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Bendamustine With Irinotecan Followed by Etoposide/Carboplatin for Patients With Extensive Stage Small Cell Lung Cancer

Information source: University of Alabama at Birmingham
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Condition(s) targeted: Small Cell Lung Cancer; Extensive Stage Lung Cancer; Chemonaive

Intervention: Bendamustine, Irinotecan, Etoposide/Carboplatin (Novel drug combination) (Drug)

Phase: Phase 1/Phase 2

Status: Active, not recruiting

Sponsored by: University of Alabama at Birmingham

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
Francisco Robert, M.D., Principal Investigator, Affiliation: University of Alabama at Birmingham


SCLC constitutes approximately 15% of the 170,000 new cases of lung cancer diagnosed annually in the United States(1). Extensive-Stage SCLC comprises two thirds of new cases and is generally considered sensitive to chemotherapy, despite a median time to progression of 4 months(2). SCLC is one of the most aggressive and lethal types of cancer, with a median survival of 9 months (range 7-11 months) in patients diagnosed with extensive disease(3). Overall, the majority of patients with SCLC die in less than 2 years (2-year survival rates generally less than 10%), and the 5-year survival rate is 2. 3% for patients with extensive disease(4). The regimen of etoposide in combination with a platinum (cisplatin or carboplatin) is generally considered the "standard of care" although a recent Phase III trial suggests improved survival with the combination of cisplatin/irinotecan(5). Further evaluation of new agents in combination regimens attempting to overcome the intrinsic drug resistance seen in extensive-stage SCLC is warranted attempting to improve survival and achieve palliation of disease-related symptoms.

Clinical Details

Official title: Phase I/IIa Study of the Novel Combination of Bendamustine With Irinotecan Followed by Etoposide/Carboplatin in Chemonaive Patients With Extensive Stage Small Cell Lung Cancer

Study design: Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment

Primary outcome: Maximum tolerated dose (MTD) and safety of the combination bendamustine and irinotecan in chemotherapy-naive patients with extensive SCLC

Secondary outcome: To investigate the time to progression of bendamustine/irinotecan in sequence with etoposide/carboplatin in chemonaive extensive stage SCLC patients.

Detailed description: We are proposing a novel combination of bendamustine plus irinotecan followed by the standard regimen of etoposide with carboplatin. This will allow the investigation of response to the novel combination as well as any improvement in outcomes compared to historical controls.


Minimum age: 18 Years. Maximum age: 79 Years. Gender(s): Both.


Inclusion Criteria:

- Histologic or cytologic diagnosis of extensive stage SCLC.

- Measurable or assessable tumor parameters.

- ECOG Performance Status 0-2.

- Age between 18 and 79 years (in the State of Alabama > 18).

- Adequate bone marrow, liver and renal function, defined as:

- Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) ≥ 1500/µL

- Hemoglobin ≥ 8g/dl

- Platelet count ≥ 100,000/µL

- SGOT/SGPT ≤ 2 x upper limit of normal or ≤ 5 x upper limit of normal when liver

metastases are present.

- Total bilirubin value ≤ 2 x upper limit of normal.

- Serum creatinine value ≤ 2 x upper limit of normal.

- Fully recovered from any previous surgery (at least 4 weeks since major surgery)

- Must have recovered from prior radiation therapy (at least 3 weeks)

- All subjects must agree to practice approved methods of birth control (if

applicable). A negative pregnancy test must be documented during the screening period for women of childbearing potential.

- Must provide written informed consent and authorization to use and disclose health

information (HIPAA).

- Extensive-stage SCLC as defined as disease not confined to one hemithorax, including

ipsilateral pleural effusion or pericardial effusion.

- No prior chemotherapy.

Exclusion Criteria:

- Concurrent cancer chemotherapy, biologic therapy or radiotherapy.

- Administration of any investigational drug within 28 days prior to administration of

the current therapy.

- Symptomatic brain metastases; those patients should be treated first with either

whole brain radiation therapy or radiosurgery.

- Concurrent serious infection.

- Concomitant severe or uncontrolled underlying medical disease unrelated to the tumor,

which is likely to compromise patient safety and affect the outcome of the study.

- History of other malignancy (except non-melanoma skin cancer or carcinoma in situ of

the cervix), unless in complete remission and off all therapy for a minimum of 2 years.

- Neuropathy at baseline ≥ Grade 2.

- Any evidence or history of hypersensitivity or other contraindications for the drugs

used in this trial.

- History of chronic diarrhea; or diarrhea (excess of 2-3 stools/day above normal

frequency) in the past 2 weeks.

- History of a positive serology for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

- Psychiatric disorder that prevents patients from providing informed consent or

following protocol instructions.

- Pregnant or lactating women.

Locations and Contacts

University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama 35294 - 0104, United States

Georgia Cancer Specialists, Marietta, Georgia 30060, United States

Additional Information

Starting date: March 2009
Last updated: February 22, 2015

Page last updated: August 23, 2015

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