Concurrent chemoradiotherapy is the recommended therapeutic approach for patients with
unresectable stage III non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), although surgery offers the chance
of cure. With combined-modality therapy with radiation therapy and chemotherapy, the
prognosis of stage III NSCLC remains poor. Nimotuzumab, a human anti-EGFR monoclonal
antibody, has shown its efficacy in the treatment of head/neck squamous cell carcinoma,
nasopharyngeal carcinoma as well as lung cancer. This study is studying neoadjuvant
nimotuzumab plus gemcitabine and carboplatin followed by surgery to see how well it works in
treating patients with unresectable stage III squamous cell lung carcinoma.
- Target population is unresectable stage III squamous cell lung carcinoma.
- Written informed consent provided.
- Male and female patients aged ≥18 years, ≤75 years.
- Able to comply with the required protocol and follow-up procedures, and able to
receive oral medications.
- Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status of 0-1.
- Life expectancy ≥12 weeks.
- Adequate hematological function: Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) ≥2.0 x 109/L, and
Platelet count ≥100 x 109/L, and Hemoglobin ≥9 g/dL (may be transfused to maintain or
exceed this level).
- Adequate liver function: Total bilirubin ≤ 1.5 x upper limit of normal (ULN),
Aspartate aminotransferase (AST), alanine aminotransferase (ALT) ≤ 2.5 x ULN in
subjects without liver metastases; ≤ 5 x ULN in subjects with liver metastases.
- Adequate renal function: Serum creatinine ≤ 1.25 x ULN, or ≥ 60 ml/min.
- Female subjects should not be pregnant or breast-feeding.
- Known severe hypersensitivity to nimotuzumab or any of the excipients of this product.
- Inability to comply with protocol or study procedures.
- A serious concomitant systemic disorder that, in the opinion of the investigator,
would compromise the patient's ability to complete the study.
- A serious cardiac condition, such as myocardial infarction within 6 months, angina, or
- Patients with prior exposure to agents directed at the HER axis (e.g. erlotinib,
gefitinib, cetuximab, trastuzumab).
- Patients with prior chemotherapy or therapy with systemic anti-tumour therapy (e.g.
monoclonal antibody therapy).
- Patients with prior radiotherapy
- History of another malignancy in the last 5 years with the exception of the following:
other malignancies cured by surgery alone and having a continuous disease-free
interval of 5 years are permitted. Cured basal cell carcinoma of the skin and cured in
situ carcinoma of the uterine cervix are permitted.
- Any unstable systemic disease (including active infection, uncontrolled hypertension,
unstable angina, congestive heart failure, myocardial infarction within the previous
year, serious cardiac arrhythmia requiring medication, hepatic, renal, or metabolic
- Evidence of any other disease, neurological or metabolic dysfunction, physical
examination or laboratory finding giving reasonable suspicion of a disease or
condition that contraindicated the use of an investigational drug or puts the subject
at high risk for treatment-related complications.
- Patient who has active serious infection (e.g. pyrexia of or 38.0℃ over).