Clinical Study of Chemotherapy Combined With Chinese Medicine on Survival Affect of Elderly Patients With Lung Cancer
Conditions: Keywords
lung cancer, traditional Chinese medicine
Study Type
Study Phase
Study Design
Observational Model: Case Control, Time Perspective: Prospective
Name: TCM Type: Drug
Name: Chemotherapy Type: Drug
Overall Status
The purpose of this study is to observe the efficacy of chemotherapy combined with Traditional Chinese Medicine for elderly patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer, also to evaluate the adverse reaction and the reliability.
Detailed Description
Non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) accounts for approximately 80% of all lung cancer diagnoses and more than 75% of the patients are diagnosed with an advanced stage. ASCO guidelines recommended that elderly patients with advanced NSCLC use single-agent chemotherapy. Nearly a decade of clinical trials showed that:the median survival time (MST) of Vinorelbine is 5-10months,1-year survival rate is 32%;the MST of Gemcitabine is 6.8-9months,the MST of Taxol is 6.8-10.3months.Research had shown that TCM can prolong long-term survival and improve QOL, but high-level evidence is desperately needed to support this finding.

The investigators perform a multi-center, randomized, double-blind controlled, prospective study in elderly patients with advanced NSCLC. Patients are randomized over observational group (TCM granules plus single-agent chemotherapy), and control group (TCM placebo plus single-agent chemotherapy). The investigators will observe 4 cycles and after that regular follow-up will be arranged. The primary end point is: PFS (progression-free survival); the secondary end points are: (1) OS(overall survival); (2) Objective response rate; (3) TTP(Time-to-Progression); (4) QOL (EORTC QLQ-L43, TCM syndrome score); (5) other end points are: Toxicity, side effects and security of the treatments will be assessed at the same time. The investigators expect that integrated TCM combined with chemotherapy has a better efficacy on prolonging PFS, OS, improving QOL, reducing the adverse reaction of patients than that of chemotherapy.Therefore our study can provide evidences for optimizing and promoting integrated TCM combined with Western Medicine treatment.
Criteria for eligibility
Healthy Volunteers: No
Maximum Age: 80 Years
Minimum Age: 65 Years
Gender: Both
Criteria: Inclusion Criteria:

1. Pathologically or cytologically confirmed of stage IIIb-IV NSCLC ;

2. Ages Eligible for Study: ≥65 years old;

3. Physical status score (ECOG PS) ≤ 2 scores;

4. Estimated life expectancy of at least 12 weeks;

5. Participants have no major organ dysfunction and chemotherapy contraindications: hemoglobin ≥9g/dL, absolute neutrophil count (ANC) ≥1.5*109/L, platelets ≥100 *109/L,bilirubin≤1.5ULN,alkaline phosphatase (AP), aspartate transaminase (AST) and alanine transaminase (ALT) ≤2.5 upper limited number(ULN) (AP, AST, ALT ≤5ULN is acceptable if liver has tumor involvement).INR≤1.5, APTT in the normal range(1.2DLN-1.2ULN),creatinine≤1.5ULN;

6. Informed consent from the patient.

Exclusion Criteria:

1. Patient with other malignant tumor except NSCLC 5 years previous to study entry.

2. Patients who have received single-agent chemotherapy treatment;

3. Estimated life expectancy less than 12 weeks;

4. Serious problem of heart, liver or kidney with severe dysfunction;

5. Pregnant or child breast feeding women;

6. Mental or cognitive disorders;

7. Participating in other drug trials;

8. Who are allergic to the study drug.
Zhiyi Zhou
Shanghai, Shanghai, China
Status: Recruiting
Contact: Zhiyi Zhou, CMD, PhD - +8613661707859 -
Start Date
July 2013
Completion Date
September 2015
Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine
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