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DHA-Paclitaxel in Treating Patients With Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified March 2003 by National Cancer Institute (NCI).
Recruitment status was  Active, not recruiting
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National Cancer Institute (NCI) Identifier:
First received: September 13, 2001
Last updated: February 17, 2009
Last verified: March 2003

RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die.

PURPOSE: Phase II trial to study the effectiveness of DHA-paclitaxel in treating patients who have metastatic pancreatic cancer.

Condition Intervention Phase
Pancreatic Cancer
Drug: DHA-paclitaxel
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Phase II Open-Label Study of Taxoperxin (DHA-Paclitaxel) Injection by 2 Hour Intravenous Infusion in Patients With Metastatic Cancer of the Pancreas

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

Study Start Date: June 2001
Detailed Description:


  • Determine the tumor response rate, duration of response, and time to disease progression in patients with metastatic carcinoma of the pancreas treated with DHA-paclitaxel.
  • Determine the overall survival of patients treated with this drug.
  • Determine the toxicity profile of this drug in these patients.
  • Assess the quality of life of patients treated with this drug.

OUTLINE: This is a multicenter study.

Patients receive DHA-paclitaxel IV over 2 hours on day 1. Treatment repeats every 21 days in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

Quality of life is assessed at baseline, every 2 courses, and at completion of treatment.

Patients are followed every 3 months.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 21-50 patients will be accrued for this study.


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


  • Histologically or cytologically confirmed carcinoma of the pancreas

    • Metastatic disease
  • Measurable disease

    • Lesions within a previously irradiated field are not considered measurable
  • No islet cell tumors, lymphoma, or sarcoma of the pancreas
  • No known or clinical evidence of CNS metastasis



  • 18 and over

Performance status:

  • ECOG 0-1

Life expectancy:

  • Not specified


  • Absolute neutrophil count at least 1,500/mm^3
  • Platelet count at least 100,000/mm^3


  • Bilirubin no greater than 1.5 times upper limit of normal (ULN)
  • SGOT or SGPT no greater than 2.5 times ULN


  • Creatinine no greater than 1.5 times ULN


  • No uncontrolled ventricular arrhythmia
  • No myocardial infarction within the past 3 months
  • No superior vena cava syndrome


  • No peripheral neuropathy greater than grade 1
  • No uncontrolled major seizure disorder
  • No spinal cord compression


  • No concurrent serious infection requiring parenteral therapy
  • No unstable or serious concurrent medical condition
  • No other prior malignancy except:

    • Curatively treated nonmelanoma skin cancer or carcinoma in situ of the cervix OR
    • Other cancer curatively treated with surgery alone that has not recurred for more than 5 years
  • No psychiatric disorder that would preclude study compliance
  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Negative pregnancy test
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception during and for 6 months after study therapy


Biologic therapy:

  • No concurrent immunotherapy


  • No prior chemotherapy for metastatic disease
  • Prior adjuvant chemoradiotherapy allowed
  • At least 28 days since prior chemotherapy and recovered
  • No other concurrent chemotherapy

Endocrine therapy:

  • No concurrent hormonal therapy except megestrol


  • See Disease Characteristics
  • Prior adjuvant chemoradiotherapy allowed
  • At least 28 days since prior large-field radiotherapy and recovered
  • No concurrent radiotherapy


  • At least 14 days since prior major surgery and recovered


  • No other concurrent anticancer therapy
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00024375

United States, Maryland
Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins
Baltimore, Maryland, United States, 21231-2410
United States, New York
NYU School of Medicine's Kaplan Comprehensive Cancer Center
New York, New York, United States, 10016
United States, Pennsylvania
Kimmel Cancer Center of Thomas Jefferson University - Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 19107-5541
United States, Washington
Virginia Mason Medical Center
Seattle, Washington, United States, 98101
Kliniken Essen - Mitte
Essen, Germany, D-45136
Krankenhaus Nordwest
Frankfurt, Germany, D-60488
Erasmus Medical Center
Rotterdam, Netherlands, 3008 EA
United Kingdom
New Cross Hospital
Wolverhampton, England, United Kingdom, WV10 0QP
Beatson Oncology Centre
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, G11 6NT
Sponsors and Collaborators
Study Chair: Ross C. Donehower, MD Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center
  More Information Identifier: NCT00024375     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000068926  THERADEX-P01-00-03  PROTARGA-P01-00-03  VMRC-8770 
Study First Received: September 13, 2001
Last Updated: February 17, 2009
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):
recurrent pancreatic cancer
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
Albumin-Bound Paclitaxel
Antineoplastic Agents, Phytogenic
Antineoplastic Agents
Tubulin Modulators
Antimitotic Agents
Mitosis Modulators
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action processed this record on October 21, 2016