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Phase I Dose Escalation Study of Carboplatin, Pemetrexed and Exemestane in Post-menopausal Women With Metastatic Non-squamous NSCLC

Phase 1
18 Years
Open (Enrolling)
Stage IV Non-small Cell Lung Cancer

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Trial Information

Phase I Dose Escalation Study of Carboplatin, Pemetrexed and Exemestane in Post-menopausal Women With Metastatic Non-squamous NSCLC


I. Evaluate the safety and tolerability of escalating doses of exemestane when given with
pemetrexed (pemetrexed disodium) and carboplatin in post-menopausal women with stage IV
non-squamous, non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).


I. Determine the objective tumor response rate (defined by Response Evaluation Criteria in
Solid Tumors [RECIST] 1.1) in patients treated with pemetrexed, carboplatin and exemestane.

II. Evaluate the pharmacokinetic profile of pemetrexed, carboplatin and exemestane.

III. Evaluate quality of life in patients treated with pemetrexed, carboplatin and

IV. Analyze tumor tissue biomarkers for potential correlation with response.

OUTLINE: This is a dose-escalation study of exemestane.

Patients receive exemestane orally (PO) once daily (QD) on days 1-28 and pemetrexed disodium
intravenously (IV) over 15 minutes and carboplatin IV over 30 minutes on day 1. Treatment
repeats every 21 days for up to 4 courses in the absence of disease progression or
unacceptable toxicity.

After completion of study treatment, patients are followed up at 30 days, and then every 3
months thereafter.

Inclusion Criteria:

- Ability to understand the purpose and risks of the study and provide signed and dated
informed consent and authorization to use protected health information (PHI)

- Histologically or cytologically confirmed, treatment-naive (or status post a single
treatment regimen of a tyrosine kinase inhibitor as a single agent) stage IV
non-squamous, NSCLC

- Measurable disease according to modified RECIST version 1.1

- Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status =< 1

- Expected survival time of >= 3 months in the opinion of the investigator

- Postmenopausal women; women are eligible if they are postmenopausal (older than 50
years of age with no spontaneous menses for at least 12 months; or 50 years of age or
younger either with no spontaneous menses [amenorrheic] within 12 months of
randomization [e.g., spontaneous or secondary to hysterectomy] and a
follicle-stimulating hormone level within the postmenopausal range or with prior
bilateral oophorectomy)

- Ability to provide a formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tumor tissue sample
containing representative tumor tissue from a previously obtained biopsy/resection
that meets specific tissue sample requirements at screening

Exclusion Criteria:

- History of another primary cancer within 3 years prior to day 1 with the exception of
curatively treated skin cancer (other than melanoma) or curatively treated cervical
carcinoma in-situ

- Untreated central nervous system (CNS) involvement; (treated CNS involvement is
permitted only if the patient is not currently on steroid therapy or has remained on
a stable, unchanged dose of steroid for >= 3 weeks)

- Recent major surgery within the prior 4 weeks; (mediastinoscopy or placement of a
central venous access will be allowed as long as placement was more than 7 days prior
to receiving study drug)

- Any prior or concurrent investigational or standard therapy for treatment of
metastatic NSCLC including radiation therapy, chemotherapy, biological therapy (with
the exception of a single treatment regimen of a tyrosine kinase inhibitor as a
single agent, which must be completed 28 days prior to day 1), hormonal therapy, or
immunotherapy; (palliative-targeted radiotherapy for brain or bone metastases is
permitted providing it has been at least 14 days prior to day 1)

- History of hormone replacement therapy (estrogens with or without progestin) or an
aromatase inhibitor (anastrazole, letrozole, exemestane) within 8 weeks prior to day

- Osteoporosis complicated by pathologic fracture

- Concurrent investigational agents for non-malignant disease or prior investigational
agents for non-malignant disease within 4 weeks or 5 half-lives (whichever is
shorter) prior to day 1

- Concurrent cytotoxic or immunosuppressive therapy for non-malignant disease (e.g.,
for rheumatoid arthritis or lupus)

- Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) < 1500/mL

- Platelet count < 100,000/mL

- Hemoglobin < 9.0 g/dL

- Serum bilirubin > 1.5 x upper limits of normal (ULN)

- Aspartate aminotransferase (AST) and alanine aminotransferase (ALT) > 2.5 x ULN (AST
and ALT > 5 x ULN for subjects with liver metastasis)

- Glomerular filtration rate (GFR) =< 50

- Albumin =< 2.5 g/dL

- Known history of or positive test result for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)

- Active infection (including HIV/acquired immune deficiency syndrome [AIDS], hepatitis
B, or hepatitis C infection) requiring systemic antibiotics, antivirals, or

- History of myocardial infarction within 12 months prior to day 1 or clinically
significant coronary disease

- New York Heart Association grade II or greater congestive heart failure

- Unstable coronary disease or clinically significant electrocardiogram (ECG) (12-lead)
abnormalities, as determined by the investigator

- Inability to comply with study and follow-up procedures

- Any other disease, metabolic dysfunction, physical examination finding, or clinical
laboratory finding that leads to reasonable suspicion of a disease or condition that
contraindicates the use of an investigational drug or that may affect the
interpretation of the results or render the subject at high risk from treatment

- Other unspecified reasons that, in the opinion of the investigator or sponsor, make
the subject unsuitable for enrollment

Type of Study:


Study Design:

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

Outcome Measure:

Tabulation, grading, and attribution of serious adverse events (SAEs) and adverse events (AEs) using the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events (CTCAE) version 3.0

Outcome Time Frame:

Up to 3 years

Safety Issue:


Principal Investigator

Edward Garon

Investigator Role:

Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation:

Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center


United States: Institutional Review Board

Study ID:




Start Date:

September 2012

Completion Date:

Related Keywords:

  • Stage IV Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung
  • Lung Neoplasms



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