Docetaxel With or Without Infliximab in Treating Weight Loss, Loss of Appetite, and Fatigue in Patients With Unresectable Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (Infliximab Treatment Discontinued Effective 10/05/05)

This study has been completed.
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National Cancer Institute (NCI) Identifier:
First received: July 8, 2002
Last updated: September 22, 2010
Last verified: October 2008

RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as docetaxel, work in different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. Infliximab may improve cancer-related weight loss, lack of appetite, and fatigue. It is not yet known whether docetaxel is more effective with or without infliximab in preventing weight loss and fatigue in patients with advanced cancer. (Infliximab treatment discontinued effective 10/05/05)

PURPOSE: Randomized phase III trial to determine the effectiveness of docetaxel with or without infliximab in preventing weight loss, loss of appetite, and fatigue in patients who have unresectable non-small cell lung cancer. (Infliximab treatment discontinued effective 10/05/05)

Condition Intervention Phase
Lung Cancer
Biological: infliximab
Drug: docetaxel
Procedure: fatigue assessment and management
Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Masking: Double-Blind
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Docetaxel And Infliximab/Placebo In Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) Patients Greater Than Or Equal To 65 Years Of Age Or In NSCLC Patients With Poor Performance Status: A Double-Blind Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial To Prevent And Treat Wasting, Anorexia, And Asthenia In Chemotherapy-Naive And Previously-Treated Patients

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Assessment of weight
  • Rate of weight change

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Overall survival
  • Incidence of treatment-related toxicity
  • Cancer-related fatigue as measured by the Brief Fatigue Inventory
  • Time-to-weight decline
  • Appetite
  • Lean tissue changes
  • Quality of life

Study Start Date: October 2002
Primary Completion Date: October 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:


  • Compare the improvement or stabilization of weight in elderly or poor performance status patients with unresectable non-small cell lung cancer treated with docetaxel with or without infliximab (infliximab treatment discontinued effective 10/05/05).
  • Compare appetite and functional status in patients treated with these regimens.
  • Compare the toxicity of these regimens in these patients.
  • Compare the augmentation or maintenance of lean tissue in patients treated with these regimens.
  • Compare the response rates and time to disease progression in patients treated with these regimens.
  • Compare the survival of patients treated with these regimens.
  • Determine whether the tumor necrosis factor-alpha polymorphisms in the -308 and -238 regions predict which cancer patients will experience loss of appetite and weight and which patients might potentially benefit from infliximab (infliximab treatment discontinued effective 10/05/05).

OUTLINE: This is a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicenter study. Patients are stratified according to weight loss within the past 6 months (0% vs more than 0% to less than 5% vs at least 5%), number of prior chemotherapy regimens (0 vs 1 vs more than 1), gender, and GBU prognostic index (good vs bad vs unsure).

  • Part A (non-randomized, single-center portion of study): Five patients receive infliximab IV (infliximab treatment discontinued effective 10/05/05) over 2 hours once weekly on weeks 1, 3, and 5 of the first course and once weekly on weeks 1 and 5 of all subsequent courses and docetaxel IV over 1 hour (immediately after completion of infliximab infusion [infliximab treatment discontinued effective 10/05/05]) once weekly on weeks 1-6 of each course. Treatment repeats every 8 weeks for 2-3 courses in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

If none of the 5 patients experiences any grade 4 or 5 toxicity directly attributable to infliximab (infliximab treatment discontinued effective 10/05/05), additional patients are accrued for part B of the study.

  • Part B (randomized, multicenter portion of study): Patients are randomized to 1 of 2 treatment arms.

    • Arm I (infliximab treatment discontinued effective 10/05/05): Patients receive infliximab and docetaxel as in part A.
    • Arm II: Patients receive docetaxel as in part A and placebo IV over 2 hours according to the infliximab schedule in part A (infliximab treatment discontinued effective 10/05/05).

Treatment in both arms repeats as in part A.

Quality of life, fatigue, appetite/anorexia, cachexia, and weight are assessed at baseline, weekly on weeks 1-8, and then monthly for the remainder of study treatment.

Patients are followed every 6 months for 5 years.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 220 patients (110 per treatment arm) will be accrued for this study within 3 years.


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


  • Histologically or cytologically confirmed unresectable non-small cell lung cancer that is considered incurable with other therapies
  • Chemotherapy naive or previously treated disease
  • Meets one of the following criteria:

    • Age 65 and over with ECOG performance status of 0-2
    • Under age 65 with ECOG performance status of 2
  • No symptomatic or known untreated brain metastases



  • See Disease Characteristics
  • Adult

Performance status:

  • See Disease Characteristics
  • ECOG 0-2

Life expectancy:

  • At least 3 months


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


  • Bilirubin normal
  • AST and/or ALT ≤ 2.5 times upper limit of normal (ULN) if alkaline phosphatase less than ULN OR
  • Alkaline phosphatase ≤ 4 times ULN if ALT less than ULN
  • No ascites


  • Creatinine ≤ 1.5 times ULN


  • No prior or concurrent congestive heart failure


  • No prior tuberculosis or positive purified protein derivative skin test (tuberculin test)


  • No prior anaphylactic reaction to any taxane
  • No known mechanical obstruction of the alimentary tract, malabsorption, or intractable vomiting (more than 5 episodes per week)
  • No infection or chronic debilitating illness that would increase the risk of chemotherapy administration
  • No grade 2 or greater peripheral neuropathy of any etiology
  • No edema
  • No other malignancy within the past 5 years except adequately treated basal cell or squamous cell skin cancer
  • Alert and mentally competent
  • Able to complete questionnaires alone or with assistance
  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Negative pregnancy test
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception


Biologic therapy:

  • Not specified


  • See Disease Characteristics
  • No prior docetaxel for metastatic non-small cell lung cancer

Endocrine therapy:

  • At least 1 month since prior adrenal steroids, androgens, progestational agents, or appetite stimulants
  • No concurrent adrenal steroids, androgens, progestational agents, or appetite stimulants unless needed (e.g., steroids for CNS metastases)
  • Concurrent inhaled, topical, or optical steroids allowed
  • Concurrent short-term dexamethasone around days of chemotherapy administration allowed for protection against anaphylaxis and emesis


  • More than 3 weeks since prior radiotherapy
  • No prior radiotherapy to more than 25% of bone marrow


  • More than 3 weeks since prior major surgery


  • More than 3 weeks since other prior antineoplastic therapy
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00040885

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Sponsors and Collaborators
North Central Cancer Treatment Group
Study Chair: Aminah Jatoi, MD Mayo Clinic
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Additional Information:
Publications: Identifier: NCT00040885     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000069417, NCCTG-N01C9, NCI-P02-0226
Study First Received: July 8, 2002
Last Updated: September 22, 2010
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):
recurrent non-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

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung
Lung Neoplasms
Body Weight
Body Weight Changes
Bronchial Neoplasms
Carcinoma, Bronchogenic
Lung Diseases
Neoplasms by Site
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Respiratory Tract Neoplasms
Signs and Symptoms
Signs and Symptoms, Digestive
Thoracic Neoplasms
Weight Loss
Analgesics, Non-Narcotic
Anti-Inflammatory Agents
Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal
Antimitotic Agents
Antineoplastic Agents
Antirheumatic Agents
Central Nervous System Agents
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