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Darbepoetin Alfa in Patients With "Poor Prognosis" Germ Cell Tumor Treated With High-Dose Chemotherapy (HD-VIP)

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 20, 2005
Last Update Posted : February 16, 2009
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University Hospital Tuebingen

Brief Summary:
The aim is to determine the frequency of RBC transfusion in patients with metastatic "poor prognosis" germ cell tumor during high-dose chemotherapy (HD-VIP, level 6) with or without Darbepoetin alfa

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Dysgerminoma Drug: Darbepoetin alfa Phase 2

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 108 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Randomized Phase II-Trial to Determine the Impact of Darbepoetin Alfa on the Frequency of RBC Transfusions in Patients With Metastatic "Poor Prognosis" Germ Cell Tumor Treated With High-Dose Chemotherapy (HD-VIP Regimen)
Study Start Date : July 2003
Actual Primary Completion Date : December 2008
Actual Study Completion Date : December 2008

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Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. frequency of transfusions (reduction from 90% to 65%)

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. proportion of patients with no transfusions
  2. developing of hemoglobin levels
  3. objective remission rate
  4. progression-free- and overall-survival (pfs, os)
  5. quality of life

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Male
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Poor prognosis" according IGCCCG-criteria:
  • Primary mediastinal tumor
  • Gonadal/retroperitoneal germ cell tumor with visceral metastases except of lung
  • Poor marker: AFP > 10.000 ng/ml or beta-HCG > 10.000 ng/ml (50.000 IU/l) andd LDH >10 x upper normal limit
  • No previous chemotherapy
  • Age > 18 years
  • Performance-Status: WHO =< 2
  • Written informed consent
  • Ability to give informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Hemolysis
  • Hematological disease with insufficient erythropoiesis
  • Patients without sufficient treatment of sideropenia, folate deficiency or vitamin B12 deficiency
  • Uncontrolled arterial hypertension
  • Treatment with rh-Erythropoetin during trial
  • Creatinin clearance < 50 ml/min
  • Insufficient bone marrow function (WBC count < 3.000/ml or platelets < 100.000/µl)
  • Other major symptomatic or uncontrolled illnesses not allowing to complete treatment protocol with the exception of symptoms caused by the primary disease
  • Second malignancy, except of completely resected basal cell carcinoma of the skin

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00204633

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Medical Center II, University of Tuebingen
Tuebingen, Germany, 72076
Sponsors and Collaborators
University Hospital Tuebingen
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Principal Investigator: Joerg T. Hartmann, MD South West German Cancer Center, Medical Center II, University of Tuebingen
Layout table for additonal information Identifier: NCT00204633    
Other Study ID Numbers: jth_004
First Posted: September 20, 2005    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: February 16, 2009
Last Verified: February 2009
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Darbepoetin alfa