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BI 2536 in Treating Patients With Recurrent or Metastatic Solid Tumors

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00526149
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 10, 2007
Last Update Posted : October 7, 2013
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer - EORTC

Brief Summary:

RATIONALE: BI 2536 may stop the growth of tumor cells by blocking some of the enzymes needed for cell growth.

PURPOSE: This phase II trial is studying the side effects and how well BI 2536 works in treating patients with recurrent or metastatic solid tumors.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Breast Cancer Endometrial Cancer Head and Neck Cancer Melanoma (Skin) Ovarian Cancer Sarcoma Drug: BI 2536 Other: high performance liquid chromatography Other: mass spectrometry Other: pharmacological study Phase 2

Detailed Description:


  • Investigate if BI 2536 demonstrates antitumor activity in the selected tumor types.
  • Further document its safety profile in the treated patient population.
  • Describe the plasma concentration time-course following administration of a single administration of BI 2536 in patients with different tumor types using an appropriate population pharmacokinetic model.

OUTLINE: This is a multicenter study.

Patients receive BI 2536 IV over 1 hour on day 1. Treatment repeats every 21 days in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

Blood is collected periodically during study. Plasma samples are analyzed for pharmacokinetic studies by HPLC and tandem mass spectrometry.

After completion of study treatment, patients are followed every 3 months.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 76 participants
Allocation: Non-Randomized
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Multicenter Parallel Phase II Trial of BI 2536 Administered as One Hour IV Infusion Every 3 Weeks in Defined Cohorts of Patients With Various Solid Tumors. A New Drug Screening Program of the EORTC Network of Core Institutions (NOCI)
Study Start Date : July 2007
Actual Primary Completion Date : September 2008

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Confirmed objective response rate (complete and partial responses) as defined by RECIST

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Clinical benefit as assessed by RECIST
  2. Duration of response
  3. Overall progression-free survival
  4. Overall survival
  5. Safety as assessed by CTCAE version 3.0

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


Tumor-specific criteria:

  • Head and neck cancer:

    • Histologically or cytologically proven squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (excluding nasopharyngeal primaries)
    • Patients presenting with new non-irradiated lesions in pre-irradiated field as target lesions are eligible
    • Recurrent or metastatic disease, no longer suitable for local therapy
    • Prior use of chemotherapy/chemoradiotherapy/EGFR inhibitors for the treatment of the primary disease/nonmetastatic disease is allowed
    • No prior chemotherapy for recurrent or metastatic disease

      • Prior treatment with EGFR inhibitor for metastatic advanced disease is allowed
  • Breast cancer

    • Histologically proven recurrent or metastatic adenocarcinoma of the breast that failed prior taxane and anthracycline therapy
    • Patient must have had a minimum of one line and a maximum of 2 lines of chemotherapy treatment given either as adjuvant treatment or for recurrence/metastatic disease
    • Patients who do not qualify for Her-2-based therapy allowed
    • Hormone receptor status not specified
  • Ovarian cancer

    • Histologically proven ovarian epithelial cancer
    • Metastatic or inoperable locally advanced disease
    • Patients either progressing under or relapsing within 6 months of completion of any line of platinum and taxane-based therapeutic regimen for advanced disease
  • Soft tissue sarcoma

    • Histologically proven advanced and/or metastatic malignant soft tissue sarcoma of high or intermediate grade and one of the following histologies defined by the WHO classification 2002:

      • Leiomyosarcoma, adipocytic sarcoma, synovial sarcoma, and others
      • Fibroblastic (adult fibrosarcoma, myxofibrosarcoma, sclerosing epithelioid fibrosarcoma)
      • So-called fibrohistiocytic (pleomorphic malignant fibrous histiocytoma [MFH], giant cell "MFH", inflammatory "MFH")
      • Malignant glomus tumors
      • Skeletal muscles (rhabdomyosarcoma, alveolar or pleomorphic) excluding embryonic rhabdomyosarcoma
      • Vascular (epithelioid hemangioendothelioma, angiosarcoma)
      • Uncertain differentiation (synovial, epithelioid, alveolar soft part, clear cell, desmoplastic small round cell, extra-renal rhabdoid, malignant mesenchymoma, perivascular epithelioid cell tumour [PEComa], intimal sarcoma) excluding chondrosarcoma, Ewing tumors/primitive neuroectodermal tumor (PNET)
      • Malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors
      • Malignant solitary fibrous tumors
      • Undifferentiated soft tissue sarcomas not otherwise specified
      • Other types of sarcoma (not listed as not eligible), if approved by the Study Coordinator (written or e-mail approval needed prior to registration)
    • Excluded are any of the following:

      • Embryonic rhabdomyosarcoma
      • Chondrosarcoma
      • Osteosarcoma
      • Ewing tumors/primitive neuroectodermal tumors
      • Gastrointestinal stromal tumor
      • Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans
      • Inflammatory myofibroblastic sarcoma
      • Neuroblastoma
      • Malignant mesothelioma
      • Mixed mesodermal tumors of the uterus
    • Patients must have received no more than one combination or two single agents of chemotherapy regimen for advanced disease and treatment must have included an anthracycline if not medically contraindicated
  • Melanoma

    • Histologically proven metastatic malignant melanoma
    • Ocular melanomas are excluded
    • Patients must either not have received any prior chemotherapy for recurrent /metastatic disease or have received one line of chemotherapy pending LDH ≤ 2 times upper limit of normal (ULN)

      • One prior line of immunotherapy is allowed

General criteria:

  • Measurable disease, defined as unidimensionally measurable based on RECIST with a target lesion of at least 20 mm or 10 mm measured by spiral CT scan
  • Documented progressive disease proven by imaging prior to study entry (i.e., progression should be documented by 2 imaging scans performed within the past 6 months prior to registration showing progression according to RECIST)
  • No clinical evidence of brain metastases


  • Male or female
  • Menopausal status not specified
  • ECOG performance status 0-2
  • ANC ≥ 1.5 x 10^9/L
  • Platelets ≥ 100 x 10^9/L
  • Hemoglobin ≥ 9 mg/dL
  • Serum creatinine ≤ to 175 μmol/L
  • Bilirubin ≤ 1.5 times ULN
  • AST/ALT ≤ 2.5 times ULN (5 times ULN with liver metastases)
  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Negative pregnancy test
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception during and for 12 months after completion of study treatment
  • Absence of any psychological, familial, sociological, or geographical factors that would potentially hamper compliance with the study protocol and follow-up schedule
  • No other previous or active malignancy for at least 5 years with the exception of cone-biopsied carcinoma of the cervix and adequately treated basal or squamous cell skin carcinoma
  • No concomitant intercurrent illnesses including, but not limited to, any of the following:

    • Ongoing or active infection
    • Symptomatic congestive heart failure
    • Unstable angina pectoris
    • Cardiac arrhythmia
    • Psychiatric illness or social situation that would limit compliance with trial requirement or that are considered relevant for the evaluation of the efficacy or safety of the trial drug


  • See Disease Characteristics
  • At least 4 weeks since administration of any prior systemic treatment for the current malignancy including treatment with chemotherapy, radiotherapy, immunotherapy, hormonal therapy, and treatment with monoclonal antibodies, or small molecule tyrosine kinase inhibitors and others
  • No persistence of toxicities from prior anticancer therapy deemed clinically relevant
  • No treatment with any other investigational drug within the past four weeks or within less than four half-life times of the investigational drug before treatment with the trial drug (whatever is the longest period)
  • No major surgery within 4 weeks prior to the first treatment with the trial drug
  • Concurrent treatment with corticosteroids, including prednisone and bisphosphonates, is allowed as long as the treatment started before entry into the study and as long as the dose is stable for two weeks prior to enrollment in the present trial
  • Palliative radiotherapy may be given during the study for bone pain or for other reasons not due to progressive disease (e.g., bronchial obstruction, ulcerating skin lesions)

    • The irradiated area should be limited and should not involve more than 10% of the bone marrow
    • The irradiated area cannot be used for tumor response assessment
  • No other concurrent investigational drugs
  • No concurrent anti-tumor therapies such as chemotherapy, hormone therapy, gene therapy, tyrosine kinase inhibitors, or therapy with monoclonal antibodies or immunotherapy

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00526149

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U.Z. Gasthuisberg
Leuven, Belgium, B-3000
Sponsors and Collaborators
European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer - EORTC
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Study Chair: Patrick Schoffski, MD, MPH University Hospital, Gasthuisberg

Publications of Results:
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Responsible Party: European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer - EORTC Identifier: NCT00526149     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: EORTC-90061
EORTC-90061-BI 1216.18
First Posted: September 10, 2007    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: October 7, 2013
Last Verified: October 2013

Keywords provided by European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer - EORTC:
adult synovial sarcoma
recurrent squamous cell carcinoma of the hypopharynx
recurrent squamous cell carcinoma of the larynx
recurrent squamous cell carcinoma of the lip and oral cavity
recurrent squamous cell carcinoma of the oropharynx
recurrent squamous cell carcinoma of the paranasal sinus and nasal cavity
metastatic squamous neck cancer with occult primary squamous cell carcinoma
recurrent metastatic squamous neck cancer with occult primary
recurrent breast cancer
stage IV breast cancer
recurrent ovarian epithelial cancer
stage IV ovarian epithelial cancer
stage III ovarian epithelial cancer
recurrent adult soft tissue sarcoma
stage III adult soft tissue sarcoma
stage IV adult soft tissue sarcoma
adult leiomyosarcoma
uterine leiomyosarcoma
adult alveolar soft-part sarcoma
adult angiosarcoma
adult desmoplastic small round cell tumor
adult epithelioid sarcoma
adult fibrosarcoma
adult liposarcoma
adult malignant fibrous histiocytoma
adult malignant mesenchymoma
adult neurofibrosarcoma
adult rhabdomyosarcoma
endometrial stromal sarcoma
ovarian carcinosarcoma

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Breast Neoplasms
Head and Neck Neoplasms
Endometrial Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Breast Diseases
Skin Diseases
Neuroendocrine Tumors
Neuroectodermal Tumors
Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms, Nerve Tissue
Nevi and Melanomas
Neoplasms, Connective and Soft Tissue
Uterine Neoplasms
Genital Neoplasms, Female
Urogenital Neoplasms
Uterine Diseases
Genital Diseases, Female