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Paclitaxel vs Polyglutamate Paclitaxel (GOG 212)
A Randomized Phase III Trial of Maintenance Chemotherapy Comparing 12 Monthly Cycles of Single Agent Paclitaxel or Xyotax (CT-2103) (IND# 70177), Versus No Treatment Until Documented Relapse in Women With Advanced Ovarian or Primary Peritoneal or Fallopian Tube Cancer Who Achieve a Complete Clinical Response to Primary Platinum/Taxane Chemotherapy
Status Conditions Phase Study ID
Closed Fallopian Tube Cancer
Ovarian Cancer
Peritoneal Cavity Cancer
Phase III GOG+0212

RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as paclitaxel and polyglutamate paclitaxel, work in different ways to stop the growth of tumor cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. Paclitaxel and polyglutamate paclitaxel may also stop the growth of ovarian epithelial or peritoneal cancer by blocking blood flow to the tumor. Sometimes, after treatment, the tumor may not need additional treatment until it progresses. In this case, observation may be sufficient. It is not yet known whether paclitaxel is more effective than polyglutamate paclitaxel or observation only in treating ovarian epithelial, peritoneal, or fallopian tube cancer.

PURPOSE: This randomized phase III trial is studying paclitaxel to see how well it works compared to polyglutamate paclitaxel or observation only in treating patients with stage III or stage IV ovarian epithelial or peritoneal cancer or fallopian tube cancer.

Benjamin E. Greer, MD
PSOC Office 206-667-5152  
Multicare Health System, Tacoma WA 253-403-5265  
Olympic Medical Center, Sequim WA 360-683-9895  
Skagit Valley Hospital, Mt. Vernon WA 360-424-2687  
Wenatchee Valley Medical Center, Wenatchee WA 509-665-5800 x5122  
Group Health 206-225-7893  
Eligibility Criteria (must meet the following to participate in this study)
Genders Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Histologically confirmed stage III or IV ovarian epithelial or primary peritoneal cancer or fallopian tube cancer
  • The following histologic epithelial cell types are allowed:

    • Serous adenocarcinoma
    • Endometrioid adenocarcinoma
    • Mucinous adenocarcinoma
    • Undifferentiated carcinoma
    • Clear cell adenocarcinoma
    • Mixed epithelial carcinoma
    • Transitional cell carcinoma
    • Malignant Brenner tumor
    • Adenocarcinoma not otherwise specified
  • The following histologic cell types are not allowed:

    • Germ cell tumor
    • Sex cord-stromal tumor
    • Carcinosarcoma
    • Mixed müllerian tumor or carcinosarcoma
    • Metastatic carcinoma from other sites to the ovary
    • Low malignant potential (LMP) tumor (borderline carcinoma), including micropapillary serous carcinoma

      • Patients with a prior diagnosis of LMP tumor that was surgically resected and who subsequently developed invasive adenocarcinoma are eligible provided patient did not receive prior chemotherapy for the ovarian LMP tumor
  • Must have undergone surgery for ovarian epithelial or primary peritoneal cancer AND have tissue available for histologic evaluation

    • Optimal (≤ 1 cm) residual disease OR suboptimal residual disease after initial surgery
  • Must have completed at least 5, but no more that 8 courses of primary therapy comprising carboplatin (IV or intraperitoneal) AND paclitaxel or docetaxel-based combination chemotherapy within the past 12 weeks AND have no symptoms of persistent cancer after completion of therapy

    • CT scan of the abdomen and/or pelvis normal
    • CA 125 normal
  • Patients treated with neo-adjuvant platinum-taxane chemotherapy for a presumptive diagnosis of stage III or IV primary peritoneal carcinoma or epithelial ovarian carcinoma (by paracentesis, percutaneous biopsy or open biopsy) are eligible provided the following criteria is met:

    • Must have undergone interval abdominal surgery after at least one but no more than 6 courses of standard chemotherapy

      • Surgery must meet the same criteria as the up front surgery, including tissue diagnosis for confirmation of primary tumor site and stage III or IV disease
      • Patients must have received at least 2 courses after interval abdominal surgery
  • No synchronous primary endometrial cancer or history of primary endometrial cancer, unless all of the following criteria are met:

    • Stage ≤ IB
    • Less than 3 mm invasion without vascular or lymphatic invasion
    • No poorly differentiated subtypes, including papillary serous, clear cell, or other FIGO grade 3 lesion
Last Updated
September 12, 2014
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