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Predicting Response to Capecitabine in Women With Metastatic Breast Cancer

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Centre Antoine Lacassagne Identifier:
First received: August 5, 2009
Last updated: February 8, 2015
Last verified: February 2015

RATIONALE: Identifying genes that increase a person's susceptibility to side effects caused by capecitabine may help doctors plan better treatment.

PURPOSE: This clinical trial is studying blood samples in predicting response to capecitabine in women with metastatic breast cancer.

Condition Intervention
Breast Cancer Drug: capecitabine Other: laboratory biomarker analysis Other: pharmacological study

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Multicentric Pilot Study of Dihydropyrimidine Dehydrogenase (DPD) Deficiency for Predicting Capecitabine Toxicity in Breast Cancer Patients

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Further study details as provided by Centre Antoine Lacassagne:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Capecitabine-related toxicity (i.e., hematological, diarrhea, and hand-foot syndrome) recorded during the first and second courses [ Time Frame: 3 months ]

Enrollment: 303
Study Start Date: January 2009
Study Completion Date: February 2011
Primary Completion Date: January 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
capecitabine Drug: capecitabine Other: laboratory biomarker analysis Other: pharmacological study

Detailed Description:



  • To determine the sensitivity, specificity, and positive and negative predictive values of dihydrouracil/uracil (UH_2/U) ratio measured before starting treatment on grade 3-4 capecitabine-related toxicity in women with metastatic breast cancer.


  • To prospectively test the value of the germinal genotype of thymidylate synthase (TS) and methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) as predictors of resistance to capecitabine.
  • To evaluate the practical feasibility of such pre-therapeutic screening.
  • To determine the sensitivity, specificity, and positive and negative predictive values of dihydropyrimidine dehydrogenase genotyping on grade 3-4 capecitabine-related toxicity in the first and second courses.
  • To evaluate the predictive gain provided by genotyping relative to phenotyping alone.
  • To evaluate the influence of TS and MTHFR gene polymorphisms on clinical response and duration of response.
  • To evaluate the pharmacokinetics of capecitabine and its metabolites and their relationship with UH_2/U and genotype.
  • To evaluate the total cost of pre-therapeutic phenotyping alone and the combination of phenotyping and genotyping.
  • To exhaustively analyze the 23 exons of the dihydropyrimidine dehydrogenase (DPYD) gene in patients who developed toxicity.

OUTLINE: This is a multicenter study.

Patients receive oral capecitabine twice daily on days 1-14. Treatment repeats every 21 days in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

Blood samples are collected 8-15 days before the start of treatment and periodically on the first day of treatment for dihydropyrimidine dehydrogenase phenotyping (dihydrouracil/uracil ratio and high performance liquid chromatography analysis), genotyping (4 most relevant single nucleotide polymorphisms), and pharmacokinetic analysis.


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


  • Radiologically (by scintography) or histologically confirmed metastatic breast cancer
  • At least 1 measurable or evaluable target lesion
  • Receiving capecitabine as monotherapy or with targeted antiangiogenic therapies (e.g., bevacizumab or trastuzumab)
  • No uncontrolled brain metastases
  • Hormone receptor status not specified


  • Menopausal status not specified
  • Life expectancy ≥ 3 months
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception
  • No chronic uncontrolled illness
  • No congestive heart failure
  • No peripheral venous disease
  • No severe uncontrolled infection
  • No hypoxemic respiratory failure
  • No prior primary cancer except for basal cell carcinoma of the skin
  • No psychologic disorder


  • See Disease Characteristics
  • No capecitabine co-administered with chemotherapy
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00953537

Centre Antoine Lacassagne
Nice, France, 06189
Sponsors and Collaborators
Centre Antoine Lacassagne
Principal Investigator: Jean Marc Ferrero, MD Centre Antoine Lacassagne
  More Information

Responsible Party: Centre Antoine Lacassagne Identifier: NCT00953537     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000638377
Study First Received: August 5, 2009
Last Updated: February 8, 2015

Keywords provided by Centre Antoine Lacassagne:
stage IV breast cancer

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Breast Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Breast Diseases
Skin Diseases
Antimetabolites, Antineoplastic
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Antineoplastic Agents processed this record on August 18, 2017