Intravenous Vitamin C in Combination With Standard Chemotherapy for Pancreatic Cancer

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First received: August 4, 2009
Last updated: January 17, 2012
Last verified: January 2012
Eligible candidates will be adults with metastatic pancreatic cancer (confirmed diagnosis with pathology reports and measurable computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)). Participants must not be receiving any other concurrent chemotherapy, or radiation therapy. Full inclusion/exclusion criteria are available. History and physical examination, and laboratory and imaging analyses will be done within 14 days prior to registration. The three cohorts of subjects will receive 50, 75 or 100 grams of intravenous ascorbic acid, three times per week for 8 weeks. Subjects will also have co-administration of the chemotherapy medications, gemcitabine (intravenously) and erlotinib (orally). Approximately 9 to 18 participants will be enrolled in this Phase I study.

Condition Intervention Phase
Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer
Drug: Gemcitabine and Erlotinib
Dietary Supplement: Intravenous Vitamin C
Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Endpoint Classification: Safety Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Phase I, Open Label, Dose Escalating Study of Intravenous Ascorbic Acid in Combination With Gemcitabine and Erlotinib in the Treatment of Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Safety, assessed by toxicity (graded by NCI CTC), urinalysis, ECG, basic metabolic panel, CBC, and osmolality. [ Time Frame: 8 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Progression-free survival [ Time Frame: 8 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 14
Study Start Date: July 2009
Study Completion Date: December 2011
Primary Completion Date: December 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Intravenous Vitamin C Drug: Gemcitabine and Erlotinib
Gemcitabine (dose according to study protocol), Erlotinib (100 mg/day)
Dietary Supplement: Intravenous Vitamin C
50 grams, 75 grams, or 100 grams of intravenous vitamin C, three times per week for 8 weeks.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 75 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Metastatic pancreatic cancer
  • Glucose 6 phosphate dehydrogenase status normal
  • ECOG performance status 0-2
  • Normal creatinine and transaminase
  • Women of child-bearing potential confirm negative pregnancy test

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Concurrent chemotherapy or radiotherapy
  • Significant co-morbid disorders
  • Significant psychiatric symptoms
  • Prior treatment with gemcitabine
  • Concurrent chronic use of immunosuppressive agents (methotrexate, cyclosporine,corticosteroids)
  • Regular use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents
  • Smoking more than 1 pack per day
  • Excessive alcohol or drug use
  • Enrollment in other experimental therapy
  • Active infection
  • Patients experiencing ongoing response to recent treatments
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00954525

United States, Pennsylvania
Jefferson-Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 19107
Sponsors and Collaborators
Thomas Jefferson University
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Responsible Party: Daniel A. Monti, MD, Thomas Jefferson University Identifier: NCT00954525     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: IND77486 
Study First Received: August 4, 2009
Last Updated: January 17, 2012
Health Authority: United States: Food and Drug Administration

Keywords provided by Thomas Jefferson University:
Pancreatic Cancer

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Pancreatic Neoplasms
Digestive System Diseases
Digestive System Neoplasms
Endocrine Gland Neoplasms
Endocrine System Diseases
Neoplasms by Site
Pancreatic Diseases
Ascorbic Acid
Anti-Infective Agents
Antimetabolites, Antineoplastic
Antineoplastic Agents
Antiviral Agents
Enzyme Inhibitors
Growth Substances
Immunologic Factors
Immunosuppressive Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Pharmacologic Actions
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Protective Agents
Protein Kinase Inhibitors
Radiation-Sensitizing Agents
Therapeutic Uses processed this record on February 07, 2016