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Trial of Simvastatin and Gemcitabine in Pancreatic Cancer Patients

This study has been completed.
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First Posted: July 23, 2009
Last Update Posted: February 17, 2017
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Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Young Suk Park, Samsung Medical Center
The purpose of this study is to determine whether simvastatin is effective in the treatment of advanced pancreatic cancer patients.

Condition Intervention Phase
Pancreatic Cancer Drug: Gemcitabine+simvastatin Drug: Gemcitabine+Placebo Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double (Participant, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Randomized Double-blinded, Placebo-controlled Phase II Trial of Simvastatin and Gemcitabine in Advanced Pancreatic Cancer Patients

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Further study details as provided by Young Suk Park, Samsung Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Time to progression [ Time Frame: Every 2 cycles until progression ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Safety profiles of gemcitabine/simvastatin [ Time Frame: Every cycle until progression ]
  • Response rate [ Time Frame: Every 2 cycles until progression ]
  • Duration of response [ Time Frame: Every 2 cycles until progression ]
  • Overall survival [ Time Frame: Every 3 months ]
  • Correlative analyses [ Time Frame: after completion of accrual ]

Enrollment: 106
Actual Study Start Date: October 2008
Study Completion Date: February 2014
Primary Completion Date: September 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Gemcitabine+simvastatin
Gemcitabine and simvastatin
Drug: Gemcitabine+simvastatin
Gemcitabine and simvastatin
Other Name: Gemcitabine and simvastatin
Placebo Comparator: Gemcitabine+Placebo
Gemcitabine plus Placebo
Drug: Gemcitabine+Placebo
Gemcitabine plus Placebo
Other Name: Gemcitabine plus Placebo

Detailed Description:
Randomized double-blinded, placebo-controlled phase II trial of simvastatin and gemcitabine in advanced pancreatic cancer patients.

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Age > 18 years
  2. Histologically or cytologically confirmed, metastatic or unresectable pancreatic adenocarcinoma (if repeated biopsy (>3) fails or if biopsy is not feasible, the inclusion of the patient will be determined by the central PI)
  3. ECOG performance status of 0~2
  4. no radiotherapy within 1 month of the study entry
  5. measurable or evaluable lesion according to RECIST criteria
  6. no prior history of chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer (gemcitabine-based adjuvant chemotherapy ≥ 12 months from the study entry will be allowed)
  7. adequate marrow, hepatic, renal and cardiac functions (absolute neutrophil count ≥ 1.5 x 109/L; platelet count ≥ 75 x 109/L, serum creatinine ≤ 1.5 x ULN), serum aspartate aminotransferase/alanine aminotransferase ≤ 5 x ULN or ≤ 10 x ULN if liver abnormalities are due to underlying malignancy; total bilirubin ≤ 2.0 x ULN
  8. written informed consent must be provided

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. severe co-morbid illness and/or active infections
  2. pregnant or lactating women
  3. active CNS metastases not controllable with radiotherapy or corticosteroids A.patients with symptoms suggestive of CNS metastases must undergo radiologic evaluation to rule out metastases B.patients with known, asymptomatic CNS lesions are permitted
  4. known history of hypersensitivity to study drugs
  5. patients who are currently on statin therapy or has taken statin as lipid lowering agents within 1 year of the study entry
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00944463

Korea, Republic of
Samsung Medical Center
Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Sponsors and Collaborators
Samsung Medical Center
Principal Investigator: Young Suk Park, M.D.,Ph.D. Samsung Medical Center, Seoul, Korea
  More Information

Responsible Party: Young Suk Park, professor, Samsung Medical Center
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00944463     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2008-07-065
First Submitted: July 21, 2009
First Posted: July 23, 2009
Last Update Posted: February 17, 2017
Last Verified: February 2017

Keywords provided by Young Suk Park, Samsung Medical Center:
advanced pancreatic cancer

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Pancreatic Neoplasms
Digestive System Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Endocrine Gland Neoplasms
Digestive System Diseases
Pancreatic Diseases
Endocrine System Diseases
Antimetabolites, Antineoplastic
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Antineoplastic Agents
Antiviral Agents
Anti-Infective Agents
Enzyme Inhibitors
Immunosuppressive Agents
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Anticholesteremic Agents
Hypolipidemic Agents
Lipid Regulating Agents
Hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA Reductase Inhibitors