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Chemotherapy, Amifostine, and Radiation Therapy in Treating Patients With Non-small Cell Lung Cancer

This study has been completed.
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National Cancer Institute (NCI) Identifier:
First received: November 1, 1999
Last updated: July 9, 2013
Last verified: May 2006

RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. Chemoprotective drugs, such as amifostine, may protect normal cells from the side effects of chemotherapy. Radiation therapy uses high-energy x-rays to damage tumor cells.

PURPOSE: Phase II trial to study the effectiveness of paclitaxel, carboplatin, amifostine, and radiation therapy in treating patients who have unresectable locally advanced or partially resected non-small cell lung cancer.

Condition Intervention Phase
Drug/Agent Toxicity by Tissue/Organ
Lung Cancer
Drug: amifostine trihydrate
Drug: carboplatin
Drug: paclitaxel
Radiation: radiation therapy
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase II Trial of Induction Paclitaxel Plus Carboplatin Followed by Thoracic Radiation Therapy With Concurrent Weekly Low-Dose Paclitaxel and Twice Weekly Amifostine for Patients With Unresectable Locally Advanced or Partially Resected Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

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Further study details as provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):

Study Start Date: July 1997
Study Completion Date: February 2004
Detailed Description:

OBJECTIVES: I. Determine the toxic effects and antitumor efficacy of paclitaxel plus carboplatin in patients with unresectable, intrathoracic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). II. Integrate concurrent thoracic radiation therapy and weekly low dose paclitaxel into treatment of this patient population. III. Investigate a primary chemoradiotherapy treatment approach in a population of patients selected on the basis of performance status regardless of degree of weight loss. IV. Determine the effect of amifostine on the incidence of treatment nonhematologic toxic effects, specifically esophagitis, pneumonitis, and radiation dermatitis, in these patients.

OUTLINE: This is an open label study. Patients receive induction therapy comprising paclitaxel IV over 3 hours followed by carboplatin IV over 1 hour on days 1 and 21. Patients then undergo radiotherapy beginning on day 42 (or no later than day 63) daily 5 days a week for 7 weeks. Patients also receive amifostine IV over 15 minutes followed by paclitaxel IV over 3 hours weekly (day 1 each week) concurrently for the duration of radiotherapy. On 2 other days of the week, patients receive amifostine alone preceding thoracic radiotherapy. Patients are followed every 3 months for 1 year and then every 6 months until disease progression or death.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: Approximately 15-35 patients will be accrued for this study.


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

DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: Histologically proven non-small cell lung cancer Adenocarcinoma Squamous cell carcinoma Large cell carcinoma Undifferentiated carcinoma Stages II-IIIB Medically inoperable stage II and IIIA Unresectable stage IIIA and IIIB Partial resection of stage IIIA or IIIB disease with histologically proven mediastinal lymph node involvement with microscopic or measurable disease Ineligible for RTOG 9410 or RTOG 9304 Men with elevated PSA no greater than 10 and no clinical evidence of prostate carcinoma are eligible No pleural effusion large enough to be visible by plain chest radiograph, unless proven to be benign Limited metastatic disease (no liver metastases) defined as: No more than 3 lung nodules outside the primary tumor suspected to be metastatic OR No more than 3 sites of suspected metastatic disease seen on bone scan or skeletal films OR 1-3 brain metastases, with plans for whole brain irradiation, with or without surgery or radiosurgery OR Single adrenal metastases not exceeding 3 cm in size

PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age: Adult Performance status: ECOG 0-1 OR Karnofsky 70-100% Life expectancy: Not specified Hematopoietic: Absolute neutrophil count greater than 2,000/mm3 Platelet count greater than 100,000/mm3 Hemoglobin greater than 8 g/dL Hepatic: Transaminases less than 1.5 times normal Bilirubin less than 2.0 mg/dL Renal: Creatinine less than 1.8 mg/dL Other: No concurrent severe medical problems Calorie intake of at least 1500 kcal/day No history of active malignancy within one year except: Basal cell carcinoma of the skin Squamous cell carcinoma of the skin Superficial transitional cell carcinoma of the urothelium Cervical intraepithelial neoplasia Stage I cancer of the endometrium Stage I cancer of the upper aerodigestive tract

PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: Biologic therapy: Not specified Chemotherapy: No prior chemotherapy Endocrine therapy: Not specified Radiotherapy: No prior thoracic radiotherapy Surgery: See Disease Characteristics

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00003089

United States, Pennsylvania
Kimmel Cancer Center of Thomas Jefferson University - Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 19107-5541
Sponsors and Collaborators
Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University
Study Chair: Maria Werner-Wasik, MD Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University
  More Information Identifier: NCT00003089     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: TJUH-969139
CDR0000065792 ( Registry Identifier: PDQ (Physician Data Query) )
Study First Received: November 1, 1999
Last Updated: July 9, 2013

Keywords provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):
stage II non-small cell lung cancer
squamous cell lung cancer
large cell lung cancer
stage IIIA non-small cell lung cancer
stage IIIB non-small cell lung cancer
adenocarcinoma of the lung
drug/agent toxicity by tissue/organ

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
Albumin-Bound Paclitaxel
Antineoplastic Agents, Phytogenic
Antineoplastic Agents
Tubulin Modulators
Antimitotic Agents
Mitosis Modulators
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Radiation-Protective Agents
Protective Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs processed this record on April 28, 2017