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Combination Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy Followed By Surgery in Treating Patients With Stage IIB or Stage IIIA Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

2014-07-23 21:56:17 | BioPortfolio

Summary

RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. Radiation therapy uses high-energy x-rays to damage tumor cells. Combining these treatments before surgery may kill more tumor cells in patients with non-small cell lung cancer.

PURPOSE: Phase II trial to study the effectiveness of combining chemotherapy with radiation therapy before surgery in treating patients who have stage IIB non-small cell lung cancer or stage IIIA non-small cell lung cancer.

Description

OBJECTIVES:

- Determine the response rate, duration of response, and survival in patients with bulky stage IIB or stage IIIA non-small cell lung cancer treated with paclitaxel, carboplatin, and radiotherapy followed by surgical resection.

- Assess the toxicity of this regimen in this patient population.

OUTLINE: This is a multicenter study.

Patients receive paclitaxel IV over 1 hour and carboplatin IV over 30 minutes weekly for 5 weeks. Patients also undergo concurrent radiotherapy daily 5 days a week for 5 weeks in the absence of unacceptable toxicity. At approximately 4 weeks after completion of chemoradiotherapy, patients with stable or regressive disease undergo surgical resection. If disease is unresectable, patients receive an additional 2 weeks of radiotherapy.

Patients are followed every 3 months for 2 years, every 6 months for 3 years, and then annually thereafter.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 29-30 patients will be accrued for this study.

Study Design

Primary Purpose: Treatment

Conditions

Lung Cancer

Intervention

carboplatin, paclitaxel, conventional surgery, neoadjuvant therapy, radiation therapy

Location

Washington Cancer Institute at Washington Hospital Center
Washington
District of Columbia
United States
20010

Status

Active, not recruiting

Source

National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-07-23T21:56:17-0400

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