Nordihydroguaiaretic Acid in Treating Patients With Nonmetastatic Relapsed Prostate Cancer

This study has been terminated.
(Ran out of drug)
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of California, San Francisco Identifier:
First received: April 11, 2006
Last updated: October 9, 2012
Last verified: October 2012

RATIONALE: Nordihydroguaiaretic acid may stop the growth of tumor cells by blocking some of the enzymes needed for cell growth.

PURPOSE: This phase I trial is studying the side effects and best dose of nordihydroguaiaretic acid in treating patients with nonmetastatic relapsed prostate cancer.

Condition Intervention Phase
Prostate Cancer
Drug: masoprocol
Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase I Study of NDGA in Patients With Non-Metastatic Biochemically Relapsed Prostate Cancer

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Further study details as provided by University of California, San Francisco:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Dose-limiting toxicity as measured by CTC v3.0 [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Maximum tolerated dose [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
  • Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) at baseline and on day 1 of each course [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 15
Study Start Date: June 2005
Study Completion Date: October 2006
Primary Completion Date: October 2006 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:



  • Determine the maximum tolerated dose of nordihydroguaiaretic acid (NDGA) in patients with nonmetastatic, biochemically relapsed prostate cancer.


  • Determine prostate-specific antigen-modulating effects of NDGA in these patients.

OUTLINE: This is a dose-escalation study.

Patients receive oral nordihydroguaiaretic acid (NDGA) twice daily on days 1-28. Treatment repeats every 28 days in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

Cohorts of 3-6 patients receive escalating doses of NDGA until the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) is determined. The MTD is defined as the dose preceding that at which 2 of 3 or 2 of 6 patients experience dose-limiting toxicity.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 30 patients will be accrued for this study.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Male
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Histologically confirmed prostate cancer, meeting 1 of the following criteria:

    • Androgen-dependent disease (testosterone ≥ 250 ng/mL)
    • Androgen-independent disease (testosterone < 50 ng/mL)
  • Received prior definitive therapy for primary prostate cancer comprising any of the following:

    • External-beam radiotherapy with or without hormonal therapy
    • Brachytherapy with or without pelvic external-beam radiotherapy or hormonal therapy
    • Radical prostatectomy with or without adjuvant or salvage radiotherapy
    • Cryotherapy
  • Must have evidence of disease progression, as evidenced by elevated prostate-specific antigen (PSA) that has risen serially from post-definitive therapy nadir on 2 determinations taken ≥ 1 week apart

    • Elevated PSA, meeting 1 of the following criteria:

      • At least 1.0 ng/mL post radiotherapy or cryotherapy
      • At least 4 ng/mL post radical prostatectomy
    • Must show disease progression after discontinuation of the antiandrogen (for patients with androgen-dependent disease receiving antiandrogen as part of primary androgen ablation)
  • No metastatic disease, confirmed by negative bone scan and negative CT scan or MRI of abdomen/pelvis


  • Karnofsky performance status 70-100%
  • Absolute neutrophil count ≥ 1,500/mm³
  • Hemoglobin ≥ 8.0 g/dL
  • Platelet count ≥ 100,000/mm³
  • Creatinine ≤ 1.5 times upper limit of normal (ULN)
  • Bilirubin ≤ 1.5 times ULN
  • AST ≤ 1.5 times ULN
  • No other medical condition that would interfere with study therapy or compliance
  • No other active malignancy except previously treated squamous cell or basal cell skin cancer or cancer that has been treated and considered to be at < 30% risk of relapse
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception


  • See Disease Characteristics
  • More than 8 weeks since prior strontium-chloride Sr 89
  • More than 4 weeks since first dose of bisphosphonates
  • More than 4 weeks since prior major surgery or radiotherapy
  • At least 4 weeks since prior hormonal agents, including megestrol or steroids

    • Concurrent luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone analogs allowed to maintain castrate levels of testosterone
  • At least 4 weeks since prior and no concurrent saw palmetto, finasteride, or any herbal agent intended to lower PSA
  • Prior adjuvant or neoadjuvant androgen-deprivation therapy allowed for androgen-dependent prostate cancer provided that all of the following are met:

    • No more than 8 months of androgen deprivation
    • At least 12 months since last day of effective androgen deprivation
    • Testosterone > 250 ng/mL at enrollment
  • Prior hormonal therapy, chemotherapy, or investigational therapy for biochemical relapse allowed
  • No concurrent chemotherapeutic, immunotherapeutic, or other investigational agents
  • No concurrent radiotherapy
  • No concurrent filgrastim (G-CSF) or sargramostim (GM-CSF)
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00313534

United States, California
UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center
San Francisco, California, United States, 94115
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of California, San Francisco
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Study Chair: Charles Ryan, MD University of California, San Francisco
  More Information

Responsible Party: University of California, San Francisco Identifier: NCT00313534     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000455645  UCSF-035510  UCSF-H45860-23712-02A 
Study First Received: April 11, 2006
Last Updated: October 9, 2012
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government
United States: Food and Drug Administration

Keywords provided by University of California, San Francisco:
recurrent prostate cancer
stage IIB prostate cancer
stage IIA prostate cancer
stage III prostate cancer
stage I prostate cancer

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Prostatic Neoplasms
Genital Diseases, Male
Genital Neoplasms, Male
Neoplasms by Site
Prostatic Diseases
Urogenital Neoplasms processed this record on May 26, 2016