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Doxorubicin Hydrochloride or Trabectedin in Treating Patients With Previously Untreated Advanced or Metastatic Soft Tissue Sarcoma

RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as doxorubicin hydrochloride and trabectedin, work in different ways to stop the growth of tumor cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. It is not yet known whether trabectedin is more effective than doxorubicin hydrochloride in treating patients with advanced or metastatic soft tissue sarcoma.

PURPOSE: This randomized phase II/III trial is studying the safety of trabectedin compared with doxorubicin hydrochloride and to see how well they work in treating patients with advanced or metastatic soft tissue sarcoma.

Stanford is currently not accepting patients for this trial.

Lead Sponsor:

European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer - EORTC

Collaborator: Sarcoma Alliance for Research through Collaboration


  • Drug: doxorubicin hydrochloride
  • Drug: trabectedin
  • Other: laboratory biomarker analysis
  • Procedure: quality-of-life assessment


Phase 2/Phase 3



   - Histologically confirmed intermediate- or high-grade malignant soft tissue sarcoma

      - Advanced and/or metastatic disease

      - Previously untreated disease

   - The following tumor types are not allowed:

      - Well-differentiated liposarcoma

      - Embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma

      - Chondrosarcoma (excluding extraskeletal myxoid chondrosarcoma)

      - Osteosarcoma (excluding extraskeletal osteosarcoma)

      - Ewing tumors/primitive neuroectodermal tumor (PNET)

      - Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST)

      - Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans

   - Must have confirmed disease progression based on investigator's judgment prior to
   study enrollment

   - Measurable disease according to RECIST v 1.1 criteria

      - Tumor lesions situated in a previously irradiated area, or in an area subjected
      to other loco-regional therapy, are usually not considered measurable unless
      there has been demonstrated progression in the lesion

   - Formalin fixed paraffin embedded tumor blocks or representative hematoxylin/eosin
   slides (preferably both) available (local histopathological diagnosis will be accepted
   for trial entry)

   - No prior anticancer therapy for this disease

      - No prior anthracycline

      - Non-anthracycline therapy for nonmetastatic disease is acceptable

   - No known history of CNS metastases or leptomeningeal tumor spread


   - WHO performance status 0-1

   - Absolute neutrophil count ≥ 1.5 x 10^9/L

   - Hemoglobin ≥ 9 g/dL

   - Platelet count ≥ 100 x 10^9/L

   - Bilirubin normal

   - ALT/AST ≤ 2.5 times upper limit of normal (ULN)

   - Alkaline phosphatase ≤ 2.5 times ULN, (if alkaline phosphatase > 2.5 times ULN,
   hepatic isoenzymes 5-nucleotidase and/or GGT must be within the normal range)

   - Albumin > 30 g/L

   - Serum creatinine ≤ 1.5 times ULN

   - Creatinine clearance ≥ 30 mL/min

   - Creatine phosphokinase (CPK) ≤ 2.5 times ULN

   - Not pregnant or nursing

   - Negative pregnancy test

   - Fertile patients must use effective contraception (double barrier method for men) 2
   weeks prior to, during, and for 3 months (women) or 5 months (men) after completion of
   study therapy

   - LVEF normal by MUGA scan or ECHO

   - 12-lead ECG normal (without clinically significant abnormalities)

   - None of the following unstable cardiac conditions:

      - Congestive heart failure

      - Angina pectoris

      - Myocardial infarction within the past year

      - Uncontrolled arterial hypertension, defined as BP ≥ 150/100 mm Hg despite optimal
      medical therapy

      - Clinically significant arrhythmias

   - No active or uncontrolled infections or serious illnesses or medical conditions,
   including a history of any of the following:

      - Chronic alcohol abuse

      - Hepatitis

      - HIV

      - Cirrhosis

   - No history of malignancy within the past 5 years, except soft tissue sarcoma, basal
   cell or squamous cell carcinoma of the skin, carcinoma in situ of the cervix, resected
   incidental prostate cancer (staged pT2 with Gleason score ≤ 6 and postoperative PSA <
   0.5 ng/mL)

      - Patients with any history of malignancies who are disease-free for more than 5
      years are eligible

   - a history of malignancy and disease-free for more than 5 years

   - No psychological, familial, sociological, or geographical condition potentially
   hampering compliance with the study protocol and follow-up schedule

   - No concurrent alcohol consumption


   - See Disease Characteristics

   - At least 28 days since prior and no concurrent anticancer therapy including systemic
   therapy, radiotherapy, or surgery

   - At least 28 days since prior and no other concurrent investigational agents

   - No concurrent phenytoin, live attenuated vaccines, or yellow fever vaccine

Ages Eligible for Study

18 Years - N/A

Genders Eligible for Study


Not currently accepting new patients for this trial

Contact Information

Stanford University
School of Medicine
300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305
Cancer Clinical Trials Office
Not Recruiting