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Combination Chemotherapy in Treating Patients With Advanced Cancer of the Pancreas

This study has been completed.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Southern California Identifier:
First received: November 1, 1999
Last updated: May 20, 2014
Last verified: May 2014

RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. Combining more than one drug may kill more tumor cells.

PURPOSE: Phase II trial to study the effectiveness of combination chemotherapy in treating patients with advanced cancer of the pancreas.

Condition Intervention Phase
Pancreatic Cancer
Drug: fluorouracil
Drug: leucovorin calcium
Drug: trimetrexate glucuronate
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Modulation of 5-Fluorouracil With Trimetrexate and Leucovorin in Advanced Pancreatic Cancer

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Further study details as provided by University of Southern California:

Enrollment: 21
Study Start Date: August 1995
Study Completion Date: June 2006
Primary Completion Date: May 2000 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:

OBJECTIVES: I. Evaluate tumor response to a trimetrexate, fluorouracil and leucovorin regimen in patients with advanced pancreatic carcinoma. II. Evaluate the toxicities associated with this regimen in patients with metastatic carcinoma of the pancreas.

OUTLINE: The treatment plan consists of an IV infusion of trimetrexate, followed 24 hours later by IV infusions of leucovorin and fluorouracil. After another 24 hours oral leucovorin will be given every 6 hours for 7 doses. A treatment cycle consists of the regimen repeated weekly for 6 weeks followed by 2 weeks of rest. Treatment cycles will be repeated until disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: If 3 or more complete or partial responses are observed in the first 22 patients, an additional 11 patients may be accrued for a maximum of 33.


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

DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: Histologically proven advanced pancreatic cancer with metastatic disease Bidimensionally measurable disease

PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age: 18 and over Performance status: ECOG 0-2 Life expectancy: At least 12 weeks Hematopoietic: Platelet count at least 100,000/mm3 Absolute granulocyte count at least 1,500/mm3 Hemoglobin at least 9 g/dL Hepatic: Bilirubin no greater than 2.0 mg/dL SGOT, SGPT and alkaline phosphatase less than 3 times upper limit of normal Serum albumin at least 3.0 g/dL Renal: Serum creatinine no greater than 1.5 mg/dL Other: Not eligible for higher priority protocol No prior malignancy within 5 years except adequately treated basal cell carcinoma of the skin or carcinoma in situ of the cervix Not pregnant or nursing Fertile patients must use effective birth control No underlying medical condition precluding treatment

PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: Biologic therapy: Not specified Chemotherapy: No prior or concurrent chemotherapy Endocrine therapy: Not specified Radiotherapy: No concurrent radiotherapy No prior radiotherapy to only site(s) of measurable disease Fully recovered from therapy Surgery: Fully recovered from prior surgery

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00002955

United States, California
USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
Los Angeles, California, United States, 90033-0800
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Southern California
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Study Chair: Agustin Garcia, MD University of Southern California
  More Information

Garcia AA, Leichman L, Baranda J, et al.: Phase II study of trimetrexate (neutrexin), 5-fluorouracil and leucovorin (NFL) in advacne pancreatic. [Abstract] Proceedings of the American Society of Clinical Oncology 18: A971, 253a, 1999.

Responsible Party: University of Southern California Identifier: NCT00002955     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000065428 (3P-95-1)
Study First Received: November 1, 1999
Last Updated: May 20, 2014

Keywords provided by University of Southern California:
stage IV pancreatic cancer

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Pancreatic Neoplasms
Digestive System Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Endocrine Gland Neoplasms
Digestive System Diseases
Pancreatic Diseases
Endocrine System Diseases
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Antimetabolites, Antineoplastic
Antineoplastic Agents
Immunosuppressive Agents
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Protective Agents
Antifungal Agents
Anti-Infective Agents
Folic Acid Antagonists
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