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UCN-01 and Fluorouracil in Treating Patients With Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer

This study has been completed.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
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National Cancer Institute (NCI) Identifier:
First received: September 6, 2002
Last updated: June 21, 2013
Last verified: August 2004

RATIONALE: UCN-01 may stop the growth of tumor cells by blocking the enzymes necessary for tumor cell growth. Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. Combining UCN-01 with chemotherapy may kill more tumor cells.

PURPOSE: Phase II trial to study the effectiveness of combining UCN-01 with fluorouracil in treating patients who have metastatic pancreatic cancer that has not responded to treatment with gemcitabine.

Condition Intervention Phase
Pancreatic Cancer
Drug: 7-hydroxystaurosporine
Drug: fluorouracil
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Phase II Study of UCN-01 in Combination With Fluorouracil in Advanced Pancreatic Cancer

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

Study Start Date: July 2002
Study Completion Date: September 2004
Detailed Description:


  • Determine the response rate, time to progression, and overall survival of patients with gemcitabine-refractory metastatic pancreatic cancer treated with UCN-01 and fluorouracil.
  • Determine the toxicity of this regimen in these patients.

OUTLINE: Patients receive fluorouracil IV over 24 hours on days 1, 8, 15, and 22. Patients also receive UCN-01 IV continuously over 72 hours (course 1 only) beginning on day 2. In subsequent courses, UCN-01 is infused over 36 hours. Courses repeat every 28 days in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 12-37 patients will be accrued for this study within 3-13 months.


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


  • Histologically or cytologically confirmed adenocarcinoma of the pancreas

    • Progressive disease after gemcitabine-based chemotherapy for metastatic disease
  • At least 1 unidimensionally measurable metastatic lesion

    • At least 20 mm by conventional techniques OR
    • At least 10 mm by spiral CT scan
    • Primary disease site is not considered a measurable lesion
  • No known brain metastases



  • 18 and over

Performance status

  • ECOG 0-1 OR
  • Karnofsky 70-100%

Life expectancy

  • More than 8 weeks


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


  • Bilirubin normal
  • AST/ALT no greater than 2.5 times upper limit of normal


  • Creatinine normal OR
  • Creatinine clearance at least 60 mL/min


  • No symptomatic congestive heart failure
  • No unstable angina pectoris
  • No cardiac tachyarrhythmia


  • No symptomatic chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • No pulmonary embolism within the past 6 months


  • No prior allergic reactions to compounds of similar chemical or biological composition to UCN-01 or other agents used in this study
  • No diabetes mellitus uncontrolled by insulin or oral hypoglycemic agents
  • No uncontrolled concurrent illness
  • No ongoing or active infection
  • No psychiatric illness or social situation that would preclude study
  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Negative pregnancy test
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception before, during, and for 3 months after study


Biologic therapy

  • No concurrent immunotherapy


  • See Disease Characteristics
  • More than 4 weeks since prior chemotherapy (6 weeks for nitrosoureas or mitomycin) and recovered
  • No more than 1 prior chemotherapy regimen for metastatic or recurrent disease
  • No prior fluorouracil in the adjuvant or inoperable, locally advanced setting (except as a radiosensitizer)
  • No other concurrent chemotherapy

Endocrine therapy

  • Not specified


  • More than 4 weeks since prior radiotherapy and recovered
  • No prior mediastinal irradiation
  • No concurrent radiotherapy


  • Not specified


  • No prior UCN-01 or other cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitors
  • No concurrent combination antiretroviral therapy for HIV-positive patients
  • No other concurrent investigational or commercial anticancer agents or therapies
  • No concurrent anticonvulsant medications
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00045747

United States, New York
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
New York, New York, United States, 10021
Sponsors and Collaborators
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Study Chair: Gary K. Schwartz, MD Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  More Information Identifier: NCT00045747     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000257125
Study First Received: September 6, 2002
Last Updated: June 21, 2013

Keywords provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):
adenocarcinoma of the pancreas
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
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Antimetabolites, Antineoplastic
Antineoplastic Agents
Immunosuppressive Agents
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Protein Kinase Inhibitors
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