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ZD 1839 in Treating Patients With Stage IV or Recurrent Kidney Cancer

This study has been completed.
University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center
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First received: April 10, 2001
Last updated: September 23, 2009
Last verified: September 2009

RATIONALE: Biological therapies such as ZD 1839 may interfere with the growth of the tumor cells and slow the growth of kidney cancer.

PURPOSE: Phase II trial to study the effectiveness of ZD 1839 in treating patients who have recurrent or stage IV kidney cancer.

Condition Intervention Phase
Kidney Cancer
Drug: gefitinib
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase II Study Of ZD1839 (NSC #715055) In Renal Cell Carcinoma Stage IV And Renal Cell Carcinoma Recurrent

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Further study details as provided by University of Maryland:

Study Start Date: January 2001
Study Completion Date: August 2005
Primary Completion Date: May 2002 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:


  • Determine the response rate in patients with progressive stage IV or recurrent renal cell cancer treated with ZD 1839.
  • Determine the median time to objective progression in these patients receiving this drug.
  • Determine the toxic effects of this drug in this patient population.
  • Determine if epidermal growth factor receptor expression in tumor tissue correlates with response and survival of these patients.

OUTLINE: This is a multicenter study.

Patients receive oral ZD 1839 daily. Courses repeat every 28 days in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

Patients are followed every 8 weeks.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 21-45 patients will be accrued for this study within 11-23 months.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Histologically or cytologically confirmed stage IV or recurrent renal cell carcinoma not amenable to potentially curative surgery
  • Evidence of disease progression
  • Measurable disease

    • At least 20 mm with conventional techniques OR
    • At least 10 mm with spiral CT scan
  • No brain metastases
  • Malignant tissue available



  • 18 and over

Performance status:

  • ECOG 0-2 OR
  • Karnofsky 60-100%

Life expectancy:

  • More than 2 months


  • WBC at least 3,000/mm^3
  • Absolute neutrophil count at least 1,500/mm^3
  • Platelet count at least 100,000/mm^3


  • Bilirubin normal
  • AST/ALT no greater than 2.5 times upper limit of normal (ULN)


  • Creatinine no greater than 1.5 times ULN


  • No symptomatic congestive heart failure
  • No unstable angina pectoris
  • No cardiac arrhythmia


  • No prior allergy to compounds of similar chemical or biologic composition to ZD 1839
  • No ongoing or active infection
  • No other uncontrolled illness or psychiatric condition that would preclude study
  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Negative pregnancy test
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception


Biologic therapy:

  • No more than 2 prior immunotherapy (interferon alfa or interleukin-2) regimens
  • At least 4 weeks since prior immunotherapy and recovered
  • No concurrent immunotherapy


  • No more than 1 prior chemotherapy regimen
  • At least 4 weeks since prior chemotherapy (6 weeks for nitrosoureas or mitomycin) and recovered
  • No concurrent chemotherapy

Endocrine therapy:

  • Not specified


  • At least 4 weeks since prior radiotherapy
  • No concurrent radiotherapy


  • See Disease Characteristics


  • No prior therapy for metastatic disease
  • No other concurrent investigational agents
  • No concurrent oral retinoids
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00014183

United States, Maryland
Marlene & Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center, University of Maryland
Baltimore, Maryland, United States, 21201
Veterans Affairs Medical Center - Baltimore
Baltimore, Maryland, United States, 21201
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Maryland
University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center
Study Chair: Nancy A. Dawson, MD University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center
  More Information

Additional Information:
No publications provided

Responsible Party: UM Greenebaum Cancer Center Identifier: NCT00014183     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000068512, MSGCC-0044, NCI-1639
Study First Received: April 10, 2001
Last Updated: September 23, 2009
Health Authority: United States: Food and Drug Administration

Keywords provided by University of Maryland:
stage IV renal cell cancer
recurrent renal cell cancer

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Carcinoma, Renal Cell
Kidney Neoplasms
Kidney Diseases
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms by Site
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Urogenital Neoplasms
Urologic Diseases
Urologic Neoplasms processed this record on November 20, 2014