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Study of Erlotinib in the Treatment of Recurrent or Metastatic Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma (CSCC) of the Skin

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
OSI Pharmaceuticals
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Identifier:
First received: September 8, 2010
Last updated: September 23, 2016
Last verified: September 2016
The goal of this clinical research study is to learn if erlotinib can help to control squamous cell carcinoma that has either come back or has spread. The safety of this drug will also be studied.

Condition Intervention Phase
Skin Cancer
Drug: Erlotinib
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Phase II Study of Erlotinib, an Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor (EGFR) Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitor, in the Treatment of Recurrent or Metastatic Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Skin

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Further study details as provided by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Overall Response Rate (ORR) [ Time Frame: 8 weeks ]
    Evaluated after 8 weeks, patient considered a non-responder if tumor does not regress to complete or partial response as specified in RECIST v1.1 at that time point. ORR, based on overall response of each evaluable patient, is defined as percentage of patients who achieve an overall response of complete response or partial response in total number of evaluable patients.

Estimated Enrollment: 33
Study Start Date: March 2011
Estimated Primary Completion Date: March 2018 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Erlotinib
Erlotinib 150 mg by mouth for 8 weeks.
Drug: Erlotinib
150 mg by mouth for 8 weeks.
Other Names:
  • OSI-774
  • Tarceva
  • Erlotinib hydrochloride

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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. Have histologically or cytologically confirmed cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (CSCC) that is not amenable to curative therapy. If the biopsy was collected outside of MDACC, the MDACC Pathology Department must assess and confirm the SCC diagnosis.
  2. Have measurable disease.
  3. Be at least 18 years of age.
  4. Have ECOG performance status 0-2.
  5. Must have ability to understand and the willingness to sign a written Informed Consent Document (ICD). In the event that non-English speaking participants are eligible for this study, a short form (if applicable) or an ICD in their language will be utilized and completed in accordance with the MDACC "Policy For Consenting Non-English Speaking Participants."
  6. Must have adequate organ and marrow function as follows:(a) leukocytes >/= 3,000/mm^3 (b) absolute neutrophil count >/= 1,500/mm^3 (c) platelets >/= 75,000/mm^3 (d) hemoglobin >/= 8g/dL (e) total bilirubin </= 2 x institutional upper limit of normal (ULN) (f) AST(SGOT)/ALT(SGPT) </= 2.5 x ULN if alkaline phosphatase is normal, or alkaline phosphatase </= 4 x ULN if transaminases are normal (g) Creatinine </= 2.0 x ULN or creatinine clearance >/= 60 mL/min/1.73 m^2
  7. Prior radiotherapy is allowed if: (a) there is measurable disease outside the radiation field OR (b) radiotherapy was completed more than 4 weeks ago and there is clearly recurrent and growing disease within the radiation field.
  8. Must be able to take intact tablets by mouth, or be able to take tablets dissolved in water by mouth or by a percutaneous gastrostomy tube.
  9. Patients - both males and females - with reproductive potential (includes women who are menopausal for less than 1 year and not surgically sterilized) must practice effective contraceptive measures such as barrier methods, condom or diaphragm with spermicide, or abstinence throughout the study. Birth control should continue for 4 weeks after discontinuation of erlotinib therapy. Women of childbearing potential must provide a negative pregnancy test (serum betaHCG) within 72 hours prior to first receiving protocol therapy.
  10. Organ transplant patients are eligible as long as they do not have active signs of rejection and have adequate bone marrow function.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, and women and men not practicing effective birth control. Erlotinib is a signal transduction inhibitor agent with the potential for teratogenic or abortifacient effects. There is an unknown but potential risk for adverse events in nursing infants secondary to treatment of the mother with erlotinib. Breastfeeding should be discontinued if the mother is treated with erlotinib.
  2. Prior EGFR inhibitor therapy is not allowed (including, but not limited to, erlotinib, gefitinib, cetuximab, panitumumab, vandetanib).
  3. Patients who are receiving any other anticancer or investigational agents at time of study enrollment. Patients may have received one other systemic therapy or investigational agent in the past, but a washout time period of at least 4 weeks and recovery of any treatment-related toxicities to < CTCAEv4 grade 2 is required.
  4. History of allergic reactions attributed to compounds of similar chemical or biologic composition to erlotinib.
  5. Patients with a history of an invasive malignancy (other than the one treated in this study) or lymphoproliferative disorder within the past 3 years. Patients with a history of adequately treated non-melanoma skin cancer, ductal carcinoma in situ of the breast, or carcinoma in situ of the cervix are allowed.
  6. Patients with incomplete healing from previous surgery.
  7. Patients with pulmonary fibrosis (other than in a radiated field) or active interstitial lung disease.
  8. Patients with active gastrointestinal disease or a disorder that alters gastrointestinal motility or absorption, including lack of integrity of the gastrointestinal tract (for example, a significant surgical resection of the stomach or small bowel, inflammatory bowel disease or uncontrolled chronic diarrhea.
  9. Patients with skin rash ≥ CTCAEv4 grade 2
  10. In the opinion of the investigator, patients with any condition that is unstable or could jeopardize the safety of the patient or could limit compliance with the study's requirements. These include, but are not limited to, ongoing or active infection requiring parenteral antibiotics at time of study registration, psychiatric illness that would limit compliance with study requirements or symptomatic congestive heart failure (NYHA class II or greater), unstable angina pectoris or cardiac arrhythmia requiring maintenance medication.
  11. Patient is unwilling or unable to discontinue prohibited concomitant therapies, (i.e St. John's wort, grapefruit juice, H2 blockers/proton pump inhibitors, strong CYP3A4 inhibitors and inducers).
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01198028

United States, Texas
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas, United States, 77030
Sponsors and Collaborators
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
OSI Pharmaceuticals
Principal Investigator: Bonnie S. Glisson, MD, BS M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
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Additional Information:
Responsible Party: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Identifier: NCT01198028     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2009-0888
NCI-2010-02074 ( Registry Identifier: NCI CTRP )
Study First Received: September 8, 2010
Last Updated: September 23, 2016

Keywords provided by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center:
Squamous cell carcinoma of the skin
Cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma
epidermal growth factor receptor
tyrosine kinase inhibitor
Erlotinib hydrochloride

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Carcinoma, Squamous Cell
Skin Neoplasms
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms, Squamous Cell
Neoplasms by Site
Skin Diseases
Erlotinib Hydrochloride
Antineoplastic Agents
Protein Kinase Inhibitors
Enzyme Inhibitors
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action processed this record on April 25, 2017