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Pemetrexed Plus Gemcitabine in Renal Cell 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: NCT00491075
Recruitment Status : Terminated (Closed early for poor accrual.)
First Posted : June 25, 2007
Results First Posted : May 3, 2012
Last Update Posted : April 24, 2013
Eli Lilly and Company
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Brief Summary:

Primary Objective:

  • To determine the clinical activity of Pemetrexed + Gemcitabine in non-clear cell renal cell cancer (RCC). Clinical activity will take into account response rate and progression free survival (PFS).

Secondary Objectives:

  • To determine the toxicity of Pemetrexed + Gemcitabine in non-clear cell RCC.
  • To estimate the survival rate of patients with non-clear cell RCC treated with this combination.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Renal Cell Carcinoma Drug: Pemetrexed Drug: Gemcitabine Phase 2

Detailed Description:

Pemetrexed is a chemotherapy drug that is used to treat cancer. It is given intravenously (by IV--through a vein in your arm). It interferes with cell reproduction.

Gemcitabine is a cancer-fighting (chemotherapy) drug that is given by IV. It interferes with the growth of cells and is used to treat cancer.

Dexamethasone has many different medical uses. It is used to treat cancer, nausea, vomiting, inflammation, allergic reactions, and many other conditions. In this study, it is being given to prevent rashes.

Folic acid and Vitamin B12 are vitamins given to prevent serious side effects which can occur with chemotherapy. These side effects include diarrhea and a decrease in you red blood cells, white blood cells, and your blood platelets.

You will be required to take folic acid and vitamin B12. You will take folic acid, by mouth, daily beginning about 1 week before the first dose of Pemetrexed. You will continue to take it daily until 3 weeks after the last dose of chemotherapy. Vitamin B12 will be given as an injection into your muscle about 1 to 2 weeks before your first dose of Pemetrexed. You will have injections of vitamin B12 about every 9 weeks until 3 weeks after your last dose of chemotherapy.

During treatment, you will be given Pemetrexed by IV for 10 minutes, followed by Gemcitabine by IV for 30 minutes on Day 1 of each 2-week study "cycle."

You will take Dexamethasone tablets by mouth, 2 times a day on the day before, the day of, and the day after each dose of Pemetrexed. Dexamethasone is taken to prevent rashes. If you could not or did not take Dexamethasone the day before and/or the day of Pemetrexed, you may be given Dexamethasone by IV over 20 minutes, 30 minutes before the infusion of Pemetrexed.

You will have blood samples (about 4 teaspoons) drawn every week to test your bone marrow. You will have blood samples (about 1 teaspoon) drawn every 2 weeks to make sure that your kidneys and liver are working well. You will have a physical exam every 2 weeks before you receive chemotherapy. You will also be asked about any medications you have been taking since your last visit.

Once every 8 weeks or after 4 cycles of treatment, you will have the tumor(s) measured using standard of care imaging which may include a CT scan, MRI, or a bone scan.

You will be treated for as long as you are benefiting from the therapy. You will continue to receive treatment unless your tumor grows, intolerable side effects occur, or you develop another illness that prevents you from continuing with the therapy. You may also be taken off study if you fail to comply with the study requirements. If you are taken off study for any reason, you and your doctor will discuss other treatment options at that time.

If you are taken off study, you will be asked to have the same scans as before, a physical exam, and routine blood (about 4 teaspoons). You will be contacted every 3 months after being off study, to get an update on your health status.

This is an investigational study. Pemetrexed and Gemcitabine are FDA approved and commercially available. About 40 patients will take part in this study. All will be enrolled at M. D. Anderson.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 16 participants
Allocation: N/A
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Phase II Trial of Pemetrexed Plus Gemcitabine in Patients With Advanced Non-Clear Cell Renal Cell Cancer
Study Start Date : December 2005
Actual Primary Completion Date : September 2011
Actual Study Completion Date : September 2011

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Pemetrexed + Gemcitabine
Pemetrexed 500 mg/m^2 intravenous (IV) and Gemcitabine 1500 mg/m^2 IV on Day 1.
Drug: Pemetrexed
500 mg/m^2 IV Over 10 Minutes on Day 1.
Other Names:
  • LY231514
  • Alimta
  • MTA
  • Multitargeted Antifolate
  • NSC-698037

Drug: Gemcitabine
1500 mg/m^2 IV Over 30 Minutes on Day 1, Immediately After Infusion of Pemetrexed.
Other Names:
  • Gemcitabine Hydrochloride
  • Gemzar

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Overall Response [ Time Frame: Baseline to 8 weeks (after 4 cycles) protocol response at 16 weeks ]
    Number of participants with complete or partial response. Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors (RECIST) of Complete Response: disappearance all target lesions; Partial Response: >30% decrease in sum of longest diameter (LD) of target lesions, reference baseline sum LD; Progressive Disease: >20% increase sum of LD of target lesions, reference smallest sum LD recorded since treatment started or appearance of 1 or > new lesions; Stable Disease: Insufficient shrinkage for partial response, or insufficient increase for progressive disease, reference smallest sum LD since treatment started.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Older Adult
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients must have histologically or cytologically confirmed advanced non-clear cell RCC. Patients with locally recurrent disease are eligible. Patients with locally advanced unresectable RCC should have measurable metastatic disease to be eligible for the protocol. Patients with bilateral renal cancer are eligible as long as both cancers are of non-clear cell type and patients have metastatic disease.
  • Patients must have measurable disease.
  • Patients with previously treated or untreated, non-threatening brain metastasis are eligible. For previously treated patients, prior whole brain radiation therapy or stereotactic radiosurgery must be > 3 months from initiation of current therapy and there can be no plans for concurrent radiation while on this study. Patients who had surgical resection for brain metastasis are eligible to enroll after they recover from surgery.
  • Life expectancy > 8 weeks
  • Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status 0-2
  • Patients must have adequate organ and marrow function as defined below: (1) Hemoglobin >/= 9g/dl; (2) absolute neutrophil count >/= 1,500/microL; (3) platelets >/=100,000/microL; (4) total bilirubin </= 1.5 mg/dl; (5) aspartate aminotransferase (AST or SGOT) and/or alanine aminotransferase (ALT or SGPT) (SGPT) </= 2.5 * institutional upper limits of normal (uln), or </= 5 * uln if liver metastasis exists; (6) creatinine clearance (calculated by the Cockcroft-Gault formula) >/= 45 mL/min
  • Patients must have recovered from any effects of surgery and/or radiation therapy and be free of significant detectable infection.
  • Female patients of childbearing potential must have a normal plasma beta human chorionic gonadotropin (bHCG) within 24 hours prior to enrolling in the study. Patients with an elevated bHCG will undergo appropriate evaluation to rule out pregnancy (ie referral to OB-Gyn service, ultrasound) and if pregnancy is ruled out and elevated bHCG is determined to be of tumor origin, patients will be permitted to proceed on study.
  • Patients of child fathering or childbearing potential must agree to practice a form of medically acceptable birth control while on study
  • Patients must give written consent prior to initiation of therapy, in keeping with the policies of the institution. Patients with a history of major psychiatric illness must be judged able to fully understand the investigational nature of the study and the risks associated with the therapy. The only approved consent is attached to this protocol.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Pregnant or lactating women.
  • No prior malignancy is allowed, except for non-melanoma skin cancer, in situ carcinoma of any site, or other cancers for which the patient has been adequately treated and disease free for 2 years.
  • Patients must not have received more than 2 prior systemic therapies for RCC, but patients should not have received any prior chemotherapy for RCC. Chemotherapy given for other types of cancer more than 2 years prior to enrollment on this protocol is permitted.
  • Patients must not be scheduled to receive any experimental drug for MRCC while on study. Patients are permitted to be on concomitant bisphosphonates or megestrol acetate. Patients are permitted to receive hematopoietic growth factors according to American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) guidelines.
  • Patients must not have had prior radiotherapy to areas of measurable disease, unless they have clearly progressive disease in this site, or there is measurable disease outside the area of prior radiation. Radiotherapy, if needed for palliation, must have been completed prior to enrollment on this study.
  • Patients must not have any significant medical disease (other than the malignancy) that, in the opinion of the investigator, would significantly increase the risk for participation in this trial. Examples of exclusion: unstable angina pectoris, New York Heart Association (NYHA) Grade II or greater congestive heart failure, unstable symptomatic cardiac arrhythmias requiring medication (subjects with controlled chronic atrial fibrillation are eligible), myocardial infarction within the last 6 months, uncontrolled hypertension (blood pressure >160/110 on therapy) or uncontrolled diabetes mellitus.
  • Patients must not have history of other diseases, metabolic dysfunction, physical examination finding, or clinical laboratory finding giving reasonable suspicion of a disease or condition that contraindicates the use of an investigational drug or that might affect the interpretation of the results of the study or render the subject at high risk from treatment complications.
  • Patients unwilling to participate or unable to comply with the protocol for the duration of the study.
  • Inability or unwillingness to take corticosteroid, folic acid or vitamin B12 supplementation.
  • Inability to interrupt aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents for a 5 day period (for short acting NSAIDs) or 8-day period (for long-lasting NSAIDs, such as piroxicam)

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To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00491075

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United States, Texas
UT MD . Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas, United States, 77030
Sponsors and Collaborators
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Eli Lilly and Company
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Principal Investigator: Nizar M. Tannir, MD M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
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Responsible Party: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Identifier: NCT00491075    
Other Study ID Numbers: 2005-0516
First Posted: June 25, 2007    Key Record Dates
Results First Posted: May 3, 2012
Last Update Posted: April 24, 2013
Last Verified: April 2013
Keywords provided by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center:
Renal Cell Carcinoma
Non-Clear Cell
Multitargeted Antifolate
Gemcitabine Hydrochloride
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Carcinoma, Renal Cell
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Kidney Neoplasms
Urologic Neoplasms
Urogenital Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Kidney Diseases
Urologic 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
Folic Acid Antagonists
Nucleic Acid Synthesis Inhibitors