greater than 2.5 times ULN


  • Creatinine no greater than 2.0 mg/dL OR
  • Creatinine clearance at least 50 mL/min


  • No cardiac arrhythmias, unstable angina, or conduction abnormalities
  • No New York Heart Association class III or IV heart disease or clinical evidence of congestive heart failure
  • Pretreatment QTc less than 500 msec


  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Negative pregnancy test
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception during and for 4 months after study
  • No grade 3 or greater neurologic abnormalities
  • No history of seizures
  • No concurrent uncontrolled active infection


Biologic therapy:

  • No more than 2 prior therapies for advanced disease


  • No more than 2 prior therapies for advanced disease
  • At least 4 weeks since prior chemotherapy

Endocrine therapy:

  • No more than 2 prior therapies for advanced disease


  • No more than 2 prior therapies for advanced disease
  • At least 4 weeks since prior radiotherapy


  • Not specified


  • At least 4 weeks since prior cytotoxic therapy or investigational agents
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00005999

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: Carol Aghajanian, MD Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  More Information Identifier: NCT00005999     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000068003
Study First Received: July 5, 2000
Last Updated: June 20, 2013

Keywords provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):
recurrent cervical cancer
stage IVB cervical cancer
cervical squamous cell carcinoma
cervical adenocarcinoma

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Uterine Cervical Neoplasms
Uterine Neoplasms
Genital Neoplasms, Female
Urogenital Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Uterine Cervical Diseases
Uterine Diseases
Genital Diseases, Female
Arsenic trioxide
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