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A Randomized, Phase III Multicenter Trial Of Gemcitabine In Combination With Carboplatin Or Paclitaxel Plus Carboplatin In Patients With Metastatic (Stage IIIB, IV) Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Phase 3
18 Years
Open (Enrolling)
Lung Cancer

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Trial Information

A Randomized, Phase III Multicenter Trial Of Gemcitabine In Combination With Carboplatin Or Paclitaxel Plus Carboplatin In Patients With Metastatic (Stage IIIB, IV) Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer


- Compare the overall survival of patients with stage IIIB or IV or recurrent non-small
cell lung cancer treated with gemcitabine and carboplatin vs gemcitabine and paclitaxel
vs paclitaxel and carboplatin.

- Compare the overall response rate and time to progression in patients treated with
these regimens.

- Compare the toxic effects of these regimens in these patients.

- Compare the quality of life of patients treated with these regimens.

OUTLINE: This is a randomized, multicenter study. Patients are stratified according to
weight loss within the past 6 months (less than 5% vs at least 5%), disease stage (IIIB vs
IV), and brain metastases (present vs absent). Patients are randomized to 1 of 3 treatment

- Arm I: Patients receive gemcitabine IV over 30 minutes on days 1 and 8 and carboplatin
IV over 15-30 minutes on day 1.

- Arm II: Patients receive gemcitabine IV over 30 minutes on days 1 and 8 and paclitaxel
IV over 3 hours on day 1.

- Arm III: Patients receive paclitaxel IV over 3 hours and carboplatin IV over 15-30
minutes on day 1.

In all arms, treatment repeats every 3 weeks for up to 6 courses in the absence of disease
progression or unacceptable toxicity.

Quality of life is assessed at baseline, every 6 weeks during study treatment, and then
every 3 months until progressive disease is documented.

Patients are followed every 3 months.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 1,134 patients (378 per treatment arm) will be accrued for
this study within 2 years.

Inclusion Criteria


- Histologically confirmed non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) of 1 of the following

- Squamous cell

- Adenocarcinoma

- Large cell anaplastic

- Bronchoalveolar

- Non-small cell carcinoma not otherwise specified NOTE: Mixed tumors are
categorized by the predominant cell type (tumors with small-cell anaplastic
elements are ineligible)

- Evidence of at least 1 of the following:

- Clinically documented recurrent disease after prior radiation or surgery

- Stage IV disease (distant metastases)

- Stage IIIB disease presenting with 1 of the following:

- Pleural or pericardial effusion by CT scan or chest x-ray

- Pleural implants documented pathologically or seen on CT scan or x-ray

- Measurable or evaluable disease

- No brain metastases unless clinically stable after surgery and/or radiotherapy



- 18 and over

Performance status

- ECOG 0-1

Life expectancy

- Not specified


- Absolute neutrophil count at least 1,500/mm^3

- Platelet count at least 100,000/mm^3


- Bilirubin no greater than 1.5 mg/dL

- AST less than 5 times upper limit of normal


- Creatinine no greater than 1.5 mg/dL OR

- Creatinine clearance at least 40 mL/min


- Not pregnant or nursing

- Negative pregnancy test

- Fertile patients must use effective contraception

- No hypersensitivity to agents that contain Cremophor EL (polyoxyethylated castor oil)


Biologic therapy

- Not specified


- No prior chemotherapy for advanced NSCLC

Endocrine therapy

- Not specified


- See Disease Characteristics

- Recovered from prior radiotherapy

- No prior radiotherapy to the only site of measurable disease, unless the site had
subsequent progression of disease documented by physical exam, radiography, or

- No concurrent radiotherapy (except for brain metastases)


- See Disease Characteristics


- No concurrent aminoglycoside antibiotics

Type of Study:


Study Design:

Allocation: Randomized, Primary Purpose: Treatment

Outcome Measure:


Safety Issue:


Principal Investigator

Joseph A. Treat, MD

Investigator Role:

Study Chair

Investigator Affiliation:

Fox Chase Cancer Center


United States: Federal Government

Study ID:




Start Date:

September 2001

Completion Date:

Related Keywords:

  • Lung Cancer
  • adenosquamous cell lung cancer
  • bronchoalveolar cell lung cancer
  • large cell lung cancer
  • recurrent non-small cell lung cancer
  • squamous cell lung cancer
  • stage IIIB non-small cell lung cancer
  • stage IV non-small cell lung cancer
  • adenocarcinoma of the lung
  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung
  • Lung Neoplasms



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