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Mistletoe in Treating Patients With Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Who Are Receiving Palliative Chemotherapy

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00052325
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified July 2005 by National Cancer Institute (NCI).
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
First Posted : January 27, 2003
Last Update Posted : December 18, 2013
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
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Brief Summary:

RATIONALE: Mistletoe may help the body build an immune response and may improve quality of life to help patients live more comfortably.

PURPOSE: This phase II trial is studying mistletoe to see how well it works in treating patients who are receiving palliative chemotherapy for stage IIIB or stage IV non-small cell lung cancer.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Lung Cancer Dietary Supplement: mistletoe extract Phase 2

Detailed Description:


  • Determine whether supplemental treatment with mistletoe increases immune function (as determined by total lymphocyte count, eosinophil count, and lymphocyte subset analysis) in patients with stage IIIB or IV non-small cell lung cancer receiving palliative chemotherapy.
  • Determine the tolerability of this drug in these patients.
  • Correlate immune function and quality of life in patients treated with this drug.

OUTLINE: This is an open-label, non-randomized, multicenter study.

Patients receive mistletoe subcutaneously three times a week for 15 weeks.

Dose of mistletoe is increased at weeks 2 and 3 and then every 3 weeks until a maximum response is seen, dose-limiting toxicity occurs, or the study ends.

Quality of life is assessed at baseline and at weeks 3, 6, 9, 12, and 15.


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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Iscar For Supplemental Care In Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Carcinoma
Study Start Date : October 2002

Resource links provided by the National Library of Medicine

MedlinePlus related topics: Lung Cancer

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


  • Stage IIIB or IV non-small cell lung cancer

    • Newly diagnosed disease
  • Planning to receive standard chemotherapy with either carboplatin plus paclitaxel or cisplatin plus gemcitabine

    • Refused or ineligible to participate in experimental chemotherapy clinical trials



  • 18 and over

Performance status

  • Karnofsky 60-100%

Life expectancy

  • Not specified


  • Not specified


  • Not specified


  • Not specified


  • Not pregnant
  • No AIDS
  • Able to self-report quality of life
  • No known allergy to Viscum album Linnaeus


Biologic therapy

  • No other concurrent mistletoe products


  • See Disease Characteristics

Endocrine therapy

  • No concurrent steroid or adrenocorticotropic hormone therapy


  • Not specified


  • Not specified


  • No concurrent participation in other clinical trials
  • No concurrent mushroom glucan or proteoglycan extracts
  • No concurrent thymus extract
  • No concurrent non-oncologic immunosuppressive therapy (e.g., therapy for rheumatoid arthritis or after organ transplantation)

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00052325

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United States, Pennsylvania
Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University - Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 19107
Sponsors and Collaborators
Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
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Study Chair: Steven Rosenzweig, MD Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00052325    
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000258166
First Posted: January 27, 2003    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: December 18, 2013
Last Verified: July 2005
Keywords provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):
stage IV non-small cell lung cancer
stage IIIB non-small cell lung cancer
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Lung Neoplasms
Respiratory Tract Neoplasms
Thoracic Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Lung Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases