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Raltitrexed in Treating Patients With Malignant Mesothelioma That Cannot Be Surgically Removed

Brief Summary

RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die.

PURPOSE: Phase II trial to study the effectiveness of raltitrexed in treating patients who have malignant mesothelioma that cannot be surgically removed.

Tracking Information
First Received DateJanuary 28, 2000
Last Changed DateJuly 17, 2012
Start DateNovember 1999
Actual Primary Completion DateJune 2001
Descriptive Information
PhasePhase 2
Study TypeInterventional
  • Malignant Mesothelioma
  • Drug: raltitrexed
Detailed Description

OBJECTIVES: I. Determine the therapeutic activity and toxicities of raltitrexed in patients with inoperable malignant mesothelioma. II. Determine the objective response rate and duration of response in patients treated with this regimen.

OUTLINE: This is a multicenter study. Within 2 weeks of staging procedures, patients receive raltitrexed IV over 15 minutes on day 1. Treatment repeats every 3 weeks for a maximum of 8 courses in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. Patients are followed every 6 weeks until disease progression and then every 8 weeks thereafter for survival.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 24 patients will be accrued for this study.

Recruitment Information
Recruitment StatusCompleted
Actual Enrollment25
Ages18 Years - N/A
Accepts Healthy VolunteersNo
Eligibility Criteria

DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: Histologically proven inoperable malignant mesothelioma All tumor stages eligible At least 1 target lesion with measurable disease in at least 1 dimension (20 cm or more with conventional techniques OR 10 cm or more with spiral CT scans) Outside irradiated field Prior surgery allowed if evidence of disease progression thereafter No signs or symptoms of CNS metastases

PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age: Over 18 Performance status: ZUBROD/ECOG/WHO 0-2 (after palliative measures such as pleural drainage) Life expectancy: Not specified Hematopoietic: Hemoglobin at least 10.0 g/dL WBC at least 4,000/mm3 Absolute neutrophil count at least 2,000/mm3 Platelet count at least 100,000/mm3 Hepatic: Bilirubin less than 1.46 mg/dL Albumin at least 3.0 g/dL ALT and AST less than 2.5 times upper limit of normal (ULN) (less than 5 times ULN if liver involvement) Renal: Creatinine less than 1.69 mg/dL Creatinine clearance at least 65 mL/min Other: No other malignancies (including melanoma, hypernephroma, or breast carcinoma) within the past 5 years except basal cell or squamous cell skin cancer or carcinoma in situ of the cervix Not pregnant or nursing Fertile patients must use effective contraception No uncontrolled infection No psychologic, familial, sociologic, or geographic condition that could interfere with compliance

PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: Biologic therapy: No concurrent anticancer immunotherapy before first disease progression Chemotherapy: No prior systemic or intracavitary cytotoxic drugs No concurrent intrapleural or other systemic cytotoxic drugs Endocrine therapy: No concurrent anticancer hormonal agents (except corticosteroids) before first disease progression Radiotherapy: See Disease Characteristics Concurrent palliative radiotherapy allowed for painful lesions, needle tracts, or surgical scars or prevention of metastases along biopsy tracks At least 4 weeks since prior radiotherapy No prior radiotherapy to sole indicator lesion unless lesion is clearly progressive Surgery: See Disease Characteristics Prior pleurodesis allowed except with cytotoxic drugs (e.g., bleomycin) Concurrent pleurodesis with noncytotoxic drugs allowed Other: At least 1 month since other prior investigational agent No other concurrent anticancer agents before first disease progression

Administrative Information
Responsible PartySponsor
SponsorEuropean Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer - EORTC
Verification DateJuly 2012
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