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Bevacizumab, Cisplatin, Etoposide, and Radiation Therapy in Treating Patients With Limited-Stage Small Cell Lung Cancer

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00387699
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : October 13, 2006
Last Update Posted : April 28, 2015
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
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Brief Summary:

RATIONALE: Monoclonal antibodies, such as bevacizumab, can block tumor growth in different ways. Some find tumor cells and help kill them or carry tumor-killing substances to them. Others interfere with the ability of tumor cells to grow and spread. Bevacizumab may also stop the growth of tumor cells by blocking blood flow to the tumor. Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as cisplatin and etoposide, work in different ways to stop the growth of tumor cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. Radiation therapy uses high-energy x-rays to kill tumor cells. Giving bevacizumab together with cisplatin, etoposide, and radiation therapy may kill more tumor cells.

PURPOSE: This phase II trial is studying how well giving bevacizumab together with cisplatin, etoposide, and radiation therapy works in treating patients with limited-stage small cell lung cancer.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Lung Cancer Biological: bevacizumab Drug: cisplatin Drug: etoposide Radiation: radiation therapy Phase 2

Detailed Description:



  • Determine the 1-year progression-free survival of patients with limited-stage small cell lung cancer treated with bevacizumab, cisplatin, etoposide, and radiotherapy.


  • Determine the toxicity of this regimen in these patients.
  • Determine the response rate in patients treated with this regimen.

OUTLINE: This is a multicenter study.

Patients receive cisplatin IV over 30-60 minutes and bevacizumab IV over 30-90 minutes on day 1 and etoposide IV over 60 minutes on days 1-3. Treatment repeats every 21 days for 4 courses in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. During course 1, patients also undergo thoracic radiotherapy twice daily on days 1-5, 8-12, and 15-19.

Patients achieving a complete or partial response or stable disease after the first 4 courses of chemotherapy continue to receive bevacizumab IV over 30-90 minutes on day 1. Treatment with bevacizumab repeats every 21 days for up to 1 year in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

Within 4-6 weeks after blood counts recover from the first 4 courses of chemotherapy, patients achieving a complete or partial response also undergo prophylactic cranial irradiation (PCI) in 10 fractions over 3 weeks.*

NOTE: *Bevacizumab should not be given for 3 weeks prior to or during PCI, but resumed 1 week after completion of PCI.

After completion of study treatment, patients are followed periodically for 10 years.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 79 patients will be accrued for this study.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 79 participants
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Phase II Trial of Bevacizumab in Combination With Cisplatin/Etoposide and Twice Daily Radiation for Patients With Limited-Stage Small Cell Lung Cancer
Study Start Date : October 2006
Actual Primary Completion Date : October 2007
Actual Study Completion Date : April 2014

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Progression-free survival at 1 year

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Response rate
  2. Toxicity

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


  • Histologically or cytologically confirmed small cell lung cancer (SCLC)

    • Limited-stage disease, defined as SCLC confined to ≥ 1 of the following:

      • One hemithorax
      • Ipsilateral supraclavicular fossa
  • Measurable disease
  • No malignant pleural effusion, contralateral hilar disease, or contralateral supraclavicular disease

    • Minimal pleural effusion visible on CT scan of the chest, but not evident on chest x-ray, allowed
  • No completely surgically resected disease
  • No CNS disease, including primary brain tumor or brain metastasis


  • ECOG performance status 0-2
  • Absolute granulocyte count ≥ 1,500/mm³
  • Platelet count ≥ 100,000/mm³
  • Bilirubin ≤ 1.5 mg/dL
  • Creatinine ≤ 1.5 mg/dL
  • Urine protein:creatinine ratio ≤ 0.5 OR 24-hour urine protein < 1,000 mg
  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Negative pregnancy test
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception during and for ≥ 6 months after completion of study treatment
  • INR ≤ 1.5 (unless on full-dose anticoagulants)
  • No active serious infection
  • No serious or nonhealing wound
  • No ulcer or bone fracture
  • No evidence of bleeding diatheses or coagulopathy
  • No hemoptysis
  • No known hypersensitivity to Chinese hamster ovary cell products and/or other recombinant human antibodies
  • No clinically significant cardiovascular disease, including any of the following:

    • Uncontrolled hypertension
    • New York Heart Association class II-IV congestive heart failure
    • Serious cardiac arrhythmia requiring medication
    • Unstable angina pectoris
    • Symptomatic peripheral vascular disease
    • Cerebrovascular accident within the past 6 months
    • Symptomatic heart disease within the past 6 months
    • Myocardial infarction within the past 6 months
    • Unstable angina within the past 6 months
  • No abdominal fistula, gastrointestinal perforation, or intra-abdominal abscess within the past 4 weeks
  • No significant traumatic injury within the past 4 weeks


  • At least 4 weeks since prior major surgery or open biopsy
  • At least 1 week since prior core biopsy
  • No prior chemotherapy or radiotherapy for small cell lung cancer
  • No concurrent major surgery
  • No concurrent palliative local radiotherapy
  • No concurrent intensity-modulated radiotherapy
  • Concurrent full-dose anticoagulants (e.g., warfarin) allowed provided all of the following criteria are met:

    • INR ≤ 3
    • In-range INR (2-3) on a stable dose of oral anticoagulant or on a stable dose of low molecular weight heparin
    • No active bleeding or pathological condition that carries a high risk of bleeding (e.g., tumor involving major vessels or known varices)

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00387699

Sponsors and Collaborators
Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
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Study Chair: Afshin Dowlati, MD Case Comprehensive Cancer Center
OverallOfficial: James A. Bonner, MD University of Alabama at Birmingham
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Responsible Party: Robert L. Comis, ECOG Group Chair's Office Identifier: NCT00387699    
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000508653
First Posted: October 13, 2006    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 28, 2015
Last Verified: October 2008
Keywords provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):
limited stage small cell lung cancer
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Lung Neoplasms
Small Cell Lung Carcinoma
Respiratory Tract Neoplasms
Thoracic Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Lung Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Carcinoma, Bronchogenic
Bronchial Neoplasms
Antineoplastic Agents, Immunological
Antineoplastic Agents
Angiogenesis Inhibitors
Angiogenesis Modulating Agents
Growth Substances
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Growth Inhibitors
Antineoplastic Agents, Phytogenic
Topoisomerase II Inhibitors
Topoisomerase Inhibitors
Enzyme Inhibitors
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action