Paclitaxel, Carboplatin, and Gefitinib in Treating Patients With Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
Lung Cancer
Conditions: official terms
Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung - Lung Neoplasms
Conditions: Keywords
recurrent non-small cell lung cancer, stage IIIB non-small cell lung cancer, stage IV non-small cell lung cancer, adenocarcinoma of the lung, bronchoalveolar cell lung cancer, large cell lung cancer
Study Type
Study Phase
Phase 2
Study Design
Allocation: Non-Randomized, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment
Name: carboplatin Type: Drug
Name: gefitinib Type: Drug
Name: paclitaxel Type: Drug
Name: quality-of-life assessment Type: Procedure
Overall Status
RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as paclitaxel and carboplatin, work in different ways to stop the growth of tumor cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. Gefitinib may stop the growth of tumor cells by blocking some of the enzymes needed for cell growth. Giving paclitaxel and carboplatin together with gefitinib may kill more tumor cells.

PURPOSE: This phase II trial is studying the side effects of giving paclitaxel and carboplatin together with gefitinib and to see how well it works in treating patients with Stage IIIB or stage IV non-small cell lung cancer.
Detailed Description


- To determine the efficacy, in terms of overall response, and safety of paclitaxel and carboplatin in combination with intermittent gefitinib in patients with advanced nonsquamous non-small cell lung cancer.


- Determine the disease-control rate in patients treated with this regimen.

- Determine the quality of life of patients treated with this regimen.

- Determine the progression-free and overall survival of patients treated with this regimen.

OUTLINE: Patients receive paclitaxel IV on day 1, carboplatin IV on day 2, and oral gefitinib once daily on days 8-17. Treatment repeats every 21 days for 4 courses in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. After completion of 4 courses, patients with complete response or partial response may continue maintenance therapy comprising oral gefitinib once daily in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

Patients complete the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-Lung (FACT-L) at baseline, during study treatment, and after completion of study treatment for quality-of-life study.

After completion of study treatment, patients are followed every 2 months for 2 years and then every 4 months thereafter.
Criteria for eligibility
Healthy Volunteers: No
Maximum Age: N/A
Minimum Age: 18 Years
Gender: Both

- Histologically or cytologically confirmed non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)

- No squamous cell carcinoma

- Untreated Stage IIIB or IV disease not suitable for surgery or radiotherapy OR patients with postoperative recurrence who had never been treated by chemotherapy

- No history of smoking or light smoking (< 10 packs a year and smoking abatement ≥ 15 years)

- At least 1 measurable tumor mass (length > 1.5 cm and width > 1.0 cm)

- No symptomatic brain metastases


- ECOG performance status 0-1

- Absolute neutrophil count ≥ 2 x 10^9/L

- Platelet count ≥ 100 x 10^9/L

- ALT and AST ≤ 1.5 times upper limit of normal (ULN)

- Total bilirubin ≤1.5 times ULN

- Serum creatinine normal

- Creatinine clearance ≥ 50 mL/min

- Not pregnant or nursing

- Negative pregnancy test

- Fertile patients must use effective contraception

- No other malignant tumors within the past year except for basal cell or squamous cell carcinoma of the skin, or in situ malignant cancer that has been completely resected

- No history of allergic reaction to any component of the drugs in this study


- See Disease Characteristics

- At least 1 month since prior investigational drugs or medical devices

- No prior chemotherapy or radiotherapy for this tumor

- No concurrent liposomal paclitaxel

- No other concurrent antitumor therapy (e.g., radiotherapy or surgical treatment)

- No other concurrent anticancer chemotherapy drugs or anticancer Chinese herbs
Cancer Institute Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences
Beijing, China
Status: Recruiting
Contact: Yuankai Shi, MD, PhD - 86-10-137-0125-1865
Start Date
May 2009
Cancer Institute and Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Record processing date processed this data on July 28, 2015 page