Pemetrexed Plus Gemcitabine in Renal Cell Cancer
- 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).
- 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.
|Study Design:||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|
- 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.
|Study Start Date:||December 2005|
|Study Completion Date:||September 2011|
|Primary Completion Date:||September 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Experimental: Pemetrexed + Gemcitabine
Pemetrexed 500 mg/m^2 intravenous (IV) and Gemcitabine 1500 mg/m^2 IV on Day 1.
500 mg/m^2 IV Over 10 Minutes on Day 1.
Other Names:Drug: Gemcitabine
1500 mg/m^2 IV Over 30 Minutes on Day 1, Immediately After Infusion of Pemetrexed.
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.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00491075
|United States, Texas|
|UT MD . Anderson Cancer Center|
|Houston, Texas, United States, 77030|
|Principal Investigator:||Nizar M. Tannir, MD||M.D. Anderson Cancer Center|