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XL119 Versus 5-Fluorouracil (5-FU) Plus Leucovorin (LV) in Subjects With Advanced Biliary Tumors

This study has been terminated.
(Futility reasons after Independent Data Monitoring Committee interim analysis)
Information provided by:
Helsinn Healthcare SA Identifier:
First received: August 19, 2004
Last updated: January 13, 2009
Last verified: January 2009
The main purpose of this study is to determine if XL119 is more effective than the combination of 5-fluorouracil (5FU) and leucovorin (LV) in prolonging the survival of subjects with advanced biliary tumors.

Condition Intervention Phase
Biliary Tract Cancer Drug: becatecarin Drug: 5-Fluorouracil Plus Leucovorin Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase 3 Multicenter, Open Label, Randomized Study of XL119 Versus 5-Fluorouracil (5-FU) Plus Leucovorin (LV) in Subjects With Advanced Biliary Tumors Not Amenable to Conventional Surgery

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Further study details as provided by Helsinn Healthcare SA:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • To compare survival duration for XL119 and 5-FU/LV treated subjects [ Time Frame: time to death ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • To determine time to progressive disease for XL119 and 5-FU/LV treated subjects, to evaluate clinical benefit for XL119 and 5-FU/LV treated subjects, and to assess the safety profile of XL119 [ Time Frame: time to progressive disease ]

Enrollment: 248
Study Start Date: September 2004
Study Completion Date: November 2006
Primary Completion Date: November 2006 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: becatecarin
Drug: becatecarin
Dose: 140 mg/m2 x day Mode of administration: i.v. via central venous catheter Duration of treatment: Days 1 through 5 of a 28 day cycle
Other Name: XL119
Active Comparator: 5-FU Plus Leucovorin (LV)
5-Fluorouracil (5-FU) Plus Leucovorin (LV)
Drug: 5-Fluorouracil Plus Leucovorin
5-Fluorouracil (5-FU) + Leucovorin (LV) Dose: 375 mg /m2/day + 25 mg/m2/day Mode of administration: i.v. via central venous catheter or alternative i.v. administration.Duration of treatment: Days 1 through 5 of a 28 day cycle


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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Male and female subjects with advanced histologically confirmed biliary cancer (gallbladder cancer or cholangiocarcinoma) that is not amenable to conventional surgical approach
  • 18 years or older
  • Life expectancy of at least 12 weeks
  • Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) Performance Status score less than 3
  • Willing and able to sign informed consent
  • Sexually active men and women must use an accepted and effective method of contraception (including barrier contraception with spermicide)
  • Women of child-bearing age must have a negative pregnancy test
  • Laboratory criteria

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Prior chemotherapy (excluding chemotherapy given as adjuvant treatment completing more than 6 months prior to entry into study)
  • Unstable angina, or class III or IV New York Heart Association heart disease
  • Central nervous system metastases
  • Uncontrolled diabetes mellitus
  • Uncontrolled seizure disorder
  • Major surgery, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, or radiotherapy during the 28 days preceding the first study treatment
  • Need for concomitant anticancer therapy (chemotherapy, immunotherapy, or radiation) or other investigational agents during study participation or 28 days prior to study participation
  • Pregnant or breast-feeding
  • A known history of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00090025

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Sponsors and Collaborators
Helsinn Healthcare SA
Study Chair: Afshin Dowlati, MD Case Western Reserve University - Cleveland
  More Information

Responsible Party: Helsinn Healthcare SA, Pharma Company Sponsor Identifier: NCT00090025     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: XL119-001
Study First Received: August 19, 2004
Last Updated: January 13, 2009

Keywords provided by Helsinn Healthcare SA:
Advanced Biliary Cancer
Gall bladder tumor
Gall bladder cancer
Bile duct tumor
Tumor of biliary tree

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Biliary Tract Neoplasms
Digestive System Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Biliary Tract Diseases
Digestive System Diseases
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Antimetabolites, Antineoplastic
Antineoplastic Agents
Immunosuppressive Agents
Immunologic Factors
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