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Decitabine in Treating Patients With Unresectable Lung or Esophageal Cancer or Malignant Mesothelioma of the Pleura

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00019825
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : January 27, 2003
Last Update Posted : April 29, 2015
Information provided by:
National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Brief Summary:

RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die.

PURPOSE: Phase I trial to study the effectiveness of decitabine in treating patients who have unresectable lung or esophageal cancer or malignant mesothelioma of the pleura.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Esophageal Cancer Lung Cancer Malignant Mesothelioma Metastatic Cancer Drug: decitabine Phase 1

Detailed Description:


  • Determine the pharmacokinetics, toxicity, and maximum tolerated dose of decitabine in patients with unresectable primary small cell or non-small cell lung cancer, unresectable esophageal cancer, or malignant pleural mesothelioma.
  • Measure the expression of NY-ESO-1 in tissue samples of these patients before and after receiving this drug.
  • Assess the serologic response to NY-ESO-1 in these patients before and after receiving this drug.
  • Measure the expression of p16 tumor suppressor gene in these patients before and after receiving this drug.

OUTLINE: This is a dose-escalation study for each stratification group. Patients are stratified according to number of prior therapies (2 or fewer vs 3 or more).

Patients receive decitabine IV continuously on days 1-3. Treatment repeats every 5 weeks for 2 courses in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. Patients with stable or responding disease after completion of the second course receive 2 additional courses.

Cohorts of 3-6 patients receive escalating doses of decitabine until the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) is determined. The MTD is defined as the dose preceding that at which 2 of 6 patients experience dose-limiting toxicity. Once the MTD is determined for a particular stratum, additional patients from that stratum are treated at the MTD.

Patients are followed for 1 month.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A maximum of 72 patients (36 per stratum) will be accrued for this study.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Phase I Study of Decitabine Mediated Induction of Tumor Antigen and Tumor Suppressor Gene Expression in Lung Cancer Patients
Study Start Date : October 1999

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Histologically or cytologically confirmed unresectable primary small cell lung cancer (SCLC) or non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), unresectable esophageal cancer, malignant pleural mesothelioma, or pleural effusions secondary to extrathoracic malignancies
  • Disease must be readily accessible to biopsy by endoscopy or percutaneous fine-needle aspiration
  • Extrathoracic metastatic disease allowed if no evidence of active intracranial or leptomeningeal metastases

    • Patients treated with prior resection or radiotherapy for intracranial metastatic disease may be eligible provided there is no evidence of active disease on two MRIs (taken one month apart) and patients require no anticonvulsant medications or steroids to control residual symptoms
  • No limited stage SCLC or operable NSCLC



  • 18 and over

Performance status:

  • ECOG 0-2

Life expectancy:

  • At least 6 months


  • Platelet count greater than 100,000/mm^3
  • Hemoglobin greater than 10 g/dL
  • WBC greater than 3,500/mm^3


  • PT normal
  • Bilirubin less than 1.5 times upper limit of normal


  • Creatinine no greater than 1.6 mg/dL OR
  • Creatinine clearance greater than 60 mL/min


  • Any of the following conditions require clearance by a cardiologist:

    • Prior coronary artery disease
    • Prior transmural myocardial infarction
    • Congestive heart failure
    • Fixed defects on thallium scan with ejection fraction greater than 40%
  • No unstable angina
  • No recent deep venous thrombosis requiring anticoagulation


  • FEV1 and DLCO greater than 30% of predicted
  • pCO_2 less than 50 mm Hg
  • pO_2 greater than 60 mm Hg on room air
  • No recent pulmonary embolism requiring anticoagulation


  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Negative pregnancy test
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception
  • No active infection
  • HIV negative


Biologic therapy:

  • At least 30 days since prior biologic therapy for the malignant tumor


  • No prior decitabine
  • At least 30 days since other prior chemotherapy for the malignant tumor

Endocrine therapy:

  • See Disease Characteristics


  • See Disease Characteristics
  • At least 30 days since prior radiotherapy for the malignant tumor (14 days for localized radiotherapy to nontarget lesions) and recovered


  • See Disease Characteristics

Information from the National Library of Medicine

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00019825

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United States, Maryland
Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center - NCI Clinical Studies Support
Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892-1182
Center for Cancer Research
Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
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Study Chair: David S. Schrump, MD NCI - Surgery Branch
Layout table for additonal information Identifier: NCT00019825    
Obsolete Identifiers: NCT00001824
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000067228
First Posted: January 27, 2003    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 29, 2015
Last Verified: July 2004
Keywords provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):
recurrent non-small cell lung cancer
stage II esophageal cancer
stage III esophageal cancer
stage IV esophageal cancer
recurrent esophageal cancer
extensive stage small cell lung cancer
recurrent small cell lung cancer
advanced malignant mesothelioma
recurrent malignant mesothelioma
stage IIIB non-small cell lung cancer
stage IV non-small cell lung cancer
malignant pleural effusion
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Lung Neoplasms
Esophageal Neoplasms
Mesothelioma, Malignant
Respiratory Tract Neoplasms
Thoracic Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Lung Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Gastrointestinal Neoplasms
Digestive System Neoplasms
Head and Neck Neoplasms
Digestive System Diseases
Esophageal Diseases
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms, Mesothelial
Pleural Neoplasms
Antimetabolites, Antineoplastic
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Antineoplastic Agents
Enzyme Inhibitors