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Low Dose Weekly Docetaxel Versus Pemetrexed in Previously Treated Advanced Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer

This study has been completed.
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Chang Gung Memorial Hospital Identifier:
First received: October 27, 2009
Last updated: October 28, 2009
Last verified: October 2009
Docetaxel and pemetrexed have been validated for previously treated advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC); however, tolerability is a concern with the docetaxel (tri-weekly 75 mg/m2 schedule). The investigators conducted this study to compare the efficacy and toxicity of weekly low-dose docetaxel versus tri-weekly pemetrexed for previously treated advanced NSCLC.

Condition Intervention
Non Small Cell Lung Cancer
Drug: docetaxel
Drug: pemetrexed

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Chang Gung University, College of Medicine, Taipei, Taiwan

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Further study details as provided by Chang Gung Memorial Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Objective response rate [ Time Frame: at least 3 cycles ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • PFS-progression free survival [ Time Frame: the time from the first cycle of chemotherapy to documented progression, or death from any cause ]
  • OS-overall survival [ Time Frame: from the start date of the treatment to death or to the last follow-up visit ]

Enrollment: 179
Study Start Date: March 2005
Study Completion Date: October 2008
Primary Completion Date: October 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: low dose docetaxel
Low dose single docetaxel (30 mg/m2 on days 1 and 8 every 3 weeks)
Drug: docetaxel
patients at one university-affiliated hospital received low dose single docetaxel (30 mg/m2 on days 1 and 8 every 3 weeks)following failure of previous treatment stage IIIb/IV NSCLC.
Active Comparator: Pemetrexed
Pemetrexed (500 mg/m2 every 3 weeks)
Drug: pemetrexed
patients at one university-affiliated hospital received pemetrexed (500 mg/m2 every 3 weeks) following failure of previous treatment stage IIIb/IV NSCLC.

Detailed Description:
We have been following a schedule of weekly low dose docetaxel (30 mg/m2 on days 1 and 8 every 3 weeks; 60 mg/m2 accumulated dose for each cycle) at our hospital in an effort to achieve better tolerability. We therefore performed an exploratory study, by statistical analyses, to investigate the efficacy and toxicity of such a low dose docetaxel schedule compared to that of pemetrexed in patients with NSCLC who have failed previous chemotherapy.

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • stage IIIb or IV NSCLC
  • previous treatment with chemotherapy or tyrosin kinase inhibitor
  • performance status less than 2

Exclusion Criteria:

  • age less 18 years
  • pregnancy
  • performance status 3-4
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01004601

Chang Gung Memorial Hospital
Taipei, Taiwan, 10507
Sponsors and Collaborators
Chang Gung Memorial Hospital
Principal Investigator: Han-Pin Kuo Chang Gung Memorial Hospital
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Responsible Party: Chang Gung Memorial Hospital Identifier: NCT01004601     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 98-2587B
Study First Received: October 27, 2009
Last Updated: October 28, 2009

Keywords provided by Chang Gung Memorial Hospital:
pretreated failure advanced stage IIIb/IV NSCLC

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
Tubulin Modulators
Antimitotic Agents
Mitosis Modulators
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Enzyme Inhibitors
Folic Acid Antagonists
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