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Single Agent Alimta in Poor Performance Status in Non-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: NCT00508144
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : July 27, 2007
Results First Posted : February 13, 2017
Last Update Posted : February 13, 2017
Eli Lilly and Company
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Brief Summary:

The goal of this clinical research study is to learn how effective the drug pemetrexed (ALIMTA®) is in treating advanced NSCLC in patients with poor performance status (PS) (inability to perform every day activities without difficulty).


Primary Objectives:

  • PS = 2 cohort: Response
  • PS = 3 cohort: Descriptive

Secondary Objectives:

  • Tolerability of single agent pemetrexed (Alimta®) in PS = 3 NSCLC patients
  • Improved symptoms (both cohorts)
  • Molecular Correlative studies (both cohorts)
  • Overall survival
  • Time to progression

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Lung Cancer Drug: Alimta Phase 2

Detailed Description:

Pemetrexed is designed to block enzymes in the body that are important for tumor growth. Pemetrexed is commercially approved for the treatment of NSCLC but not for poor performance status patients.

If participants are found to be eligible to take part in this study, they will receive pemetrexed once every 3 weeks through a needle in their vein over about 10 minutes. Every 3 weeks is considered 1 treatment cycle. Once the treatment has started, they will return to the clinic before every treatment cycle. At these visits, they will have a physical exam, a performance status evaluation, and routine blood (about 3-4 teaspoons) and urine tests. They will have a chest x-ray and will be asked to complete a questionnaire about how you are feeling. they will also have a CT or MRI scan after Cycle 1 and every odd cycle from then on.

They are required to take folic acid by mouth every day for 5 days before the first dose of pemetrexed and continuing until 3 weeks after your last dose of pemetrexed. They will also receive an injection of vitamin B12 into your muscle before first dose of pemetrexed. The vitamin B12 injection will be repeated every 9 weeks until 3 weeks after their last dose of pemetrexed.

They will also to take a few low-dose steroid (dexamethasone) tablets twice a day before treatment, the day of treatment, and the day after each treatment. These will be taken to decrease the risk of rash and nausea caused by pemetrexed.

They may continue treatment with pemetrexed until your tumor grows or an unacceptable side effect occurs. They will be evaluated for symptoms 1-2 times per week while you are receiving treatment and then 2 weeks after stopping study treatment until 6 months after stopping treatment.

When they stop treatment on this study, they will have a physical exam, routine blood (3-4 teaspoons) and urine tests, and a chest x-ray. The study doctor may ask them to visit University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center or be contacted by phone for follow-up on how they are doing.

This is an investigational study. The FDA has approved pemetrexed for the treatment of advanced NSCLC after earlier treatment with chemotherapy, and for the treatment for malignant mesothelioma in combination with cisplatin. About 70 patients will take part in this study. All will be enrolled at MD Anderson.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 64 participants
Allocation: N/A
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Single Agent Alimta in Poor Performance Status in Patients With Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)
Study Start Date : September 2005
Actual Primary Completion Date : December 2015
Actual Study Completion Date : December 2015

Resource links provided by the National Library of Medicine

MedlinePlus related topics: Lung Cancer

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Alimta
Alimta 500 mg/m^2 by vein Once Over 10 Minutes Every 3 Weeks.
Drug: Alimta
500 mg/m^2 by vein Once Over 10 Minutes Every 3 Weeks
Other Names:
  • Pemetrexed
  • LY231514
  • MTA
  • Multitargeted Antifolate
  • NSC-698037

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Objective Response Rate (OR) Where OR=CR+PR: Number of Participants With Responses of Complete Response (CR) and Partial Response (PR) [ Time Frame: Evaluated with 3 week treatment cycles, up to 4 cycles or 12 weeks ]

    Complete Response (CR): Complete disappearance of all measurable & non-measurable disease; No new lesions; No disease related symptoms; Normalization of markers & other abnormal lab values.

    Partial Response (PR): Applies only to those with at least one measurable lesion. >/= 30% decrease under baseline of sum of longest diameters of all target measurable lesions. No unequivocal progression of non-measurable disease. No new lesions. All target measurable lesions assessed using same techniques as baseline.

    Progression: 20% increase in sum of longest diameters of target measurable lesions over smallest sum observed (over baseline if no decrease during therapy) using same techniques as baseline. Unequivocal progression of non-measurable disease in opinion of treating physician.

    Evaluated for symptoms 1-2 times per week while receiving treatment then 2 weeks after stopping study treatment (expected 4 cycles).

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Histologically or cytologically proven Stage IIIB (T4 lesion due to malignant pleural or pericardial effusion) or Stage IV. Clinically significant pleural or peritoneal effusions should be drained prior to dosing.
  2. Zubrod PS 2 or PS 3
  3. Patients with asymptomatic brain metastases and no requirement for corticosteroids or anticonvulsants are eligible for this clinical trial.
  4. Measurable OR non-measurable disease documented by CT or MRI.
  5. Patients may have had </=1 prior chemotherapy regimens but multiple prior biologic regimens. At least 4 weeks need to have elapsed since last chemotherapy or biologic therapy administration.
  6. Prior radiation therapy is permitted; however, at least two weeks must have elapsed since the completion of prior radiation therapy and patients must have recovered from all associated toxicities at the time of registration. Measurable or non-measurable disease must be outside the previous radiation field OR patients with visible progression or new lesions within the radiation field are eligible.
  7. At least two weeks must have elapsed since surgery and patients must have recovered from all associated toxicities at the time of registration.
  8. Creatinine clearance >/= 45 cc/min measured or calculated using the following formula: Calculated Creatinine Clearance = (140 - age) X WT (kg) X (0.85 if female)/72 X creatinine (mg/dl) Calculated Creatinine Clearance = (140 - age) X WT (kg) X (1.00 if male)/72 X creatinine (mg/dl)
  9. Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) >/= 1,500/µl
  10. Platelet >/= 100,000/µl
  11. ALT/AST: </=3.0 x upper limit of normal (ULN) except in known hepatic metastasis wherein may be </= 5 x ULN
  12. Bilirubin: </=1.5 x ULN
  13. Hemoglobin: >/=9.0 x 10^9/L
  14. Patient must not be pregnant or breastfeeding. Patients of childbearing potential agree to practice an effective contraceptive method for the duration of the study.
  15. Patients must be informed of the investigational nature of this study and must sign and give written informed consent in accordance with institutional and federal guidelines.
  16. Men and women, aged >/=18 years.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Prior treatment with pemetrexed therapy.
  2. Patients planning to receive any other concomitant anticancer treatment including chemotherapy, radiation therapy, biologic agents or any other investigational drugs.
  3. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding may not participate in this trial. All women of childbearing potential must have a negative pregnancy test within 24 hours prior to enrolling in the study.
  4. Inability to interrupt aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents for a 5-day period (8-day period for long-acting agents, such as piroxicam).
  5. Inability and unwillingness to take folic acid or vitamin B12 supplementation.
  6. Inability to take corticosteroids.
  7. Prior malignancy except for the following: adequately treated basal cell or squamous cell skin cancer, in situ cervical cancer, adequately treated Stage I or II cancer from which the patient is currently in complete remission or other cancer from which the patient has been disease-free for >/= 5 years.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00508144

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United States, Texas
University of Texas 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: Ralph Zinner, MD M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Additional Information:
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Responsible Party: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Identifier: NCT00508144    
Other Study ID Numbers: 2004-0957
NCI-2012-01581 ( Registry Identifier: NCI CTRP )
First Posted: July 27, 2007    Key Record Dates
Results First Posted: February 13, 2017
Last Update Posted: February 13, 2017
Last Verified: December 2016
Keywords provided by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center:
Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
Lung Cancer
Malignant pleural effusion
Pericardial effusion
Poor Performance Status
Asymptomatic Brain Metastases
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Lung Neoplasms
Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung
Respiratory Tract Neoplasms
Thoracic Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Lung Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Carcinoma, Bronchogenic
Bronchial Neoplasms
Antineoplastic Agents
Enzyme Inhibitors
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Folic Acid Antagonists
Nucleic Acid Synthesis Inhibitors