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Birmingham, Alabama 35294


RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. Combining more than one drug may kill more tumor cells. PURPOSE: Phase I/II trial to study the effectiveness of combination chemotherapy in treating patients who have small cell lung cancer.

Study summary:

OBJECTIVES: I. Determine the maximum tolerated dose and dose limiting toxicity of topotecan when combined with ifosfamide in patients with limited or extensive stage small cell lung cancer. II. Determine the pharmacokinetics of topotecan and correlate with toxicity or tumor response in these patients. III. Determine the effect of topotecan on apoptosis in tumor tissues and correlate the apoptosis-inducing effects with antitumor effects of topotecan in these patients. IV. Determine the response rate, time to progression, and survival of chemotherapy naive limited or extensive stage small cell lung cancer patients treated with ifosfamide and topotecan and then crossover consolidation/salvage therapy with carboplatin and etoposide. V. Determine the response rate, time to progression, and survival of pretreated limited or extensive stage small cell lung cancer patients treated with ifosfamide and topotecan as salvage therapy. OUTLINE: This is a dose escalation study of topotecan (phase I). Patients are stratified by disease stage (extensive vs limited) and prior chemotherapy (naive vs pretreated) in phase II. Induction therapy: Patients receive topotecan IV over 72 hours and ifosfamide IV over 30 minutes every 3 weeks. Chemotherapy naive patients with complete or partial response after 3 courses, stable disease after 2 courses, or progressive disease at any time receive consolidation/salvage chemotherapy. Pretreated patients continue on induction regimen for a minimum of 6 courses unless disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. Phase I: Cohorts of 3-6 patients receive escalating doses of topotecan until the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) is determined. The MTD is defined as the dose preceding that at which 3 of 6 patients experience dose limiting toxicity. Salvage chemotherapy: Patients with extensive stage disease receive carboplatin IV over 30 minutes on day 1 and etoposide IV over 45 minutes on days 1, 2, and 3. Treatment repeats every 3 weeks for up to 4 to 6 courses. Patients with limited stage disease undergoing chest irradiation receive treatment every 28 days for the first course. Patients are followed every 2 months for 1 year, every 3 months for 1 year, and then every 4 months thereafter. PROJECTED ACCRUAL: Approximately 15-20 patients will be accrued for phase I and approximately 35 patients will be accrued for phase II of this study.


DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: Histologically or cytologically confirmed limited or extensive stage small cell lung cancer Measurable or evaluable disease No uncontrolled brain metastases PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age: Not specified Performance status: ECOG 0-2 Karnofsky 60-100% Life expectancy: Not specified Hematopoietic: Absolute neutrophil count at least 1,500/mm3 Platelet count at least 100,000/mm3 Hepatic: Bilirubin less than 2.0 mg/dL Renal: Creatinine no greater than 1.5 mg/dL Other: Not pregnant or nursing Fertile patients must use effective contraception No other malignancy within the past 5 years, except: Nonmelanomatous skin cancer Carcinoma in situ of the cervix No significant active infection PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: Biologic therapy: Not specified Chemotherapy: No more than 1 prior first line chemotherapy regimen Endocrine therapy: Not specified Radiotherapy: No prior radiotherapy (except brain irradiation) Surgery: Recovered from recent surgery

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Brief Title:

Combination Chemotherapy in Treating Patients With Small Cell Lung Cancer

Official Title:

Phase I/IIA Study of Sequential Ifosfamide and Topotecan in Patients With Small Cell Lung Cancer

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Phase 1/Phase 2



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Quick Facts

Healthy Volunteers
Oversight Has DMC
Study Is FDA Regulated
Study Is Section 801
Has Expanded Access

Study Source:

National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Oversight Authority:

United States: Federal Government

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Primary Purpose: Treatment

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Overall Contact Information

Official Name:Francisco Robert, MD, FACP
Study Chair
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Study Dates

Start Date:February 2000
Verification Date:August 2000
Last Changed Date:May 30, 2009
First Received Date:January 21, 2000

Study Outcomes

There are no available Study Outcomes

Study Interventions

Intervention Type:Drug
Intervention Type:Drug
Intervention Type:Drug
Intervention Type:Drug
Name:topotecan hydrochloride
Intervention Type:Radiation
Name:radiation therapy

Study Arms

There are no available Study Arms

Study Agencies

Agency Class:Other
Agency Type:Lead Sponsor
Agency Name:University of Alabama at Birmingham
Agency Class:NIH
Agency Type:Collaborator
Agency Name:National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Sample and Retention Information

There are no available Sample and Retention Information

Study References

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Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: January 21, 2020

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