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Gemcitabine and Topotecan in Treating Patients With Recurrent or Persistent Ovarian, Fallopian Tube, or Primary Peritoneal Cavity Cancer

This study has been completed.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Identifier:
First received: September 20, 2005
Last updated: September 20, 2010
Last verified: September 2010

RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as gemcitabine and topotecan, work in different ways to stop the growth of tumor cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. Giving more than one drug (combination chemotherapy) may kill more tumor cells.

PURPOSE: This phase II trial is studying how well giving gemcitabine together with topotecan works in treating patients with recurrent or persistent ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cavity cancer.

Condition Intervention Phase
Fallopian Tube Cancer Ovarian Cancer Peritoneal Cavity Cancer Drug: gemcitabine hydrochloride Drug: topotecan hydrochloride Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Phase II Trial for the Treatment of Recurrent or Persistent Platinum-Refractory Ovarian, Fallopian Tube, or Primary Peritoneal Cancer With Gemcitabine and Topotecan

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Further study details as provided by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Toxicity
  • Response rate
  • Quality of life

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Progression-free survival
  • Overall survival

Study Start Date: July 2002
Primary Completion Date: February 2006 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:



  • Determine the nature and degree of toxicity of gemcitabine and topotecan in patients with recurrent or persistent platinum-refractory ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cavity cancer.
  • Determine the response rate in patients treated with this regimen.
  • Determine the quality of life of patients treated with this regimen.


  • Determine the duration of progression-free survival and overall survival of patients treated with this regimen.

OUTLINE: This is a multicenter study.

Patients receive gemcitabine IV over 30 minutes and topotecan IV over 30 minutes on days 1 and 8. Courses repeat every 21 days in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. Patients achieving a complete response (CR) receive 2 additional courses beyond documentation of CR.

Quality of life is assessed at baseline, on day 1 of courses 2, 4, and 6, and then at 1 year.

After completion of study treatment, patients are followed every 3 months for 2 years and then every 6 months thereafter.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: Approximately 36-45 patients will be accrued for this study within 3 years.


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


  • Diagnosis of ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cavity cancer
  • Recurrent or persistent platinum-refractory disease, as defined by 1 of the following:

    • Progressive disease while on a platinum compound
    • Persistent clinically measurable disease with best response as stable disease at the completion of ≥ 6 courses of therapy
    • Recurrent disease within 6 months after completion of therapy
  • Measurable or evaluable disease

    • Evaluable disease, defined as CA 125 ≥ 100 U/mL (confirmed by 2 blood tests)
    • Measurable disease, defined as ≥ 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



  • 18 and over

Performance status

  • GOG 0-3

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
  • Creatinine clearance > 50 mL/min


  • No clinically significant infection
  • No other severe medical condition that would preclude study treatment
  • No other malignancy within the past 5 years except nonmelanoma skin cancer or carcinoma in situ of the cervix or breast


Biologic therapy

  • Not specified


  • See Disease Characteristics
  • Prior gemcitabine or topotecan allowed provided disease is not refractory to either drug
  • At least 3 weeks since prior chemotherapy and recovered

Endocrine therapy

  • Not specified


  • At least 3 weeks since prior radiotherapy and recovered


  • Recovered from recent prior surgery
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00217555

United States, Washington
University of Washington School of Medicine
Seattle, Washington, United States, 98195
Sponsors and Collaborators
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Principal Investigator: Barbara A. Goff, MD University of Washington
  More Information

Publications: Identifier: NCT00217555     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: PSOC 1901
CDR0000441309 ( Registry Identifier: PDQ )
Study First Received: September 20, 2005
Last Updated: September 20, 2010

Keywords provided by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center:
recurrent ovarian epithelial cancer
fallopian tube cancer
peritoneal cavity cancer

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Fallopian Tube Neoplasms
Peritoneal Neoplasms
Genital Neoplasms, Female
Urogenital Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Fallopian Tube Diseases
Adnexal Diseases
Genital Diseases, Female
Abdominal Neoplasms
Digestive System Neoplasms
Digestive System Diseases
Peritoneal Diseases
Antimetabolites, Antineoplastic
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Antineoplastic Agents
Antiviral Agents
Anti-Infective Agents
Enzyme Inhibitors
Immunosuppressive Agents
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs
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