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Celecoxib and Erlotinib in Treating Patients With Stage IIIB or Stage IV Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00072072
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : November 6, 2003
Last Update Posted : September 20, 2013
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Brief Summary:

RATIONALE: Celecoxib may stop the growth of cancer by stopping blood flow to the tumor. Erlotinib and celecoxib may stop the growth of tumor cells by blocking the enzymes necessary for their growth. Combining celecoxib with erlotinib may kill more tumor cells.

PURPOSE: This phase I trial is studying the side effects and best dose of celecoxib when given together with erlotinib in treating patients with stage IIIB or stage IV non-small cell lung cancer.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Lung Cancer Drug: celecoxib Drug: erlotinib hydrochloride Phase 1

Detailed Description:



  • Determine the biologically active dose of celecoxib administered with erlotinib in patients with stage IIIB or IV non-small cell lung cancer.
  • Determine the toxicity profile of this regimen in these patients.


  • Determine the clinical activity of this regimen, in terms of reduction in tumor burden, in these patients.
  • Correlate biological endpoints with cyclooxygenase-2 and epidermal growth factor receptor inhibition in patients treated with this regimen.

OUTLINE: This is a nonrandomized, dose-escalation study of celecoxib.

Patients receive oral erlotinib once daily and oral celecoxib twice daily on days 1-28. Treatment repeats every 4 weeks for 2 courses in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. Patients with stable or responding disease may continue treatment beyond 2 courses at the investigator's discretion.

Cohorts of 3-6 patients receive escalating doses of celecoxib until the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) and biologically active dose (BAD) are determined. The MTD is defined as the dose preceding that at which 2 of 3 or 2 of 6 patients experience dose-limiting toxicity (DLT). The BAD is defined as the maximum decrease in the level of PGE_2 where no DLT occurs.

Patients are followed every 2 months.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 21-27 patients will be accrued for this study.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase I Trial Of A COX-2 Inhibitor (Celecoxib) In Combination With An EGFR Inhibitor (OSI-774) In Metastatic Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
Study Start Date : August 2003
Actual Study Completion Date : January 2006

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Ages Eligible for Study:   21 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Histologically confirmed non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)

    • Stage IIIB or IV
  • Measurable disease
  • Progressive disease after at least 2 prior standard chemotherapy regimens OR refused standard chemotherapy
  • No active CNS metastases



  • 21 and over

Performance status

  • ECOG 0-2

Life expectancy

  • Not specified


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


  • Bilirubin no greater than 1.5 mg/dL
  • Transaminases no greater than 2.5 times upper limit of normal (ULN)
  • PT and/or PTT no greater than 1.5 times ULN


  • Creatinine no greater than 2 mg/dL


  • No New York Heart Association class III or IV cardiac disease
  • No myocardial infarction within the past year
  • No symptomatic ventricular arrhythmia
  • No symptomatic conduction abnormality


  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Negative pregnancy test
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception
  • No prior gastrointestinal ulceration, bleeding, or perforation
  • No hypersensitivity to celecoxib, sulfonamides, aspirin, other NSAIDs, or other reagents used in this study
  • No concurrent disease or medical condition that would preclude study treatment or compliance


Biologic therapy

  • Not specified


  • See Disease Characteristics
  • More than 4 weeks since prior chemotherapy

Endocrine therapy

  • More than 4 weeks since prior corticosteroids
  • No concurrent steroids (including chronic use)

    • Concurrent topical steroids allowed


  • More than 4 weeks since prior radiotherapy


  • Not specified


  • More than 4 weeks since prior non-cytotoxic investigational agents
  • More than 3 days since prior nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • No prior cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) inhibitors for metastatic NSCLC
  • No prior epidermal growth factor receptor inhibitor for metastatic NSCLC
  • No concurrent COX-2 inhibitors
  • No concurrent NSAIDs
  • No concurrent fluconazole or lithium

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00072072

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United States, California
Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center at UCLA
Los Angeles, California, United States, 90095-1781
Sponsors and Collaborators
Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
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Principal Investigator: Robert A. Figlin, MD, FACP Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
Principal Investigator: Karen Rickard City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center
Publications of Results:
Layout table for additonal information Identifier: NCT00072072    
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000335434
First Posted: November 6, 2003    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: September 20, 2013
Last Verified: January 2006
Keywords provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):
recurrent non-small cell lung cancer
stage IIIB non-small cell lung cancer
stage IV non-small cell lung cancer
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Lung Neoplasms
Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung
Respiratory Tract Neoplasms
Thoracic Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Lung Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Carcinoma, Bronchogenic
Bronchial Neoplasms
Erlotinib Hydrochloride
Antineoplastic Agents
Protein Kinase Inhibitors
Enzyme Inhibitors
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal
Analgesics, Non-Narcotic
Sensory System Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Anti-Inflammatory Agents
Antirheumatic Agents
Cyclooxygenase 2 Inhibitors
Cyclooxygenase Inhibitors