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Imatinib Mesylate in Treating Patients With Stage IV Colorectal Cancer

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
National Cancer Institute (NCI) Identifier:
First received: July 8, 2002
Last updated: January 22, 2013
Last verified: January 2013
Phase II trial to study the effectiveness of imatinib mesylate in treating patients who have stage IV colorectal cancer. Imatinib mesylate may interfere with the growth of tumor cells by blocking certain enzymes necessary for cancer cell growth

Condition Intervention Phase
Recurrent Colon Cancer
Recurrent Rectal Cancer
Stage IV Colon Cancer
Stage IV Rectal Cancer
Drug: imatinib mesylate
Other: laboratory biomarker analysis
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Phase II Study Of Gleevec (Imatinib Mesylate Formerly Known As(STI571) (NSC #716051) In Patients With Colorectal Cancer Stage IV

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

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Response rate [ Time Frame: Up to 4 years ]

Enrollment: 37
Study Start Date: May 2002
Primary Completion Date: July 2006 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Treatment (imatinib mesylate)
Patients receive oral imatinib mesylate twice daily. Treatment continues for 8 weeks in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. Patients with stable disease or better continue therapy until disease progression or 1 year after complete response.
Drug: imatinib mesylate
Given orally
Other Names:
  • CGP 57148
  • Gleevec
  • Glivec
Other: laboratory biomarker analysis
Correlative studies

Detailed Description:


I. To determine response to Gleevec (Imatinib Mesylate) in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer and with c-Kit, Arg, Abl, or PDGF-R expression.

II. To determine the side effects of Imatinib Mesylate in patients with colorectal cancer.

III. To study the biologic effects of Imatinib Mesylate on the c-Kit and PDGF-R system and downstream signaling in metastatic colorectal cancer.


Patients receive oral imatinib mesylate twice daily. Treatment continues for 8 weeks in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. Patients with stable disease or better continue therapy until disease progression or 1 year after complete response.


Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Histologically confirmed stage IV colorectal cancer
  • Arg, KIT (CD117), or PDGF-R expression (1+ in 20% of cells) in the tumor or microvasculature
  • At least one unidimensionally measurable lesion

    • At least 10 mm by spiral CT scan
  • No known brain metastases
  • Performance status - ECOG 0-2
  • Performance status - Karnofsky 60-100%
  • At least 12 weeks
  • Granulocyte count at least 1,500/mm^3
  • Platelet count at least 100,000/mm^3
  • Bilirubin no greater than 2.0 mg/dL
  • AST/ALT less than 2.5 times upper limit of normal
  • Creatinine no greater than 2.0 mg/mL
  • No symptomatic congestive heart failure
  • No unstable angina pectoris
  • No cardiac arrhythmia
  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Negative pregnancy test
  • Fertile patients must use effective barrier contraception during and for 3 months after study participation
  • No other malignancy within the past 3 years except non-melanoma skin cancer or carcinoma in situ of the cervix
  • No concurrent uncontrolled illness
  • No ongoing or active infection
  • No psychiatric illness or social situation that would preclude study compliance
  • More than 4 weeks since prior chemotherapy (6 weeks for nitrosoureas or mitomycin) and recovered
  • More than 4 weeks since prior radiotherapy and recovered
  • More than 3 weeks since prior surgery (excluding diagnostic biopsy)
  • No other concurrent investigational agents
  • No concurrent therapeutic doses of anticoagulants (e.g., warfarin)
  • No concurrent grapefruit
  • No concurrent combination antiretroviral therapy for HIV-positive patients
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00041340

United States, Texas
M D Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas, United States, 77030
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Principal Investigator: Razelle Kurzrock M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
  More Information

Responsible Party: National Cancer Institute (NCI) Identifier: NCT00041340     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: NCI-2012-02479
N01CM62202 ( US NIH Grant/Contract Award Number )
CDR0000069475 ( Registry Identifier: PDQ (Physician Data Query) )
Study First Received: July 8, 2002
Last Updated: January 22, 2013

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Colorectal Neoplasms
Rectal Neoplasms
Colonic Neoplasms
Intestinal Neoplasms
Gastrointestinal Neoplasms
Digestive System Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Digestive System Diseases
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Colonic Diseases
Intestinal Diseases
Rectal Diseases
Imatinib Mesylate
Antineoplastic Agents
Protein Kinase Inhibitors
Enzyme Inhibitors
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action processed this record on April 26, 2017