Clinical Trial: Darbepoetin alfa in Treating Anemia in Patients With Cancer Who Are Receiving Chemotherapy

This study is no longer recruiting patients.

Sponsors and Collaborators: National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
Information provided by: National Cancer Institute (NCI)


RATIONALE: Darbepoetin alfa may stimulate red blood cell production and may be effective in treating anemia in patients who are receiving chemotherapy. PURPOSE: Randomized phase II trial to determine the effectiveness of darbepoetin alfa in treating anemia in patients who are receiving chemotherapy for cancer.

Condition Treatment or Intervention Phase
unspecified adult solid tumor, protocol specific
 Procedure: supportive care
 Drug: hematologic toxicity attenuation
 Behavior: supportive care/therapy
 Drug: darbepoetin alfa
Phase II

MedlinePlus related topics:  Anemia;   Cancer;   Cancer Alternative Therapy

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Educational/Counseling/Training

Official Title: Phase II Randomized Study of Darbepoetin alfa for the Treatment of Anemia in Patients With Nonmyeloid Malignancies Receiving Multiple Courses of Chemotherapy

Further Study Details: 

OBJECTIVES: I. Compare the efficacy of darbepotein alfa administered on the same day as chemotherapy vs an alternate time to chemotherapy administration for the treatment of anemia in patients with nonmyeloid malignancies receiving multiple courses of chemotherapy. II. Determine the safety of this drug in these patients. III. Determine the pharmacokinetic profile of this drug in these patients.

PROTOCOL OUTLINE: This is a randomized, open-label, multicenter study. Patients are stratified according to screening hemoglobin (less than 10.0 g/dL vs 10.0-11.0 g/dL) and participating center. Patients are randomized to 1 of 2 treatment arms. Arm I: Patients receive darbepoetin alfa subcutaneously (SC) on day 15 of each chemotherapy course. Arm II: Patients receive darbepoetin alfa SC on day 1 of each chemotherapy course. In both arms, treatment repeats every 3 weeks for up to 5 courses in the absence of unacceptable toxicity or treatment failure.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 80 patients (40 per arm) will be accrued for this study within 8 months.


Ages Eligible for Study:  18 Years and above



--Disease Characteristics--

Diagnosis of a nonmyeloid malignancy

Cancer- or chemotherapy-related anemia

  • Hemoglobin 9.0-11.0 g/dL

Currently receiving chemotherapy on a 3-week course schedule

  • Myelosuppressive chemotherapy must not be administered on course days 9-21
  • At least 2 additional courses of chemotherapy planned

No other primary hematologic disorder that would cause anemia (e.g., sickle cell anemia)

--Prior/Concurrent Therapy--

Biologic therapy:

  • At least 4 weeks since prior epoetin alfa or darbepoetin alfa
  • No other concurrent epoetin alfas

Chemotherapy: See Disease Characteristics

Endocrine therapy: Not specified

Radiotherapy: Concurrent radiotherapy allowed

Surgery: Not specified


--Patient Characteristics--

Age: 18 and over

Performance status: ECOG 0-2

Life expectancy: Not specified

Hematopoietic: See Disease Characteristics

Hepatic: Bilirubin less than 2 times upper limit of normal (ULN)

Renal: Creatinine less than 2 times ULN


  • No uncontrolled angina
  • No congestive heart failure
  • No New York Heart Association class III-IV cardiac disease
  • No uncontrolled hypertension
  • No cardiac arrhythmia
  • No other unstable or uncontrolled cardiac disease or condition


  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Negative pregnancy test
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception
  • HIV negative
  • No seizure disorder
  • No clinically significant inflammatory disease
  • No hypersensitivity to recombinant mammalian-derived products

Location Information

Study chairs or principal investigators

John A. Glaspy,  Study Chair,  Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center   

More Information

Clinical trial summary from the National Cancer Institute's PDQ® database

Study ID Numbers:  CDR0000069366; UCLA-0111006; NCI-G02-2071; AMGEN-20010162
Record last reviewed:  August 2003
Last Updated:  October 13, 2004
Record first received:  June 6, 2002 Identifier:  NCT00039247
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government processed this record on 2005-04-08

Cache Date: April 9, 2005