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Study of Blood and Tissue Samples in Predicting Response to Second-Line Therapy Using Erlotinib Hydrochloride or Chemotherapy in Patients With Advanced 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: NCT00989690
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified October 2009 by National Cancer Institute (NCI).
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
First Posted : October 5, 2009
Last Update Posted : August 12, 2013
Information provided by:
National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Brief Summary:

RATIONALE: Studying the proteins expressed in samples of blood and tissue from patients with cancer may help doctors identify biomarkers related to cancer. It may also help doctors predict how patients will respond to treatment.

PURPOSE: This randomized phase III trial is studying blood and tissue samples in predicting response to second-line therapy using erlotinib hydrochloride or chemotherapy in patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Lung Cancer Drug: docetaxel Drug: erlotinib hydrochloride Drug: pemetrexed disodium Genetic: fluorescence in situ hybridization Genetic: mutation analysis Genetic: proteomic profiling Other: immunohistochemistry staining method Other: laboratory biomarker analysis Other: matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time of flight mass spectrometry Procedure: breath test Phase 3

Detailed Description:


  • To evaluate the predictive value of proteomic profiling on the effect of second-line therapy with erlotinib hydrochloride vs standard chemotherapy (pemetrexed disodium or docetaxel) in patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer.
  • To assess the role of other known tissue-based predictive markers (e.g., EGFR-gene copy number, EGFR-protein expression, pAkt, pMAPK, EGFR mutations, EMT markers, and k-Ras mutation).

OUTLINE: This is a multicenter study. Patients are stratified according to smoking status, performance status, proteomic profile, and participating center. Patients are randomized to 1 of 2 treatment arms.

  • Arm I: Patients receive standard chemotherapy with pemetrexed disodium, docetaxel, or another standard drug.
  • Arm II: Patients receive standard non-chemotherapy treatment with erlotinib hydrochloride.

Serum is collected after failure of first-line therapy for proteomic analysis by matrix-associated laser desorption/ionization-time of flight. Tissue and blood samples are collected periodically for analysis including EGFR based on IHC and FISH, EGFR and k-Ras mutations, pAkt, pMAPK by IHC, and EMT markers based on IHC and breath condensate protein profile.

After completion of study treatment, patients are followed every 2 months.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 275 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Randomized Proteomic Stratified Phase III Study of Second-Line Erlotinib Versus Chemotherapy in Patients With Inoperable Non Small Cell Lung Cancer
Study Start Date : February 2008

Resource links provided by the National Library of Medicine

MedlinePlus related topics: Lung Cancer

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Overall survival

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Progression-free survival
  2. Overall response rate according to RECIST criteria

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


  • Histologically or cytologically confirmed diagnosis of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)

    • Advanced NSCLC (stage IIIB or IV)
  • Measurable disease
  • Underwent previous treatment with 1 non-tyrosine kinase inhibitor as first-line therapy for advanced NSCLC
  • No clinical evidence of uncontrolled brain metastases


  • Caucasian
  • ECOG performance status 0-2
  • Absolute granulocyte count ≥ 1,500/mm^3
  • Platelet count ≥ 100,000/mm^3
  • Bilirubin ≤ 1.5 times upper limit of normal (ULN) (≤ 2.5 times ULN in patients with known liver metastases)
  • ALT or AST ≤ 3 times ULN (≤ 5 times ULN in patients with known liver metastases)
  • Creatinine clearance ≥ 50 mL/min
  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Able to comply with planned study procedures
  • No multiple severe diseases that can compromise safety (cardiac and renal failure, peripheral neuropathy)
  • No other malignancy (except for basal cell skin carcinoma) or pre-neoplastic condition requiring chemotherapeutic treatment


  • See Disease Characteristics
  • At least 3 weeks since prior surgery or radiotherapy

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00989690

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Istituto Scientifico H. San Raffaele Recruiting
Milan, Italy, 20132
Contact: Vanesa Gregor, MD    39-02-2643-7623      
Sponsors and Collaborators
Istituto Scientifico H. San Raffaele
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Principal Investigator: Vanesa Gregor, MD Istituto Scientifico H. San Raffaele
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Layout table for additonal information Identifier: NCT00989690    
Other Study ID Numbers: SRSI-HSRL-02-2007
CDR0000652115 ( Registry Identifier: PDQ (Physician Data Query) )
First Posted: October 5, 2009    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: August 12, 2013
Last Verified: October 2009
Keywords provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):
recurrent non-small cell lung cancer
stage IIIB non-small cell lung cancer
stage IV non-small cell lung cancer
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
Erlotinib Hydrochloride
Antineoplastic Agents
Tubulin Modulators
Antimitotic Agents
Mitosis Modulators
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Enzyme Inhibitors
Folic Acid Antagonists
Nucleic Acid Synthesis Inhibitors
Protein Kinase Inhibitors