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Cetuximab and Carboplatin in Treating Patients With Recurrent Ovarian Epithelial Cancer or Primary Peritoneal Cancer

This study has been completed.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Bristol-Myers Squibb
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Gynecologic Oncology Group Identifier:
First received: July 8, 2004
Last updated: February 12, 2014
Last verified: February 2014

RATIONALE: Monoclonal antibodies such as cetuximab can locate tumor cells and either kill them or deliver tumor-killing substances to them without harming normal cells. Drugs used in chemotherapy such as carboplatin work in different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. Combining cetuximab with carboplatin may kill more tumor cells.

PURPOSE: This phase II trial is studying how well giving cetuximab together with carboplatin works in treating patients with recurrent ovarian epithelial cancer or primary peritoneal cancer.

Condition Intervention Phase
Ovarian Cancer
Primary Peritoneal Cavity Cancer
Biological: cetuximab
Drug: carboplatin
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase II Evaluation of Cetuximab (C225, NSC #714692) in Combination With Carboplatin (NSC #241240) in the Treatment of Recurrent Platinum-Sensitive Ovarian or Primary Peritoneal Cancer

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Further study details as provided by Gynecologic Oncology Group:

Study Start Date: June 2004
Primary Completion Date: April 2006 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:


  • Determine the antitumor activity of cetuximab and carboplatin in patients with recurrent platinum-sensitive ovarian epithelial or primary peritoneal cancer.
  • Determine the nature and degree of toxicity of this regimen in these patients.

OUTLINE: This is a multicenter study.

Patients receive cetuximab IV over 1 hour (over 2 hours on day 1 of course 1 only) on days 1, 8 , and 15. Patients also receive carboplatin IV after cetuximab administration on day 1. Courses repeat every 21 days in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

Patients are followed every 3 months for 2 years and then every 6 months for 3 years.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 20-65 patients will be accrued for this study.


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


  • Histologically confirmed ovarian epithelial or primary peritoneal cancer

    • Recurrent disease
  • Measurable disease

    • At least 1 unidimensionally measurable lesion ≥ 20 mm by conventional techniques, including palpation, plain x-ray, CT scan, or MRI OR ≥ 10 mm by spiral CT scan
    • Target lesion not within previously irradiated field
  • Received 1 prior platinum-based chemotherapy regimen for primary disease containing carboplatin, cisplatin, or other organoplatinum compound

    • Initial treatment may have included high-dose, consolidation, or extended therapy administered after surgical or non-surgical assessment
    • Patients who had not received prior paclitaxel therapy may have received a second regimen that included paclitaxel
  • Platinum-sensitive disease

    • Treatment-free interval without clinical evidence of progressive disease for more than 6 months after response to a prior platinum-based regimen
    • If there is another concurrently active GOG-0146 series protocol (non-platinum-based therapy), must have had a treatment-free interval of more than 12 months unless ineligible for the other protocol* NOTE: *Applies whether or not both protocols are available at the same participating center
  • Must have available tissue block or unstained sections from primary tumor, interval debulking, or secondary debulking
  • Not eligible for a higher priority GOG protocol (i.e., any active phase III GOG protocol for the same patient population)



  • 18 and over

Performance status

  • GOG 0-2

Life expectancy

  • Not specified


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


  • Bilirubin ≤ 1.5 times upper limit of normal (ULN)
  • SGOT ≤ 2.5 times ULN
  • Alkaline phosphatase ≤ 2.5 times ULN


  • Creatinine ≤ 1.5 times ULN


  • No uncontrolled hypertension
  • No unstable angina
  • No congestive heart failure
  • No uncontrolled arrhythmias within the past 6 months
  • No other significant cardiac disease


  • No uncontrolled seizure disorder
  • No active neurological disease
  • No neuropathy > grade 1


  • No other invasive malignancy within the past 5 years except nonmelanoma skin cancer
  • No active infection requiring antibiotics
  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Negative pregnancy test
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception


Biologic therapy

  • No prior anti-epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) antibody therapy
  • No prior chimerized or murine monoclonal antibody therapy
  • At least 3 weeks since prior biologic or immunologic therapy for the malignancy


  • See Disease Characteristics
  • Recovered from prior chemotherapy
  • No prior cytotoxic chemotherapy for recurrent disease, including retreatment with initial chemotherapy regimens

Endocrine therapy

  • At least 1 week since prior hormonal therapy for the malignancy
  • Concurrent hormone replacement therapy allowed


  • See Disease Characteristics
  • Recovered from prior radiotherapy
  • No prior radiotherapy to > 25% of bone marrow-bearing areas


  • More than 30 days since prior major surgery and recovered

    • Diagnostic biopsy not considered major surgery


  • At least 3 weeks since other prior therapy for the malignancy
  • No prior tyrosine kinase inhibitors that target the EGFR pathway
  • No prior cancer treatment that would preclude study treatment
  • No other concurrent investigational agents
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00086892

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Sponsors and Collaborators
Gynecologic Oncology Group
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Bristol-Myers Squibb
Study Chair: Angeles A. Secord, MD Duke Cancer Institute
OverallOfficial: Deborah K. Armstrong, MD Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center
OverallOfficial: Nita Maihle, PhD Yale University
  More Information

Responsible Party: Gynecologic Oncology Group Identifier: NCT00086892     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: GOG-0146P
Study First Received: July 8, 2004
Last Updated: February 12, 2014

Keywords provided by Gynecologic Oncology Group:
recurrent ovarian epithelial cancer
primary peritoneal cavity cancer

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Peritoneal Neoplasms
Abdominal Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Digestive System Neoplasms
Digestive System Diseases
Peritoneal Diseases
Antineoplastic Agents processed this record on April 24, 2017