Dose Escalation Study Combining Oral Capecitabine (Xeloda) and Radiotherapy for Patients With Unresectable Liver or Cholangiocarcinoma
Our long-term working hypothesis is that if 3-D radiation is combined with the effect of capecitabine one hopes to see improved and durable tumor response and survival with acceptable toxicity. The primary objective is to determine the maximum tolerated dose of capecitabine used along with 3-D conformal radiation therapy.
Capecitabine will be taken by mouth each day of radiation. The total daily dose should be taken as two divided doses approximately 12 hours apart, within 30 minutes after eating, ideally after breakfast and the evening meal. The overall total number of patients expected to participate in this study could be as high as 30 depending on how the treatment is tolerated.
The first group (3-6 patients) on the study will receive the drug (Xeloda®) at 600mg/m² (level 1) and radiation. If the first group does well, the second group of patients on the study (3-6 patients) will receive 825 mg/m² (level 2) and radiation. If the second group does well, the third group will receive 1,000 mg/m² (level 3) and radiation. If the first dose level of 600mg/m² is NOT tolerated, we will reduce the dose to 500mg/m² and enroll another 3-6 patients at the lower dose.
After the highest tolerated dose is identified, 12 additional patients will be treated at that dose to further test the safety of the treatment and better understand the effects of the treatment on disease with more patients.
The following tests and procedures are part of regular medical treatment (standard care) for the disease and are also required for this study.
- physical examinations
- blood tests including pregnancy test
- ECG (heart tracing)
- chest X-ray
- CT scan of the abdomen
Follow-up visits are done 1 month after radiation, then 3 months later, then every 3 months for 2 years.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||A Phase I Dose Escalation Study to Assess the Maximum Tolerated Dose and Feasibility of Combining Oral Capecitabine (Xeloda) and Conformal Radiotherapy (CRT) for Patients With Unresectable Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Multiple Hepatic Metastases or Cholangiocarcinoma|
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00216437
|United States, Florida|
|James A. Haley Veterans Administration Hospital|
|Tampa, Florida, United States, 33612|
|Principal Investigator:||Ismail Kazem, MD||James A. Haley Veterans Administration Hospital|