for people ages 18-75 (full criteria)
at Orange, California
study started
completion around
Principal Investigator
by Maheswari Senthil, MD



This is a phase II clinical trial assessing the safety and efficacy of sequential systemic and intraperitoneal (IP) chemotherapy in patients with primary gastric/gastroesophageal junction cancer with cytology positive peritoneal lavage and/or peritoneal carcinomatosis.

Official Title

Phase II Trial of Sequential Systemic Therapy Plus Intraperitoneal Paclitaxel in Gastric/GEJ Cancer Peritoneal Carcinomatosis (STOPGAP)


Patients with histologically proven primary gastric or gastroesophageal junction (Siewert 3) adenocarcinoma with positive peritoneal cytology or peritoneal carcinomatosis detected by laparoscopy, laparotomy or imaging and without evidence of distant organ metastasis will be eligible for this study. Patients will undergo systemic therapy for 3-4 months at the discretion of the medical oncologist based on molecular makers (PD-L1, HER -2 neu, MSI). Patients without distant organ metastatic progression after completion of systemic chemotherapy, will undergo diagnostic laparoscopy and IP port placement. IP regimen will consist of IV Paclitaxel, 5- FU and Leucovorin and IP Paclitaxel. Paclitaxel 40 mg/m2 will be instilled into the peritoneal cavity through the IP port on days 1 and 8, repeated every 21 days for 3 months (3-4 cycles). Restaging imaging with CT and /or diffusion weighted MRI with contrast will be obtained 4-6 weeks after completion of IP chemotherapy. Based on response and extent of disease, patients will be triaged to one of the following treatment plans: stable disease or response and PCI >10 - continue IP chemotherapy regimen, progression - switch to second line regimen, response with PCI ≤ 10 and complete cytoreduction is feasible - consider cytoreduction surgery (CRS) with intraperitoneal chemotherapy (IPEC).


Gastric Cancer, Peritoneal Carcinomatosis, Gastroesophageal Junction Adenocarcinoma, Gastroesophageal Junction (GEJ) Adenocarinoma, Paclitaxel, 5-FU, Fluorouracil, Leucovorin, Stomach Neoplasms, Carcinoma, Peritoneal Neoplasms, Albumin-Bound Paclitaxel, SingleArm: Systemic therapy and IP Paclitaxel in Gastric/GEJ Cancer Peritoneal Carcinomatosis


You can join if…

Open to people ages 18-75

  • Patients must have histologically or cytologically confirmed primary gastric or gastroesophageal adenocarcinoma and have received a minimum of three months of first line systemic treatment without visceral metastatic progression
  • Must have peritoneal cytology positive disease or peritoneal carcinomatosis detected by imaging, laparoscopy or laparotomy
  • Age ≥ 18 -75 years
  • Performance status: ECOG performance status ≤ 2 (Appendix A) . ECOG 2 allowed is attributed to malignancy (rather than comorbidities)
  • Life expectancy of greater than 6 months
  • Adequate organ and marrow function as defined below:
    1. Leukocytes: ≥ 2,000/mcL
    2. Absolute Neutrophil Count: ≥ 1,500/mcL
    3. Platelets: ≥ 80,000/mcL
    4. Total Bilirubin: within normal institutional limits
    5. AST(SGOT)/ALT(SPGT): ≤5 X institutional upper limit of normal
    6. Creatinine: < 1.5 X institutional upper limit of normal
    7. Hemoglobin: > 8.0 g/dL (may be transfused)
    8. Serum albumin: ≥ g/dL
  • Ability to understand and the willingness to sign a written informed consent

You CAN'T join if...

  • Systemic treatment for unresectable or metastatic disease for more than three months prior to enrollment
  • Any evidence of distant, solid organ metastases (visceral (liver, lung, brain), bone, extra-abdominal)
  • Any evidence of extensive retroperitoneal lymph node metastases not amenable to resection during gastrectomy
  • Any evidence of small or large bowel obstruction with the exception of gastric outlet obstruction due to primary malignancy
  • Uncontrolled intercurrent illness including, but not limited to, the following conditions:
    1. Ongoing or active infection
    2. Symptomatic congestive heart failure
    3. Stroke (including transient ischemic attack [TIA]), myocardial infarction (MI), or other ischemic event,) within 3 months before initiation of treatment
    4. Unstable angina pectoris
    5. Cardiac arrhythmia
  • History of another primary cancer within the last 3 years with the exception of non-melanoma skin cancer, early-stage prostate cancer, or curatively treated cervical carcinoma in-situ and not treated with systemic therapy.
  • Inability to comply with study and follow-up procedures as judged by the Investigator
  • Patients must not be pregnant or nursing due to the potential for congenital abnormalities and the potential of this regimen to harm nursing infants.Women of child-bearing potential and men must agree to use adequate contraception (hormonal or barrier method of birth control; abstinence) prior to study entry, for the duration of study participation, and for 90 days following completion of therapy. Should a woman become pregnant or suspect she is pregnant while participating in this study, she should inform her treating physician immediately.
  • Has an active infection requiring systemic therapy.
  • Prior surgery that would preclude safe diagnostic laparoscopy and port placement
  • Has a known history of active tuberculosis (TB; Bacillus tuberculosis).
  • Has a history or current evidence of any condition, therapy, or laboratory abnormality that might confound the results of the study, interfere with the participant's participation for the full duration of the study, or is not in the best interest of the participant to participate, in the opinion of the treating investigator


  • Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of California, Irvine accepting new patients
    Orange California 92868 United States

Lead Scientist at UC Irvine

  • Maheswari Senthil, MD
    Clinical Professor, Surgery, School of Medicine. Authored (or co-authored) 83 research publications


accepting new patients
Start Date
Completion Date
University of California, Irvine
Phase 2 research study
Study Type
Expecting 35 study participants
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