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Ecteinascidin 743 in Treating Patients With Unresectable Advanced or Metastatic Soft Tissue Sarcoma

This study has been completed.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
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First received: June 6, 2001
Last updated: June 25, 2013
Last verified: December 2009

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 ecteinascidin 743 in treating patients who have unresectable advanced or metastatic soft tissue sarcoma.

Condition Intervention Phase
Drug: trabectedin
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Phase II Study of ET-743 Given as a Three Hour Intravenous Infusion in Patients With Advanced and/or Metastatic Soft Tissue Sarcoma Previously Treated With Chemotherapy

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Study Start Date: February 2001
Study Completion Date: December 2009
Primary Completion Date: January 2003 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:

OBJECTIVES: I. Determine the rate of clinical benefit, in terms of the incidence of objective partial and complete response, stable disease, or minor response of more than 3 months duration, in patients with previously treated, unresectable advanced or metastatic soft tissue sarcoma treated with ecteinascidin 743. II. Determine the progression-free survival, overall survival, and response duration in patients treated with this drug. III. Determine the toxicity profile of this drug in these patients. IV. Determine the pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic relationship of this drug in these patients.

OUTLINE: This is a multicenter study. Patients are stratified according to number of prior cytotoxic therapies for advanced disease (1-2 vs more than 2). Patients receive ecteinascidin 743 IV over 3 hours on day 1. Treatment repeats every 3 weeks for at least 2 courses in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. Patients are followed every 3 months.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 36-76 patients (18-38 per stratum) will be accrued for this study within 13 months.


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

DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: Histologically confirmed advanced or metastatic soft tissue sarcoma Unresectable disease Previously treated with at least 1 prior non-adjuvant chemotherapy regimen for advanced or metastatic disease Adjuvant chemotherapy considered first-line treatment for advanced disease if the first relapse is less than 6 months after completion of therapy At least 1 bidimensionally measurable non-irradiated lesion At least 20 mm in at least 1 diameter by CT scan At least 20 by 20 mm for clinically measurable lesion No gastrointestinal stromal sarcoma No HIV-related Kaposi's sarcoma No malignant mesothelioma No chondrosarcomas No symptomatic brain or leptomeningeal involvement

PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age: 18 and over Performance status: WHO 0-2 OR Karnofsky 60-100% Life expectancy: At least 3 months Hematopoietic: Neutrophil count at least 1,500/mm3 Platelet count at least 100,000/mm3 Hepatic: Bilirubin no greater than upper limit of normal (ULN) Alkaline phosphatase no greater than ULN (unless suspected bone metastases present) AST/ALT less than 2.5 times ULN Albumin at least 2.5 g/dL No chronic active liver disease Renal: Creatinine no greater than 1.8 mg/dL OR Creatinine clearance at least 40 mL/min Cardiovascular: No congestive heart failure No angina pectoris, even if medically controlled No myocardial infarction within the past year No uncontrolled arterial hypertension or arrhythmias Other: No other neoplastic disease within the past 5 years except non-melanoma skin cancer or carcinoma in situ No other serious illness or medical condition No active infection No history of significant neurological or psychiatric disorders No symptomatic peripheral neuropathy grade 2 or greater Not pregnant or nursing Negative pregnancy test Fertile patients must use effective contraception during and for 1 month after study

PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: Biologic therapy: Recovered from prior immunotherapy No concurrent prophylactic colony-stimulating factors (e.g., filgrastim (G- CSF) or sargramostim (GM-CSF)) during first course of study No concurrent anticancer immunotherapy Chemotherapy: See Disease Characteristics At least 4 weeks since prior chemotherapy (6 weeks for nitrosoureas or mitomycin) and recovered No other concurrent chemotherapy Endocrine therapy: No concurrent anticancer hormonal therapy Radiotherapy: See Disease Characteristics Recovered from radiotherapy No concurrent radiotherapy except palliative local radiotherapy Surgery: See Disease Characteristics Other: At least 30 days since prior investigational drugs No other concurrent investigational or experimental anticancer drugs No concurrent participation in other clinical trial

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00017030

United States, Massachusetts
Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02114
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02115
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: Robert Maki, MD, PhD Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  More Information Identifier: NCT00017030     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: PMAR-ET-B-022-00
CDR0000068643 ( Registry Identifier: PDQ (Physician Data Query) )
Study First Received: June 6, 2001
Last Updated: June 25, 2013

Keywords provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):
stage III adult soft tissue sarcoma
recurrent adult soft tissue sarcoma
stage IV adult soft tissue sarcoma

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Neoplasms, Connective and Soft Tissue
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Antineoplastic Agents, Alkylating
Alkylating Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
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