Combination Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy in Treating Patients With Limited-Stage Small Cell Lung Cancer

This study has been completed.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology Identifier:
First received: April 9, 2002
Last updated: September 25, 2013
Last verified: September 2013

RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. Radiation therapy uses high-energy x-rays to damage tumor cells. Combining chemotherapy and radiation therapy may kill more tumor cells.

PURPOSE: Phase II trial to study the effectiveness of combination chemotherapy and radiation therapy in treating patients who have limited-stage small cell lung cancer.

Condition Intervention Phase
Lung Cancer
Biological: filgrastim
Drug: carboplatin
Drug: etoposide
Drug: paclitaxel
Drug: topotecan hydrochloride
Radiation: radiation therapy
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Paclitaxel/Topotecan/Etoposide (EtopoTax) Induction Followed by Consolidation Chemoradiotherapy for Limited Stage Small Cell Lung Cancer: A Phase II Study

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Enrollment: 65
Study Start Date: September 2001
Study Completion Date: April 2009
Primary Completion Date: January 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:


  • Determine the complete and overall response rates in patients with limited stage small cell lung cancer treated with induction chemotherapy comprising paclitaxel, topotecan, and etoposide followed by consolidation chemoradiotherapy.
  • Determine the toxicity of this regimen in these patients.
  • Determine the overall and failure-free survival of patients treated with this regimen.
  • Determine the overall (partial and complete) response rate in patients treated with this induction chemotherapy regimen.

OUTLINE: This is a multicenter study.

  • Induction therapy: Patients receive paclitaxel IV over 3 hours on days 1 and 22, oral topotecan on days 2-4 and 23-25, and oral etoposide on days 5-7 and 26-28. Patients also receive filgrastim (G-CSF) subcutaneously daily beginning on days 8 and 29 and continuing until blood counts recover.
  • Consolidation therapy: Patients receive carboplatin IV over 1 hour on days 43, 64, and 85 and etoposide IV over 1 hour on days 43-45, 64-66, and 85-87. Patients undergo radiotherapy daily 5 days per week beginning on day 43 and continuing for 6-7 weeks.

Patients with rapid disease progression discontinue study therapy.

Patients are followed at least every 3 months for 2 years, every 6 months for 3 years, and then annually for 5 years.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 25-60 patients will be accrued for this study within 10 months.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Histologically or cytologically confirmed small cell lung cancer

    • Limited stage defined as disease restricted to one hemithorax with regional lymph node metastases including hilar, ipsilateral, and contralateral mediastinal lymph nodes
  • Measurable disease

    • At least 20 mm by conventional techniques OR
    • At least 10 mm by spiral CT scan
    • Lesions not considered measurable include the following:

      • Bone lesions
      • Leptomeningeal disease
      • Ascites
      • Pleural/pericardial effusion
      • Abdominal masses not confirmed and followed by imaging techniques
      • Cystic lesions
      • Tumor lesions in a previously irradiated area
  • No clinically suspected or confirmed supraclavicular lymph node metastases
  • No pleural effusions visible on plain chest radiographs, regardless of cytology



  • 18 and over

Performance status:

  • ECOG 0-2

Life expectancy:

  • Not specified


  • Granulocyte count at least 1,500/mm3
  • Platelet count at least 100,00/mm3


  • Bilirubin less than 1.5 mg/dL
  • SGOT less than 2 times upper limit of normal (ULN)


  • Creatinine no greater than ULN
  • Creatinine clearance no greater than 150 mL/min for men or 130 mL/min for women


  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception
  • No other currently active malignancy except non-melanoma skin cancer
  • Patients must have completed therapy for any other malignancy and be considered to be at less than 30% risk of relapse


Biologic therapy:

  • No concurrent filgrastim (G-CSF) during consolidation therapy


  • No prior chemotherapy for small cell lung cancer
  • No other concurrent chemotherapy

Endocrine therapy:

  • No concurrent hormonal therapy except:

    • Steroids for adrenal failure
    • Hormones for non-disease-related conditions (e.g., insulin for diabetes)
    • Intermittent use of dexamethasone as an antiemetic or as an adjunct to prophylactic cranial irradiation


  • See Disease Characteristics
  • No prior chest radiotherapy


  • Not specified
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00033696

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Sponsors and Collaborators
Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Study Chair: Antonius A. Miller, MD Comprehensive Cancer Center of Wake Forest University
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Additional Information:
Miller AA, Bogart JA, Watson DM, et al.: Phase II trial of paclitaxel-topotecan-etoposide (PTE) followed by consolidation chemoradiotherapy for limited stage small cell lung cancer (LS-SCLC): CALGB 30002. [Abstract] J Clin Oncol 23 (Suppl 16): A-7170, 662s, 2005.

Responsible Party: Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology Identifier: NCT00033696     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000069313  U10CA031946  CLB-30002 
Study First Received: April 9, 2002
Last Updated: September 25, 2013
Health Authority: United States: Food and Drug Administration

Keywords provided by Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology:
limited stage small cell lung cancer

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