Whole Body Hyperthermia Combined With Chemotherapy in Treating Patients With Metastatic Breast, Ovarian, Endometrial, or Cervical Cancer
Breast Cancer - Cervical Cancer - Endometrial Cancer - Ovarian Cancer
Conditions: official terms
Uterine Cervical Neoplasms
Conditions: Keywords
stage IV breast cancer, recurrent breast cancer, recurrent cervical cancer, stage IVB cervical cancer, stage IVA cervical cancer, stage IV ovarian epithelial cancer, recurrent ovarian epithelial cancer, stage IV endometrial carcinoma, recurrent endometrial carcinoma, stage IV ovarian germ cell tumor, recurrent ovarian germ cell tumor, male breast cancer
Study Type
Study Phase
Phase 2
Study Design
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Name: fluorouracil Type: Drug
Name: pegylated liposomal doxorubicin hydrochloride Type: Drug
Name: hyperthermia treatment Type: Procedure
Overall Status
RATIONALE: Hyperthermia therapy kills tumor cells by heating them to several degrees above body temperature. Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. Combining chemotherapy with hyperthermia may kill more tumor cells.

PURPOSE: This phase II trial is studying how well giving fluorouracil and liposomal doxorubicin together with systemic hyperthermia works in treating patients with metastatic breast, ovarian, endometrial, or cervical cancer.
Detailed Description

- Evaluate tumor response and toxicity induced by fluorouracil and doxorubicin HCl liposome combined with mild systemic hyperthermia in patients with metastatic breast, ovarian, endometrial, or cervical cancer.

OUTLINE: This is a time-escalation study of systemic hyperthermia.

Patients receive fluorouracil IV continuously over 24 hours on days 1-5 and doxorubicin HCl liposome IV over 30 minutes on day 6. Beginning on day 7, patients receive heat applied for 6-24 hours (in 6-hour sequential treatments) using a mild hyperthermia-induction device. Treatment repeats every 4-5 weeks for a total of 4 courses. Patients who achieve less than a complete response but have no disease progression may receive additional courses of chemotherapy alone.

Cohorts of 5 patients receive escalating durations of hyperthermia until the recommended phase II duration is determined. The recommended phase II duration of hyperthermia is defined as the level preceding that at which 1 of 5 patients experiences measurable toxicity. (Phase I closed as of 9/28/01)

Patients are followed at 4 weeks and then every 6 months for 1 year.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A maximum of 34 patients will be accrued for this study within 48 months.
Criteria for eligibility
Healthy Volunteers: No
Maximum Age: N/A
Minimum Age: 18 Years
Gender: Female

- Histologically confirmed metastatic breast, ovarian, endometrial, or cervical carcinoma

- Measurable and evaluable disease

- No brain metastases

- No hepatic involvement greater than 80%

- No lung involvement greater than 30%

- Hormone receptor status:

- Not specified



- 18 and over


- Not specified

Menopausal status:

- Not specified

Performance status:

- Zubrod 0-2

Life expectancy:

- At least 12 weeks


- Absolute granulocyte count greater than 1,500/mm^3

- Platelet count greater than 90,000/mm^3

- Normal bone marrow cellularity on bone marrow biopsy

- Thrombin time less than 17 sec

- Fibrinogen greater than 200 mg/dL

- FSP less than 40

- No coagulopathy


- Bilirubin less than 2.0 mg/dL

- SGPT less than 2 times normal

- PT less than 14 sec

- PTT less than 35 sec


- BUN less than 25 mg/dL

- Creatinine clearance at least 45 mL/min


- Normal cardiovascular system

- Resting ventricular ejection fraction greater than 40%

- No prior myocardial infarction

- No symptomatic coronary artery disease

- No unstable blood pressure

- No thromboembolic disease


- No seizures or other CNS disorders

- Negative computerized tomographic scan of brain


- FEV_1 greater than 70% of predicted

- Arterial pressure of oxygen greater than 60 mmHg on room air with appropriate pressure of carbon dioxide and pH values

- No history of cardiopulmonary or respiratory disease


- No other serious concurrent medical illness

- No diabetes mellitus


Biologic therapy:

- Not specified


- Prior chemotherapy allowed

Endocrine therapy:

- No adrenal corticosteroids


- Not specified


- Not specified


- No concurrent cardiac glycosides, antianginal therapy, or antiarrhythmics

- No concurrent vasodilators, anticoagulants, thrombolytic agents, or aspirin
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Houston, Texas, United States
Status: Recruiting
Contact: Joan M.C. Bull, MD - 713-500-6820 - joan.m.bull@uth.tmc.edu
Start Date
November 1997
The University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Record processing date
ClinicalTrials.gov processed this data on July 28, 2015
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