Combination Chemotherapy Plus Oblimersen in Treating Patients With Previously Untreated Extensive-Stage Small Cell Lung Cancer

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : January 27, 2003
Last Update Posted : January 24, 2013
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Brief Summary:
Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. Oblimersen may make tumor cells more sensitive to chemotherapy drugs. Phase I trial to study the effectiveness of combination chemotherapy and oblimersen in treating patients who have extensive-stage small cell lung cancer

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Extensive Stage Small Cell Lung Cancer Biological: oblimersen sodium Drug: carboplatin Drug: etoposide Other: pharmacological study Other: laboratory biomarker analysis Phase 1

Detailed Description:


I. Determine the maximum tolerated dose of oblimersen when combined with standard dose carboplatin and etoposide in patients with previously untreated extensive stage small cell lung cancer.

II. Determine the toxicity and feasibility of this regimen in these patients. III. Determine potential antitumor activity of this regimen as assessed by objective response in these patients.

OUTLINE: This is a multicenter, dose-escalation study of oblimersen (G3139).

Patients receive G3139 IV continuously on days 1-8, carboplatin IV over 30 minutes on day 6, and etoposide IV over 1 hour on days 6-8. Treatment repeats every 3 weeks for up to 6 courses in the absence of unacceptable toxicity or disease progression.

Cohorts of 3-6 patients receive escalating doses of G3139 until the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) is determined. The MTD is defined as the dose preceding that at which 2 of 3 or 2 of 6 patients experience dose-limiting toxicity.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: Approximately 6-12 patients will be accrued for this study within 5 months.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 12 participants
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase I Study Of Genasense, A Bcl-2 Antisense Oligonucleotide, Combined With Carboplatin And Etoposide In Patients With Small Cell Lung Cancer
Study Start Date : April 2001
Actual Primary Completion Date : January 2004

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Treatment (oblimersen sodium, carboplatin, etoposide)
Patients receive G3139 IV continuously on days 1-8, carboplatin IV over 30 minutes on day 6, and etoposide IV over 1 hour on days 6-8. Treatment repeats every 3 weeks for up to 6 courses in the absence of unacceptable toxicity or disease progression.
Biological: oblimersen sodium
Given IV
Other Names:
  • augmerosen
  • G3139
  • G3139 bcl-2 antisense oligodeoxynucleotide
  • Genasense

Drug: carboplatin
Given IV
Other Names:
  • Carboplat
  • JM-8
  • Paraplat
  • Paraplatin

Drug: etoposide
Given IV
Other Names:
  • EPEG
  • VP-16
  • VP-16-213

Other: pharmacological study
Correlative studies
Other Name: pharmacological studies

Other: laboratory biomarker analysis
Correlative studies

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Feasibility and toxicity of the regimen monitored using the Common Toxicity Criteria Version 2.0 [ Time Frame: Up to 3 years ]
    Data will be summarized separately for each dose level, by severity, and type of toxicity.

  2. Maximally tolerated dose of oblimersen sodium [ Time Frame: 8 days ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Potential antitumor activity (responses to therapy) [ Time Frame: Up to 3 years ]
    Will be analyzed using simple descriptive statistics only.

  2. Whether concomitant carboplatin and etoposide administration alters oblimersen sodium steady state level [ Time Frame: Day 6 and 8 ]
    Will be analyzed using a paired t-test. If there are outliers or the distribution of changes in oblimersen sodium levels appears to be highly non-normal, the data will be analyzed using the Wilcoxon singed-rank test.

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Histologically or cytologically confirmed extensive stage small cell lungcancer
  • No active CNS disease

    • CNS metastasis allowed provided patient completed 1 course of CNS radiotherapy
  • Performance status - ECOG 0-2
  • Performance status - Karnofsky 60-100%
  • More than 2 months
  • WBC at least 3,000/mm^3
  • Absolute neutrophil count at least 1,500/mm^3
  • Platelet count at least 100,000/mm^3
  • Bilirubin normal
  • AST and ALT no greater than 2.5 times upper limit of normal (ULN)
  • PT and PTT no greater than 1.5 times ULN
  • Creatinine normal
  • Creatinine clearance at least 60 mL/min
  • No symptomatic congestive heart failure
  • No unstable angina pectoris
  • No cardiac arrhythmia
  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Negative pregnancy test
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception
  • No prior allergic reactions to compounds of similar chemical or biologic composition to study agents
  • No other uncontrolled concurrent illness
  • No ongoing or active infection
  • No psychiatric illness or social situation that would preclude study compliance
  • See Disease Characteristics
  • At least 1 week since prior CNS radiotherapy and recovered
  • No prior radiotherapy to more than 25% of skeleton
  • No other prior anticancer therapy
  • No other concurrent investigational agents
  • No other concurrent anticancer therapy
  • No concurrent anticoagulation therapy
  • No concurrent combination antiretroviral therapy for HIV-positive patients

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00017251

United States, Illinois
University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center
Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60637-1470
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Principal Investigator: Charles Rudin University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center

Responsible Party: National Cancer Institute (NCI) Identifier: NCT00017251     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: NCI-2012-02387
N01CM17102 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
CDR0000068667 ( Registry Identifier: PDQ (Physician Data Query) )
First Posted: January 27, 2003    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: January 24, 2013
Last Verified: January 2013

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Lung Neoplasms
Small Cell Lung Carcinoma
Respiratory Tract Neoplasms
Thoracic Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Lung Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Carcinoma, Bronchogenic
Bronchial Neoplasms
Etoposide phosphate
Antineoplastic Agents
Antineoplastic Agents, Phytogenic
Topoisomerase II Inhibitors
Topoisomerase Inhibitors
Enzyme Inhibitors
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action