Dacomitinib + Pemetrexed for Patients With Advanced Non-squamous Non-small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)


Central European Cooperative Oncology Group

Status and phase

Phase 1


Non Small Cell Lung Cancer


Drug: Dacomitinib, Pemetrexed

Study type


Funder types



CECOG/ NSCLC.1.1.001

Details and patient eligibility


To identify a dose of dacomitinib in combination with pemetrexed that is safe and tolerated as determined by the incidence of DLTs (dose limiting toxicities).

Full description

This open label phase Ib trial aims to determine the safety, tolerability, the pharmacokinetic profile, and to identify a dose of dacomitinib in combination with pemetrexed. Three sites in Austria will participate in this study. Six to nine patients will initially be enrolled to receive the target dose of 45 mg qd dacomitinib (starting from day 2 of first cycle) in combination with pemetrexed (500 mg/m² 10 min infusion, once every 3 weeks). One cycle is defined as 21 days. The first 3 subjects will be enrolled at a rate of ≤ 1 subject per week. If the target dose regimen is safe based on the incidence of DLT another 3 subjects will be enrolled. If the dose of 45 mg qd is not safe alternate lower doses will be explored (dose level -1, dose level -2) to identify the maximal tolerated dose (MTD) of dacomitinib in combination of pemetrexed. Six to nine patients per dose level will be enrolled.


5 patients




18+ years old


No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • Written informed consent
  • Histologically or cytologically confirmed stage IV non-squamous NSCLC
  • Patients who are candidates to receive pemetrexed monotherapy
  • If pemetrexed has been administered as first line therapy there must be a treatment free interval of at least one cycle (21 days)
  • Measurable disease by RECIST criteria version 1.1.
  • ≥18 years of age
  • Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status (PS) 0-2
  • Adequate left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) ≥ 50% by either echocardiogram or multigated acquisition scan (MUGA)

Adequate organ function, including:

  • Adequate bone marrow reserve: absolute neutrophil count (ANC) should be ≥ 1500 cells/mm3, platelets should be ≥ 100.000 cells/mm3
  • Creatinine clearance ≥ 45 mL/min
  • Total bilirubin ≤ 1.5 x upper normal limit (ULN)
  • Aspartate Aminotransferase (AST) (SGOT) ≤ 3 x ULN (≤ 5.0 x ULN if hepatic metastases)
  • Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT) (SGPT) ≤ 3 x ULN (≤ 5.0 x ULN if hepatic metastases)
  • Female patients or their partners must be postmenopausal (defined as 12 months of amenorrhea following last menses), surgically sterile or must agree to use effective contraception while receiving trial treatment and for at least 3 months thereafter (the definition of effective contraception will be based on the judgment of the investigator). Male patients or their partners must be surgically sterile or must agree to use a barrier method of contraception while receiving trial treatment and for at least 3 months thereafter. (In all cases the definition of effective contraception will be based on the judgment of the investigator).
  • Able to comply with required protocol procedures and able to receive oral medications

Exclusion criteria

  • Any evidence of mixed histology that includes elements of small cell or carcinoid lung cancer
  • Predominantly squamous cell histology
  • Patients with symptomatic brain metastases
  • Chemotherapy, radiotherapy, biological or investigational agents within two weeks of baseline disease assessments

Patients with uncontrolled or significant cardiovascular disease, including:

  • Myocardial infarction within 12 months
  • Uncontrolled angina within 6 months
  • Congestive heart failure within 6 months
  • Diagnosed or suspected congenital long QT syndrome
  • Any history of clinically significant ventricular arrhythmias (such as ventricular tachycardia, ventricular fibrillation, or Torsades de pointes)
  • Prolonged QTc interval on pre-entry electrocardiogram. QTc must be less than CTC Grade 2 (≤480 msec) using appropriate correction formula with manual read by investigator if required. The echocardiogram (ECG) may be repeated for evaluation of eligibility after management of correctable causes for observed QTc prolongation
  • Any history of second or third degree heart block (may be eligible if currently have a pacemaker)
  • Heart rate <50/minute on baseline electrocardiogram
  • Uncontrolled hypertension
  • Prior malignancy: Patients will not be eligible if they have evidence of other malignancy (other than non-melanoma skin cancer or in situ cervical cancer, or localized and presumed cured prostate cancer with prostate specific antigen (PSA) < ULN) within the last 3 years.
  • Pregnant or lactating females. Serum pregnancy test to be assessed within 7 days prior to study treatment start. Known hypersensitivity to pemetrexed and/or dacomitinib
  • Patients with exposure to other investigational drug therapy
  • Previous therapy with an oral tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI)

Trial design

Primary purpose




Interventional model

Single Group Assignment


None (Open label)

5 participants in 1 patient group

Dacomitinib, Pemetrexed
Experimental group
Pemetrexed 500mg/m2 (i.v) q21d Dacomitinib 45mg/ orally (continuous)
Drug: Dacomitinib, Pemetrexed

Trial contacts and locations



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