Testicular — In Follow-up

This randomised phase III trial will study how well standard-dose combination chemotherapy works compared to high-dose combination chemotherapy and stem cell transplant in treating patients with germ cell tumours that have returned after a period of improvement or did not respond to treatment.

Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as paclitaxel, ifosfamide, cisplatin, carboplatin, and etoposide, work in different ways to stop the growth of tumour cells. They either kill the cells by stopping them from dividing or stop them from spreading. Giving chemotherapy before a stem cell transplant halts the growth of cancer cells by stopping them from dividing or by killing them. Giving colony-stimulating factors, such as filgrastim or pegfilgrastim, and certain chemotherapy drugs, helps stem cells move from the bone marrow to the blood so they can be collected and stored. Chemotherapy is then given to prepare the bone marrow for stem cell transplant. The stem cells are then returned to the patient to replace the blood-forming cells that were destroyed by the chemotherapy.

It is not yet known whether high-dose combination chemotherapy and stem cell transplant are more effective than standard-dose combination chemotherapy in treating patients with refractory or relapsed germ cell tumours.

Up to 420 patients were enrolled in Australia, New Zealand and other countries. ANZUP is collaborating with the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology (USA) and EORTC (Europe) and the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre. We thank and acknowledge the Movember Foundation for their funding support to conduct the TIGER trial.
If you think this trial might be right for you, please ask your doctor.
Trial Title
A Randomised Phase III Trial Comparing Conventional-Dose Chemotherapy Using Paclitaxel, Ifosfamide, and Cisplatin (TIP) with High-Dose Chemotherapy Using Mobilising Paclitaxel plus Ifosfamide Followed by High-Dose Carboplatin and Etoposide (TI-CE) as First Salvage Treatment in Relapsed or Refractory Germ Cell Tumours
Cancer Type
Trial Status
In Follow-up
Protocol Number
ANZUP 1604
Co-ordinating centre
Study Chair
A/Prof Peter Grimison
Patient Population
Males from 14yo with refractory or relapsed germ cell tumours after 3-6 cycles of cisplatin-based first-line chemotherapy and ECOG PS 0-2
Recruitment Target
420 participants (internationally), 60 (ANZ)
The Movember Foundation
Detailed Information
Participating Centres
Chris O'Brien Lifehouse - Sydney Local Health District

Eastern Health
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Princess Alexandra Hospital