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Combination Chemotherapy in Treating Patients With Ovarian Epithelial, Fallopian Tube, or Peritoneal Cancer

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: NCT00031954
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : July 1, 2003
Last Update Posted : December 23, 2015
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
AGO Study Group

Brief Summary:

RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. Combining more than one drug may kill more tumor cells.

PURPOSE: Phase II trial to study the effectiveness of combination chemotherapy in treating patients who have stage IC, stage IIB, stage III, or stage IV ovarian epithelial, fallopian tube, or peritoneal cancer that has not been previously treated.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Fallopian Tube Cancer Ovarian Cancer Primary Peritoneal Cavity Cancer Drug: carboplatin Drug: gemcitabine hydrochloride Drug: paclitaxel Phase 2

Detailed Description:


  • Determine the tolerability and toxicity of paclitaxel, carboplatin, and gemcitabine in patients with previously untreated stage IC-IV ovarian epithelial, fallopian tube, or peritoneal carcinoma.
  • Determine the response rate of patients treated with this regimen.
  • Determine the time to progression and overall survival of patients treated with this regimen.

OUTLINE: This is a multicenter study.

Patients receive paclitaxel IV over 3 hours and carboplatin IV over 30 minutes on day 1 and gemcitabine IV over 30-60 minutes on days 1 and 8. Treatment repeats every 3 weeks in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

Patients are followed at 3 and 6 months.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 40 patients will be accrued for this study.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 105 participants
Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase II Study Of Paclitaxel, Carboplatin And Gemcitabine In Previously Untreated Patients With Epithelial Ovarian Carcinoma FIGO Stage IIB-IV
Study Start Date : August 2001
Actual Primary Completion Date : April 2004

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Evaluation of tolerability and toxicity of the combination therapy with paclitaxel, carboplatin and gemcitabine (P-C-G) in first line treatment of ovarian cancer patients. Evaluation of Drop-out rate due to toxicity [ Time Frame: Based on decision level ]
    The decision level is reached, when the lower exact 95% confidence limit of the observed proportion is higher than the upper exact 95% confidence limit of the historical proportion, which corresponds to a power of 0.5 applying a significance level of 0.05

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 120 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Histologically confirmed stage IC-IV ovarian epithelial, fallopian tube, or peritoneal carcinoma

    • No tumors of low-malignant potential (borderline tumors)
  • No symptomatic brain metastases



  • 18 and over

Performance status:

  • ECOG 0-2 OR
  • Karnofsky 70-100%

Life expectancy:

  • At least 6 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
  • Hemoglobin greater than 10 g/dL


  • Bilirubin no greater than 2 times upper limit of normal


  • Glomerular filtration rate at least 60 mL/min


  • No history of congestive heart failure (New York Heart Association class III or IV heart disease) even if medically controlled
  • No myocardial infarction within the past 6 months
  • No history of atrial or ventricular arrhythmias


  • No history of seizure disorder
  • No history of CNS disorder
  • No pre-existing motor or sensory neuropathy or symptoms grade 2 or greater


  • No severe concurrent infection
  • No prior hypersensitivity reaction to products containing Cremophor EL or compounds chemically related to carboplatin, paclitaxel, or gemcitabine
  • No complete bowel obstruction
  • No other concurrent severe medical problems that would preclude study
  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Negative pregnancy test
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception


Biologic therapy:

  • No concurrent immunotherapy
  • No concurrent WBC transfusions


  • No prior chemotherapy
  • No other concurrent chemotherapy

Endocrine therapy:

  • No concurrent hormonal therapy except replacement therapy or steroid antiemetics


  • No prior radiotherapy
  • No concurrent radiotherapy


  • No more than 6 weeks since prior definitive surgery

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00031954

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Sponsors and Collaborators
AGO Study Group
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Study Chair: Andreas du Bois, MD, PhD Dr. Horst-Schmidt-Kliniken

Publications of Results:
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Responsible Party: AGO Study Group Identifier: NCT00031954    
Other Study ID Numbers: AGO-OVAR 8
First Posted: July 1, 2003    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: December 23, 2015
Last Verified: December 2015
Keywords provided by AGO Study Group:
stage II ovarian epithelial cancer
stage I ovarian epithelial cancer
stage III ovarian epithelial cancer
stage IV ovarian epithelial cancer
fallopian tube cancer
primary peritoneal cavity cancer
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Fallopian Tube Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Adnexal Diseases
Genital Diseases, Female
Genital Neoplasms, Female
Urogenital Neoplasms
Fallopian Tube Diseases
Albumin-Bound Paclitaxel
Antineoplastic Agents, Phytogenic
Antineoplastic Agents
Tubulin Modulators
Antimitotic Agents
Mitosis Modulators
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Antimetabolites, Antineoplastic
Antiviral Agents
Anti-Infective Agents
Enzyme Inhibitors
Immunosuppressive Agents
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs