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Panitumumab and Gemcitabine in Relapsed Ovarian Cancer (PanGem)

This study has been terminated.
(Newer technologies available; poor accrual to study.)
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First Posted: February 15, 2011
Last Update Posted: August 25, 2015
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Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Carolyn McCourt, Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island
This is a study to find out if the study drug, panitumumab, when given with gemcitabine works in treating ovarian cancer and to find out what side effects occur when they are given together.

Condition Intervention Phase
Ovarian Cancer Fallopian Tube Cancer Primary Peritoneal Cancer Biological: Panitumumab Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase II Evaluation of Panitumumab and Gemcitabine as Treatment for Women With Recurrent Epithelial Ovarian Cancer.

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Further study details as provided by Carolyn McCourt, Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Overall Response Rate, Measured by RECIST Criteria [ Time Frame: Every 8 weeks while on-study ]
    Documentation of known measurable or evaluable disease parameters after every 2 cycles of treatment. If any patient is withdrawn for the study prior to completion of therapy a repeat evaluation will be done at that time.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Adverse Events, Measured by Active Version of the NCI Common Toxicity Criteria [ Time Frame: Every 4 weeks while on-study, up to 24 weeks ]
    Adverse events (AEs) will be recorded during the duration of the trial, whether or not the events are considered related to medication. All AEs considered to be related to trial therapy will be followed for resolution, including into the post-treatment period.

Enrollment: 8
Study Start Date: February 2011
Study Completion Date: November 2013
Primary Completion Date: October 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Panitumumab and Gemcitabine
Panitumumab and Gemcitabine
Biological: Panitumumab
Panitumumab 2.5 mg/kg on D1, D8, D15, and D22 and Gemcitabine 800 mg/m2 on D1, D8, and D15 of each 28 day cycle.

Detailed Description:

Epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) remains a leading cause of gynecologic cancer mortality in women, with more than 22,000 deaths per year in the United States alone. Due to the lack of effective screening strategies and subtle early symptoms, eighty percent of newly diagnosed patients have disease that is advanced. Despite cytoreductive surgery and adjuvant paclitaxel-based and platinum-based chemotherapy, 5-year survival rates continue to be less than 40%. For patients who become resistant to the platinum compounds (defined as progressive disease while on a platinum-based chemotherapy regimen (refractory) or within 6 months of completing a platinum-based chemotherapy regimen (resistant)),the outlook is particularly poor, and often heralds multi-drug resistant disease.

At the present time, the management of ovarian cancer in the platinum refractory disease state is limited to palliative intent. Patients with advanced, bulky tumors, poor performance status and nutritional compromise are unlikely to respond to therapy and may be best served by supportive care. The clinical management of refractory disease requires both patience and persistence. A patient with platinum refractory disease is begun on one of the agents with activity and an evaluation of response is made every 6-8 weeks of therapy. As long as the patient shows no signs of disease progression, the therapy can be continued unless there is unacceptable toxicity. When progressive disease is observed, another of the list of available agents can be used. It is likely that patients will receive multiple single agents during the chronic phase of their illness. Every effort should be made to balance disease response with toxicity and quality of life.

Based on this rational, this trial will be conducted to evaluate the safety and efficacy of panitumumab, a human antibody targeted to the EGF-R, and Gemcitabine, in treating women with recurrent platinum-refractory/resistant EOC. Our aim is to determine the safety and feasibility of gemcitabine and panitumumab therapy in this population and once completed, to proceed with an efficacy study using an expanded cohort.


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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Histologically or cytologically confirmed diagnosis of metastatic, advanced, or recurrent platinum-resistant epithelial ovarian, primary peritoneal or fallopian tube cancer.
  • Prior first line therapy with a platinum and taxane based combination as adjuvant therapy
  • Measurable disease defined by RECIST criteria
  • Voluntary written informed consent before performance of any study-related procedure not part of normal medical care, with the understanding that consent may be withdrawn by the subject at any time without prejudice to future medical care.
  • Female subject is either post-menopausal or surgically sterilized or willing to use an acceptable method of birth control (i.e., a hormonal contraceptive, intra-uterine device, diaphragm with spermicide, condom with spermicide, or abstinence) for the duration of the study.
  • age > 18
  • Karnofsky performance status > 70
  • Up to three prior lines of cytotoxic therapy in the setting of recurrent disease.
  • Estimated life expectancy of at least 3 months
  • Women of child-bearing potential must have a negative pregnancy test
  • Adequate hematopoietic function defined as:

    • ANC ≥ 1500/mm3
    • Platelets ≥ 100,000/mm3
    • Hemoglobin ≥ 9 g/dL
    • Magnesium ≥ lower limit of normal
    • Calcium ≥ lower limit of normal
  • Adequate renal and hepatic function defined as:

    • Bilirubin ≤ 1.5 times upper limit of normal (ULN)
    • SGOT ≤ 3 times ULN
    • Alanine aminotransferase (ALT) ≤3xULN (if liver metastases ≤5xULN)
    • Alkaline phosphatase ≤ 3 times ULN
    • Creatinine ≤ 1.5 mg/dL times ULN
    • Creatinine clearance ≤ 50 mL/min

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Prior anti-EGFr antibody therapy (e.g., cetuximab) or treatment with small molecule EGFr inhibitors (e.g., gefitinib, erlotinib, lapatinib)
  • Prior treatment with gemcitabine
  • Radiotherapy ≤ 14 days prior to enrollment.
  • More than three lines of systemic chemotherapy for recurrent or advanced disease. Prior hormonal therapy is allowed.
  • Prior immunotherapy, or experimental or approved proteins/antibodies
  • Female subject is pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • Patient has received other investigational drugs within 28 days before enrollment
  • Serious medical or psychiatric illness likely to interfere with participation in this clinical study.
  • Prior treatment with panitumumab
  • Concurrent uncontrolled illness
  • Ongoing or active infection
  • History or active secondary cancer within the last 5 years, except for superficial basal cell skin cancers, curatively resected non-melanoma skin cancer
  • Psychiatric illness or social situation that would preclude study compliance.
  • History or known presence of central nervous system (CNS) metastasis
  • Subjects requiring chronic use of immunosuppressive agents (e.g., methotrexate, cyclosporine)
  • Clinically significant cardiovascular disease (including myocardial infarction, unstable angina, symptomatic congestive heart failure, serious uncontrolled cardiac arrhythmia) < 1 year before randomization
  • History of interstitial lung disease e.g. pneumonitis or pulmonary fibrosis or any evidence of interstitial lung disease on baseline chest CT scan
  • Known positive test(s) for human immunodeficiency virus infection, hepatitis C virus, acute or chronic active hepatitis B infection
  • Major surgery within 28 days or minor surgery within 14 days of study enrollment
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01296035

United States, Rhode Island
Women & Infants' Hospital
Providence, Rhode Island, United States, 02905
Sponsors and Collaborators
Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island
Principal Investigator: Carolyn McCourt, MD Women & Infants' Hospital
  More Information

Responsible Party: Carolyn McCourt, Dr. Carolyn McCourt, Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01296035     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: WIH 20050782
First Submitted: February 9, 2011
First Posted: February 15, 2011
Results First Submitted: August 19, 2014
Results First Posted: August 25, 2015
Last Update Posted: August 25, 2015
Last Verified: July 2015

Keywords provided by Carolyn McCourt, Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island:
recurrent ovarian cancer
platinum-refractory ovarian cancer

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Ovarian Neoplasms
Fallopian Tube Neoplasms
Endocrine Gland Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Ovarian Diseases
Adnexal Diseases
Genital Diseases, Female
Genital Neoplasms, Female
Urogenital Neoplasms
Endocrine System Diseases
Gonadal Disorders
Fallopian Tube Diseases
Antibodies, Monoclonal
Antimetabolites, Antineoplastic
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Antineoplastic Agents
Antiviral Agents
Anti-Infective Agents
Enzyme Inhibitors
Immunosuppressive Agents
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs