Regimen is considered appropriate as part of the standard care of patients; meaningfully improves outcomes (survival, quality of life), tolerability or costs compared to alternatives (recommended by the Disease Site Team and national consensus body e.g. pan-Canadian Oncology Drug Review, pCODR). Recommendation is based on an appropriately conducted phase III clinical trial relevant to the Canadian context OR (where phase III trials are not feasible) an appropriately sized phase II trial. Regimens where one or more drugs are not approved by Health Canada for any indication will be identified under Rationale and Use.
This Regimen Abstract is an abbreviated version of a Regimen Monograph and contains only top level information on usage, dosing, schedule, cycle length and special notes (if available). Information in regimen abstracts is accurate to the extent of the ST-QBP regimen master listings, and has not undergone the full review process of a regimen monograph. Full regimen monographs will be published for each ST-QBP regimen as they are developed.
For the treatment of non-squamous NSCLC
REPEAT EVERY 21 DAYS
For a usual total of 3 cycles unless disease progression or unacceptable toxicity occurs.
Note: In clinical trials, patients were treated with 4 additional cycles of pemetrexed as a single agent. Use the regimen code PEME for these cycles.
Moderate + NK1 antagonist (Carboplatin AUC ≥ 5)
Other Supportive Care:
- Vitamin B12 1000mcg IM every 9 weeks, Folic acid 0.4 - 1 mg PO daily (both starting ≥ 1 week prior to pemetrexed administration continue throughout and 3 weeks after last dose of Pemetrexed).
- Dexamethasone 4mg PO BID for 3 days starting day before chemotherapy suggested for rash prophylaxis.
- Note: NSAIDs should be held for 2-5 days prior and 2 days after pemetrexed (refer to pemetrexed monograph)
- Standard regimens for Cisplatin premedication and hydration should be followed. Refer to local guidelines.
Also refer to CCO Antiemetic Recommendations.
Choy H, Schwartzberg LS, Dakhil SR, et al. Phase 2 study of pemetrexed plus carboplatin, or pemetrexed plus cisplatin with concurrent radiation therapy followed by pemetrexed consolidation in patients with favourable-prognosis inoperable stage IIIA/B non-small-cell lung cancer. J Thorac Oncol.2018;8:1308-1316.
Govindan R, Bogart J, Stinchcombe T, et al. Randomized phase II study of pemetrexed, carboplatin, and thoracic radiation with or without cetuximab in patients with locally advanced unresectable non-small-cell lung cancer: cancer and leukemia group B trial 30407. J Clin Oncol. 2011;29:3120-3125.
Senan S, Brade A, Wang L, et al. PROCLAIM: Randomized Phase III Trial of Pemetrexed-Cisplatin or Etoposide-Cisplatin Plus Thoracic Radiation Therapy Followed by Consolidation Chemotherapy in Locally Advanced Nonsquamous Non–Small-Cell Lung Cancer. J Clin Oncol. 2016;34:953-962.
May 2019 Updated emetic risk category
A Regimen Abstract is an abbreviated version of a Regimen Monograph and contains only top level information on usage, dosing, schedule, cycle length and special notes (if available). It is intended for healthcare providers and is to be used for informational purposes only. It is not intended to constitute or be a substitute for medical advice, and all uses of the Regimen Abstract are subject to clinical judgment. Such information is provided on an “as-is” basis, without any representation, warranty, or condition, whether express, or implied, statutory or otherwise, as to the information’s quality, accuracy, currency, completeness, or reliability, and Cancer Care Ontario disclaims all liability for the use of this information, and for any claims, actions, demands or suits that arise from such use.
Information in regimen abstracts is accurate to the extent of the ST-QBP regimen master listings, and has not undergone the full review process of a regimen monograph. Full regimen monographs will be published for each ST-QBP regimen as they are developed.
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