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RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as paclitaxel, work in different ways to stop the growth of tumor cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing.
PURPOSE: This phase II trial is studying how well paclitaxel works in treating patients with locally advanced or metastatic soft tissue angiosarcoma or lymphangiosarcoma that cannot be removed by surgery.
- Determine the 2-month objective response rate in patients with locally advanced or metastatic, unresectable soft tissue angiosarcoma or lymphangiosarcoma treated with paclitaxel.
- Determine the 4- and 6-month response rate in patients treated with this drug.
- Determine tolerability of this drug in these patients.
- Determine the time to disease progression and overall survival of patients treated with this drug.
- Determine the clinical criteria predicting response in patients treated with this drug.
- Correlate the efficacy of this drug with the expression of genes involved in angiogenesis regulation in these patients.
OUTLINE: This is a multicenter study.
Patients receive paclitaxel IV on days 1, 8, and 15. Treatment repeats every 28 days for up to 6 courses.
PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 15-30 patients will be accrued for this study.
Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment
Centre Paul Papin
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-07-24T14:27:03-0400
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