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Exemestane, Pemetrexed Disodium, and Carboplatin in Treating Post-Menopausal Women With Stage IV 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: NCT01664754
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : August 14, 2012
Last Update Posted : May 7, 2019
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center

Brief Summary:
This phase I trial studies the side effects and best dose of exemestane in combination with pemetrexed disodium and carboplatin in treating post-menopausal women with stage IV non-small cell lung cancer. Exemestane may stop the growth of tumor calls by blocking some of the enzymes need for cell growth. Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as pemetrexed disodium and carboplatin, work in different ways to stop the growth of tumor cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. Giving exemestane together with pemetrexed disodium and carboplatin may kill more tumor cells

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Stage IV Non-small Cell Lung Cancer Drug: exemestane Drug: pemetrexed disodium Drug: carboplatin Other: laboratory biomarker analysis Other: pharmacological study Other: questionnaire administration Procedure: quality-of-life assessment Phase 1

Detailed Description:


I. Evaluate the safety and tolerability of escalating doses of exemestane when given with pemetrexed (pemetrexed disodium) and carboplatin in post-menopausal women with stage IV non-squamous, non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).


I. Determine the objective tumor response rate (defined by Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors [RECIST] 1.1) in patients treated with pemetrexed, carboplatin and exemestane.

II. Evaluate the pharmacokinetic profile of pemetrexed, carboplatin and exemestane.

III. Evaluate quality of life in patients treated with pemetrexed, carboplatin and exemestane.

IV. Analyze tumor tissue biomarkers for potential correlation with response.

OUTLINE: This is a dose-escalation study of exemestane.

Patients receive exemestane orally (PO) once daily (QD) on days 1-28 and pemetrexed disodium intravenously (IV) over 15 minutes and carboplatin IV over 30 minutes on day 1. Treatment repeats every 21 days for up to 4 courses in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

After completion of study treatment, patients are followed up at 30 days, and then every 3 months thereafter.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 8 participants
Allocation: N/A
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Phase I Dose Escalation Study of Carboplatin, Pemetrexed and Exemestane in Post-menopausal Women With Metastatic Non-squamous NSCLC
Actual Study Start Date : September 7, 2012
Actual Primary Completion Date : January 11, 2019
Actual Study Completion Date : January 11, 2019

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MedlinePlus related topics: Menopause

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Treatment (exemestane, pemetrexed disodium, and carboplatin)
Patients receive exemestane PO QD on days 1-28 and pemetrexed disodium IV over 15 minutes and carboplatin IV over 30 minutes on day 1. Treatment repeats every 21 days for up to 4 courses in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.
Drug: exemestane
Given PO
Other Names:
  • Aromasin
  • FCE-24304
  • PNU 155971

Drug: pemetrexed disodium
Given IV
Other Names:
  • LY231514
  • MTA

Drug: carboplatin
Given IV
Other Names:
  • Carboplat
  • JM-8
  • Paraplat
  • Paraplatin

Other: laboratory biomarker analysis
Correlative studies

Other: pharmacological study
Correlative studies
Other Name: pharmacological studies

Other: questionnaire administration
Ancillary studies

Procedure: quality-of-life assessment
Ancillary studies
Other Name: quality of life assessment

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Tabulation, grading, and attribution of serious adverse events (SAEs) and adverse events (AEs) using the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events (CTCAE) version 3.0 [ Time Frame: Up to 3 years ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Proportion achieving clinical response [ Time Frame: Up to 3 years ]
    For categorical markers Fisher's exact test will be used. The log rank test will be used to examine association between categorical markers and time to disease progression. For quantitative markers one-way ANOVA will be used. Cox-proportional hazards regression models will be used to correlate quantitative markers with time to disease progression. Pearson correlations will be used between pairs of quantitative markers. If there is significant non-normality the Kendall correlation coefficients will be used. Mixed effects models will be used to quantify markers at multiple time points.

  2. Quality of life in patients treated with pemetrexed disodium, carboplatin and exemestane [ Time Frame: Up to 3 years ]
    Quality of life measures will be compared between response categories (ANOVA) and the effect of time on therapy will be assessed with mixed effects models.

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Ability to understand the purpose and risks of the study and provide signed and dated informed consent and authorization to use protected health information (PHI)
  • Histologically or cytologically confirmed, treatment-naive (or status post a single treatment regimen of a tyrosine kinase inhibitor as a single agent) stage IV non-squamous, NSCLC
  • Measurable disease according to modified RECIST version 1.1
  • Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status =< 1
  • Expected survival time of >= 3 months in the opinion of the investigator
  • Postmenopausal women; women are eligible if they are postmenopausal (older than 50 years of age with no spontaneous menses for at least 12 months; or 50 years of age or younger either with no spontaneous menses [amenorrheic] within 12 months of randomization [e.g., spontaneous or secondary to hysterectomy] and a follicle-stimulating hormone level within the postmenopausal range or with prior bilateral oophorectomy)
  • Ability to provide a formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tumor tissue sample containing representative tumor tissue from a previously obtained biopsy/resection that meets specific tissue sample requirements at screening

Exclusion Criteria:

  • History of another primary cancer within 3 years prior to day 1 with the exception of curatively treated skin cancer (other than melanoma) or curatively treated cervical carcinoma in-situ
  • Untreated central nervous system (CNS) involvement; (treated CNS involvement is permitted only if the patient is not currently on steroid therapy or has remained on a stable, unchanged dose of steroid for >= 3 weeks)
  • Recent major surgery within the prior 4 weeks; (mediastinoscopy or placement of a central venous access will be allowed as long as placement was more than 7 days prior to receiving study drug)
  • Any prior or concurrent investigational or standard therapy for treatment of metastatic NSCLC including radiation therapy, chemotherapy, biological therapy (with the exception of a single treatment regimen of a tyrosine kinase inhibitor as a single agent, which must be completed 28 days prior to day 1), hormonal therapy, or immunotherapy; (palliative-targeted radiotherapy for brain or bone metastases is permitted providing it has been at least 14 days prior to day 1)
  • History of hormone replacement therapy (estrogens with or without progestin) or an aromatase inhibitor (anastrazole, letrozole, exemestane) within 8 weeks prior to day 1
  • Osteoporosis complicated by pathologic fracture
  • Concurrent investigational agents for non-malignant disease or prior investigational agents for non-malignant disease within 4 weeks or 5 half-lives (whichever is shorter) prior to day 1
  • Concurrent cytotoxic or immunosuppressive therapy for non-malignant disease (e.g., for rheumatoid arthritis or lupus)
  • Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) < 1500/mL
  • Platelet count < 100,000/mL
  • Hemoglobin < 9.0 g/dL
  • Serum bilirubin > 1.5 x upper limits of normal (ULN)
  • Aspartate aminotransferase (AST) and alanine aminotransferase (ALT) > 2.5 x ULN (AST and ALT > 5 x ULN for subjects with liver metastasis)
  • Glomerular filtration rate (GFR) =< 50
  • Albumin =< 2.5 g/dL
  • Known history of or positive test result for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
  • Active infection (including HIV/acquired immune deficiency syndrome [AIDS], hepatitis B, or hepatitis C infection) requiring systemic antibiotics, antivirals, or antifungals
  • History of myocardial infarction within 12 months prior to day 1 or clinically significant coronary disease
  • New York Heart Association grade II or greater congestive heart failure
  • Unstable coronary disease or clinically significant electrocardiogram (ECG) (12-lead) abnormalities, as determined by the investigator
  • Inability to comply with study and follow-up procedures
  • Any other disease, metabolic dysfunction, physical examination finding, or clinical laboratory finding that leads to reasonable suspicion of a disease or condition that contraindicates the use of an investigational drug or that may affect the interpretation of the results or render the subject at high risk from treatment complications
  • Other unspecified reasons that, in the opinion of the investigator or sponsor, make the subject unsuitable for enrollment

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United States, California
Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
Los Angeles, California, United States, 90095
Sponsors and Collaborators
Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
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Principal Investigator: Edward Garon Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
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Responsible Party: Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center Identifier: NCT01664754    
Other Study ID Numbers: 11-003323
NCI-2012-01250 ( Registry Identifier: CTRP (Clinical Trial Reporting Program) )
First Posted: August 14, 2012    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: May 7, 2019
Last Verified: May 2019
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
Aromatase Inhibitors
Steroid Synthesis Inhibitors
Estrogen Antagonists
Hormone Antagonists
Hormones, Hormone Substitutes, and Hormone Antagonists
Physiological Effects of Drugs