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Erlotinib Versus Pemetrexed as Second-Line Therapy in Treating Patients With Advanced Lung Adenocarcinoma

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: NCT01565538
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : March 28, 2012
Results First Posted : September 15, 2014
Last Update Posted : September 15, 2014
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Si-Yu Wang, Sun Yat-sen University

Brief Summary:
Both pemetrexed and erlotinib are second-line treatment options for patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer. It is controversial that whether it is necessary to detect epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutation status for the EGFR-targeted therapy after the failure of standard chemotherapy. The role of EGFR gene copy number as a predictive marker remains controversial. Therefore, we investigate the efficacy of erlotinib and pemetrexed as second-line therapy in treating in patients with EGFR wild-type and EGFR FISH-positive advanced lung adenocarcinoma.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Lung Cancer Drug: Erlotinib Drug: Pemetrexed Phase 2

Detailed Description:
Standard first-line treatment for advanced-stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) usually consists of platinum-based doublet chemotherapy, but progression ultimately occurs for most patients. Second-line treatment options available to patients who suffer failure of first-line treatment include further chemotherapy (docetaxel and pemetrexed) or targeted therapy. Epidermal growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitors (EGFR-TKIs) show great efficacy in patients with advanced NSCLC with EGFR mutation. High EGFR gene copy number was associated with great sensitivity and prolonged progression-free survival of NSCLC from EGFR-TKIs. This phase II study was designed to assess the efficacy and safety of erlotinib compared with pemetrexed as second-line treatment for EGFR wild-type and EGFR FISH-positive lung adenocarcinoma.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 123 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Randomized Phase II Trial of Erlotinib Versus Pemetrexed as Second-Line Therapy in Treating Patients With Advanced EGFR Wild-Type and EGFR FISH-Positive Lung Adenocarcinoma
Study Start Date : December 2008
Actual Primary Completion Date : May 2012
Actual Study Completion Date : May 2013

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Erlotinib
Erlotinib at the dose of 150 mg orally once a day continually until progression.
Drug: Erlotinib
150 mg Given orally
Other Name: Tarceva

Experimental: Pemetrexed
Pemetrexed at the dose of 500mg/m2 IV infusion every 3 weeks until progression.
Drug: Pemetrexed
500mg/m2 Given IV
Other Name: ALIMTA

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Progression-Free Survival [ Time Frame: From the date of randomization to the date of tumour progression or death from any cause, assessed until at least 12 months after randomization. ]
    Progression is defined using Response Evaluation Criteria In Solid Tumors Criteria (RECIST v1.0), as a 20% increase in the sum of the longest diameter of target lesions, or a measurable increase in a non-target lesion, or the appearance of new lesions.

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Best Tumor Response [ Time Frame: From the date of randomization, assessed every 6 weeks, until at least 12 months after randomization. ]
    Per Response Evaluation Criteria In Solid Tumors Criteria (RECIST v1.0) for target lesions and assessed by CT: Complete Response (CR), Disappearance of all target lesions; Partial Response (PR), >=30% decrease in the sum of the longest diameter of target lesions; Overall Response (OR) = CR + PR.

  2. Overall Survival [ Time Frame: From date of randomization until the date of death from any cause, assessed until at least 12 months after randomization. ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 75 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Histologically or cytologically confirmed Lung adenocarcinoma
  • Wld-type EGFR
  • Stage IIIB/IV
  • Failure to prior chemotherapy
  • Life expectancy of more than 3 months
  • Tissue sample desired for genomic study
  • Age ≥ 18 years
  • Performance status (WHO) < 3
  • Adequate bone marrow function (absolute neutrophil count > 1000/mm^3, platelet count > 100000/mm^3, hemoglobin > 9gr/mm^3)
  • Adequate liver (bilirubin < 1.5 times upper limit of normal and SGOT/SGPT < 2 times upper limit of normal) and renal function (creatinine < 2mg/dl)
  • Presence of two-dimensional measurable disease. The measurable disease should not have been irradiated
  • Informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Have previously received pemetrexed or TKIs
  • Other concurrent uncontrolled illness

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01565538

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China, Guangdong
Sun Yat-sen University Cancer Center
Guangzhou, Guangdong, China, 510060
Sponsors and Collaborators
Si-Yu Wang
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Principal Investigator: Si-Yu Wang, Doctor Sun Yat-sen University
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
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Responsible Party: Si-Yu Wang, Professor, Sun Yat-sen University Identifier: NCT01565538    
Other Study ID Numbers: wsy001
First Posted: March 28, 2012    Key Record Dates
Results First Posted: September 15, 2014
Last Update Posted: September 15, 2014
Last Verified: September 2014
Keywords provided by Si-Yu Wang, Sun Yat-sen University:
Non-small-cell lung cancer
EGFR gene mutation
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Adenocarcinoma of Lung
Lung Neoplasms
Respiratory Tract Neoplasms
Thoracic Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Erlotinib Hydrochloride
Antineoplastic Agents
Protein Kinase Inhibitors
Enzyme Inhibitors
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Folic Acid Antagonists
Nucleic Acid Synthesis Inhibitors