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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 more than one chemotherapy drug with radiation therapy may kill more tumor cells.
PURPOSE: Phase II trial to study the effectiveness of radiation therapy and chemotherapy consisting of carboplatin, etoposide and paclitaxel in treating patients with newly diagnosed stage III non-small cell lung cancer.
OBJECTIVES: I. Assess the survival and failure-free survival in poor risk patients with stage IIIA or IIIB non-small cell lung carcinoma treated with concurrent radiation, carboplatin, and etoposide followed by consolidation with paclitaxel. II. Evaluate the response and toxicities associated with this regimen in this group of poor risk patients.
OUTLINE: This is nonrandomized study. Chemotherapy on cycle 1 starts on day 1 with concurrent initiation of radiotherapy. Chemotherapy is given prior to radiotherapy on those days when both treatments are given. Cycle 2 begins on day 29. Carboplatin is administered by 15 minute IV infusions on days 1, 3, 29, and 31. Etoposide (VP-16) is administered after carboplatin by 30 minute IV infusions on days 1-4, and 29-32. Radiation therapy begins within 24 hours of day 1, cycle 1 of chemotherapy. The primary tumor, the adjacent mediastinum, and other targeted lymph nodes are administered radiotherapy daily 5 days a week for 6.5 weeks. After the 2 cycles of chemotherapy and chest radiotherapy, patients who have stable disease, partial response, or complete response receive 3 cycles of paclitaxel. Paclitaxel is administered by 3 hour IV infusions starting 4 weeks after completion of chemotherapy and radiotherapy and repeated every 3-4 weeks (approximately days 71, 92, and 103) for a total of 3 cycles. Patients are followed every month for the first year, every 3 months for the second year, every 6 months for the third year, and then annually thereafter while on treatment. After treatment, patients are followed every 6 months for 2 years and then annually thereafter.
PROJECTED ACCRUAL: There will be 80 patients accrued in this study over 16 months.
Primary Purpose: Treatment
carboplatin, etoposide, paclitaxel, radiation therapy
MBCCOP - University of South Alabama
Active, not recruiting
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-07-24T14:36:05-0400
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