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Monoclonal Antibody Therapy in Treating Patients With Metastatic Colorectal Cancer

This study has been completed.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by:
Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center Identifier:
First received: June 6, 2002
Last updated: January 7, 2013
Last verified: January 2013

RATIONALE: Monoclonal antibodies can locate tumor cells and either kill them or deliver tumor-killing substances to them without harming normal cells.

PURPOSE: Phase II trial to study the effectiveness of monoclonal antibody therapy in treating patients who have relapsed or refractory metastatic colorectal cancer.

Condition Intervention Phase
Colorectal Cancer Biological: panitumumab Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: An Open Label Phase II Clinical Trial To Evaluate The Safety And Efficacy Of ABX-EGF In Patients With Metastatic Colorectal Carcinoma

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Further study details as provided by Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center:

Enrollment: 44
Study Start Date: July 2002
Primary Completion Date: May 2003 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:


  • Determine the response rate of patients with metastatic colorectal cancer treated with monoclonal antibody ABX-EGF.
  • Determine the additional measures of clinical efficacy of this drug, in terms of progression-free survival, overall survival, and time to treatment failure, in these patients.
  • Determine the safety of this drug in these patients.

OUTLINE: This is a multicenter study.

Patients receive monoclonal antibody ABX-EGF IV over 1 hour weekly on weeks 1-8. Treatment repeats every 8 weeks for up to 6 courses in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

Patients are followed at 4 weeks, every 3 months for 1 year, and then every 6 months for 1 year.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 20-100 patients will be accrued for this study.


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


  • Histologically or cytologically confirmed colorectal carcinoma

    • Diagnosed by fine-needle aspirate or tissue biopsy
    • Metastatic disease
    • No squamous cell carcinoma
  • Relapsed or refractory after prior chemotherapy with irinotecan and a fluoropyrimidine (i.e., fluorouracil, capecitabine, or ftorafur with or without leucovorin calcium) given concurrently or sequentially

    • Progressive disease within 2 months of last dose of this prior chemotherapy for metastatic disease OR
    • Evidence of relapse within 12 months after last dose of adjuvant therapy
  • Bidimensionally measurable disease
  • Overexpression of epidermal growth factor r (EGFr) by immunohistochemistry

    • Must be 2+ or 3+ in at least 10% of evaluated tumor cells
  • No known brain metastases



  • 18 and over

Performance status:

  • ECOG 0-1

Life expectancy:

  • Not specified


  • Absolute neutrophil count greater than 1,500/mm3
  • Platelet count greater than 100,000/mm3


  • Bilirubin no greater than 1.5 times upper limit of normal (ULN)
  • AST and ALT no greater than 3 times ULN
  • Alkaline phosphatase no greater than 3 times ULN


  • Creatinine no greater than 2.2 mg/dL


  • LVEF at least 45% by MUGA
  • No myocardial infarction within the past year


  • HIV negative
  • No other malignancy within the past 5 years except basal cell carcinoma or carcinoma in situ of the cervix
  • No chronic medical or psychiatric condition that would preclude study
  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Negative pregnancy test
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception during and for 1 month after study


Biologic therapy:

  • No prior EGFr-targeting agents or biological agents with antitumor activity


  • See Disease Characteristics
  • At least 30 days since prior systemic chemotherapy
  • No more than 2 prior fluoropyrimidine regimens (e.g., fluorouracil and leucovorin calcium followed by capecitabine)
  • No other prior chemotherapy, except leucovorin calcium, for colorectal carcinoma

Endocrine therapy:

  • Not specified


  • At least 30 days since prior radiotherapy


  • Not specified


  • At least 30 days since other prior anticancer therapy
  • No prior investigational drug with potential antitumor activity
  • No other concurrent investigational drugs
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00039273

United States, California
Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, UCLA
Los Angeles, California, United States, 90095-1781
Sponsors and Collaborators
Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Principal Investigator: Joel Randolph Hecht, MD Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
  More Information

Meropol NJ, Berlin J, Hecht JR, et al.: Multicenter study of ABX-EGF monotherapy in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer. [Abstract] Proceedings of the American Society of Clinical Oncology 22: A-1026, 256, 2003. Identifier: NCT00039273     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000069368
Study First Received: June 6, 2002
Last Updated: January 7, 2013

Keywords provided by Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center:
stage IV colon cancer
stage IV rectal cancer
recurrent colon cancer
recurrent rectal cancer

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Colorectal Neoplasms
Intestinal Neoplasms
Gastrointestinal Neoplasms
Digestive System Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Digestive System Diseases
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Colonic Diseases
Intestinal Diseases
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