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New York, New York 10021


RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. Colony-stimulating factors such as filgrastim may increase the number of immune cells found in bone marrow or peripheral blood and may help a person's immune system recover from the side effects of chemotherapy. PURPOSE: Phase II trial to study the effectiveness of combining gemcitabine, docetaxel, and filgrastim in treating patients who have recurrent or persistent leiomyosarcoma or soft tissue sarcoma that cannot be removed by surgery.

Study summary:

OBJECTIVES: - Evaluate the activity of gemcitabine plus docetaxel administered with filgrastim (G-CSF) support, in terms of disease response, in patients with recurrent or persistent unresectable leiomyosarcoma or other soft tissue sarcoma. - Determine the tolerability of this regimen in these patients. - Correlate response with tumor expression of the apoptosis-regulating proteins bax, bcl-2, and survivin in these patients. OUTLINE: Patients are stratified according to prior radiotherapy to the pelvis (yes vs no). Patients receive gemcitabine IV over 90 minutes on days 1 and 8 followed by docetaxel IV over 1 hour on day 8 and filgrastim (G-CSF) subcutaneously on days 9-15. Treatment repeats every 3 weeks for 6 courses in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. Patients with a partial response may receive 2 additional courses of therapy. Patients are followed every 3 months for 1 year or until disease progression. PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 38-82 patients (19-43 with uterine leiomyosarcoma and 19-39 with other soft tissue sarcoma) will be accrued for this study.


DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: - Histologically confirmed leiomyosarcoma (LMS) or other soft tissue sarcoma - No gastrointestinal stromal tumors, chondrosarcoma, Kaposi's sarcoma, Ewing's sarcoma, osteosarcoma, or mesotheliomas - Recurrent or progressive disease defined as an increase in the size of any existing tumor (or the development of new tumors) that is not amenable to definitive surgical therapy - No prior chemotherapy OR - Failed no more than 2 prior chemotherapy regimens for LMS of the uterus or other soft tissue sarcoma - Bidimensionally measurable disease by physical examination or medical imaging techniques - Ascites and pleural effusions are not considered measurable disease - No uncontrolled CNS metastases PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age: - 18 and over Performance status: - Karnofsky 60-100% Life expectancy: - Not specified Hematopoietic: - Absolute neutrophil count at least 1,500/mm^3 - Platelet count at least 100,000/mm^3 Hepatic: - Bilirubin no greater than 1.5 mg/dL Renal: - Creatinine no greater than 2.0 mg/dL Other: - No active or uncontrolled infection - No other prior malignancy except non-metastatic squamous cell or basal cell skin cancer or non-invasive carcinoma in situ of the cervix - No history of grade 3 or 4 peripheral neuropathy - Not pregnant or nursing PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: Biologic therapy: - Not specified Chemotherapy: - See Disease Characteristics - At least 3 weeks since prior chemotherapy - No prior gemcitabine or docetaxel Endocrine therapy: - Not specified Radiotherapy: - At least 6 weeks since prior radiotherapy Surgery: - See Disease Characteristics



Primary Contact:

Study Chair
Robert Maki, MD, PhD
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

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Location Contact:

New York, New York 10021
United States

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Site Status: N/A

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: November 18, 2019

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