A Study of STA-4783 in Combination With Weekly Paclitaxel for Treatment of Patients With Soft Tissue Sarcomas

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: NCT00087997
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : July 23, 2004
Last Update Posted : June 20, 2006
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Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp.

Brief Summary:
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of an experimental study drug (STA-4783) combined with an approved cancer medicine, paclitaxel, in the treatment of soft tissue sarcomas. Paclitaxel (Taxol®) has been approved and used in the United States since 1992.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Soft Tissue Sarcoma Drug: STA-4783 Phase 2

Detailed Description:
STA-4783 is a taxane potentiator, enhancing the effect of antitumor response of paclitaxel. In an attempt to improve efficacy, paclitaxel is sometimes used in combination with other anticancer agents. When paclitaxel is combined with other anticancer agents, although response rate is usually increased, side effects are usually increased as well. There is an urgent need for agents that can enhance the antitumor effects of paclitaxel without further increasing undesirable side effects.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Enrollment : 80 participants
Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Study Start Date : July 2004
Study Completion Date : October 2005

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older with histologic diagnosis of soft tissue sarcoma
  • Must have disease not suitable for curative resection
  • Must have failed >1 first line treatment with evidence of progression. Adjuvant therapy does not count as 1st line therapy unless recurrence occurs within 6 months of administration
  • Must have ability to understand and the willingness to sign a written informed consent document
  • Must have Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status of < 2
  • Must have measurable disease according to Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors (RECIST) criteria
  • At least 4 weeks have passed since the last chemotherapy, immunotherapy, or radiation therapy
  • There must be measurable disease outside the radiotherapy fields or progression of the indicator lesions within the field since the completion of the radiotherapy
  • Must have a life expectancy of greater than 12 weeks
  • Must have clinical laboratory values at screening as defined below:
  • Hemoglobin >9 g/dL,
  • Absolute neutrophil count >1500/mm3,
  • Platelet count >100,000/mm3,
  • Creatinine <1.5 X ULN,
  • Bilirubin <1.5 X ULN,
  • Asparate aminotransferase and alanine aminotransferase <2.5 X ULN (<5 X ULN in presence of liver metastases)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Female patients who are pregnant or breast feeding
  • Patients of childbearing potential not using or not willing to use a barrier method of contraception
  • Prior malignancy other than soft tissue sarcoma (STS) within the last 5 yrs with the exception of:

    • Adequately treated in situ carcinoma of the cervix uteri;
    • Basal or squamous cell carcinoma of the skin
  • Presence of a clinically significant and uncontrolled infection
  • Presence of >Grade 2 neuropathy
  • Symptomatic central nervous system metastases within last 8 weeks or on corticosteroids for CNS symptom management
  • Presence of clinically significant arrythmias
  • Presence of a serious concurrent illness or other conditions (e.g., psychological, family, sociological, or geographical circumstances) that do not permit adequate follow-up and compliance with the protocol
  • History of severe hypersensitivity reactions to taxanes or cremaphore in spite of premedication
  • Use of any investigational agents within 4 weeks prior to the first dose of study drug(s)
  • Major surgery within 2 weeks of screening
  • Radiation treatment in past >25% of bone marrow

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00087997

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Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp. Identifier: NCT00087997     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 4783-04
First Posted: July 23, 2004    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: June 20, 2006
Last Verified: June 2006

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Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Neoplasms, Connective and Soft Tissue
Neoplasms by Histologic Type