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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. Radiation therapy uses high-energy x-rays to damage tumor cells. Combining chemotherapy with radiation therapy may kill more tumor cells. PURPOSE: Phase I/II trial to study the effectiveness of chemotherapy plus radiation therapy in treating patients who have stage III non-small cell lung cancer that cannot be surgically removed.

Study summary:

OBJECTIVES: I. Determine the maximum tolerated dose and dose limiting toxicity of gemcitabine and paclitaxel in combination with radiotherapy in patients with locally advanced stage IIIA or IIIB non-small cell lung cancer. II. Assess response rate, duration of response, disease free survival and failure in this patient population on this regimen. III. Determine the pharmacokinetics of gemcitabine and paclitaxel during the chemoradiotherapy phase. OUTLINE: This is a dose escalation study of gemcitabine. Induction phase: Patients receive gemcitabine IV over 30 minutes on days 1 and 8 and cisplatin IV over 1 hour on day 1. Treatment repeats every 3 weeks for 2 courses. Chemoradiotherapy phase: Patients receive paclitaxel IV over 1 hour and gemcitabine IV over 30 minutes beginning 2 hours into paclitaxel infusion on day 1 of weeks 6, 9, and 12. Patients undergo conventional chest radiotherapy on Monday though Friday for weeks 6-11. Cohorts of 3-5 patients receive escalating doses of gemcitabine until the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) is determined. The MTD is defined as the dose at which at least 2 of 5 patients experience dose limiting toxicity. PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A minimum of 17 patients will be accrued for this study.


DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: Histologically or cytologically confirmed locally advanced, unresectable non- small cell lung cancer Stage IIIA or IIIB Local, unresectable recurrence after primary surgery allowed Measurable or evaluable disease No contralateral pleural effusion(s) or noncontiguous pleural implants T4 tumors with small ipsilateral pleural effusions allowed PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age: Not specified Performance status: ECOG 0-2 Life expectancy: Not specified Hematopoietic: Absolute neutrophil count at least 1,500/mm3 Platelet count at least 100,000/mm3 Hemoglobin at least 10 g/dL Hepatic: Bilirubin no greater than 1.5 mg/dL SGOT or SGPT no greater than 2 times upper limit of normal Renal: Creatinine no greater than 1.5 mg/dL OR Creatinine clearance at least 60 mL/min Cardiovascular: No prior myocardial infarction within the past 6 months No congestive heart failure No uncontrolled arrhythmias Pulmonary: FEV1 greater than 800 mL Other: Not pregnant Negative pregnancy test Fertile patients must use effective contraception No history of hypersensitivity to drugs formulated in Cremophor EL No other malignancy within the past 5 years, except: Nonmelanomatous skin cancer Carcinoma in situ of the cervix No overt psychosis or other major debilitating disorder that would preclude compliance PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: Biologic therapy: Not specified Chemotherapy: No prior chemotherapy Endocrine therapy: Not specified Radiotherapy: No prior radiotherapy Surgery: See Disease Characteristics



Primary Contact:

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

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Location Contact:

Birmingham, Alabama 35294
United States

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Site Status: N/A

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: October 09, 2019

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