S0526: Pemetrexed Disodium in Treating Patients With Stage III or 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: NCT00265785
Recruitment Status : Terminated (Closed due to poor accrual)
First Posted : December 15, 2005
Results First Posted : November 1, 2012
Last Update Posted : November 1, 2012
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Southwest Oncology Group

Brief Summary:

RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as pemetrexed disodium, work in different ways to stop the growth of tumor cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. Pemetrexed disodium may also stop the growth of tumor cells by blocking some of the enzymes needed for cell growth.

PURPOSE: This phase II trial is studying how well pemetrexed disodium works in treating patients with stage III or stage IV non-small cell lung cancer.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Lung Cancer Drug: pemetrexed Phase 2

Detailed Description:



  • Assess overall survival of patients with selected stage IIIB or IV bronchoalveolar carcinoma treated with pemetrexed disodium.


  • Evaluate the progression-free survival of patients treated with this drug.
  • Evaluate the response rate (confirmed and unconfirmed, partial and complete) in the subset of patients with measurable disease treated with this drug using standard RECIST criteria and computer assisted image analysis.
  • Evaluate frequency and severity of toxicities in patients treated with this drug.
  • Perform molecular correlative studies on patient tissue to investigate potential predictors of efficacy. (This will not be completed as this study was closed due to poor accrual.)

OUTLINE: Patients are stratified according to prior treatment with gefitinib or erlotinib (yes vs no).

Patients receive pemetrexed disodium intravenous (IV) on day 1. Courses repeat every 21 days in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

After completion of study treatment, patients are followed periodically for 3 years.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 99 patients will be accrued for this study.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 27 participants
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Phase II Trial of Pemetrexed in Patients With Selected Stage IIIB and IV Bronchioloalveolar Carcinoma (BAC)
Study Start Date : July 2006
Actual Primary Completion Date : July 2011
Actual Study Completion Date : July 2011

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MedlinePlus related topics: Lung Cancer
U.S. FDA Resources

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Pemetrexed
Drug: pemetrexed
Pemetrexed 500 mg/m^2 intravenous (IV) over 10 min every 21 days until any of the following criteria is met: (1) Progression of disease or symptomatic deterioration; (2) Unacceptable toxicity; (3) Treatment delay ≥ 3 weeks, for any reason; (4) The patient may withdraw from the study at any time for any reason; (5) Physician's discretion.
Other Name: Alimta

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Overall Survival [ Time Frame: 0 - 3 years ]
    Measured from date of registration to date of death due to any cause. Patients last known to be alive are censored at date of last contact.

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Progression-free Survival [ Time Frame: 0 - 3 years ]
    Progression is defined as any one or more of the following: 20% increase in the sum of longest diameters of target measurable lesions over smallest sum observed (over baseline if no decrease during therapy) using the same techniques as baseline; Unequivocal progression of non-measurable disease in the opinion of the treating physician (an explanation must be provided); Appearance of any new lesion/site; Death due to disease without prior documentation of progression and without symptomatic deterioration. Symptomatic deterioration is defined as globabl deterioration of health status requiring discontinuation of treatment without objective evidence of progression. Progression-free survival is measured from date of registration to date of first documentation of progression or symptomatic deterioration, or death due to any cause. Patients last known to be alive and progression-free are censored at date of last contact.

  2. Response (Confirmed and Unconfirmed, Complete and Partial) [ Time Frame: Assessed at weeks 7 and 13 while on treatment. After off treatment prior to disease progression, disease assessment takes place every 3 months for a maximum of 3 years. ]
    Complete response (CR) is complete disappearance of all measurable and non-measurable disease. No new lesions. No disease related symptoms. Normalization of markers and other abnormal lab values. Partial Response (PR) is greater than or equal to 30% decrease under baseline of the sum of longest diameters of all target measurable lesions. No unequivocal progression of non-measurable disease. No new lesions. Confirmation of CR or PR means a repeat scan at least 4 weeks apart documented before progression or symptomatic deterioration.

  3. Number of Patients With Grade 3 Through 5 Adverse Events That Are Related to Study Drug [ Time Frame: Patients were assessed for adverse events 4 weeks after starting treatment. Assessments for adverse events continued after every cycle of treatment (every 3 weeks) for the duration of protocol treatment. ]
    Adverse Events (AEs) are reported by the CTCAE (NCI Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events) Version 3.0. For each patient, worst grade of each event type is reported. Grade 3 = Severe, Grade 4 = Life-threatening, Grade 5 = Fatal.

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


  • Histologically confirmed bronchoalveolar carcinoma (BAC) or BAC variants such as adenocarcinoma with BAC features or BAC with invasive adenocarcinoma

    • Cytology specimens, such as bronchial brushings, washings, or fine needle aspiration specimens alone are not acceptable for diagnosis
  • Stage IV disease OR selected stage IIIB (T4 [secondary to malignant pleural effusion only], any N, M0) disease
  • Incompletely resected or unresectable disease
  • Pleural effusions, ascites, or laboratory parameters cannot be only evidence of disease
  • Measurable disease or nonmeasurable disease documented by CT scan
  • No known brain metastases


  • Bilirubin ≤ 1.5 times upper limit of normal (ULN)
  • SGOT and SGPT ≤ 2.5 times ULN ( ≤ 5 times ULN if due to liver metastases)
  • Alkaline phosphatase ≤ 2.5 times ULN ( ≤ 5 times ULN if due to bone metastases)
  • Creatinine clearance ≥ 45 mL/min OR creatinine ≤ 1.5 times ULN
  • Absolute neutrophil count ≥ 1,500/mm^3
  • Platelet count ≥ 75,000/mm³
  • Zubrod 0-2
  • No history of allergic reaction to compounds of similar chemical or biological composition as pemetrexed disodium
  • Must provide smoking history
  • No other malignancy within the past 5 years except adequately treated basal cell or squamous cell skin cancer, carcinoma in situ of the cervix, or adequately treated stage I or II cancer in complete remission
  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception
  • Able to swallow pills


  • No more than 2 prior systemic therapies (including epidermal growth factor receptor inhibitor)
  • At least 28 days since prior systemic therapy
  • Patients treated with prior erlotinib or gefitinib must have shown progression since treatment
  • No prior pemetrexed disodium
  • At least 28 days since prior radiotherapy and recovered

    • Must have measurable or nonmeasurable disease outside previously irradiated area or a new lesion within previously irradiated area
  • At least 14 days since prior palliative radiotherapy and recovered
  • At least 28 days since prior thoracic or major surgery and recovered
  • No concurrent surgery
  • No other concurrent therapy (hormonal, biologic or radiotherapy) for this disease
  • No concurrent antiretroviral therapy
  • Patients should discontinue non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) with longer half lives (etodolac, ketordac, sulindac, naproxen, naproxen sodium, oxaprozin, nabumetone, diflunisal, salsalate, celecoxib, rofecoxib, valdecoxib, meloxicam, piroxicam) at least 5 days before and for 2 days following pemetrexed treatment

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00265785

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Alaska Regional Hospital Cancer Center
Anchorage, Alaska, United States, 99508
United States, Arkansas
NEA Medical Center - Stadium Boulevard
Jonesboro, Arkansas, United States, 72401
United States, California
USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital
Los Angeles, California, United States, 90089-9181
University of California Davis Cancer Center
Sacramento, California, United States, 95817
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University of Colorado Cancer Center at UC Health Sciences Center
Aurora, Colorado, United States, 80045
Denver Health Medical Center
Denver, Colorado, United States, 80204
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Kapiolani Medical Center at Pali Momi
Aiea, Hawaii, United States, 96701
Cancer Research Center of Hawaii
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States, 96813
OnCare Hawaii, Incorporated - Lusitana
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States, 96813
Queen's Cancer Institute at Queen's Medical Center
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States, 96813
Straub Clinic and Hospital, Incorporated
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States, 96813
Hawaii Medical Center - East
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States, 96817
OnCare Hawaii, Incorporated - Kuakini
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States, 96817
Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States, 96826
Maui Memorial Medical Center
Wailuku, Hawaii, United States, 96793
United States, Indiana
St. Francis Hospital and Health Centers - Beech Grove Campus
Beech Grove, Indiana, United States, 46107
Reid Hospital & Health Care Services
Richmond, Indiana, United States, 47374
United States, Kansas
Tammy Walker Cancer Center at Salina Regional Health Center
Salina, Kansas, United States, 67401
Cotton-O'Neil Cancer Center
Topeka, Kansas, United States, 66606
United States, Michigan
Saint Joseph Mercy Cancer Center
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States, 48106-0995
CCOP - Michigan Cancer Research Consortium
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States, 48106
Oakwood Cancer Center at Oakwood Hospital and Medical Center
Dearborn, Michigan, United States, 48123-2500
Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute
Flint, Michigan, United States, 48503
Hurley Medical Center
Flint, Michigan, United States, 48503
Van Elslander Cancer Center at St. John Hospital and Medical Center
Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, United States, 48236
Foote Memorial Hospital
Jackson, Michigan, United States, 49201
Sparrow Regional Cancer Center
Lansing, Michigan, United States, 48912-1811
St. Mary Mercy Hospital
Livonia, Michigan, United States, 48154
St. Joseph Mercy Oakland
Pontiac, Michigan, United States, 48341-2985
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Port Huron, Michigan, United States, 48060
Seton Cancer Institute at Saint Mary's - Saginaw
Saginaw, Michigan, United States, 48601
Providence Cancer Institute at Providence Hospital - Southfield Campus
Southfield, Michigan, United States, 48075
St. John Macomb Hospital
Warren, Michigan, United States, 48093
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CCOP - Cancer Research for the Ozarks
Springfield, Missouri, United States, 65802
St. John's Regional Health Center
Springfield, Missouri, United States, 65804
Hulston Cancer Center at Cox Medical Center South
Springfield, Missouri, United States, 65807
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Billings, Montana, United States, 59101
Hematology-Oncology Centers of the Northern Rockies - Billings
Billings, Montana, United States, 59101
Northern Rockies Radiation Oncology Center
Billings, Montana, United States, 59101
St. Vincent Healthcare Cancer Care Services
Billings, Montana, United States, 59101
Billings Clinic - Downtown
Billings, Montana, United States, 59107-7000
Bozeman Deaconess Cancer Center
Bozeman, Montana, United States, 59715
St. James Healthcare Cancer Care
Butte, Montana, United States, 59701
Great Falls Clinic - Main Facility
Great Falls, Montana, United States, 59405
Northern Montana Hospital
Havre, Montana, United States, 59501
St. Peter's Hospital
Helena, Montana, United States, 59601
Glacier Oncology, PLLC
Kalispell, Montana, United States, 59901
Kalispell Medical Oncology at KRMC
Kalispell, Montana, United States, 59901
Kalispell Regional Medical Center
Kalispell, Montana, United States, 59901
Community Medical Center
Missoula, Montana, United States, 59801
Guardian Oncology and Center for Wellness
Missoula, Montana, United States, 59804
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Missoula, Montana, United States, 59807-7877
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Missoula, Montana, United States, 59807
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Interlakes Oncology/Hematology PC
Rochester, New York, United States, 14623
James P. Wilmot Cancer Center at University of Rochester Medical Center
Rochester, New York, United States, 14642
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Wayne Memorial Hospital, Incorporated
Goldsboro, North Carolina, United States, 27534
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Rutherfordton, North Carolina, United States, 28139
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Mary Rutan Hospital
Bellefontaine, Ohio, United States, 43311
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Chillicothe, Ohio, United States, 45601
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Columbus, Ohio, United States, 43214-3998
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Columbus, Ohio, United States, 43215
Grant Medical Center Cancer Care
Columbus, Ohio, United States, 43215
Mount Carmel Health - West Hospital
Columbus, Ohio, United States, 43222
Doctors Hospital at Ohio Health
Columbus, Ohio, United States, 43228
Grandview Hospital
Dayton, Ohio, United States, 45405
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Dayton, Ohio, United States, 45406
Samaritan North Cancer Care Center
Dayton, Ohio, United States, 45415
Veterans Affairs Medical Center - Dayton
Dayton, Ohio, United States, 45428
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Dayton, Ohio, United States, 45429
Grady Memorial Hospital
Delaware, Ohio, United States, 43015
Blanchard Valley Medical Associates
Findlay, Ohio, United States, 45840
Middletown Regional Hospital
Franklin, Ohio, United States, 45005-1066
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Kettering, Ohio, United States, 45429
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Lancaster, Ohio, United States, 43130
Strecker Cancer Center at Marietta Memorial Hospital
Marietta, Ohio, United States, 45750
Licking Memorial Cancer Care Program at Licking Memorial Hospital
Newark, Ohio, United States, 43055
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Springfield, Ohio, United States, 45504
Community Hospital of Springfield and Clark County
Springfield, Ohio, United States, 45505
UVMC Cancer Care Center at Upper Valley Medical Center
Troy, Ohio, United States, 45373-1300
Mount Carmel St. Ann's Cancer Center
Westerville, Ohio, United States, 43081
Clinton Memorial Hospital
Wilmington, Ohio, United States, 45177
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Xenia, Ohio, United States, 45385
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Zanesville, Ohio, United States, 43701
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Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center
Gresham, Oregon, United States, 97030
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Milwaukie, Oregon, United States, 97222
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Portland, Oregon, United States, 97210
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Portland, Oregon, United States, 97213-2967
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Portland, Oregon, United States, 97216
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Portland, Oregon, United States, 97225
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Portland, Oregon, United States, 97225
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Portland, Oregon, United States, 97227
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Portland, Oregon, United States, 97239-3098
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Tualatin, Oregon, United States, 97062
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Anderson, South Carolina, United States, 29621
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Charleston, South Carolina, United States, 29401
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Greenville, South Carolina, United States, 29615
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Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States, 29303
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Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States, 29303
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Danville, Virginia, United States, 24541
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Bellingham, Washington, United States, 98225
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Bremerton, Washington, United States, 98310
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Kennewick, Washington, United States, 99336
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Seattle, Washington, United States, 98104
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Seattle, Washington, United States, 98104
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Seattle, Washington, United States, 98104
Group Health Central Hospital
Seattle, Washington, United States, 98112
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Seattle, Washington, United States, 98122-4307
Polyclinic First Hill
Seattle, Washington, United States, 98122
University Cancer Center at University of Washington Medical Center
Seattle, Washington, United States, 98195-6043
Cancer Care Northwest - Spokane South
Spokane, Washington, United States, 99202
Southwest Washington Medical Center Cancer Center
Vancouver, Washington, United States, 98668
United States, Wyoming
Welch Cancer Center at Sheridan Memorial Hospital
Sheridan, Wyoming, United States, 82801
Sponsors and Collaborators
Southwest Oncology Group
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Principal Investigator: Derick H. Lau, MD University of California, Davis
Principal Investigator: Rachel E. Sanborn, MD OHSU Knight Cancer Institute

Responsible Party: Southwest Oncology Group Identifier: NCT00265785     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000456424
U10CA032102 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
S0526 ( Other Identifier: SWOG )
First Posted: December 15, 2005    Key Record Dates
Results First Posted: November 1, 2012
Last Update Posted: November 1, 2012
Last Verified: October 2012

Keywords provided by Southwest Oncology Group:
bronchoalveolar cell lung cancer
stage IIIB non-small cell lung cancer
stage IV non-small cell lung cancer
recurrent 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
Enzyme Inhibitors
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Folic Acid Antagonists
Nucleic Acid Synthesis Inhibitors