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Phase I Feasibility Study of the Combination of Fondaparinux (Arixtra) With Chemotherapy in Patients With Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Phase 1
18 Years
79 Years
Open (Enrolling)
Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer, Venous Thromboembolism

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Trial Information

Phase I Feasibility Study of the Combination of Fondaparinux (Arixtra) With Chemotherapy in Patients With Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

This is a single center, open-labeled, single arm phase 1 feasibility study in patients with
newly diagnosed stage IV NSCLC. To evaluate the change in the biologic parameters measured,
two cohorts of patients will receive altered dosing regimens of fondaparinux starting with
the second cycle of chemotherapy. The biologic parameters measured during the first cycle
of chemotherapy will serve as a control for each patient. Chemotherapy consists of 3-week
cycles of carboplatin and paclitaxel. The absolute maximum length of therapy with
fondaparinux will be 3 months, regardless of which cohort the patient is assigned.

This study consists of 2 cohorts:

Cohort 1:

Patients in cohort 1 will receive standard chemotherapy alone during cycle 1. During
subsequent cycles (2-4) patients will receive a daily prophylactic dose (day 1 through 21)
of fondaparinux. The anticoagulation will continue 21 days after the last course of

Cohort 2:

Patients in cohort 2 will receive standard chemotherapy alone during cycle 1. During
subsequent cycles, the patient will receive a therapeutic weight based dose of fondaparinux
for the first 2 days of each chemotherapy cycle followed by a daily prophylactic dose of
fondaparinux (day 3 through 21) until the next course of chemotherapy.

Inclusion Criteria:

- Histologic or cytologic diagnosis of Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer.

- Stage IV Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer.

- Measurable or assessable tumor parameters according to RECIST criteria.

- ECOG Performance Status 0-2.

- Age between 18 and 79 years (in the State of Alabama > 18).

- Adequate hematologic, coagulation, liver and renal function, defined as:

- Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) ≥ 1500/µL

- Platelet count ≥ 100,000/µL

- Serum Glutamic Oxaloacetic Transaminase(SGOT)/Serum Glutamic Pyruvic
Transaminase(SGPT) ≤ 2.5 x upper limit of normal or ≤ 5 x upper limit of normal when
liver metastases are present

- Total bilirubin value ≤ 1.5 x upper limit of normal

- Serum creatinine value ≤ 1.5 x upper limit of normal

- Normal prothrombin time and partial thromboplastin time

- Fully recovered from any previous surgery (at least 4 weeks since major surgery).

- Must have recovered from prior radiation therapy (at least 3 weeks).

- All participants must agree to practice approved methods of birth control (if
applicable). A negative pregnancy test must be documented during the screening
period for women of childbearing potential.

- Must provide written informed consent and authorization to use and disclose health

- No prior chemotherapy.

Exclusion Criteria:

- Active bleeding disorder.

- Evidence of hemoptysis. Patients with blood-tinged or blood-streaked sputum will be
permitted on study if the hemoptysis amounts to less than 5 mL of blood per episode
and less than 10 mL of blood per 24-hour period in the best estimate of the

- Previous history of Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) within 12 months and requiring
active anticoagulation therapy.

- Concurrent cancer chemotherapy, biologic therapy or radiotherapy.

- Administration of any investigational drug within 28 days prior to administration of
the current therapy.

- Symptomatic brain metastases; those patients should be treated first with either
whole brain radiation therapy or radiosurgery and have stable disease.

- Concurrent serious infection.

- Concomitant severe or uncontrolled underlying medical disease unrelated to the tumor,
which is likely to compromise patient safety and affect the outcome of the study.

- History of other malignancy (except non-melanoma skin cancer or carcinoma in situ of
the cervix), unless in complete remission and off all therapy for a minimum of 2

- Any evidence or history of hypersensitivity or other contraindications for the drugs
used in this trial.

- Psychiatric disorder that prevents patients from providing informed consent or
following protocol instructions.

- Pregnant or lactating women.

- Creatinine clearance < 30 mL/min.

- Patient body weight < 50 kg.

Type of Study:


Study Design:

Endpoint Classification: Safety Study, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment

Outcome Measure:

The tolerability and safety of the combination of fondaparinux with standard chemotherapy (carboplatin/paclitaxel).

Outcome Time Frame:

Every 3 weeks prior to each cycle of therapy.

Safety Issue:


Principal Investigator

Francisco Robert, M.D.

Investigator Role:

Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation:

University of Alabama at Birmingham


United States: Institutional Review Board

Study ID:




Start Date:

September 2007

Completion Date:

October 2015

Related Keywords:

  • Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
  • Venous Thromboembolism
  • Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
  • Venous Thromboembolism
  • VTE
  • Arixtra
  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung
  • Lung Neoplasms
  • Thromboembolism
  • Venous Thromboembolism
  • Venous Thrombosis



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