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Paclitaxel in Advanced Refractory Kaposi's Sarcoma (AIDS-KS): A Phase II Trial of Paclitaxel From Baker Norton Pharmaceuticals

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
NIH AIDS Clinical Trials Information Service Identifier:
First received: November 2, 1999
Last updated: June 23, 2005
Last verified: June 1998
To determine response rate, median time to tumor progression, qualitative and quantitative toxicity and reversibility of toxicity in patients with advanced refractory AIDS-associated Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) administered a 3-hour infusion of paclitaxel every 14 days. To evaluate the clinical benefit of paclitaxel in this patient population by evaluating self-reported responses to the Symptom Distress Scale and by documenting and evaluating any changes in their lymphedema, pain and disfiguring facial lesions.

Condition Intervention Phase
Sarcoma, Kaposi
HIV Infections
Drug: Paclitaxel
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Paclitaxel in Advanced Refractory Kaposi's Sarcoma (AIDS-KS): A Phase II Trial of Paclitaxel From Baker Norton Pharmaceuticals

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Further study details as provided by NIH AIDS Clinical Trials Information Service:

Detailed Description:
Patients are treated with paclitaxel intravenously every 2 weeks up to 10 courses. Patients who achieve a complete response receive 2 additional courses those who achieve partial response or stabilization, continue therapy until progression.

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

Inclusion Criteria

Patients must have:

  • Microscopically confirmed diagnosis of KS associated with HIV for which systematic therapy is medically indicated by the presence of at least one of the following:

A. >= 25 mucocutaneous (mouth or skin) lesions. B. Symptomatic visceral involvement. C. Symptomatic lymphedema (pain).

  • Minimum of 5 clearly measurably cutaneous lesions by physical exam or measurable disease by X-ray, CT or MRI.
  • Failed at least one systemic chemotherapy regimen.

Exclusion Criteria

Co-existing Condition:

Patients with the following conditions and symptoms are excluded:

  • Less than 2 weeks since major surgery.
  • Serious uncontrolled infection. NOTE:
  • Must be ruled out by thorough work-up in patients with unexplained fevers, night sweats, or involuntary weight loss of more than 10% normal weight.
  • Leukopenia.
  • Thrombocytopenia.

Patients with the following prior conditions are excluded:

  • History of angina or myocardial infarction within the past 6 months.
  • Second degree or third degree atrioventricular block without a pacemaker.
  • Congestive heart failure (poorly controlled).
  • History of prior malignancy except:

Completely excised in situ, carcinoma of the cervix or nonmelanomatous skin cancer.

Curatively treated other malignancy with no evidence of disease for at least 5 years.

Prior Medication:


Prior taxane therapy.


  • At least one systemic chemotherapy regimen that failed to maintain significant benefit. NOTE:
  • Intralesional chemotherapy regimens are not considered as prior chemotherapy.
  • At least 2 weeks since last dose of prior systemic chemotherapy.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00002189

United States, Massachusetts
Massachusetts Gen Hosp / AIDS Oncology Research
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02114
Sponsors and Collaborators
Baker Norton Pharmaceuticals
  More Information Identifier: NCT00002189     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 273A
Study First Received: November 2, 1999
Last Updated: June 23, 2005

Keywords provided by NIH AIDS Clinical Trials Information Service:
Sarcoma, Kaposi
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
Treatment Outcome
Antineoplastic Agents, Phytogenic

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
HIV Infections
Sarcoma, Kaposi
Lentivirus Infections
Retroviridae Infections
RNA Virus Infections
Virus Diseases
Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Viral
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Immunologic Deficiency Syndromes
Immune System Diseases
Neoplasms, Connective and Soft Tissue
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Herpesviridae Infections
DNA Virus Infections
Neoplasms, Vascular Tissue
Antineoplastic Agents, Phytogenic
Albumin-Bound Paclitaxel
Antineoplastic Agents
Tubulin Modulators
Antimitotic Agents
Mitosis Modulators
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action processed this record on April 27, 2017