Last updated on July 2018

Pleurectomy/ Decortication (P/D) Preceded or Followed by Chemotherapy in Patients With Early Stage MPM


Brief description of study

This is a multicenter, randomized, 1:1, non-comparative phase II trial. Patients with early stage MPM will be randomized between Arm A: immediate P/D followed by three cycles of chemotherapy (pemetrexed 500mg/m2 and cisplatin 75 mg/m2, both drugs given on day 1, every three weeks) Arm B: three cycles of chemotherapy (same regimen) followed by P/D, for non-progressing patients

Detailed Study Description

This is an academic led, multicenter, randomized, 1:1, non-comparative phase II trial. Patients with early stage MPM will be randomized between

  • Arm A - immediate surgery: immediate P/D followed by three cycles of chemotherapy (pemetrexed 500mg/m2 and cisplatin 75 mg/m2, both drugs given on day 1, every three weeks) for non-progressing patients
  • Arm B - delayed surgery: three cycles of chemotherapy (same regimen) followed by P/D, for non-progressing patients.

A maximum of four weeks (2 weeks) will be allowed between the baseline tumor assessment and the start of treatment (surgery or chemotherapy). Randomization should be done as soon as possible after baseline tumor assessment.

The primary objective of the study is to investigate the feasibility of immediate P/D followed by cisplatin/pemetrexed chemotherapy or deferred P/D after cisplatin/pemetrexed chemotherapy in patients with early stage MPM.

The results of this study will allow the LCG to take one of the arms further to a comparative study with either no surgery or EPP as control arm. The choice of the comparator will depend on the result of a parallel ongoing randomized study in the UK, comparing P/D with no surgery

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT02436733

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