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FR901228 in Treating Patients With Previously Treated Unresectable Locally Advanced or Metastatic Colorectal Cancer

This study has been completed.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
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National Cancer Institute (NCI) Identifier:
First received: February 10, 2004
Last updated: June 21, 2013
Last verified: November 2005

RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as FR901228, work in different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die.

PURPOSE: This phase II trial is studying how well FR901228 works in treating patients with unresectable locally advanced or metastatic colorectal cancer.

Condition Intervention Phase
Colorectal Cancer Drug: romidepsin Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Phase II Trial of Depsipeptide (NSC-630176) in Colorectal Cancer Patients Who Have Received Either One or Two Prior Chemotherapy Regimens for Metastatic or Locally Advanced, Unresectable Disease

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

Study Start Date: April 2004
Study Completion Date: April 2006
Detailed Description:


  • Determine the confirmed response (complete and partial) in patients with previously treated unresectable locally advanced or metastatic colorectal cancer treated with FR901228 (depsipeptide).
  • Determine the time to treatment failure and overall survival of patients treated with this drug.
  • Determine the qualitative and quantitative toxic effects of this drug in these patients.

OUTLINE: This is a multicenter study.

Patients receive FR901228 (depsipeptide) IV over 4 hours on days 1, 8, and 15. Courses repeat every 28 days in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

Patients are followed every 8 weeks until disease progression and then every 3 months until 1 year after study entry and then every 6 months until 3 years after study entry.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 20-40 patients will be accrued for this study within 4-10 months.


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


  • Histologically or cytologically confirmed colorectal cancer meeting 1 of the following criteria:

    • Locally advanced unresectable disease
    • Distant metastatic disease
  • Measurable disease
  • Previously treated with at least 1, but no more than 2, prior chemotherapy regimens for unresectable locally advanced or metastatic disease

    • May have included irinotecan or oxaliplatin
    • No more than 1 prior chemotherapy regimen (not oxaliplatin-based) for advanced or metastatic disease if previously treated with oxaliplatin-based adjuvant chemotherapy
    • No more than 1 prior chemotherapy regimen (not irinotecan-based) for advanced or metastatic disease if previously treated with irinotecan-based adjuvant chemotherapy
  • No known brain metastases



  • Over 18

Performance status

  • Zubrod 0-1

Life expectancy

  • Not specified


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


  • Bilirubin ≤ upper limit of normal (ULN)
  • SGOT and SGPT ≤ 2.5 times ULN


  • Creatinine ≤ ULN


  • No New York Heart Association class III or IV congestive heart failure
  • No myocardial infarction within the past year
  • No uncontrolled dysrhythmias
  • No poorly controlled angina
  • No prior serious ventricular arrhythmia (e.g., ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation ≥ 3 beats in a row)
  • No left ventricular hypertrophy
  • QTc < 500 msec
  • No other significant cardiac disease


  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception
  • No other malignancy within the past 5 years except adequately treated basal cell or squamous cell skin cancer or carcinoma in situ of the cervix
  • No prior allergic reaction attributed to compounds of similar chemical or biological composition to FR901228


Biologic therapy

  • No concurrent anticancer immunotherapy


  • See Disease Characteristics
  • At least 28 days since prior chemotherapy and recovered
  • No prior FR901228 (depsipeptide)
  • No other concurrent anticancer chemotherapy

Endocrine therapy

  • No concurrent anticancer hormonal therapy


  • At least 28 days since prior radiotherapy and recovered
  • No concurrent anticancer radiotherapy


  • At least 28 days since prior surgery and recovered


  • No concurrent combination antiretroviral therapy for HIV-positive patients
  • No concurrent agent that causes QTc prolongation
  • No concurrent hydrochlorothiazide
  • No other concurrent investigational agents
  • No other concurrent drugs that have histone deacetylase inhibitor activity (e.g., valproic acid)
  • No other concurrent anticancer therapy
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00077337

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Sponsors and Collaborators
Southwest Oncology Group
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
OverallOfficial: Robert P. Whitehead, MD University of Texas
  More Information

Whitehead RP, McCoy S, Wollner IS, et al.: Phase II trial of depsipeptide (NSC-630176) in colorectal cancer patients who have received either one or two prior chemotherapy regimens for metastatic or locally advanced, unresectable disease: a Southwest Oncology Group study. [Abstract] American Society of Clinical Oncology 2006 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium, 26-28 January 2006, San Francisco, California. A-255, 2006. Identifier: NCT00077337     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000350199
Study First Received: February 10, 2004
Last Updated: June 21, 2013

Keywords provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):
recurrent colon cancer
stage III colon cancer
stage IV colon cancer
recurrent rectal cancer
stage III rectal cancer
stage IV 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
Rectal Diseases
Antibiotics, Antineoplastic
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