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Study of Pemetrexed and Carboplatin Compared With Etoposide Carboplatin to Treat Extensive-Stage Small Cell Lung Cancer

This study has been completed.
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First received: August 10, 2006
Last updated: October 20, 2009
Last verified: October 2009
This study is a Phase 3, global, multi-center, open-label study of patients with extensive-stage small cell lung cancer. Eligible patients will be randomly assigned to receive either pemetrexed plus carboplatin or etoposide plus carboplatin. It is anticipated that pemetrexed plus carboplatin will offer similar survival benefits as compared to etoposide plus carboplatin.

Condition Intervention Phase
Small Cell Lung Cancer
Drug: pemetrexed
Drug: etoposide
Drug: carboplatin
Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Randomized Phase 3 Trial of Alimta (Pemetrexed) and Carboplatin Versus Etoposide and Carboplatin in Extensive-Stage Small Cell Lung Cancer

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Overall Survival [ Time Frame: baseline to date of death from any cause (up to 19.6 months) ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Overall Survival (Subgroups) [ Time Frame: baseline to date of death from any cause (up to 19.6 months) ]
  • Progression Free Survival [ Time Frame: baseline to measured progressive disease (up to 14.7 months) ]
  • Change From Baseline to Each Cycle in Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy - Lung (FACT-L) [ Time Frame: baseline and 6 cycles (21-day cycles) ]
  • Overall Survival (Subgroups: LDH<=Upper Limit of Normal and History of Brain Metastases=Yes) [ Time Frame: baseline to date of death due to any cause (up to 19.6 months) ]

Enrollment: 908
Study Start Date: August 2006
Study Completion Date: June 2008
Primary Completion Date: June 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: A Drug: pemetrexed
500 mg/m2, intravenous (IV), every 21 days x 6 cycles
Other Names:
  • LY231514
  • Alimta
Drug: carboplatin
Area under the curve (AUC) 5, intravenous (IV), every 21 days x 6 cycles
Active Comparator: B Drug: etoposide
100 mg/m2, intravenous (IV), days 1-3 x 6 cycles
Drug: carboplatin
Area under the curve (AUC) 5, intravenous (IV), every 21 days x 6 cycles


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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Clinical diagnosis of extensive stage small cell lung cancer (SCLC)
  • Capable of self-care but may be unable to carry out any work activities.
  • No prior anticancer therapy for SCLC

Exclusion Criteria:

  • have previously participated in a study involving pemetrexed
  • have received treatment within the last 30 days with a drug that has not received regulatory approval for any indication
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00363415

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Study Director: Call 1-877-CTLILLY(1-877-285-4559) or 1-317-615-4559 Mon - Fri 9 AM - 5 PM Eastern time (UTC/GMT - 5 hours, EST) Eli Lilly and Company
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Additional Information:
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Chief Medical Officer, Eli Lilly Identifier: NCT00363415     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 9691
Study First Received: August 10, 2006
Results First Received: June 5, 2009
Last Updated: October 20, 2009

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Lung Neoplasms
Small Cell Lung Carcinoma
Respiratory Tract Neoplasms
Thoracic Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Lung Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Carcinoma, Bronchogenic
Bronchial Neoplasms
Etoposide phosphate
Antineoplastic Agents, Phytogenic
Antineoplastic Agents
Topoisomerase II Inhibitors
Topoisomerase Inhibitors
Enzyme Inhibitors
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Folic Acid Antagonists
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