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Lebanon, New Hampshire 03756


RATIONALE: Anticoagulants, such as lepirudin, may help prevent blood clots from forming in patients who have received chemotherapy for small cell lung cancer. PURPOSE: This phase I/II trial is studying the side effects and best dose of lepirudin in treating patients with recurrent or advanced small cell lung cancer.

Study summary:

OBJECTIVES: I. Determine the dose, safety, and antitumor response rate of lepirudin in patients with recurrent or extensive stage small cell lung cancer previously treated with chemotherapy. OUTLINE: This is a dose escalation (in individual patients) study. Patients receive dose escalated lepirudin subcutaneously once or twice a day for 3-4 days. Dose escalation continues in each patient until aPTT prolongation occurs or the maximum dose level is reached. The patient then continues treatment on the maximum tolerated dose. Treatment continues in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 20-35 patients will be accrued for this study within 18-24 months.


DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: Pathologically confirmed recurrent or extensive stage small cell lung cancer Received at least one prior chemotherapy regimen Measurable or evaluable disease that has not been irradiated No pleural effusions, bone metastases, brain metastases, elevated serum enzymes, or radionuclide scans as the sole indicator lesion Brain metastases allowed if patients received cranial irradiation and have no clinical evidence of brain metastases PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age: Not specified Performance status: Karnofsky 60-100% Life expectancy: Not specified Hematopoietic: WBC at least 3,000/mm3 Platelet count at least 100,000/mm3 Hepatic: Bilirubin no greater than 2.0 mg/dL PT and aPTT normal Renal: Creatinine no greater than 1.5 mg/dL OR Creatinine clearance greater than 60 mL/min Cardiovascular: No unstable heart rhythm No unstable angina No clinical evidence of congestive heart failure No prior cerebrovascular accident or stroke No uncontrolled or severe hypertension Other: Not pregnant or nursing Negative pregnancy test Fertile patients must use effective contraception At least 6 weeks since any signs or symptoms of bleeding No history of bleeding disorder No bacterial endocarditis or other active infection PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: Biologic therapy: Not specified Chemotherapy: At least 3 weeks since prior chemotherapy Endocrine therapy: Not specified Radiotherapy: At least 3 weeks since prior radiotherapy Surgery: At least 6 weeks since major surgery, trauma, or needle biopsy of any organ Other: No concurrent anticoagulant or platelet inhibitor therapy



Primary Contact:

Study Chair
James R. Rigas, MD
Norris Cotton Cancer Center

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Location Contact:

Lebanon, New Hampshire 03756
United States

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Site Status: N/A

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: October 18, 2018

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