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Perillyl Alcohol Followed by Surgery in Treating Patients With Stage II or Stage III Pancreatic Cancer

This study has been completed.
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First Posted: March 31, 2004
Last Update Posted: September 10, 2014
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National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by:
Indiana University

RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. Giving chemotherapy before surgery may shrink the tumor so that it can be removed during surgery.

PURPOSE: Phase II trial to study the effectiveness of perillyl alcohol followed by surgery in treating patients who have stage II or stage III pancreatic cancer.

Condition Intervention Phase
Pancreatic Cancer Drug: perillyl alcohol Procedure: surgical procedure Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase II Trial of Perillyl Alcohol in Patients With Resectable Pancreatic Cancer

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Further study details as provided by Indiana University:

Study Start Date: February 1999
Study Completion Date: July 2001
Primary Completion Date: July 2001 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:

OBJECTIVES: I. Assess the biologic activity of perillyl alcohol in patients with potentially resectable, stage II or stage III pancreatic adenocarcinoma. II. Characterize the acute toxicity of this drug in these patients. III. Evaluate the antitumor activity of this drug in these patients. IV. Monitor and quantitate the plasma levels of perillyl alcohol after oral administration in this patient population.

OUTLINE: Patients receive oral perillyl alcohol 4 times daily on days 1-14. Patients undergo surgical resection on day 15. There is no continuation of perillyl alcohol postoperatively. Patients are followed at a minimum of 2 and 4 months following surgery.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 10 patients will be accrued for this study within 12-18 months.


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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: Histologically or cytologically confirmed stage II or stage III pancreatic adenocarcinoma that is considered resectable Lesions should be amenable to surgery with curative intent Bidimensionally measurable or evaluable disease No evidence of metastatic disease No clinically detectable third space fluid collections (e.g., ascites or effusions)

PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age: 18 and over Performance status: ECOG 0-2 Life expectancy: Not specified Hematopoietic: WBC at least 3,500/mm3 Platelet count at least 100,000/mm3 Hemoglobin at least 9.5 g/dL Hepatic: Bilirubin no greater than 4 times upper limit of normal (ULN) PTT no greater than 1.5 times control (unless on anticoagulants) Renal: Creatinine no greater than 1.5 times ULN Other: Not pregnant or nursing Fertile patients must use effective contraception No concurrent serious systemic disorders incompatible with study No active infection No second primary malignancy, previously untreated with curative intent or presently active, that would preclude curative resection of the pancreas

PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: Biologic therapy: Not specified Chemotherapy: No prior chemotherapy for pancreatic carcinoma Endocrine therapy: Not specified Radiotherapy: No prior radiotherapy for pancreatic carcinoma Surgery: See Disease Characteristics Other: At least 1 month since prior investigational agents At least 72 hours since prior anticoagulant therapy, cholesterol-lowering agents (e.g., lovastatin), high dosage vitamins, or antioxidants No concurrent anticoagulants except for the sole purpose of central line patency maintenance No other concurrent investigational agents

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00003769

United States, Indiana
Indiana University Cancer Center
Indianapolis, Indiana, United States, 46202-5289
Sponsors and Collaborators
Indiana University School of Medicine
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Study Chair: Patrick J. Loehrer, MD Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center
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Responsible Party: Patrick Loehrer, MD/ Principal Investigator, Indiana University School of Medicine
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00003769     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 9710-07; T98-0046
First Submitted: November 1, 1999
First Posted: March 31, 2004
Last Update Posted: September 10, 2014
Last Verified: September 2014

Keywords provided by Indiana University:
stage II pancreatic cancer
stage III pancreatic cancer
adenocarcinoma of the pancreas

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Pancreatic Neoplasms
Digestive System Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Endocrine Gland Neoplasms
Digestive System Diseases
Pancreatic Diseases
Endocrine System Diseases
Perillyl alcohol
Anti-Infective Agents, Local
Anti-Infective Agents
Central Nervous System Depressants
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Antineoplastic Agents
Enzyme Inhibitors
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action