Selenium in Preventing Tumor Growth in Patients With Previously Resected Stage I Non-small Cell Lung Cancer

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RATIONALE: Chemoprevention therapy is the use of certain drugs to try to prevent the development or recurrence of cancer. It is not yet known if selenium is effective in preventing the growth of new tumors in patients with previously resected non-small cell lung cancer. PURPOSE: This randomized phase III trial is studying selenium to see how well it works compared to a placebo in preventing the development of second primary lung tumors in patients who have undergone surgery to remove stage I non-small cell lung cancer.

Official Title

Phase III Chemoprevention Trial Of Selenium Supplementation In Persons With Resected Stage I Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Eligibility Criteria

Ages Eligible for Study: Older than 18 Years
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers: No
Inclusion Criteria:
  1. - Histologically confirmed, completely resected stage IA (pT1, N0) or IB (pT2, N0) non-small lung cancer (except carcinoid)* - Completion of treatment for stage I lung cancer within the past 6 to 36 months and currently disease free - At least one mediastinal lymph node sampled at resection NOTE: *Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG) and Cancer and Leukemia Group B (CALGB) patients must be T1, N0; CALGB patients may be T2, N0 provided disease was completely resected prior to June 1, 2001 and participation in CALGB 9633 was refused if offered - 18 years old and over - Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group performance status 0-1 - Bilirubin no greater than upper limit of normal (ULN) - Serum glutamic-oxaloacetic transaminase (SGOT) or serum glutamic pyruvic transaminase (SGPT) no greater than ULN - Prior mineral, herbal, phytochemical, or vitamin supplementation allowed - Concurrent non-selenium containing mineral, herbal, phytochemical, or vitamin supplementation allowed if schedule and supplementation prior to study remains unchanged
Exclusion Criteria:
  1. - Evidence of new or recurrent lung cancer on chest x-ray within the past 8 weeks - Synchronous lung or non-lung lesions or metastasis, even if resectable - History of more than one primary lung cancer at any time - Concurrent or other prior cancer within the past 5 years except localized non-melanoma skin cancer - Prior or concurrent chemotherapy for recurrent lung cancer - Prior or concurrent radiotherapy for recurrent lung cancer - Concurrent surgery - Concurrent supplement(s) containing more than 50 micrograms of selenium STUDY PHASE: - Free of disease - Consumed at least 75% of tablets during 4-week run-in period


Harlan Pinto
Harlan Pinto
Medical oncologist, Head and neck specialist
Associate Professor of Medicine (Oncology) and of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery

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