Paclitaxel and Hyperthermic Perfusion in Treating Patients With Lung Cancer or Lung Metastases That Cannot Be Removed By Surgery

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : January 27, 2003
Last Update Posted : April 29, 2015
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National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Brief Summary:

RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. Heating paclitaxel to several degrees above body temperature and infusing it to the affected area around the tumor may kill more tumor cells.

PURPOSE: This phase I trial is studying the side effects and best dose of paclitaxel given by hyperthermic perfusion in treating patients with lung cancer or lung metastases that cannot be removed by surgery.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Lung Cancer Metastatic Cancer Drug: isolated perfusion Drug: paclitaxel Procedure: hyperthermia treatment Phase 1

Detailed Description:


  • Determine the maximum tolerated dose and phase II dose of paclitaxel administered via hyperthermic retrograde isolated lung perfusion in patients with unresectable pulmonary malignancies.
  • Determine the nature of the toxic effects of this regimen in this patient population.
  • Evaluate the pharmacokinetic profile of this regimen in these patients.
  • Determine the relationship between pharmacodynamic parameters and toxic effects of this regimen in these patients.

OUTLINE: This is a dose-escalation study of paclitaxel.

Patients undergo posterolateral thoracotomy or median sternotomy. Patients receive paclitaxel over 90 minutes administered via hyperthermic retrograde isolated lung perfusion. The entire surgery lasts approximately 4 hours.

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

Patients are followed at 1 and 2 months. Patients with responding disease continue to be followed every 3 months.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A maximum of 31 patients will be accrued for this study.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase I Study of Isolated Lung Perfusion With Paclitaxel and Moderate Hyperthermia in Patients With Unresectable Pulmonary Malignancies
Study Start Date : December 1999

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MedlinePlus related topics: Fever Lung Cancer
Drug Information available for: Paclitaxel
U.S. FDA Resources

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


  • Histologically or cytologically confirmed unresectable primary lung cancer or pulmonary metastases that are unresectable on the basis of technical considerations or are sufficiently numerous that recurrent, potentially inoperable disease is highly probable

    • Bilateral metastases allowed
    • Unresectable bronchoalveolar carcinomas allowed
    • Previously treated primary lung cancer allowed
  • Disease outside confines of thorax allowed, provided bulk of disease in the chest is clearly the greatest threat to survival and/or extrathoracic disease is controlled
  • No potentially treatable pulmonary metastases from lymphomas or germ cell tumors
  • No biopsy proven interstitial fibrosis, radiation induced pneumonitis, or evidence of significant pulmonary hypertension by history, radiologic, echocardiographic, or catheterization studies
  • No active intracranial or leptomeningeal metastases

    • Prior resection or radiotherapy for intracranial metastases allowed if the following criteria are met:

      • No active disease on 2 MRIs done one month apart
      • No requirement for anticonvulsant medications or steroids
  • Adequate pulmonary reserve to tolerate pneumonectomy:

    • Oxygen consumption greater than 50% predicted AND
    • FEV1 and DLCO greater than 80% predicted OR
    • FEV1 or DLCO less than 80% predicted allowed if postoperative FEV1 and DLCO is at least 40% predicted on the basis of split function V/Q scan
  • Prior radiotherapy to chest allowed provided 6 months have elapsed since completion of treatment and no history of, nor current evidence of, interstitial lung disease



  • 18 and over

Performance status:

  • ECOG 0-1

Life expectancy:

  • More than 3 months


  • Platelet count greater than 100,000/mm^3
  • Hemoglobin greater than 10 g/dL
  • WBC greater than 3,500/mm^3


  • PT/PTT normal
  • Bilirubin less than 1.5 times upper limit of normal (ULN)
  • AST/ALT less than 1.5 times ULN


  • Creatinine less than 1.6 mg/dL


  • Fixed defects on thallium scanning with ejection fraction greater than 40% allowed
  • Reversible or ischemic defects allowed only after cardiology clearance


  • See Disease Characteristics
  • Resting oxygen saturation greater than 90%
  • pCO_2 less than 45 mmHg by arterial blood gas


  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Negative pregnancy test
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception
  • No active infections
  • HIV negative


Biologic therapy:

  • More than 30 days since prior biologic therapy for this malignancy


  • More than 30 days since prior chemotherapy for this malignancy
  • Prior paclitaxel allowed
  • No prior bleomycin, nitrosoureas, or busulfan

Endocrine therapy:

  • See Disease Characteristics


  • See Disease Characteristics


  • See Disease Characteristics
  • Prior thoracic surgery allowed

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00020007

United States, Maryland
Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center - NCI Clinical Studies Support
Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892-1182
NCI - Center for Cancer Research
Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Study Chair: David S. Schrump, MD NCI - Surgery Branch Identifier: NCT00020007     History of Changes
Obsolete Identifiers: NCT00001939
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000067490
First Posted: January 27, 2003    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 29, 2015
Last Verified: January 2006

Keywords provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):
recurrent non-small cell lung cancer
limited stage small cell lung cancer
extensive stage small cell lung cancer
recurrent small cell lung cancer
stage IIIA non-small cell lung cancer
stage IIIB non-small cell lung cancer
stage IV non-small cell lung cancer
lung metastases
bronchoalveolar cell lung cancer
pulmonary carcinoid tumor

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Lung Neoplasms
Neoplasm Metastasis
Respiratory Tract Neoplasms
Thoracic Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Lung Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Neoplastic Processes
Pathologic Processes
Albumin-Bound Paclitaxel
Antineoplastic Agents, Phytogenic
Antineoplastic Agents
Tubulin Modulators
Antimitotic Agents
Mitosis Modulators
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action