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Erlotinib, Paclitaxel, and Carboplatin in Treating Patients With Stage III, Stage IV, or Recurrent Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

This study has been completed.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by:
Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center Identifier:
First received: February 6, 2006
Last updated: August 5, 2010
Last verified: August 2010

RATIONALE: Erlotinib may stop the growth of tumor cells by blocking some of the enzymes needed for cell growth. Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as paclitaxel and carboplatin, work in different ways to stop the growth of tumor cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. Giving erlotinib together with paclitaxel and carboplatin may kill more tumor cells.

PURPOSE: This randomized phase II trial is studying two different doses of erlotinib when given together with paclitaxel and carboplatin to compare how well they work in treating patients with stage III, stage IV, or recurrent non-small cell lung cancer.

Condition Intervention Phase
Lung Cancer
Drug: carboplatin
Drug: erlotinib hydrochloride
Drug: paclitaxel
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Randomized Phase II Trial Comparing Two Doses of Pulsed Erlotinib Prechemotherapy (PEP-C) in Patients With Stage IIIB or Stage IV Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

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Further study details as provided by Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Major objective response rate (complete and partial response)

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Time to disease progression
  • Response duration
  • Survival
  • Toxicity

Estimated Enrollment: 58
Study Start Date: November 2004
Primary Completion Date: August 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:


  • Compare the major objective response (complete and partial response) rates in patients with stage IIIB or IV or recurrent non-small cell lung cancer treated with high- versus low-dose erlotinib hydrochloride combined with paclitaxel and carboplatin.
  • Compare the duration of response, time to progression, and survival of patients treated with these regimens.
  • Characterize and compare the toxicities of these regimens.
  • Determine the recommended phase III dose of erlotinib hydrochloride.

OUTLINE: This is a randomized, open-label, multicenter study. Patients are stratified according to gender. Patients are randomized to 1 of 2 treatment arms.

  • Arm I: Patients receive oral high-dose erlotinib hydrochloride on days 1 and 2. Patients also receive paclitaxel IV over 3 hours followed by carboplatin IV over 30 minutes on day 3.
  • Arm II: Patients receive oral low-dose erlotinib hydrochloride, paclitaxel, and carboplatin as in arm I.

In both arms, treatment repeats every 21 days for 6 courses in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

After completion of study treatment, patients are followed periodically.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 58 patients will be accrued for this study.


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


  • Pathologically confirmed non-small cell lung cancer

    • Stage IIIB or IV or recurrent disease
  • Measurable or evaluable indicator lesions
  • Must have smoked ≥ 100 cigarettes in his/her lifetime


  • Karnofsky performance status 70-100%
  • WBC ≥ 4,000/mm^3
  • Platelet count ≥ 100,000/mm^3
  • Creatinine ≤ 1.5 mg/dL OR creatinine clearance ≥ 50 mL/min
  • Bilirubin ≤ 1.0 mg/dL
  • AST ≤ 2.5 times upper limit of normal (ULN)
  • Alkaline phosphatase ≤ 2.5 times ULN
  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Negative pregnancy test
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception during and for ≥ 1 week after completion of study treatment
  • No gastrointestinal tract disease or inability to take oral medication
  • No prior malignancy within the past 2 years except nonmelanoma skin cancer or carcinoma in situ of the cervix
  • No other active medical problems, including severe infection, unstable angina, or myocardial infarction within the past 6 months
  • No poorly controlled hypertension or severe malnutrition
  • No New York Heart Association class III or IV congestive heart failure or serious cardiac arrhythmia requiring medication except chronic atrial arrhythmia (i.e., atrial fibrillation or paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia)


  • At least 3 weeks since prior radiotherapy to major bone marrow-containing sites
  • No prior chemotherapy for advanced non-small cell lung cancer
  • No prior agents directed at the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR)/HER axis (e.g., gefitinib, cetuximab, or trastuzumab [Herceptin®])
  • No prior surgical procedure resulting in abnormal absorption of oral medications
  • No concurrent surgical resection, palliative radiotherapy, or hormonal therapy
  • No other concurrent anticancer therapy
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00287989

United States, Maryland
Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins
Baltimore, Maryland, United States, 21231-2410
United States, New York
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
New York, New York, United States, 10021
Sponsors and Collaborators
Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Principal Investigator: Charles M. Rudin, MD, PhD Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center
  More Information

Publications: Identifier: NCT00287989     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: JHOC-J0432, CDR0000455116
P30CA006973 ( US NIH Grant/Contract Award Number )
Study First Received: February 6, 2006
Last Updated: August 5, 2010

Keywords provided by Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center:
recurrent non-small cell lung cancer
stage IIIB non-small cell lung cancer
stage IV 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
Albumin-Bound Paclitaxel
Erlotinib Hydrochloride
Antineoplastic Agents, Phytogenic
Antineoplastic Agents
Tubulin Modulators
Antimitotic Agents
Mitosis Modulators
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Protein Kinase Inhibitors
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