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Imatinib Mesylate and Paclitaxel in Treating Older Patients With Stage IIIB or Stage IV Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

This study has been completed.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
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University of Washington Identifier:
First received: December 6, 2006
Last updated: May 7, 2013
Last verified: May 2013
This phase II trial is studying how well giving imatinib mesylate together with paclitaxel works in treating older patients with stage IIIB or stage IV non-small cell lung cancer. Imatinib mesylate may stop the growth of tumor cells by blocking some of the enzymes needed for cell growth. Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as paclitaxel, work in different ways to stop the growth of tumor cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. Giving imatinib mesylate together with paclitaxel may kill more tumor cells

Condition Intervention Phase
Malignant Pleural Effusion
Recurrent Non-small Cell Lung Cancer
Stage IIIB Non-small Cell Lung Cancer
Stage IV Non-small Cell Lung Cancer
Drug: imatinib mesylate
Drug: paclitaxel
Other: immunohistochemistry staining method
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase II Study of Intermittent Gleevec® (Imatinib Mesylate) and Weekly Paclitaxel in Patients Aged 70 or Older With Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

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Further study details as provided by University of Washington:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Overall response rate (complete and partial responses) as assessed by RECIST criteria [ Time Frame: Baseline, Week 4 of courses 2, 4 and 6 ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Time to tumor progression [ Time Frame: Baseline and every 2 months post treatment ]
  • Overall survival [ Time Frame: Every 3 months for 5 years ]
  • Toxicity rates as assessed by overall percentage of patients experiencing Grade 3 or higher toxicity and overall percentage of patients experiencing toxicity within a clinically significant category [ Time Frame: Days 3, 10, and 17 of courses 1-6 ]
  • Correlation of PDGF expression in the tumor samples with the response rate and survival [ Time Frame: Baseline ]

Enrollment: 34
Study Start Date: February 2006
Primary Completion Date: August 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Treatment (enzyme inhibitor, chemotherapy)
Patients receive paclitaxel IV on days 3, 10, and 17 and imatinib mesylate PO QD on days 1-4, 8-11, and 15-18. Treatment repeats every 28 days for 4-6 courses in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.
Drug: imatinib mesylate
Given PO
Other Names:
  • CGP 57148
  • Gleevec
  • Glivec
Drug: paclitaxel
Given IV
Other Names:
  • Anzatax
  • Asotax
  • TAX
  • Taxol
Other: immunohistochemistry staining method
Optional correlative studies
Other Name: immunohistochemistry

Detailed Description:


I. To estimate the clinical efficacy of the combination of weekly paclitaxel and intermittent imatinib in elderly patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer.


I. To evaluate the safety profile of the combination of weekly paclitaxel and intermittent imatinib in elderly patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer.

II. To collect paraffin tissue blocks for a companion project evaluating the expression of platelet derived growth factor (PDGF) by original tumor specimens, and its relationship to response rate and survival.


Patients receive paclitaxel intravenously (IV) on days 3, 10, and 17 and imatinib mesylate orally (PO) once daily (QD) on days 1-4, 8-11, and 15-18. Treatment repeats every 28 days for 4-6 courses in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

After completion of study treatment, patients are followed up periodically.


Ages Eligible for Study:   70 Years and older   (Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Histologic or cytologic diagnosis of non-small cell lung cancer
  • At least one site of measurable disease, as defined by the modified RECIST criteria
  • Stage IIIB with pleural effusion or Stage IV disease; includes patients who received surgery alone for early stage disease, now in relapse with advanced disease; staging is according to the American Joint Committee on Cancer classification scheme, 6th edition
  • Total bilirubin < 1.25 x upper limit of normal (ULN)
  • Baseline absolute neutrophil count >= 1500/uL
  • Baseline platelet count >= 100,000/uL
  • ECOG Performance Status 0, 1 or 2 at the time of informed consent
  • Written, voluntary consent
  • Patients with reproductive potential must use an acceptable contraceptive method, such methods include: 1) Male hormonal contraception; 2) Partner without reproductive potential, including post-menopausal status or history of tubal ligation; 3) Partner with intrauterine device (IUD) or contraceptive vaginal ring; 4) Partner takes oral contraceptive pill, wears contraceptive patch, or has contraceptive implant; 5) Routine use of barrier method, such as condoms or diaphragm, during sexual intercourse
  • AST and ALT =< 2.5 x ULN
  • Creatinine =< 1.5 x ULN

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Uncontrolled brain metastasis; patients with known brain metastasis must have completed treatment with surgery, radiation or both; in addition, they must be off corticosteroids
  • Symptomatic neuropathy (Grade 2 or higher)
  • Prior chemotherapy for advanced non-small cell lung cancer (Prior adjuvant, neoadjuvant, or chemoradiotherapy for NSCLC is permitted, provided at least 6 months elapsed prior to documented metastatic recurrence)
  • Patient is < 5 years free of another primary malignancy, except: a) if the other malignancy is basal cell carcinoma or cervical carcinoma in situ or b) if the other primary malignancy is not considered clinically significant and is requiring no active intervention
  • Prior radiation therapy to > 25% of bone marrow
  • Grade III/IV congestive heart failure, as defined by NYHA criteria, or myocardial infarction within 6 months
  • Any serious or uncontrolled concomitant disorder that, in the opinion of the investigator, would compromise the patient's ability to complete the study
  • Patient has known chronic liver disease, e.g., diagnosis of chronic active hepatitis or cirrhosis
  • Major surgery two weeks prior to study treatment
  • Patient with any significant history of non-compliance to medical regimens or with inability to grant reliable informed consent
  • Any condition requiring continuous administration of systemic corticosteroids
  • The patient is on therapeutic anti-coagulation with warfarin
  • The administration of any other anticancer agents including chemotherapy and biologic agents is NOT permitted
  • The use of other concurrent investigational drugs is not allowed
  • Participants in this study must avoid grapefruit juice or other grapefruit-containing products for the duration of treatment with imatinib
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00408460

United States, New Mexico
University of New Mexico Cancer Center
Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States, 87106
United States, Washington
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center/University of Washington Cancer Consortium
Seattle, Washington, United States, 98109
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Washington
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Principal Investigator: Renato Martins Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center/University of Washington Cancer Consortium
  More Information

Responsible Party: University of Washington Identifier: NCT00408460     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 6137
NCI-2010-00420 ( Registry Identifier: CTRP (Clinical Trial Reporting Program) )
Study First Received: December 6, 2006
Last Updated: May 7, 2013

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Lung Neoplasms
Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung
Pleural Effusion
Pleural Effusion, Malignant
Respiratory Tract Neoplasms
Thoracic Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Lung Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Carcinoma, Bronchogenic
Bronchial Neoplasms
Pleural Diseases
Pleural Neoplasms
Albumin-Bound Paclitaxel
Imatinib Mesylate
Antineoplastic Agents, Phytogenic
Antineoplastic Agents
Tubulin Modulators
Antimitotic Agents
Mitosis Modulators
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Protein Kinase Inhibitors
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