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AZD6244 and Sorafenib in Advanced Hepatocellular Carcinoma

This study has been terminated.
(The phase II portion was not conducted due to funding issue.)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Choo Su Pin, National Cancer Centre, Singapore Identifier:
First received: December 9, 2009
Last updated: April 14, 2015
Last verified: April 2015
This will be a phase I/II clinical trial testing the combination of sorafenib and AZD6244 in advanced hepatocellular carcinoma with Childs A liver cirrhosis. The aim of the phase I portion is to determine appropriate dose of this drug combination. The phase 2 study will look at effectiveness and safety of this drug combination

Condition Intervention Phase
Hepatocellular Carcinoma
Drug: AZD6244 and sorafenib
Phase 1
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase 1/2 Study of AZD6244 in Combination With Sorafenib in Advanced Hepatocellular Carcinoma

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Further study details as provided by National Cancer Centre, Singapore:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • To determine the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) and dose limiting toxicities (DLT) of the combination of AZD6244 and sorafenib in patients with advanced hepatocellular cancer. [ Time Frame: 12-15months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • To investigate if the combination sorafenib and AZD6244 increases Time To Progression (TTP) over sorafenib alone in patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma patients. [ Time Frame: 2-3 years ]

Enrollment: 30
Study Start Date: November 2009
Study Completion Date: January 2015
Primary Completion Date: February 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: AZD6244 and sorafenib
AZD6244+ sorafenib
Drug: AZD6244 and sorafenib
dose escalation of AZD6244; sorafenib 400mg bd
Other Names:
  • AZD6244,
  • MEK inhibitor,
  • sorafenib,
  • Raf kinase inhibitor
  • nexavar

Detailed Description:
Patients with unresectable BCLC Stage B/C hepatocellular carcinoma that is biopsy-proven ( histology or cytology from prior tumor biopsy specimen is acceptable Patients without prior systemic treatment ( chemotherapy or molecular targeted therapy) except prior adjuvant therapy, if given more than 6 months ago Child-Pugh class A only ECOG performance status 0 or 1

Ages Eligible for Study:   21 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with unresectable BCLC Stage B/C hepatocellular carcinoma that is biopsy-proven ( histology or cytology from prior tumor biopsy specimen is acceptable)
  • Patients without prior systemic treatment ( chemotherapy or molecular targeted therapy) except prior adjuvant therapy, if given more than 6 months ago
  • Patients who had prior local therapy ( TACE; PEI; RFA) more than 4 weeks prior to study entry
  • No radiotherapy within 4 weeks before entry
  • Child-Pugh class A only ( Appendix A)
  • Age 21 years and older
  • ECOG performance status 0 or 1 ( Appendix A)
  • Life expectancy > 3 months.
  • Patients must have normal organ and marrow function as defined below:

Absolute neutrophil count > 1.5 x 109/L;Platelets> 75 x 109/L; Haemoglobin > 9.0g/dl;Total bilirubin < 51umol/L ( 3 mg /dL); AST(SGOT)/ALT(SGPT) < 5 X institutional ULN; Creatinine 1.5 ULN; INR <1.7 or prothrombin time ( PT) <4 seconds above ULN; Left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) >50%

  • Measurable disease according to RECIST. A lesion which has previously been locally treated (including TACE or RFA) is eligible as long as there is evidence of disease progression
  • Suitable for oral administration of drug
  • Ability to understand and the willingness to sign a written informed consent document

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Prior systemic therapy including sorafenib or a MEK inhibitor or sunitinib or other investigational drugs
  • Any prior local therapy ( surgery, radiation therapy, hepatic arterial embolization, or cryoablation) within 4 weeks of study entry.
  • Prior liver transplant
  • NCI CTCAE grade > 3 hemorrhage within 4 weeks of starting study treatment, or documented variceal hemorrhage of any grade within 12 months of study entry (as documented on endoscopy)
  • Presence of esophageal varices (> Grade 2) at risk of bleeding and/or serious or non-healing wound/ulcer ( as documented by endoscopy)
  • History of abdominal fistula, gastrointestinal perforation, or intra-abdominal abscess within 28 days of study entry
  • Patients with underlying inflammatory bowel disease, partial or complete bowel obstruction or chronic diarrhea
  • Any of the following within the 12 months prior to study drug administration: severe/unstable angina, myocardial infarction, coronary artery bypass graft, symptomatic congestive heart failure, cerebrovascular accident, including transient ischemic attack, or pulmonary embolism.
  • History of cardiac disease:
  • active congestive heart failure
  • cardiac arrythmias of NCI CTCAE grade >2 or requiring pacemaker
  • uncontrolled hypertension
  • cardiomyopathy
  • atrial fibrillation rate >100bpm
  • Patients with factors that increase the risk of QT prolongation or arrhythmic events ( hypokalemia, family history of long QT interval syndrome) or QTc interval of > 450ms for males or > 470ms for females on screening
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01029418

National University Hospital Singapore
Singapore, Singapore, 119074
National Cancer Centre Singapore
Singapore, Singapore, 169610
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Cancer Centre, Singapore
Principal Investigator: Su Pin Choo National Cancer Centre, Singapore
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Choo Su Pin, Senior Consultant, National Cancer Centre, Singapore Identifier: NCT01029418     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 09-20-HEP
Study First Received: December 9, 2009
Last Updated: April 14, 2015

Keywords provided by National Cancer Centre, Singapore:
hepatocellular carcinoma
liver cancer

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Carcinoma, Hepatocellular
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Liver Neoplasms
Digestive System Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Digestive System Diseases
Liver Diseases
Antineoplastic Agents
Protein Kinase Inhibitors
Enzyme Inhibitors
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Vitamin B Complex
Growth Substances
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