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Safety and Efficacy of TTFields Concomitant With Pemetrexed and Cisplatin or Carboplatin in Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma (STELLAR)

Published: August 17, 2016

Primary Outcome

    • Overall Survival [ Time Frame: 1 year ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome

      • Progression Free Survival [ Time Frame: 1 year ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
      • Response Rate [ Time Frame: 1 year ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
      • Toxicity [ Time Frame: 1 year ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]


Inclusion Criteria
Pathological or histological evidence of mesothelioma
≥ 18 years of age
Not candidate for curative treatment (surgery or radiotherapy)
At least 4 weeks since major surgery
At least one measurable or evaluable lesion according to modified RECIST Criteria
ECOG Performance Status of 0-1
Life expectancy of at least 3 months
Participants of childbearing age must use effective contraception as indicated by the investigator
All subjects must sign written informed consent.
Able to operate the NovoTTF-100L System independently or with the help of a caregiver
Exclusion Criteria
Patient candidate for surgery or radiotherapy with curative intent
Previous chemotherapy or radiation
Prior malignancy requiring anti-tumor treatment (apart from in-situ cervical cancer, in situ breast cancer, non-melanomatous skin cancers, or any malignancy for which treatment was received and there is no evidence of disease for at least 5 years) or concurrent malignancy
Significant co-morbidities within 4 weeks prior to enrollment, resulting in the following laboratory findings:

  1. Significant liver function impairment:
    • AST or ALT > 3 times the upper limit of normal
    • Total bilirubin ≥ 1.5 times upper limit of normal
  2. Significant renal impairment (serum creatinine > 1.7 mg/dL)
  3. Coagulopathy (as evidenced by PT or APTT > 1.5 times control in subjects not undergoing anticoagulation)
  4. Thrombocytopenia (platelet count < 100 x 10^3/μL)
  5. Neutropenia (absolute neutrophil count < 1.5 x 10^3/μL)
  6. Anemia (Hb < 10 g/dL)
  7. Severe acute infection
Significant comorbidity which is expected to affect patient’s prognosis or ability to receive the combined therapy:

  1. History of significant cardiovascular disease unless the disease is well controlled. Significant cardiac disease includes second/third degree heart block; significant ischemic heart disease; poorly controlled hypertension; congestive heart failure of the New York Heart Association (NYHA) Class II or worse (slight limitation of physical activity; comfortable at rest, but ordinary activity results in fatigue, palpitation or dyspnea)
  2. History of arrhythmia that is symptomatic or requires treatment. Patients with atrial fibrillation or flutter controlled by medication are not excluded from participation in the trial
  3. Active infection or any serious underlying medical condition that would impair the ability of the patient to receive protocol therapy
  4. History of any psychiatric condition that might impair the patient’s ability to understand or comply with the requirements of the study or to provide consent
Untreated brain metastases. Asymptomatic, pretreated brain metastases not requiring steroids are allowed
Implanted pacemaker, defibrillator or other electrical medical devices
Known allergies to medical adhesives or hydrogel
Pregnant or breast feeding (all patients of childbearing potential must use effective contraception method during the entire period of the study based on the recommendation of the investigator or a gynecologist)
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