Last updated on July 2019

Study of Olaparib and Temozolomide in Patients With Recurrent Small Cell Lung Cancer Following Failure of Prior Chemotherapy


Brief description of study

This research study is evaluating the combination of olaparib and temozolomide as a possible treatment for Small Cell Lung Cancer.

Detailed Study Description

This research study is a Phase I/II clinical trial, which has two parts. The participant will be asked to participate in one part of the study. The first part tests the safety of the combination of drugs and tries to define the appropriate dose to use for future studies. The second part tests whether the combination of drugs is effective in treating small cell lung cancer. "Investigational" means that the combination of drugs is being studied. It also means that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved the combination of drugs for Small Cell Lung Cancer.

Olaparib (Lynparza) is FDA approved for the treatment of a type of ovarian cancer associated with a particular DNA change. Olaparib works by blocking the activity of a protein called poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) which is involved in DNA repair. Cancer cells rely on PARP to repair their DNA and enable them to continue dividing. Olaparib has been used in research studies with other cancers. Information from those other research studies suggests that this drug may help to treat patients with small cell lung cancer. While it is not approved by the FDA for small cell lung cancer, it is considered part of standard treatment for other cancer.

Temozolomide (Temodar) is approved by the FDA for the treatment of a type of brain tumor, glioblastoma. It has been studied in small cell lung cancer in previous research studies. While it is not approved by the FDA for small cell lung cancer, it is considered part of standard treatment for relapsed disease.

In this research study, the investigators are looking for the maximum tolerated dose or MTD of the combination of olaparib and temozolomide that can be given safely. The investigators will also begin to collect information about the effects of the combination on small cell lung cancer

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT02446704

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