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Trial of Curcumin in Advanced Pancreatic Cancer

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00094445
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : October 19, 2004
Results First Posted : August 28, 2020
Last Update Posted : August 28, 2020
Sabinsa Corporation
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Brief Summary:
The goal of this clinical research study is to learn if treatment with curcumin can help shrink or slow the growth of pancreatic cancers. The effect of curcumin on the way pancreatic cancer cells function and the safety of treatment with curcumin will also be studied.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Pancreatic Neoplasms Adenocarcinoma Drug: Curcumin Phase 2

Detailed Description:

Curcumin, a yellow substance extracted from the plant Curcuma longa, is commonly used as a food additive. It is a natural anti-inflammatory compound and has shown anti-tumor activity in the laboratory. During this study, you will receive much higher doses of curcumin than can be obtained from the diet.

During the study, you will receive curcumin by mouth every day. You will be required to take up to 16 pills per day each morning. Every 8-week period you take curcumin is considered a "course" of treatment. The number of courses you receive depends on how you are responding to treatment. You can continue treatment as long as the disease does not get worse. If the disease gets worse or you experience any intolerable side effects, you will be taken off the study and your doctor will discuss other treatment options with you.

You will be given a questionnaire to complete at the beginning of the study and once a week while you are on therapy to help the medical staff understand how the different symptoms from your disease are affecting you. This questionnaire, which should take about 5 minutes to complete, can be done over the telephone or with the help of one of the study staff during your visits.

At the end of each course of treatment (every 8 weeks), you will have a physical exam and the tumor will be re-evaluated using CT scans and/or blood (about 2 tablespoons) tests.

This is an investigational study. Curcumin is a commercially available substance, which is commonly used as a food additive. Up to 50 participants will take part in this study. All will be enrolled at M. D. Anderson.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 50 participants
Allocation: N/A
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Phase II Trial of Curcumin in Patients With Advanced Pancreatic Cancer
Study Start Date : November 2004
Actual Primary Completion Date : April 2014
Actual Study Completion Date : April 2014

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Drug Information available for: Curcumin

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Curcumin
Oral curcumin daily for eight weeks, starting dose 8 gm per day.
Drug: Curcumin
Starting dose 8 gm orally per day for 8 weeks. If patient experiences grade III toxicity, dose held and restarted with a 50% dose reduction after resolution of toxicity to </= Grade I. Patients with grade IV toxicity will discontinue treatments. Patients with </= grade I toxicity may have a 25% dose increase at each four-week period. Patients will continue on treatment until disease progresses, unless Grade III toxicity supervenes.
Other Name: diferuloyl methane

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Six-Month Participant Survival [ Time Frame: Baseline to 6 months ]
    Number of participants followed from baseline (date of randomization) until the date of first documented progression or date of death from any cause, whichever came first, assessed up to 6 months.

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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:

  1. The patient has pathologically confirmed adenocarcinoma of the pancreas that is not amenable to curative surgical resection (includes locally advanced, metastatic, or recurrent disease). Histology must be confirmed by the pathology department of the investigational center.
  2. The patient has a Karnofsky Performance Status of greater than or equal to 60 at study entry.
  3. The patient has given informed consent.
  4. The patient is at least 18 years of age.
  5. The patient has adequate hematologic function as defined by an absolute neutrophil count greater than or equal to 1,500/mm3, platelet count greater than or equal to 100,000/mm3.
  6. The patient has adequate hepatic function as defined by a total bilirubin less than or equal to 2.0 X ULN, alkaline phosphatase, AST and/or ALT less than or equal to 5 X ULN, and creatinine less than or equal to 2.0 mg/dL.
  7. The patient has measurable disease.
  8. The patient agrees to use effective contraception if procreative potential exists.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. The patient has a history of treated or active brain metastases, carcinomatous meningitis, an uncontrolled seizure disorder, or active neurological disease.
  2. The patient has received prior radiation. Patients with measurable disease outside the radiation port or documented disease progression of previously irradiated measurable disease are eligible. Patient must be greater than or equal to four weeks post-therapy and have recovered from all toxicities.
  3. The patient has an unstable medical condition according to the investigator, including uncontrolled diabetes mellitus or hypertension; active infections requiring systemic antibiotics, antivirals, or antifungals, unstable CHF, uncontrolled arrythmias, or unstable coagulation disorders.
  4. The patient is pregnant (confirmed by serum Beta-HCG) or is breast feeding.
  5. The patient has received an investigational agent(s) within four weeks of study entry.

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00094445

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United States, Texas
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas, United States, 77030
Sponsors and Collaborators
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Sabinsa Corporation
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Principal Investigator: Vivek Subbiah, MD M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Additional Information:
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Responsible Party: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00094445    
Other Study ID Numbers: ID03-0009
1R21CA104337 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
NCI-2012-01309 ( Registry Identifier: NCI CTRP )
First Posted: October 19, 2004    Key Record Dates
Results First Posted: August 28, 2020
Last Update Posted: August 28, 2020
Last Verified: August 2020
Keywords provided by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center:
Pancreatic Cancer
Adenocarcinoma of the pancreas
Alternative therapy
Pancreatic Neoplasm
Cancer of the pancreas
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Pancreatic Neoplasms
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Digestive System Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Endocrine Gland Neoplasms
Digestive System Diseases
Pancreatic Diseases
Endocrine System Diseases
Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal
Analgesics, Non-Narcotic
Sensory System Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Anti-Inflammatory Agents
Antirheumatic Agents
Antineoplastic Agents
Enzyme Inhibitors
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action