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Cetuximab Plus Gemcitabine in Treating Patients With Locally Advanced, Metastatic, or Recurrent Cancer of the Pancreas

This study has been withdrawn prior to enrollment.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Alabama at Birmingham Identifier:
First received: May 2, 2000
Last updated: December 11, 2013
Last verified: April 2007

RATIONALE: Monoclonal antibodies, such as cetuximab, can locate tumor cells and either kill them or deliver tumor-killing substances to them without harming normal cells. Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop tumor cell from dividing so they stop growing or die. Combining chemotherapy with monoclonal antibody therapy may kill more tumor cells.

PURPOSE: Phase II trial to study the effectiveness of cetuximab plus gemcitabine in treating patients who have locally advanced, metastatic, or recurrent cancer of the pancreas.

Condition Intervention Phase
Pancreatic Cancer Biological: cetuximab Drug: gemcitabine hydrochloride Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Phase II Study of Anti-Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor (EGFr) Antibody C225 in Combination With Gemcitabine in Patients With Advanced Pancreatic Cancer

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Further study details as provided by University of Alabama at Birmingham:

Enrollment: 0
Study Start Date: October 1999
Study Completion Date: April 2003
Primary Completion Date: April 2003 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:

OBJECTIVES: I. Determine objective response, time to progression, survival, clinical benefit response, and quality of life of patients with locally advanced, metastatic, or recurrent adenocarcinoma of the pancreas when treated with cetuximab and gemcitabine. II. Determine the safety and toxicity profile of this regimen in this patient population.

OUTLINE: This is a multicenter study. Patients receive a test dose of cetuximab IV over 10 minutes followed by a 30 minute observation period. Following observation, patients receive a loading dose of cetuximab IV over 1-2 hours followed 1 hour later by gemcitabine IV over 30 minutes weekly for 7 weeks. Following 1 week of rest, patients with stable or responding disease continue treatment for a maximum of 6 months. During subsequent courses, patients receive maintenance doses of cetuximab IV over 1 hour weekly for 8 weeks. Gemcitabine IV is administered over 30 minutes weekly for 3 weeks, followed by 1 week of rest, and then repeated for a total treatment course of 8 weeks. Treatment continues in the absence of unacceptable toxicity or disease progression. Quality of life is assessed at baseline, after each course of therapy, and at 3 months after therapy. Patients are followed every 3 months until evidence of disease progression.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A minimum of 40 patients will be accrued for this study within 8 months.


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

DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: Histologically confirmed locally advanced, metastatic, or recurrent adenocarcinoma of the pancreas that is not amenable to curative surgical resection Immunohistochemical evidence of EGFr expression of 1+ or greater Measurable disease No history of treated or active brain metastases or carcinomatous meningitis

PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age: 18 and over Performance status: Karnofsky 60-100% Life expectancy: Not specified Hematopoietic: WBC at least 3,000/mm3 Hemoglobin at least 9 g/dL Platelet count at least 100,000/mm3 No unstable coagulation disorders Hepatic: AST/ALT no greater than 5 times upper limit of normal (ULN) Alkaline phosphatase no greater than 5 times ULN Bilirubin no greater than 2 times ULN Renal: Creatinine no greater than 2.5 mg/dL Cardiovascular: No uncontrolled hypertension or arrhythmias No unstable congestive heart failure Neurologic: No uncontrolled seizure disorder No active neurological disease Other: Not pregnant or nursing Negative pregnancy test Fertile patients must use effective contraception No concurrent unstable medical condition (e.g., uncontrolled diabetes mellitus or active infections requiring systemic antibiotics, antivirals, or antifungals)

PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: Biologic therapy: No prior murine monoclonal antibody therapy No prior cetuximab Chemotherapy: No prior chemotherapy for advanced pancreatic cancer Prior adjuvant chemotherapy following complete surgical resection allowed provided cancer recurrence was first documented more than 6 months after completion of treatment Endocrine therapy: Not specified Radiotherapy: At least 4 weeks since prior radiotherapy and recovered No prior radiotherapy to only site of measurable disease unless documented disease progression since prior irradiation Surgery: Prior surgical resection allowed Other: At least 4 weeks since other prior investigational agents

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00005591

Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Alabama at Birmingham
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Study Chair: Albert F. LoBuglio, MD University of Alabama at Birmingham
  More Information

Responsible Party: University of Alabama at Birmingham Identifier: NCT00005591     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000067696
Study First Received: May 2, 2000
Last Updated: December 11, 2013

Keywords provided by University of Alabama at Birmingham:
stage III pancreatic cancer
recurrent pancreatic cancer
adenocarcinoma of the pancreas
stage IV pancreatic cancer

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Pancreatic Neoplasms
Digestive System Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Endocrine Gland Neoplasms
Digestive System Diseases
Pancreatic Diseases
Endocrine System Diseases
Antimetabolites, Antineoplastic
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Antineoplastic Agents
Antiviral Agents
Anti-Infective Agents
Enzyme Inhibitors
Immunosuppressive Agents
Immunologic Factors
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