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Docetaxel Plus Cisplatin Followed by Gemcitabine Versus Gemcitabine Plus Cisplatin Followed by Docetaxel for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
National Taiwan University Hospital Identifier:
First received: September 8, 2005
Last updated: December 4, 2012
Last verified: December 2012
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the 1-year treatment failure rate of two sequential chemotherapy regimens: weekly docetaxel plus cisplatin followed by gemcitabine; and gemcitabine plus cisplatin followed by weekly docetaxel。

Condition Intervention Phase
Non-small Cell Lung Cancer
Drug: Docetaxel, Cisplatin
Drug: Gemcitabine, Cisplatin
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Randomized Phase II Study of Weekly Docetaxel Plus Cisplatin Followed by Gemcitabine Versus Gemcitabine Plus Cisplatin Followed by Weekly Docetaxel in the Treatment of Advanced Non-small Cell Lung Cancer

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Further study details as provided by National Taiwan University Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • The primary objective of this study is to evaluate the 1-year treatment failure rate of two sequential chemotherapy regimens. [ Time Frame: 2003~2009 ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • To evaluate the response rate for each regimen, the toxicity of each arm, and the duration of response [ Time Frame: 2003~2009 ]

Enrollment: 15
Study Start Date: July 2003
Study Completion Date: November 2012
Primary Completion Date: November 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: A Drug: Docetaxel, Cisplatin
docetaxel 36mg/m2 IF 30 mins on day 1,8,15 cisplatin 75mg/m2 IF 2 hrs on day 15
Active Comparator: B Drug: Gemcitabine, Cisplatin
gemcitabine 1000mg/m2 IF 30mins on D 1,8,15, cisplatin 75mg/m2 IF 2 hrs on day 15

Detailed Description:

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in men and women worldwide. Shifting trends in the incidence of lung cancer closely follow the patterns of cigarette smoking, although other carcinogens have been implicated. Despite intensive treatment over the past several decades, the 5-year lung-cancer survival rate remains a dismal 8-14%.

Chemotherapy is the primary therapy to patients with stage IIIB/IV disease, and most investigators believe that treatment with a combination of two agents is the best first-line treatment for stage IV NSCLC. In the late 1970s and 1980s, studies were conducted using combinations of agents. Outcomes were improved and these agents were eventually incorporated into clinical practice.

Weekly docetaxel is being studied in combination with other commonly used NSCLC chemotherapeutic agents including carboplatin, navelbine, and gemcitabine. These combinations are being studied in both first- and second-line settings. Second line chemotherapy with docetaxel may affect survival (TAX 318, 1 year survival 37% vs. 11%). However, the optimal sequence of chemotherapy was rarely explored. Weekly docetaxel may offer better tolerability vs. 3-weekly schedule when combining docetaxel to cisplatin. Based upon these studied, we choose weekly docetaxel in combination with cisplatin as our regimen. We expected the regimen would be effective and well tolerated.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 75 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Histologic or cytologic diagnosis of stage IIIB/IV NSCLC, no prior chemotherapy
  • Age > 18 years and < 75 years
  • WHO PS: 0,1
  • Unidimensional or bi-dimensional measurable disease
  • Neutrophils > 1.5 109/l, Platelets > 100 109/l, Hemoglobin > 10g/dl, Total bilirubin < 1.5 UNL, AST (SGOT) and ALT (SGPT) < 2.5 UNL, Alkaline phosphatases < 5 UNL; except in presence of only bone metastasis and in the absence of any liver disorders
  • Creatinine < 1 UNL, and creatinine clearance should be > 60 ml/min.
  • Life expectancy > 12 weeks

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Pregnant, or lactating patients
  • Known clinical brain or leptomeningeal involvement
  • Pre-existing motor or sensory neurotoxicity of a severity > grade 1 by NCIC-CTG criteria
  • CHF, angina or arrhythmias
  • History of significant neurological or psychiatric disorders
  • Active uncontrolled infection
  • Contraindication for the use of corticosteroids
  • Concurrent treatment with other experimental drugs within 30 days prior to study entry
  • Concurrent treatment with any other anti-cancer therapy
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00173888

Department of Oncology, National Taiwan University Hospital
Taipei, Taiwan
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Taiwan University Hospital
Principal Investigator: Chih-Hsin Yang, M.D.,Ph.D. Department of Oncology , National Taiwan University Hospital
Study Chair: Ann-Lii Cheng, M.D.,Ph.D. Department of Oncology , National Taiwan University Hospital
  More Information

Responsible Party: National Taiwan University Hospital Identifier: NCT00173888     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 920303
Study First Received: September 8, 2005
Last Updated: December 4, 2012

Keywords provided by National Taiwan University Hospital:
Combination, Chemotherapy,non-small cell lung cancer

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Lung Neoplasms
Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung
Respiratory Tract Neoplasms
Thoracic Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Lung Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Carcinoma, Bronchogenic
Bronchial Neoplasms
Antineoplastic Agents
Tubulin Modulators
Antimitotic Agents
Mitosis Modulators
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Antimetabolites, Antineoplastic
Antiviral Agents
Anti-Infective Agents
Enzyme Inhibitors
Immunosuppressive Agents
Immunologic Factors
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