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A Study of Erlotinib Plus Radiotherapy (RT) for Patients With Advanced or Inoperable Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer

This study has been completed.
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First Posted: September 24, 2009
Last Update Posted: November 21, 2017
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Genentech, Inc.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Thomas Jefferson University ( Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University )

It is generally accepted that the presence of chronically hypoxic cells, or tumor cells which do not receive enough oxygen as a result of tumor growth, may be an important cause of resistance to radiation therapy (RT) and resultant tumor recurrence, particularly in large tumors such as advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Therefore, delivering a higher RT dose, as is done with hypofractionated RT, to the tumor may result in higher success rate.

Erlotinib (Tarceva, previously known as OSI-774) is an orally active, potent, selective inhibitor of the Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor (EGFR) tyrosine kinase. A recently completed trial has shown that Erlotinib as a single agent significantly improves the survival of patients with incurable Stage IIIb/IV NSCLC who have failed standard therapy for advanced or metastatic disease. Therefore, Erlotinib is an approved medication for second-line therapy in lung cancer following prior chemotherapy.

This is a Phase II clinical research study to assess the efficacy and toxicity of hypofractionated radiation therapy in combination with Erlotinib in patients with locally advanced or inoperable non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC).

The investigators' hypothesis is that the addition of erlotinib to RT will result in radiosensitization, therefore increasing the likelihood of local tumor control over RT alone. Maintenance erlotinib upon RT completion will result in further tumor growth inhibition, both systemically and locally, lengthening disease-free survival and overall survival.

Condition Intervention Phase
Carcinoma, Non-small-cell Lung Drug: Erlotinib Radiation: Hypofractionated Radiotherapy Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase II Study of Erlotinib (Tarceva) and Hypofractionated Thoracic Radiotherapy for Patients With Advanced or Inoperable Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer

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Further study details as provided by Thomas Jefferson University ( Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University ):

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • To estimate progression-free survival. [ Time Frame: 6 months ]

Enrollment: 17
Actual Study Start Date: August 27, 2009
Study Completion Date: December 2012
Primary Completion Date: December 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Erlotinib and radiotherapy
Patients will be treated with Erlotinib and hypofractionated radiotherapy.
Drug: Erlotinib
Patients will receive Tarceva, 150 mg daily on days -5 through -1 days and will start a course of hypofractionated thoracic RT on Day 1. RT will be administered daily on weekdays (Monday-Friday) and not on weekends or holidays. Tarceva administration will be continued daily during RT (also on weekends/holidays when RT is not given) and after RT will be continued daily as maintenance therapy until death or disease progression.
Other Names:
  • Erlotinib (OSI-774)
  • Tarceva
Radiation: Hypofractionated Radiotherapy
Patients undergo hypofractionated thoracic RT 5 days a week for approximately 2.5 weeks beginning on day 0. Patients also receive erlotinib hydrochloride PO daily beginning on day -5 and continuing for up to 24 months in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.
Other Names:
  • Radiation Therapy
  • RT

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

Inclusion Criteria:

Patients must fulfill all of the following criteria to be eligible for study entry:

  • Patients aged 18 years or older with histologically or cytologically confirmed unresectable or medically inoperable NSCLC and measurable disease.
  • Patients with AJC Stage IV (metastatic) NSCLC who need initial thoracic RT to control symptoms such as hemoptysis, airway obstruction, esophageal compression, superior vena cava syndrome, other symptoms, or to prevent symptomatic tumor progression.
  • Patients with synchronous brain metastases will be allowed to enroll and to receive whole-brain radiation therapy while on the protocol.
  • Patients with unresectable or medically inoperable locally advanced (AJC Stage II, IIIA or IIIB) NSCLC, who require thoracic RT but do not qualify for other protocols due to the presence of a malignant pleural or pericardial effusion, major weight loss, poor performance status, unwillingness to receive chemotherapy or other factors.
  • Patients with medically inoperable Stage I NSCLC or those patients with a resectable Stage I NSCLC who decline surgery.
  • Patients treated initially with systemic chemotherapy or biologic therapy who eventually develop progression of intrathoracic disease and require thoracic RT, or who may benefit from consolidative thoracic RT following chemotherapy or biologic therapy.
  • Patients must have a minimal FEV1 of 1.2 l. Lower FEV1 may be allowed for small tumors and a V17 <25%.
  • Estimated life expectancy of 3 months or more.
  • Patients able to provide a written informed consent prior to study entry.
  • Patients who agree to have their biopsy or surgical specimen analyzed for the EGFR status.
  • Women of childbearing potential must be willing to practice acceptable methods of birth control to prevent pregnancy.

Exclusion Criteria:

Any of the following is a criterion for exclusion from the trial:

  • Small cell lung cancer, any stage
  • Previous thoracic radiation therapy
  • Oxygen-dependent patients
  • FEV1 < 1.2 l
  • Patients with severe underlying lung disease of any origin, which in the opinion of the investigators may markedly increase the risk of treatment-related pneumonitis
  • Known severe hypersensitivity to Erlotinib or any of the excipients of this product
  • Concomitant use of phenytoin, carbamazepine, barbiturates, rifampicin, phenobarbital, or St John's Wort preparations
  • Treatment with a nonapproved or investigational drug within 30 days before Day 1 of trial treatment
  • Incomplete healing from previous oncologic or other major surgery
  • Serum creatinine level greater than CTC grade 2
  • Pregnancy or breast feeding (women of childbearing potential)
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00983307

United States, Pennsylvania
Northeast Radiation Oncology Center
Dunmore, Pennsylvania, United States, 18512
Thomas Jefferson Univeristy
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 19107
Sponsors and Collaborators
Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University
Genentech, Inc.
Principal Investigator: Maria Werner-Wasik, MD Thomas Jefferson University
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Additional Information:
Responsible Party: Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00983307     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 09G.104
2008-43 ( Other Identifier: CCRRC )
OSI4327s ( Other Identifier: Genentech )
First Submitted: September 22, 2009
First Posted: September 24, 2009
Last Update Posted: November 21, 2017
Last Verified: November 2017

Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: Yes
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
Product Manufactured in and Exported from the U.S.: Yes

Keywords provided by Thomas Jefferson University ( Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University ):

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung
Carcinoma, Bronchogenic
Bronchial Neoplasms
Lung Neoplasms
Respiratory Tract Neoplasms
Thoracic Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Lung Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Erlotinib Hydrochloride
Antineoplastic Agents
Protein Kinase Inhibitors
Enzyme Inhibitors
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action