Metronomic Low-Dose Cyclophosphamide and Methotrexate With or Without Bevacizumab in Treating Women With Metastatic Breast Cancer

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00083031
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified September 2005 by National Cancer Institute (NCI).
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
First Posted : May 17, 2004
Last Update Posted : February 9, 2009
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by:
National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Brief Summary:

RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as cyclophosphamide and methotrexate, work in different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. Bevacizumab may stop the growth of breast cancer by stopping blood flow to the tumor. Giving metronomic (regularly timed) low-dose cyclophosphamide and methotrexate together with bevacizumab may kill more tumor cells.

PURPOSE: This randomized phase II trial is studying metronomic low-dose cyclophosphamide and methotrexate to see how well they work compared to metronomic low-dose cyclophosphamide, methotrexate, and bevacizumab in treating women with metastatic breast cancer.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Breast Cancer Biological: bevacizumab Drug: cyclophosphamide Drug: methotrexate Phase 2

Detailed Description:



  • Compare the overall response rate in women with metastatic breast cancer treated with metronomic low-dose cyclophosphamide and methotrexate with or without bevacizumab.


  • Compare the progression-free survival of patients treated with these regimens.
  • Compare the toxicity of these regimens in these patients.
  • Correlate markers of angiogenesis, including vascular endothelial growth factor and circulating endothelial cells, at baseline and during treatment, with response in patients treated with these regimens.

OUTLINE: This is a randomized study. Patients are randomized to 1 of 2 treatment arms.

  • Arm I: Patients receive low-dose oral cyclophosphamide once daily on days 1-28, low-dose oral methotrexate twice daily on days 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23, and bevacizumab IV over 30-90 minutes on days 1 and 15.
  • Arm II: Patients receive cyclophosphamide and methotrexate as in arm I. In both arms, courses repeat every 28 days in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

Patients in arm II who have progressive disease have the option of discontinuing treatment or crossing over to arm I.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 36-66 patients (18-33 per treatment arm) will be accrued for this study within 7-12 months.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Allocation: Randomized
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Metronomic Chemotherapy in Combination With Bevacizumab for Advanced Breast Cancer
Study Start Date : November 2002

Resource links provided by the National Library of Medicine

MedlinePlus related topics: Breast Cancer

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Clinical response rate (complete and partial) as measured by RECIST criteria

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Progression-free survival

Information from the National Library of Medicine

Choosing to participate in a study is an important personal decision. Talk with your doctor and family members or friends about deciding to join a study. To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contacts provided below. For general information, Learn About Clinical Studies.

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


  • Histologically or cytologically confirmed invasive breast cancer

    • Metastatic (stage IV) disease confirmed by histology or cytology, physical exam, or radiologic study
  • Measurable disease

    • At least one unidimensionally measurable lesion at least 20 mm by conventional techniques OR at least 10 mm by spiral CT scan
    • Measurable lesions in a previously irradiated field must have progressed after radiotherapy
  • HER2-positive patients must have received prior trastuzumab (Herceptin^®) for advanced disease or in the adjuvant setting
  • No evidence of brain metastases by brain CT scan or MRI
  • Hormone receptor status:

    • Not specified



  • 18 and over


  • Female

Menopausal status

  • Not specified

Performance status

  • ECOG 0-1 OR
  • Karnofsky 70-100%

Life expectancy

  • More than 6 months


  • Absolute neutrophil count ≥ 1,000/mm^3
  • Platelet count ≥ 100,000/mm^3
  • No bleeding diatheses (including hemoptysis)


  • AST and ALT ≤ 4.0 times upper limit of normal (ULN)
  • Bilirubin ≤ 2 times ULN


  • Creatinine ≤ 2.0 mg/dL
  • Urinary protein < 500 mg/24-hour-urine collection OR
  • Protein urinalysis < 1+


  • LVEF ≥ 50% by echocardiogram or nuclear medicine gated study
  • No poorly controlled hypertension
  • No prior blood clots
  • No symptomatic congestive heart failure
  • No unstable angina pectoris
  • No cardiac arrhythmia


  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Negative pregnancy test
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception
  • No history of grade 3 or 4 allergic reaction to compounds of similar chemical or biological composition to cyclophosphamide or methotrexate
  • No concurrent uncontrolled illness
  • No active or ongoing infection
  • No psychiatric illness or social situation that would preclude study compliance


Biologic therapy

  • See Disease Characteristics
  • No prior experimental angiogenesis inhibitors
  • No concurrent filgrastim (G-CSF)
  • Concurrent epoetin alfa growth factor support allowed


  • Prior adjuvant chemotherapy for early-stage breast cancer allowed, including cyclophosphamide-based chemotherapy
  • No more than 1 prior chemotherapy regimen for metastatic breast cancer
  • No prior oral cyclophosphamide- or methotrexate-based therapy for metastatic disease

Endocrine therapy

  • Prior hormonal therapy in the adjuvant or metastatic setting or for early-stage breast cancer allowed
  • No concurrent hormonal therapy, including luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone agonists


  • See Disease Characteristics
  • Prior radiotherapy in the metastatic or early-stage setting allowed
  • Concurrent radiotherapy allowed


  • More than 28 days since prior surgery except for venous access device or diagnostic study


  • Recovered from prior therapy
  • No concurrent anticoagulation or chronic aspirin therapy (> 325 mg/day)

    • Concurrent low-dose anticoagulation or thrombolytic agents for venous access patency allowed
  • No other concurrent investigational or experimental therapy
  • No other concurrent anticancer agents or therapies
  • Concurrent bisphosphonates allowed provided skeletal sites are not the primary sites used in assessing response

    • If skeletal sites are being followed for measurable response, bisphosphonates must be initiated at least 4 weeks before study entry

Information from the National Library of Medicine

To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00083031

United States, Massachusetts
Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center at Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02115
Sponsors and Collaborators
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Principal Investigator: Harold J. Burstein, MD, PhD Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Identifier: NCT00083031     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000361807
First Posted: May 17, 2004    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: February 9, 2009
Last Verified: September 2005

Keywords provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):
recurrent breast cancer
stage IV breast cancer

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Breast Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Breast Diseases
Skin Diseases
Angiogenesis Inhibitors
Angiogenesis Modulating Agents
Growth Substances
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Growth Inhibitors
Antineoplastic Agents
Immunosuppressive Agents
Immunologic Factors
Antirheumatic Agents
Antineoplastic Agents, Alkylating
Alkylating Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Myeloablative Agonists
Abortifacient Agents, Nonsteroidal
Abortifacient Agents
Reproductive Control Agents
Antimetabolites, Antineoplastic
Dermatologic Agents
Enzyme Inhibitors
Folic Acid Antagonists
Nucleic Acid Synthesis Inhibitors