Safety, Efficacy and Pharmacokinetic Between Capecitabine and Exisulind in Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients
The primary objective of the phase I study is to determine a safe dose for combination therapy with capecitabine and exisulind. A secondary objective is to assess pharmacokinetic interactions between the two drugs and assess the biological activity of exisulind.
The primary objective of the Phase II part of this study is to assess the anti-tumor activity of this combination therapy measured by objective tumor response. Secondary end points also assessed will be toxicity of therapy, duration of response and time to progression.
|Study Design:||Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Phase I-II Study to Evaluate Safety, Efficacy and Pharmacokinetic Interactions Between Capecitabine (XELODA) and Exisulind (APTOSYN) in Patients With Metastatic Breast Cancer|
- Response Rate [ Time Frame: Blood tests done every week for first 6 weeks. ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
|Study Start Date:||January 2001|
|Study Completion Date:||February 2003|
|Primary Completion Date:||February 2003 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Experimental: Capecitabine + Exisulind
Capecitabine 1000 mg/m^2 taken by mouth twice daily. Exisulind 125 mg taken by mouth twice daily.
1000 mg/m^2 taken by mouth twice daily.
Other Name: XelodaDrug: Exisulind
125 mg taken by mouth twice daily.
Other Name: Aptosyn
Rationale for this study:
Capecitabine is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as 2nd or 3rd line chemotherapy for patients with metastatic breast cancer who previously have failed both anthracycline and taxane chemotherapy. Capecitabine produces objective tumor response of around 20% with a median duration of response of 32 weeks in these patients (1). These results indicate that improvements in the treatment of anthracycline and taxane resistant breast cancer are needed. Exisulind (sulindac sulfone, FGN-1, APTOSYNTM) is a sulfone metabolite of sulindac, a widely used nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drug. Sulindac sulfone lacks inhibitory activity on the two isoforms of cyclooxygenase, COX 1 and COX 2, and is devoid of gastrointestinal and renal toxicity that is associated with NSAIDs. Exisulind selectively stimulates programmed cell death in a variety of neoplastic cells including colon, prostate, and mammary epithelial cells without affecting normal cells (2,3). Exisulind inhibits the growth of breast cancer cell lines in vitro and also inhibits chemically-induced mammary carcinogenesis in rats (4,5). The drug is also synergistic with a diverse group of cytotoxic compounds including cisplatin, taxanes and retinoids (6). Exisulind exerts its effects by inhibiting a novel phosphodiesterase that belongs to the PDE5 family which specifically degrades cGMP (7). Inhibition of this enzyme results in a rise in intracellular cGMP levels and leads to apoptosis through yet unknown mechanism. Exisulind also inhibits transcription factor NF-kB (8). The NF-kB pathway is activated by cellular stress including exposure to inflammatory cytokines, cytotoxic agents and oxidative stress (9). It is believed that activation of NF-kB protects from cell death, therefore, inhibition of this transcription factor may contribute to the proapoptotic, chemotherapy potentiating effect of exisulind.
Exisulind selectively promotes apoptosis in neoplastic cells whereas chemotherapeutic drugs induce programmed cell death in a non-selective manner. We hypothesize that combination of the 2 drugs will increase response rates by selectively augmenting the cytotoxic activity of chemotherapy. Furthermore, continuous maintenance treatment, between chemotherapy doses, with a minimally toxic drug that selectively induces apoptosis of cancer cells may improve response duration and ultimately may translate into improved survival and better quality of life. Each drug alone has an established maximum tolerated dose in humans. However, the combination of exisulind and capecitabine has not been tested. This phase I-II study is proposed to test safety and efficacy of this combination in patients with metastatic breast cancer.
|United States, Texas|
|University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center|
|Houston, Texas, United States, 77030|
|Study Chair:||Lajos Pusztai, MD, DPHIL||UT MD Anderson Cancer Center|