Docetaxel With or Without Phenoxodiol in Treating Patients With Recurrent Advanced Ovarian Epithelial Cancer, Fallopian Tube Cancer, or Primary Peritoneal Cavity Cancer

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Recruitment Status : Terminated
First Posted : March 17, 2006
Last Update Posted : January 17, 2018
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Yale University

Brief Summary:

RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as docetaxel, work in different ways to stop the growth of tumor cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. Phenoxodiol may help docetaxel work better by making tumor cells more sensitive to the drug.

PURPOSE: This randomized phase I/II trial is studying the side effects of docetaxel when given together with either phenoxodiol or placebo and to see how well it works in treating patients with recurrent advanced ovarian epithelial cancer, fallopian tube cancer, or primary peritoneal cavity cancer.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Fallopian Tube Cancer Ovarian Cancer Primary Peritoneal Cavity Cancer Drug: docetaxel Drug: idronoxil Other: placebo Phase 1

Detailed Description:



  • Determine the safety and tolerability of combination therapy comprising phenoxodiol and docetaxel in patients with recurrent or persistent advanced ovarian epithelial, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cavity cancer.


  • Determine the effect of phenoxodiol on the toxicity of docetaxel using a weekly treatment regimen.
  • Determine if combination therapy comprising phenoxodiol and docetaxel is more efficacious than docetaxel therapy alone.
  • Determine if combination therapy comprising phenoxodiol and docetaxel affects blood levels of either drug.
  • Determine phenotypic differences in the tumor cells of "responders" and "non-responders."

OUTLINE: This is a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind study. Patients are randomized to 1 of 2 treatment arms.

  • Arm I: Patients receive docetaxel IV over 1 hour on days 1, 8, and 15 and oral placebo three times daily on days 1-21.
  • Arm II: Patients receive oral phenoxodiol three times daily on days 1-21 and docetaxel as in arm I.

Treatment in both arms repeats every 4 weeks for up to 12 courses in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

After completion of study treatment, patients are followed monthly for 6 months, every 3 months for 1 year, and then annually thereafter.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 60 patients will be accrued for this study.

3/31/2017 NOTE

This study was terminated 10/2009 due to lack of enrollment. The study never progressed to Phase 2.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 31 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Randomized Placebo-Controlled Phase Ib/IIa Safety, Tolerability and Efficacy Study of Oral Phenoxodiol in Combination With Docetaxel Versus Docetaxel Alone in Patients With Recurrent Epithelial Ovarian, Fallopian Tube and Primary Peritoneal Cancer
Actual Study Start Date : May 2006
Actual Primary Completion Date : August 2009
Actual Study Completion Date : October 2009

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Arm I
Patients receive docetaxel IV over 1 hour on days 1, 8, and 15 and oral placebo three times daily on days 1-21.
Drug: docetaxel
Given IV
Other: placebo
Given orally
Experimental: Arm II
Patients receive oral phenoxodiol three times daily on days 1-21 and docetaxel IV over 1 hour on days 1, 8, and 15.
Drug: docetaxel
Given IV
Drug: idronoxil
Given orally

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Survival (progression-free/recurrence-free interval and overall survival)
  2. Tumor response as assessed by RECIST criteria and clinical examination
  3. Changes in tumor marker CA125 as assessed by Rustin criteria
  4. Safety

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 120 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Histologically confirmed diagnosis of 1 of the following:

    • Ovarian epithelial cancer
    • Fallopian tube cancer
    • Primary peritoneal cavity cancer
  • Recurrent advanced disease

    • Eligible for second-line to fifth-line chemotherapy
    • Received platinum and taxane combination chemotherapy as first-line treatment with disease recurrence > 6 months after conclusion of therapy

      • No demonstrated refractoriness or resistance to weekly docetaxel
  • Meets 1 of the following criteria:

    • Doubling of blood levels of CA125 in the past 6 months and CA125 levels ≥ 2 times upper limit of normal (ULN)
    • Measurable disease defined as ≥ 1 lesion ≥ 20 mm by conventional techniques or ≥ 10 mm by spiral CT scan
  • No active CNS metastases

    • Prior CNS metastases allowed provided they were treated with radiation therapy and disease has been stable for 4 weeks


  • Karnofsky performance score ≥ 60%
  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Negative pregnancy test
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception during and for 3 months after completion of study treatment
  • Life expectancy ≥ 3 months
  • Creatinine ≤ 1.5 mg/dL
  • Transaminases ≤ 3 times upper limit of normal (ULN)
  • Bilirubin normal
  • Platelet count > 100,000/mm^3
  • WBC > 3,000/mm^3
  • Neutrophil count > 1,500/mm^3
  • Hemoglobin ≥ 8.0 g/dL
  • Peripheral neuropathy ≤ grade 1
  • Relative proportions of AST, ALT, and alkaline phosphatase according 1 to the following criteria:

    • Alkaline phosphatase (AP) normal AND AST/ALT ≤ 5 times ULN
    • AP ≤ 2.5 times ULN AND AST/ALT ≤ 1.5 times ULN
    • AP ≤ 5 times ULN AND AST/ALT normal
  • No active infection
  • No concurrent severe and/or uncontrolled medical disease (e.g., uncontrolled diabetes, hypertension, ischemic heart disease, or congestive heart failure)
  • No history of chronic active hepatitis or cirrhosis
  • No history of severe hypersensitivity to docetaxel or other drugs formulated with polysorbate 80


  • See Disease Characteristics
  • No investigational agents within 4 weeks prior to study entry
  • Recovered from prior antineoplastic therapy
  • No other concurrent investigational drugs
  • No other concurrent chemotherapy, radiotherapy, immunotherapy, or hormonal antitumor therapy

    • Concurrent localized radiation therapy allowed for control of local disease complications (e.g., bone metastases) that do not represent a general progression of the disease status
  • No concurrent grapefruit or grapefruit juice
  • No concurrent amifostine

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00303888

United States, Connecticut
Yale Cancer Center
New Haven, Connecticut, United States, 06520-8028
Sponsors and Collaborators
Yale University
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Principal Investigator: Thomas J. Rutherford, MD, PhD Yale University

Responsible Party: Yale University Identifier: NCT00303888     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 0504027640
First Posted: March 17, 2006    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: January 17, 2018
Last Verified: January 2018
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: Yes
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No

Keywords provided by Yale University:
recurrent ovarian epithelial cancer
stage IV ovarian epithelial cancer
stage IIIA ovarian epithelial cancer
stage IIIB ovarian epithelial cancer
stage IIIC ovarian epithelial cancer
recurrent primary peritoneal cavity cancer
stage IIIA primary peritoneal cavity cancer
stage IIIB primary peritoneal cavity cancer
stage IIIC primary peritoneal cavity cancer
stage IV primary peritoneal cavity cancer
recurrent fallopian tube cancer
stage IIIA fallopian tube cancer
stage IIIB fallopian tube cancer
stage IIIC fallopian tube cancer
stage IV fallopian tube cancer

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Fallopian Tube Neoplasms
Peritoneal Neoplasms
Genital Neoplasms, Female
Urogenital Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Fallopian Tube Diseases
Adnexal Diseases
Genital Diseases, Female
Abdominal Neoplasms
Digestive System Neoplasms
Digestive System Diseases
Peritoneal Diseases
Antineoplastic Agents
Tubulin Modulators
Antimitotic Agents
Mitosis Modulators
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action