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A Randomized Phase III Trial of Weekly Parenteral Methotrexate Versus "Pulsed" Dactinomycin as Primary Management for Low Risk Gestational Trophoblastic Neoplasia (NCT00003702)

National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group
Randomized phase III trial to compare the effectiveness of methotrexate with that of dactinomycin in treating patients who have gestational trophoblastic neoplasia. Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. It is not yet known whether methotrexate is more effective than dactinomycin in treating patients with gestational trophoblastic neoplasia.
  • Biological: Dactinomycin
    Given IV
    • Actinomycin A IV
    • Actinomycin C1
    • Actinomycin I1
    • Actinomycin IV
    • Actinomycin X 1
    • Actinomycin-[thr-val-pro-sar-meval]
    • Cosmegen
    • DACT
    • Dactinomycine
    • Lyovac Cosmegen
    • Meractinomycin
  • Drug: Methotrexate
    Given intramuscularly
    • Abitrexate
    • Alpha-Methopterin
    • Amethopterin
    • Brimexate
    • CL 14377
    • CL-14377
    • Emtexate
    • Emthexat
    • Emthexate
    • Farmitrexat
    • Fauldexato
    • Folex
    • Folex PFS
    • Lantarel
    • Ledertrexate
    • Lumexon
    • Maxtrex
    • Medsatrexate
    • Metex
    • Methoblastin
    • Methotrexate LPF
    • Methotrexate Methylaminopterin
    • Methotrexatum
    • Metotrexato
    • Metrotex
    • Mexate
    • Mexate-AQ
    • MTX
    • Novatrex
    • Rheumatrex
    • Texate
    • Tremetex
    • Trexeron
    • Trixilem
    • WR-19039
Ages eligible for Study
Genders eligible for Study
Accepts Healthy Volunteers

I. Compare the efficacy of methotrexate vs dactinomycin, as measured by complete response rate, in patients with low-risk gestational trophoblastic neoplasia.

II. Compare the toxicity of these regimens in these patients. III. Determine whether the definition of persistent gestational trophoblastic neoplasia is accurate (as determined by the likelihood that the beta human chorionic gonadotropin [HCG] titer would decline on the day treatment is initiated).

OUTLINE: This is a randomized study. Patients are randomized to 1 of 2 treatment arms.

ARM I: Patients receive methotrexate intramuscularly once weekly in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

ARM II: Patients receive dactinomycin IV over 15 minutes every 2 weeks in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. All patients continue on treatment until 1 beta human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) titer is below the institutional normal. Patients then receive 1 additional consolidation treatment.

Patients are followed every 4 weeks for 1 year.

1 locations

United States (1)
  • Gynecologic Oncology Group
    Not specified
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 19103
31 May, 1999
08 February, 2016
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