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Surgery, Gemcitabine, Cisplatin, and Radiation Therapy in Treating Patients With Stage II or Stage III Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

This study has been terminated.
(Poor accrual)
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First Posted: September 17, 2007
Last Update Posted: October 29, 2015
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National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
City of Hope Medical Center

RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as gemcitabine and cisplatin, work in different ways to stop the growth of tumor cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. Giving more than one drug (combination chemotherapy) together with radiation therapy after surgery may kill any tumor cells that remain after surgery.

PURPOSE: This phase II trial is studying how well surgery followed by gemcitabine, cisplatin, and radiation therapy works in treating patients with stage II or stage III non-small cell lung cancer.

Condition Intervention Phase
Lung Cancer Drug: cisplatin Drug: gemcitabine hydrochloride Genetic: gene expression analysis Genetic: reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction Other: immunohistochemistry staining method Procedure: adjuvant therapy Procedure: conventional surgery Radiation: radiation therapy Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Multimodality Therapy for Stages II and III Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: Surgical Resection Followed by Sequential Administration of Gemcitabine Plus Cisplatin Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy

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Further study details as provided by City of Hope Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Two-year Progression-free Survival From the Date of Surgery [ Time Frame: 2 years post-surgery ]
    Estimated using the product-limit method of Kaplan and Meier. Progression defined as a 25% increase or an increase of 10 cm2 (whichever is smaller) in the sum of the products of all measurable lesions over the smallest sum observed (over baseline if no decrease) using the same techniques as baseline, or clear worsening of any evaluable disease, or reappearance of any lesion that had disappeared, or appearance of any new lesion/site, or failure to return for evaluation or death, or deteriorating condition (unless clearly unrelated to this cancer).

Enrollment: 3
Study Start Date: August 1999
Study Completion Date: June 2013
Primary Completion Date: June 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Gemcitabine + Cisplatin
Surgical resection followed by (within 60 days) by chemotherapy (Gemcitabine at 1000 mg/m2 IV over 30 minutes on days 1 and 8 of a 21 day cycle and Cisplatin at 75 mg/m2 IV over 1 hour on day 8 of a 21 day cycle) followed by radiation therapy (treated using linear accelerator with photon beam energy of 6-21 MV) upon completion of 3 cycles of chemotherapy.
Drug: cisplatin Drug: gemcitabine hydrochloride Genetic: gene expression analysis Genetic: reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction Other: immunohistochemistry staining method Procedure: adjuvant therapy Procedure: conventional surgery Radiation: radiation therapy

Detailed Description:


  • To assess overall survival and progression-free survival of patients with stage II-IIIB non-small cell lung cancer undergoing surgical resection, followed by adjuvant chemotherapy comprising gemcitabine and cisplatin, and radiotherapy.
  • To assess the toxicities of this regimen in these patients.
  • To evaluate the mRNA expression of enzymes (i.e., excision repair cross complementing protein, ribonucleotide reductase, and cytidine/deoxycytidine deaminase and kinase), which may be important in regulating the cytotoxicity of gemcitabine and cisplatin in patient tumors.
  • To correlate mRNA levels with progression-free survival of patients treated with this regimen.
  • To assess BCL2, P53, and HER2-neu expression by IHC and correlation with progression-free survival.

OUTLINE: Patients undergo surgical resection of their tumor and mediastinal lymph node dissection. Patients with complete surgical eradication of their disease or pathologic evidence of microscopic residual disease proceed to adjuvant chemotherapy.

Within approximately 60 days after surgical resection, patients receive adjuvant chemotherapy comprising gemcitabine IV over 30 minutes on days 1 and 8 and cisplatin IV over 1 hour on day 8. Treatment repeats every 21 days for up to 3 courses in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

Beginning 130-144 days after surgery, patients undergo radiotherapy once daily, five days a week, for approximately 6 weeks.

Tumor tissue specimens are obtained at the time of surgical resection for pharmacodynamic and biomarker correlative studies. Specimens are examined by reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction to measure mRNA expression of target oncogenes (i.e., DNA repair gene ERCC-1 and M2 subunit of the DNA repair gene ribonucleotide reductase) and enzymes (i.e., cytidine/deoxycytidine deaminase and kinase). Resected specimens are also assessed by IHC for the expression of BCL2, P53, and HER2-neu genes.

After completion of study therapy, patients are followed every 6 months for 5 years and annually thereafter.


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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 120 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Histologically or cytologically confirmed single, primary bronchogenic non-small cell lung cancer meeting the following subtypes:

    • Adenocarcinoma (no bronchioalveolar cell histology)
    • Squamous cell carcinoma
    • Large cell carcinoma
  • Meeting the following staging criteria:

    • Stage IIB (T2, N1, M0, or T3, N0, M0)
    • Stage IIIA (T1-3, N2, M0 or T3, N1, M0)
    • Stage IIIB (Any T, N3, M0 or T4, Any N, M0)
  • No more than 1 parenchymal lesion in the same lung or in both lungs
  • No tumor involving the superior sulcus (e.g., Pancoast tumor)
  • Patients must undergo evaluation by the involved thoracic surgeon, medical oncologist, and radiation oncologist prior to registration
  • No evidence of metastatic disease

    • Biopsy or aspiration cytology required to confirm the benign diagnosis of CT or MRI abnormalities that potentially represent metastatic disease
    • Biopsy required if all noninvasive tests are indeterminant


  • Karnofsky performance status 70-100%
  • Absolute granulocyte count ≥ 1,500/μL
  • Platelet count ≥ 100,000/μL
  • Bilirubin ≤ 3 times upper limit of normal (ULN)
  • SGOT and SGPT ≤ 3 times ULN
  • Creatinine clearance > 50 mL/min
  • No prior malignancy except adequately treated basal cell or squamous cell skin cancer, carcinoma in situ of the cervix, ductal or lobular carcinoma in situ of the breast, or any other cancer from which the patient has been disease-free for 5 years
  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Negative pregnancy test
  • Fertile patients must use effective protection
  • No significant hearing loss or patient unwilling to accept potential for further hearing loss
  • No uncontrolled medical illness by appropriate medical therapy (e.g., myocardial infarction within the past 3 months or liver cirrhosis)
  • No symptomatic peripheral neuropathy affecting activities of daily living


  • No prior chemotherapy or radiotherapy for lung cancer
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00530634

Sponsors and Collaborators
City of Hope Medical Center
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Principal Investigator: Marianna Koczywas, MD City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center
  More Information

Responsible Party: City of Hope Medical Center
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00530634     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 99077
P30CA033572 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
CDR0000564760 ( Registry Identifier: NCI PDQ )
First Submitted: September 13, 2007
First Posted: September 17, 2007
Results First Submitted: August 19, 2015
Results First Posted: September 17, 2015
Last Update Posted: October 29, 2015
Last Verified: October 2015

Keywords provided by City of Hope Medical Center:
stage II non-small cell lung cancer
stage IIIA non-small cell lung cancer
stage IIIB non-small cell lung cancer

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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
Antimetabolites, Antineoplastic
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Antiviral Agents
Anti-Infective Agents
Enzyme Inhibitors
Immunosuppressive Agents
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs