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Vatalanib and Pemetrexed Disodium in Treating Patients With Advanced Solid Tumors

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
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Mayo Clinic Identifier:
First received: October 18, 2006
Last updated: March 21, 2017
Last verified: April 2016

RATIONALE: Vatalanib and pemetrexed disodium may stop the growth of tumor cells by blocking some of the enzymes needed for cell growth. Vatalanib may also stop the growth of tumor cells by blocking blood flow to the tumor. Giving vatalanib together with pemetrexed disodium may kill more tumor cells.

PURPOSE: This phase I trial is studying the side effects and best dose of vatalanib when given together with pemetrexed disodium in treating patients with advanced solid tumors.

Condition Intervention Phase
Unspecified Adult Solid Tumor, Protocol Specific
Drug: vatalanib
Drug: pemetrexed disodium
Other: pharmacological study
Procedure: ultrasound imaging
Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: No masking
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Phase I Study of PTK/ZK in Combination With Pemetrexed Disodium (ALIMTA)

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Further study details as provided by Mayo Clinic:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Overall toxicity incidence as well as toxicity profiles as measured by dose level, patient, and primary disease site as measured by NCI CTCAE v3.0
  • Dose-limiting toxicity and maximum tolerated dose (MTD) of vatalanib when administered with pemetrexed disodium as measured by NCI CTCAE v3.0
  • Pharmacokinetics of treatment, including AUC, C-max, half-life, and clearance obtained in patients treated at the MTD [ Time Frame: At different time points on day 1 of each course ]
  • Expression of functionally relevant polymorphisms in genes that encode proteins involved in the transport and activation of pemetrexed disodium in patients treated at the MTD
  • Correlation of expression of these polymorphisms with clinical outcomes (toxicity, response, or progression status) in patients treated at the MTD
  • Relation of gene expression and polymorphisms to the intracellular content of pemetrexed disodium

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Response (complete and partial response, stable and progressive disease) in patients with measurable disease
  • Response profile as measured by dose level and by primary disease site

Estimated Enrollment: 44
Actual Study Start Date: January 2007
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2017
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2017 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Arm I
See Detailed Description
Drug: vatalanib
Given orally
Other Names:
  • CGP-79787
  • PTK787/ZK 222584
Drug: pemetrexed disodium
Given IV
Other Names:
  • LY231514
  • MTA
Other: pharmacological study
Correlative study
Other Name: pharmacological studies
Procedure: ultrasound imaging
Correlative study
Other Names:
  • ultrasonography
  • ultrasound
  • ultrasound test

Detailed Description:


I. To determine the dose limiting toxicity (DLT) and maximally tolerated dose (MTD) of PTK/ZK and pemetrexed disodium when given in combination.

II. To describe the toxicities associated with the combination of PTK/ZK with pemetrexed disodium.

III. To evaluate the pharmacokinetic interaction of combination of PTK/ZK with pemetrexed disodium at the MTD (Group II).

IV. To evaluate the intracellular content of pemetrexed disodium polyglutamates as a measure of activity of pemetrexed disodium transport and activation enzymes in the MTD expansion cohort (Group II).

V. To evaluate polymorphisms and gene expression of pemetrexed disodium target genes, and genes encoding enzymes involved in the transport, activation, and inactivation of pemetrexed disodium, and correlate haplotype-tagged SNPs or gene expression levels with intracellular levels of pemetrexed disodium polyglutamates, toxicity and/or efficacy or pemetrexed disodium in Group II.

VI. To evaluate pharmacogenetic, metabolic and clinical markers that may predict for hypertension induced by anti-VEGF therapy.


This is a dose-escalation study of vatalanib. Patients are assigned to 1 of 2 treatment groups.

GROUP I (dose escalation, closed to accrual 12/18/2007): Patients receive pemetrexed disodium IV over 10 minutes on day 1 and oral vatalanib twice daily on days 1-21.

GROUP II (MTD expansion group): Patients receive pemetrexed disodium IV on day 1, as in group I. Patients also receive oral vatalanib at the MTD twice daily on days 8-21 during course 1 and on days 1-21 during all subsequent courses.

In both groups, courses repeat every 21 days in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.


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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Willingness to return to Mayo Clinic Rochester for follow up
  • Women of childbearing potential and men must agree to use adequate contraception (barrier method of birth control) prior to study entry, duration of study participation, and for at least 30 days after the last administration of study medication
  • ECOG performance status (PS) 0, 1, or 2
  • Histologic proof of advanced solid tumor that has no known standard therapy that is potentially curative or definitely capable of extending life expectancy upon registration.
  • Mandatory translational research (MTD patients only): willingness to provide the biologic specimens as required by the protocol; willingness to undergo brachial artery ultrasound measurements
  • ANC >= 1500/uL
  • Hgb >= 9 g/dL
  • PLT >= 100,000/uL
  • AST =< 3 x ULN or AST =< 5 x ULN if liver involvement
  • Calculated creatinine clearance >= 45 ml/min
  • Total bilirubin =< 1.5 x upper limit of normal (ULN)
  • Random urine protein:osmolality ratio =< 0.40 OR total urinary protein =< 500 mg and measured creatinine clearance (CrCl) >= 45 mL/min from a 24-hour urine collection
  • Patients should have no contraindications to the intake of folic acid, vitamin B12 or dexamethasone
  • For patients with pleural/peritoneal/pericardial effusions: If patient is asymptomatic but the effusion volume is approximated to be > 500 mL or produces measurable objective changes related to the effusion (e.g., echocardiographic ventricular compression, hypoxia on pulse oximetry, etc.), effusion should be drained
  • Able to permanently discontinue aspirin dose of >=1.3 grams/day >=10 days before through >= 10 days after pemetrexed disodium treatment
  • Life expectancy >= 12 weeks

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Symptomatic, untreated, or uncontrolled CNS metastases or seizure disorder; patients with CNS metastases treated with whole brain radiation (WBRT) may be enrolled after completion of WBRT; patients may begin chemotherapy as early as the next day after WBRT
  • Any clinically significant infection
  • Active, bleeding diathesis or on any anticoagulant
  • HIV-positive patients receiving combination anti-retroviral therapy because of possible pharmacokinetic interactions with PTK/ZK
  • Chemotherapy =< 3 weeks prior to registration
  • Radiation to >= 30% of bone marrow
  • Immunotherapy =< 2 weeks prior to registration
  • Chronic renal disease
  • Acute or chronic liver disease (e.g., hepatitis, cirrhosis)
  • Impairment of gastrointestinal (GI) function or GI disease since they may significantly alter the absorption of PTK/ZK (i.e., ulcerative disease, uncontrolled nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, malabsorption syndrome, bowel obstruction, or inability to swallow tablets)
  • Greater than (>) normal risk of bleeding or on any anticoagulant
  • Pregnant, nursing, or positive pregnancy test =< 7 days prior to registration for women of childbearing potential
  • Symptomatic serosal effusion (>= CTCAE v3.0 grade 2 dyspnea that is not amenable to drainage prior to registration)
  • Mitomycin C/nitrosoureas, bevacizumab =< 6 weeks prior to registration
  • Biologic therapy =< 2 weeks prior to registration
  • Other chemotherapy, immunotherapy, hormonal therapy, radiotherapy, or any ancillary therapy considered investigational (utilized for a non-FDA approved indication and in the context of a research investigation) =< 4 weeks prior to registration
  • Prolonged QTc (> 450 msec for males and > 470 msec for females) or known history of congenital or acquired prolonged QTc syndrome
  • Serious condition that, in the opinion of the investigator, would compromise the patient's ability to complete the study
  • Prior therapy with monoclonal antibody to VEGF, VEGF trap, small molecules with receptor tyrosine kinase activity against VEGFR, antisense oligonucleotide therapy against VEGF mRNA is allowed
  • Full field radiation therapy =< 4 weeks prior to registration or limited field radiation therapy =< 2 weeks prior to registration (the site of previous radiotherapy should have evidence of progressive disease if this is the only site of disease)
  • Men or women of childbearing potential who are unwilling to employ adequate contraception (a barrier method of birth control) (oral, implantable, or injectable contraceptives may be affected by cytochrome p450 interactions and are, therefore, not considered effective for this study)
  • a) Labile hypertension, or history of poor compliance with antihypertensive medication
  • d) Myocardial infarction =< 6 months prior to registration
  • h) History of deep venous thrombosis or pulmonary embolism =< 2 years prior to registration
  • Current use of the following drugs: amiodarone; anticoagulants (e.g., warfarin); anti-retroviral therapy (e.g., ritonavir); carbamazepine; chlorpromazine; cisapride; clarithromycin; clopidogrel; disopyramide; droperidol; erythromycin; fondaparinux; haloperidol; heparin; itraconazole; ketoconazole
  • Current use of the following drugs: methadone; oral contraceptives; phenobarbital; phenytoin; procainamide; products containing grapefruit juice; quinidine; rifabutin; rifampin; sotalol; sparfloxacin; St. John's Wort; thioridazine
  • i) Patients who require chronic treatment with PPI (e.g., omeprazole, lansoprazole, etc.) or H2 antagonist (e.g., ranitidine, famotidine, etc.)
  • Major surgery (i.e., laparotomy), open biopsy, or significant traumatic injury =< 4 weeks prior to registration; minor surgery =< 2 weeks prior to registration; insertion of a vascular access device is not considered major or minor surgery in this regard
  • b) Angina pectoris
  • c) History of congestive heart failure =< 3 months prior to registration, unless ejection fraction > 45%
  • f) Diabetes
  • g) Interstitial pneumonia or extensive and symptomatic interstitial fibrosis of the lung
  • Patients who have received prior treatment using pemetrexed disodium-containing regimens =< 12 months prior to registration
  • Any of the following concurrent severe and/or uncontrolled medical conditions:
  • e) Cardiac arrhythmia
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00390000

United States, Minnesota
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minnesota, United States, 55905
Sponsors and Collaborators
Mayo Clinic
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Principal Investigator: Julian Molina Mayo Clinic
  More Information

Responsible Party: Mayo Clinic Identifier: NCT00390000     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: MC0515
NCI-2009-01316 ( Registry Identifier: CTRP (Clinical Trial Reporting Program) )
MC0515 ( Other Identifier: Mayo Clinic )
P30CA015083 ( US NIH Grant/Contract Award Number )
Study First Received: October 18, 2006
Last Updated: March 21, 2017

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Antineoplastic Agents
Enzyme Inhibitors
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Folic Acid Antagonists
Nucleic Acid Synthesis Inhibitors
Protein Kinase Inhibitors processed this record on April 28, 2017