MATRIX EG (Matuzumab Treatment With ECX in Esophago-Gastric Cancer)

This study has been completed.
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Merck KGaA Identifier:
First received: September 15, 2005
Last updated: February 17, 2014
Last verified: February 2014
The purpose of this study is to compare the effectiveness and safety of experimental treatment matuzumab and ECX chemotherapy, with ECX chemotherapy. Subjects invited to take part have metastatic cancer of the esophagus (gullet) or stomach.

Condition Intervention Phase
Esophageal Cancer
Gastric Cancer
Drug: ECX
Drug: Matuzumab + ECX
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Randomized Phase II Open-label Controlled Study of EMD 72000 (Matuzumab), in Combination With the Chemotherapy Regimen ECX or the Chemotherapy Regimen ECX Alone as First-line Treatment in Subjects With Metastatic Esophago-gastric Adenocarcinoma

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Response rate [ Time Frame: various timepoints measured ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Response duration [ Time Frame: various timepoints measured ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • median time to tumor progression [ Time Frame: various timepoints measured ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • median survival time [ Time Frame: various timepoints measured ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • safety and tolerability [ Time Frame: various timepoints measured ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • QoL [ Time Frame: various timepoints measured ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • protein biomarkers [ Time Frame: various timepoints measured ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • immunogenicity [ Time Frame: various timepoints measured ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • matuzumab peak and trough values [ Time Frame: various timepoints measured ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 72
Study Start Date: August 2005
Study Completion Date: August 2008
Primary Completion Date: July 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: 1 Drug: ECX
ECX given until progression of disease or unacceptable toxicity, for a maximum of 8 cycles- E= 50 mg per metre squared of Epirubicin given i.v. once every 3 weeks, C= 60 mg per metre squared of cisplatin given i.v. once every 3 weeks, X= 1250mg per metre squared divided into two oral doses of capecitabine given every day.
Experimental: 2 Drug: Matuzumab + ECX
800mg matuzumab given i.v. (into the vein) once per week until progression or unacceptable toxicity, along with intervention in Arm 1 (ECX)


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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Histologically confirmed gastric adenocarcinoma or adenocarcinoma of the lower third of the esophagus
  • metastatic disease
  • immunohistological evidence of EGFR expression from archived tissues
  • ECOG PS 0-1
  • at least 1 measurable lesion (modified WHO criteria)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • previous chemotherapy, unless neo-adjuvant or adjuvant therapy completed > 12 months prior to study treatment
  • radiotherapy or major surgery within 4 weeks prior to treatment
  • brain metastases
  • peripheral neuropathy or ototoxicity >/= Grade 2 (NCICTC V3)
  • abnormal ECG
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00215644

Research Site
Essen, Germany
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Hamburg, Germany
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Oldenburg, Germany
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Recklinghausen, Germany
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A Coruna, Spain
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Barcelona, Spain
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Cadiz, Spain
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Valencia, Spain
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Bern, Switzerland
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Geneva, Switzerland
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Lausanne, Switzerland
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St. Gallen, Switzerland
United Kingdom
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Northwood, Middlesex, United Kingdom
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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Northwood, United Kingdom
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Sponsors and Collaborators
Merck KGaA
Principal Investigator: Professor David Cunningham, MD, FRCP The Royal Marsden Hospital, UK
  More Information

Responsible Party: Claire Beadman-Lakey, Merck KGaA Identifier: NCT00215644     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: EMD 72000-032 
Study First Received: September 15, 2005
Last Updated: February 17, 2014
Health Authority: United Kingdom: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

Keywords provided by Merck KGaA:
EMD 72000
Metastatic Esophago-Gastric cancer

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Esophageal Neoplasms
Stomach Neoplasms
Digestive System Diseases
Digestive System Neoplasms
Esophageal Diseases
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Gastrointestinal Neoplasms
Head and Neck Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
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