Capecitabine and Gemcitabine in Treating Patients With Metastatic Kidney Cancer

This study has been completed.
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National Cancer Institute (NCI) Identifier:
First received: August 5, 2002
Last updated: July 23, 2008
Last verified: May 2003

RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. Combining more than one drug may kill more tumor cells.

PURPOSE: Phase II trial to study the effectiveness of combining capecitabine with gemcitabine in treating patients who have metastatic kidney cancer.

Condition Intervention Phase
Kidney Cancer
Drug: capecitabine
Drug: gemcitabine hydrochloride
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase II Study Of Capecitabine Plus Gemcitabine For Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma

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Further study details as provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):

Study Start Date: October 2002
Primary Completion Date: September 2006 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:


  • Determine the objective response rate in patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma treated with gemcitabine and capecitabine.
  • Determine the duration of overall and progression-free survival of patients treated with this regimen.
  • Determine the toxicity of this regimen in these patients.

OUTLINE: This is a multicenter study.

Patients receive gemcitabine IV over 30 minutes on days 1, 8, and 15 and oral capecitabine twice daily on days 1-21. Treatment repeats every 28 days for a minimum of 2 courses in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. Patients achieving a complete response (CR) receive at least 2 additional courses beyond CR.

Patients are followed every 3 months for 1 year and then every 6 months for 1 year.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 60 patients will be accrued for this study within 8-9 months.


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


  • Histologically confirmed renal cell carcinoma

    • Clinically confirmed metastatic disease (histologic documentation of metastatic disease not required)
  • Sarcomatoid renal cell carcinomas allowed
  • No pure sarcomas
  • No collecting duct (duct of Bellini) tumors, oncocytomas, or transitional cell tumors
  • Measurable disease

    • At least 20 mm by conventional techniques OR
    • At least 10 mm by spiral CT scan
    • Nonmeasurable lesions include the following:

      • Bone lesions
      • Leptomeningeal disease
      • Ascites
      • Pleural/pericardial effusion
      • Lymphangitis cutis/pulmonis
      • Abdominal masses that are not confirmed and followed by imaging techniques
      • Cystic lesions
  • Patients with known brain metastases are eligible if they have undergone prior surgical resection and/or cranial irradiation, they currently do not require steroids or anticonvulsants, and there is no progressive disease on CT scan or MRI at least 4 weeks after completion of radiotherapy



  • 18 and over

Performance status

  • ECOG 0-2

Life expectancy

  • Not specified


  • Granulocyte count at least 1,500/mm^3
  • Platelet count at least 100,000/mm^3


  • Bilirubin no greater than 1.5 times upper limit of normal


  • Creatinine clearance at least 30 mL/min


  • No clinically significant cardiac disease
  • No congestive heart failure
  • No symptomatic coronary artery disease
  • No cardiac arrhythmias not well controlled with medication
  • No myocardial infarction within the past 12 months


  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Negative pregnancy test
  • Fertile patients must use effective barrier contraception during and for 3 months after study
  • No prior severe reaction to fluoropyrimidine therapy or known sensitivity to fluorouracil
  • No malabsorption syndrome or lack of physical integrity of the upper gastrointestinal tract that would preclude absorption of capecitabine


Biologic therapy

  • Not specified


  • At least 4 weeks since prior chemotherapy and recovered
  • No prior gemcitabine
  • No prior fluoropyrimidines (e.g., fluorouracil, floxuridine, capecitabine, or fluorouracil-uracil)
  • No other concurrent chemotherapy

Endocrine therapy

  • See Disease Characteristics
  • At least 4 weeks since prior megestrol
  • No concurrent hormones (e.g., megestrol) except steroids for adrenal failure, hormones for nondisease-related conditions (e.g., insulin for diabetes), or intermittent dexamethasone as an antiemetic


  • See Disease Characteristics
  • At least 4 weeks since prior radiotherapy and recovered
  • Prior radiotherapy to any lesion that may produce disability (e.g., unstable femur) allowed
  • No concurrent palliative radiotherapy


  • See Disease Characteristics
  • At least 4 weeks since prior major surgery and recovered


  • Any number of prior regimens allowed
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00042965

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Sponsors and Collaborators
Cancer and Leukemia Group B
Study Chair: Walter M. Stadler, MD, FACP University of Chicago
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Additional Information:
Stadler WM, Halabi S, Ernstoff MS, et al.: A phase II study of gemcitabine (G) and capecitabine (C) in patients with metastatic renal cell cancer (mRCC): a report of Cancer and Leukemia Group B #90008. [Abstract] J Clin Oncol 22 (Suppl 14): A-4515, 385s, 2004. Identifier: NCT00042965     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000069488, CLB-90008
Study First Received: August 5, 2002
Last Updated: July 23, 2008
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):
recurrent renal cell cancer
stage IV renal cell cancer

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Carcinoma, Renal Cell
Kidney Neoplasms
Kidney Diseases
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms by Site
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Urogenital Neoplasms
Urologic Diseases
Urologic Neoplasms
Anti-Infective Agents
Antimetabolites, Antineoplastic
Antineoplastic Agents
Antiviral Agents
Enzyme Inhibitors
Immunologic Factors
Immunosuppressive Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Pharmacologic Actions
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Radiation-Sensitizing Agents
Therapeutic Uses processed this record on March 26, 2015