Huang Lian (Chinese Herb) in Treating Patients With Advanced Solid Tumors

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
National Cancer Institute (NCI) Identifier:
First received: April 10, 2001
Last updated: December 13, 2009
Last verified: December 2009

RATIONALE: The Chinese herb Huang Lian contains ingredients that may slow the growth of cancer cells and may be an effective treatment for solid tumors.

PURPOSE: Phase I trial to study the effectiveness of Huang Lian in treating patients who have advanced solid tumors.

Condition Intervention Phase
Unspecified Adult Solid Tumor, Protocol Specific
Dietary Supplement: Huang Lian
Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase I Study Of The Chinese Herb Huanglian (Coptis Chinesis) In Patients With Advanced Solid Tumors

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Further study details as provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):

Study Start Date: October 2000
Primary Completion Date: December 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:


  • Determine the maximum tolerated dose of Huang Lian (Chinese herb) in patients with advanced solid tumors.
  • Determine the optimal pharmacologic, molecular, and biologic parameters of this treatment regimen in these patients.
  • Assess the preliminary therapeutic activity of this treatment regimen in this patient population.

OUTLINE: This is a dose-escalation study.

Patients receive oral Huang Lian (Chinese herb) 4 times daily. Treatment repeats every 21 days in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

Cohorts of 1-6 patients receive escalating doses of Huang Lian until the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) is determined. The MTD is defined as the dose preceding that at which 2 of 3 or 2 of 6 patients experience dose-liming toxicity.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: Approximately 20-30 patients will be accrued for this study.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Histologically confirmed advanced solid tumor refractory to standard therapy or for which no standard therapy exists
  • Measurable or evaluable disease
  • No CNS primary tumor or metastasis



  • 18 and over

Performance status:

  • Karnofsky 60-100%

Life expectancy:

  • Not specified


  • WBC greater than 3,500/mm^3
  • Neutrophil count at least 1,500/mm^3
  • Platelet count at least 100,000/mm^3


  • Bilirubin no greater than 1.5 mg/dL
  • AST and ALT no greater than 2.5 times upper limit of normal


  • Creatinine no greater than 1.5 mg/dL OR
  • Creatinine clearance greater than 60 mL/min


  • No history of cardiac arrhythmias (including atrial fibrillation)
  • No congestive heart failure
  • No angina or myocardial infarction within the past 6 months
  • QTc interval no greater than 0.48 sec


  • Potassium at least 3.5 mEq/L
  • Magnesium at least 1.4 mEq/L
  • No mental incapacity that would preclude informed consent
  • No serious or uncontrolled infection
  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Negative pregnancy test
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception during and for 2 months after study participation


Biologic therapy:

  • At least 4 weeks since prior immunotherapy and recovered


  • At least 4 weeks since prior chemotherapy and recovered

Endocrine therapy:

  • Not specified


  • At least 4 weeks since prior radiotherapy and recovered


  • Not specified


  • At least 2 weeks since prior herbal therapy for cancer and recovered
  • No concurrent class IA or III antiarrhythmic agents (e.g., quinidine, procainamide, disopyramide, sotalol, amiodarone, ibutilide, almokalant, or dofetilide)
  • No concurrent tricyclic antidepressants (e.g., amitriptyline, doxepin, desipramine, imipramine, or clomipramine)
  • No concurrent antiseizure medication (including dilantin and phenobarbital) for any underlying seizure disorder
  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00014378

United States, New York
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
New York, New York, United States, 10021
Sponsors and Collaborators
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Study Chair: Gary K. Schwartz, MD Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
  More Information

Additional Information:
No publications provided Identifier: NCT00014378     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000068538, MSKCC-00061, NCI-H01-0069
Study First Received: April 10, 2001
Last Updated: December 13, 2009
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):
unspecified adult solid tumor, protocol specific

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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