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Sunitinib in Treating Patients With Locally Recurrent or Metastatic Kidney Cancer

This study has been completed.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Identifier:
First received: April 11, 2007
Last updated: October 26, 2015
Last verified: October 2015

RATIONALE: Sunitinib may stop the growth of tumor cells by blocking some of the enzymes needed for cell growth and by blocking blood flow to the tumor.

PURPOSE: This phase II trial is studying how well sunitinib works in treating patients with locally recurrent or metastatic kidney cancer.

Condition Intervention Phase
Kidney Cancer Drug: sunitinib malate Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Phase II Study of Sunitinib in Patients With Metastatic Papillary Renal Cell Carcinoma

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Further study details as provided by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Overall Objective Response Rate as Measured by RECIST [ Time Frame: 2 years ]

Enrollment: 24
Study Start Date: March 2007
Study Completion Date: November 2010
Primary Completion Date: November 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Sunitinib
The treatment will include Sunitinib malate 50 mg self-administered orally, once daily in the evening, without regard to meals, for 4 consecutive weeks (28 days) followed by 2 weeks (14 days) off, to comprise a complete cycle of 6 weeks.
Drug: sunitinib malate

Detailed Description:



  • Determine the efficacy of sunitinib malate in patients with locally recurrent or metastatic papillary renal cell carcinoma.

OUTLINE: Patients receive oral sunitinib malate once daily on days 1-28. Treatment repeats every 6 weeks in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

After completion of study treatment, patients are followed at 28 days and every 2 months thereafter.


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


  • Histologically confirmed advanced renal cell carcinoma of papillary or other non-clear cell histology

    • Metastatic or locally recurrent disease
  • Measurable disease, defined as ≥ 1 unidimensionally measurable lesion ≥ 20 mm by conventional techniques or ≥ 10 mm by spiral CT scan

    • The following are considered nonmeasurable disease:

      • Bone lesions
      • Ascites
      • Peritoneal carcinomatosis or miliary lesions
      • Pleural or pericardial effusions
      • Lymphangitis of the skin or lung
      • Cystic lesions
      • Irradiated lesions
  • Patients with primary tumor in place who are eligible for surgery must have undergone prior partial or radical nephrectomy
  • No history of or known brain metastases, spinal cord compression, or evidence of symptomatic brain or leptomeningeal carcinomatosis


  • Karnofsky performance status 70-100%
  • Absolute neutrophil count ≥ 1,500/mm³
  • Platelet count ≥ 100,000/mm³
  • Hemoglobin ≥ 9.0 g/dL
  • Calcium ≤ 12.0 mg/dL
  • Creatinine ≤ 1.5 times upper limit of normal (ULN)
  • Bilirubin ≤ 1.5 times ULN
  • AST and ALT ≤ 2.5 times ULN (5 times ULN if liver function abnormalities are due to underlying malignancy)
  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Negative pregnancy test
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception
  • No hemorrhage ≥ grade 3 within the past 4 weeks
  • No diagnosis of any second malignancy within the past 5 years, except for adequately treated basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell skin cancer, or in situ cervical cancer
  • None of the following within the past 6 months:

    • Myocardial infarction
    • Severe or unstable angina
    • Coronary or peripheral artery bypass graft
    • Symptomatic congestive heart failure
    • Cerebrovascular accident or transient ischemic attack
    • Pulmonary embolism
  • No ongoing cardiac dysrhythmias ≥ grade 2 or atrial fibrillation of any grade
  • No prolongation of the QTc interval to > 450 msec (males) or > 470 msec (females)
  • No uncontrolled hypertension (i.e., blood pressure > 150/100 mm Hg despite optimal medical therapy)
  • No pre-existing thyroid abnormality, with thyroid function tests that cannot be maintained in the normal range with medication
  • No known HIV or AIDS-related illness
  • No other active infection
  • No other severe acute or chronic medical or psychiatric condition or laboratory abnormality that would preclude study compliance


  • See Disease Characteristics
  • No prior sunitinib malate
  • Prior or concurrent bisphosphonates allowed
  • More than 4 weeks since prior radiotherapy and recovered
  • Prior palliative radiotherapy to metastatic lesions allowed provided there is ≥ 1 measurable lesion that has not been irradiated
  • More than 4 weeks since prior major surgery and recovered
  • No concurrent therapeutic doses of warfarin

    • Low-dose warfarin ≤ 2 mg daily for thromboprophylaxis allowed
    • Concurrent low molecular weight heparin for full anticoagulation allowed
  • No other concurrent approved or investigational anticancer treatment, including chemotherapy, biological response modifiers, hormonal therapy, or immunotherapy
  • No other concurrent investigational drugs
  • No concurrent treatment on another clinical trial

    • Concurrent participation on supportive care trials or nontreatment trials (e.g., quality of life trials) allowed
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00459875

United States, New York
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
New York, New York, United States, 10065
Sponsors and Collaborators
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Principal Investigator: Glenn Kroog, MD Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Principal Investigator: Robert J. Motzer, MD Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  More Information

Responsible Party: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Identifier: NCT00459875     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 07-019
P30CA008748 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
Study First Received: April 11, 2007
Results First Received: September 24, 2015
Last Updated: October 26, 2015

Keywords provided by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center:
recurrent renal cell cancer
stage IV renal cell cancer

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Kidney Neoplasms
Carcinoma, Renal Cell
Urologic Neoplasms
Urogenital Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Kidney Diseases
Urologic Diseases
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Antineoplastic Agents
Angiogenesis Inhibitors
Angiogenesis Modulating Agents
Growth Substances
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Growth Inhibitors processed this record on August 18, 2017