Clinical Trials for Mesothelioma Patients—A Study of Carboplatin, Bevacizumab and Pemetrexed for MPM Patients: Description
Read about the description for a current clinical trial about the use of Carboplatin, Bevacizumab and Pemetrexed for MPM patients with mesothelioma. Please note: this information is provided by Weitz & Luxenberg for informational purposes only.
A blood sample will be taken to check the patient's blood and platelet counts before each Pemetrexed dose. Before each cycle, we will review the patient's medical history, give them a physical exam (including vital signs: blood pressure, heart rate, breathing rate, temperature), and check their weight, performance status and blood. The patient's tumor will be measured after every other cycle. The patient's urine will be tested before every other cycle with Bevacizumab.
Treatment Regimen: To ensure the safety, before initiating the phase II dose, we will have a brief phase I portion, where tiered dose escalation to the anticipated phase II dose will occur.
Tier I Carboplatin at AUC of 5 Bevacizumab 15 mg/Kg I.V. on day 1 Pemetrexed 500 mg/m2 on day 1 Every 21 days
Tier II (Target dose) Carboplatin at AUC of 6 Bevacizumab 15 mg/Kg I.V. on day 1 Pemetrexed 500 mg/m2 on day 1 Every 21 days
Tier (-1) Carboplatin at AUC of 4 Bevacizumab 15 mg/Kg I.V. on day 1 Pemetrexed 500 mg/m2 on day 1 Every 21 days
With each cycle, we will give the following:
Folic Acid 300 µg to 1 mg orally once daily starting day 1. B12 injections given subcutaneously any time between days -7 to 1 of the first cycle and then every 9 weeks. Dexamethasone 4mb BID on day-1,0, and day +1
Patients will be enrolled in cohorts of three. If one of the three patients has a dose limiting toxicity (DLT) then three additional patients will be enrolled. If no DLTs occur then patients will be accrued in the next dose level. If two DLTs occur in a cohort of three patients or in an expanded cohort of 6 patients then that dose level will be called the Maximum Administered Dose (MAD). A dose level below will be called the MTD and will be the recommended dose for further phase II testing. Al three patients in a cohort must complete one full cycle, before proceeding to the next cohort.
DLT will be defined as grade 4 neutropenia, febrile neutropenia, and any grade 3 or 4 non-hematologic toxicity except for alopecia and nausea/vomiting/diarrhea without adequate prophylaxis. (CTC version 3.0).
No further dose escalation will be attempted beyond dose Tier 2. If there are no dose-limiting toxicities in dose Tier 2 then this will be considered the phase II dose. If there is a DLT in dose Tier 1 then we will enroll 3 patients in Tier -1 and if no further DLTs occur then Tier -1 will be the phase II dose.
When the patient goes off-study, they will have a physical exam, tumor measurements, and blood test evaluations.
Each study patient will be contacted every 3 months for the rest of their life. Information about any extra treatments they have received will be collected and recorded if they are taken off-study because their disease got worse. If they are taken off-study for any other reason, we will collect information on any extra anti-cancer treatments they have received for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma (MPM).
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