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Cisplatin, Doxorubicin and Tamoxifen in the Treatment of Incurable Soft Tissue and Endocrine Malignancies

Phase 2
65 Years
Not Enrolling
Adrenocortical Carcinoma, Brain and Central Nervous System Tumors, Head and Neck Cancer, Liver Cancer, Malignant Mesothelioma, Pheochromocytoma, Sarcoma

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Trial Information

Cisplatin, Doxorubicin and Tamoxifen in the Treatment of Incurable Soft Tissue and Endocrine Malignancies


- Determine the feasibility and efficacy of cisplatin, doxorubicin, and tamoxifen (CAT)
in patients with soft tissue sarcoma, glioma, mesothelioma, hepatoma, thyroid cancer,
or adrenal cancer.

- Determine the toxicity of this regimen in these patients.

OUTLINE: Patients receive cisplatin IV over 1-2 hours followed immediately by doxorubicin IV
over 15-30 minutes on days 1-3 and oral tamoxifen twice daily on days 4-17. Treatment
continues every 3 weeks in the absence of the total cumulative doxorubicin dose reaching at
least 500 mg/m2, disease progression, or unacceptable toxicity. Patients who achieve partial
remission (PR) undergo local surgery or radiotherapy, if feasible, to convert PR to complete

Patients are followed every 2 months for 1 year and then every 3 months for 2 years.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 14-30 patients will be accrued for this study.

Inclusion Criteria


- Histologically proven soft tissue sarcoma, glioma, mesothelioma, hepatoma, thyroid
cancer, or adrenal cancer with clinical, radiological, or histologic evidence of

- Patients with thyroid cancer must have failed radioactive iodine

- Measurable or evaluable disease



- 65 and under

Performance status:

- ECOG 0-2


- Granulocyte count at least 1,500/mm3

- Platelet count at least 140,000/mm3


- Bilirubin normal


- Creatinine less than 1.47 mg/dL


- Left ventricular ejection fraction at least 50% by MUGA scan

- No congestive heart failure

- No severe, uncontrolled hypertension

- No ischemia, life-threatening arrhythmia, or conduction disturbance by ECG


- No allergy to study medications

- No uncontrolled infection

- No active abuse of ethanol that would preclude treatment

- No other prior or concurrent malignancy

- Not pregnant

- Fertile patients must use effective contraception


Biologic therapy:

- Not specified


- No more than 1 prior chemotherapy regimen

- No prior anthracycline or cisplatin

- At least 3 weeks since other prior chemotherapy and recovered

Endocrine therapy:

- Not specified


- See Disease Characteristics

- No prior radiotherapy to more than 25% of bone marrow

- At least 3 weeks since other prior radiotherapy and recovered


- Not specified

Type of Study:


Study Design:

Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment

Principal Investigator

Stan Z. Gertler, MD, FRCPC

Investigator Role:

Study Chair

Investigator Affiliation:

Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre


United States: Federal Government

Study ID:




Start Date:

May 1994

Completion Date:

April 2005

Related Keywords:

  • Adrenocortical Carcinoma
  • Brain and Central Nervous System Tumors
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Liver Cancer
  • Malignant Mesothelioma
  • Pheochromocytoma
  • Sarcoma
  • childhood brain tumor
  • childhood infratentorial ependymoma
  • childhood supratentorial ependymoma
  • recurrent adult soft tissue sarcoma
  • recurrent childhood brain tumor
  • childhood liver cancer
  • stage IV childhood liver cancer
  • recurrent childhood liver cancer
  • advanced malignant mesothelioma
  • recurrent malignant mesothelioma
  • localized unresectable adult primary liver cancer
  • advanced adult primary liver cancer
  • recurrent adult primary liver cancer
  • recurrent adult brain tumor
  • stage IV adrenocortical carcinoma
  • recurrent adrenocortical carcinoma
  • stage IV papillary thyroid cancer
  • stage IV follicular thyroid cancer
  • thyroid gland medullary carcinoma
  • anaplastic thyroid cancer
  • recurrent thyroid cancer
  • adult brain stem glioma
  • adult medulloblastoma
  • adult glioblastoma
  • metastatic pheochromocytoma
  • recurrent pheochromocytoma
  • childhood soft tissue sarcoma
  • metastatic childhood soft tissue sarcoma
  • recurrent childhood soft tissue sarcoma
  • childhood high-grade cerebral astrocytoma
  • childhood oligodendroglioma
  • adult anaplastic astrocytoma
  • adult myxopapillary ependymoma
  • adult anaplastic ependymoma
  • adult anaplastic oligodendroglioma
  • adult mixed glioma
  • adult pilocytic astrocytoma
  • adult subependymoma
  • recurrent childhood brain stem glioma
  • recurrent childhood cerebellar astrocytoma
  • recurrent childhood cerebral astrocytoma
  • recurrent childhood medulloblastoma
  • recurrent childhood visual pathway and hypothalamic glioma
  • recurrent childhood ependymoma
  • stage IV adult soft tissue sarcoma
  • adult oligodendroglioma
  • adult giant cell glioblastoma
  • adult gliosarcoma
  • adult diffuse astrocytoma
  • Carcinoma
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms
  • Liver Neoplasms
  • Mesothelioma
  • Nervous System Neoplasms
  • Pheochromocytoma
  • Central Nervous System Neoplasms
  • Adrenocortical Carcinoma
  • Sarcoma