Last updated on July 2009

Pemetrexed +/- Carboplatin as Second Line Treatment in NSCLC

Brief description of study

The aim of this study is to compare time to progression between the combination pemetrexed-carboplatin and pemetrexed alone in previously treated patients with locally advanced or metastatic NSCLC.

Detailed Study Description

In spite of the superiority of single agent over best supportive care in second-line NSCLC, the prognosis of these patients remains poor with a median survival of 6-7 months, justifying the evaluation of new regimens in this setting. An open question in the second-line treatment of NSCLC remains the possible superiority of combination chemotherapy over single agent, as it has been clearly demonstrated in first-line. Particularly, the addition of platinum to either docetaxel or pemetrexed should be further investigated especially in patients with prior response/stable disease to platinum-based first-line chemotherapy. Pemetrexed has shown anti-tumor activity in combination with other chemotherapy agents, including gemcitabine, vinorelbine, taxanes, cisplatin and carboplatin. In this multicenter, open label, randomized phase II trial, pemetrexed 500 mg/m2 and carboplatin AUC 5 will be administered on day 1 every 3 weeks until progression of disease or for a maximum of 4 courses in the experimental arm. The control arm will be pemetrexed as single agent at 500 mg/m2 on day 1 every 3 weeks until progression of disease or for a maximum of 4 courses.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT00786331

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