A Study of Nimotuzumab in Combination With Radiation Therapy in Patients With Brain Metastases


YM BioSciences

Status and phase

Phase 2


Metastatic Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer


Drug: nimotuzumab

Study type


Funder types




Details and patient eligibility


This is a randomized, Phase II study designed to investigate Nimotuzumab plus whole-brain radiation therapy (WBRT)and to compare it rith WBRT alone in patients with brain metastases from non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The purpose of the study is to assess the efficacy of nimotuzumab in combination with WBRT.

Full description

A phase II, randomized, controlled, double blinded and multicenter study with 2 arms, administering the study drug during radiotherapy and following radiotherapy until disease progression, unacceptable toxicity or at the discretion of the physician. Randomization will be done 2:1 (experimental:control). Chemotherapy can be added before documented disease progression at the discretion of the physician. The primary objective is to assess the efficacy of Nimotuzumab in combination with WBRT. The primary endpoint is intracranial disease progression over 6 months. The secondary endpoints are overall survival (OS); time to neurologic progression (TNP) or death with evidence of neurologic progression; OS rate at 6 months; time to intracranial disease progression; and time to overall progression. Tissue samples and serum will be collected for future correlative studies. All the images will be centrally reviewed at the end of study.


21 patients




18+ years old


No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • Providing a written informed consent (see Appendix A);
  • Age ≥18 years;
  • Histologic or cytologic confirmed diagnosis of NSCLC of any epithelial type (squamous, adenocarcinoma, large cell, or other);
  • At least one newly diagnosed measurable metastatic lesion from NSCLC in the brain;
  • Patient had initial diagnosis of brain metastases by image, within 8 weeks of registration
  • KPS ≥70;
  • Absolute neutrophil count ≥ 1500/mm³;
  • Platelet count ≥ 50,000/mm³;
  • Serum creatinine ≤2.0 mg/dL;
  • Serum transaminases ≤2 x the upper limit of normal (ULN);
  • Total serum bilirubin ≤2 x ULN;
  • And a lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) level ≤1.3 x ULN.

Exclusion criteria

  • Pregnancy, lactation or parturition within the previous 30 days (fertile female or male patients should practice contraception);
  • Prior WBRT, brain metastases resection with no other measurable lesion remaining;
  • Extracranial metastases in two or more organs;
  • Known leptomeningeal or subarachnoid tumor spread;
  • Plan to use radiosurgery or radiation boost after completion of WBRT;
  • Plan to use chemotherapy or any other systemic antineoplastic modality during WBRT;
  • Previous use of an anti-EGFR drug;
  • Participation in another ongoing therapeutic trial;
  • Presence of known HIV seropositivity, severe comorbidities, or other malignant neoplasm within 5 years (except adequately treated basal- or squamous-cell carcinoma of skin or in situ carcinoma of the uterine cervix);
  • Hypersensitivity or allergy to any of the drugs to be administered in this study;
  • Inability or unwillingness to complete the required assessments;
  • Geographic inaccessibility for treatment or follow-up evaluations.

Trial design

Primary purpose




Interventional model

Parallel Assignment


Triple Blind

21 participants in 2 patient groups, including a placebo group

Experimental group
Nimotuzumab (200 mg fixed dose) will be administered by the intravenous route weekly during WBRT and following WBRT. Radiotherapy will consist of 30 Gy, in 10 fractions of 3 Gy/day.
Drug: nimotuzumab
Placebo Comparator group
A placebo will be administered by the intravenous route weekly during WBRT and following WBRT. Radiotherapy will consist of 30 Gy, in 10 fractions of 3 Gy/day.
Drug: nimotuzumab

Trial contacts and locations



Data sourced from clinicaltrials.gov

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