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Study of AUY922 in Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer Who Are Resistant to First Line Chemotherapy

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT01484860
Recruitment Status : Terminated
First Posted : December 2, 2011
Last Update Posted : February 15, 2019
Novartis Pharmaceuticals
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University Health Network, Toronto

Brief Summary:

This is a phase II study to see how useful study drug AUY922 is in patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer who have received or are intolerant to first-line chemotherapy.

AUY922 is an intravenous drug that blocks a protein called heat shock protein 90 (Hsp90). Hsp90 works by keeping a number of other proteins stable and active, including many proteins that are involved in tumor growth and death. When Hsp90 is blocked from working, it is believed that many of the other proteins that it stabilizes will also be blocked, which will cause tumor growth to slow or stop.

During the study, patients will visit the clinic once a week, every 4 week cycles to receive AUY922 intravenously and to have tests and procedures done. As part of the study, archived tumor tissue will be collected and patients will be asked to have blood samples taken for pharmacokinetic testing. Patients will be invited to take part in an optional banking of blood samples for future studies.

The primary hypothesis of this study is that AUY922 improves disease control rate compared with what would be expected from best supportive care.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Adenocarcinoma of the Pancreas Metastatic Disease Drug: AUY922 Phase 2

Detailed Description:

This is a single arm open label Phase II clinical trial evaluating the efficacy of AUY922 in patients with advanced pancreatic cancer who have been previously treated with or are intolerant to first line chemotherapy. The primary objective is to assess the efficacy of this agent by assessing the disease control rate (DCR) (objective response plus prolonged stable disease (>16 weeks).

The current standard therapy for patients who have advanced, metastatic or inoperable pancreatic cancer previously treated with or intolerant to first line chemotherapy is best supportive care. New treatment options are urgently needed.

Heat shock protein 90 (HSP90) is an ATP-dependent molecular chaperone protein involved in the stabilization of a number of membrane and intracellular proteins including HER2, BCR-ABL, C-SRC, EGFR, RAF, VEGFR, AKT, and RAS. Many of these proteins are highly expressed in pancreatic adenocarcinoma.

AUY922 is a novel isoxazole-based HSP90 inhibitor. AUY922 acts by inhibiting HSP90 ATPase activity (IC50 of 30 nm) and preventing the formation of a multichaperone complex between HSP90 and other heat shock proteins. This then prevents HSP90 from performing its functions on client proteins.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 15 participants
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase II Single Arm Study of AUY922 in Patients With Metastatic Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma Who Are Resistant to First Line Chemotherapy
Study Start Date : January 2012
Actual Primary Completion Date : August 2013
Actual Study Completion Date : August 2013

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: AUY922
AUY922 will be administered as a weekly infusion at a dose of 70 mg/m2 based on the recommended phase II dose from the phase I study or alternate dose based on the phase I study final results.The drug will be continued until disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. One cycle will be defined as 4 weeks of treatment.
Drug: AUY922
AUY922 is a solution for intravenous administration Dose: 70 mg/m2 over 1 hour, weekly

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Determine anti-tumor activity using disease control rate [ Time Frame: 18-20 months ]
    Disease control rate is defined as objective response rate plus prolonged stable disease (≥16 weeks).

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Determine safety and tolerability of AUY922 [ Time Frame: 18-20 months ]
    Number of participants with adverse events. Frequency, severity and grading of adverse events. Number of participants requiring dose reductions.

  2. Progression Free Survival [ Time Frame: 18-20 months ]
    Determine antitumor activity of AUY922 using duration of time from start of treatment to time of progression or death (progression-free survival).

  3. Overall Survival [ Time Frame: 18-20 months ]
    Determine antitumor activity of AUY922 using median time from date of enrollment to date of death (overall survival)

  4. Stable Disease Duration [ Time Frame: 18-20 months ]
    Median time from date of enrollment to date of disease progression.

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Histologically or cytologically confirmed diagnosis of adenocarcinoma of the pancreas with metastatic disease
  • Patients have received at least one prior systemic anticancer therapy for their advanced disease, which may include a gemcitabine based or 5-FU based therapeutic regimen. Patients with resected disease who relapse within 6 months of completion of adjuvant gemcitabine would also be eligible.
  • Patients with progressive disease (radiological confirmation required) after at least one line of chemotherapy for pancreatic adenocarcinoma. Patients must have at least one measurable lesion as defined by RECIST criteria. Irradiated lesions are only evaluable for disease progression.
  • Patient's age is ≥ 18 years of age
  • Patients may have received prior radiation treatment for management of local disease providing that disease progression has been documented, all toxicities have resolved, to ≤ grade 1 and the last fraction of radiation treatment was completed at least 4 weeks prior to randomization (2 weeks for palliative radiotherapy).
  • ECOG performance status of 0 or 1.
  • Life expectancy of greater than 12 weeks
  • Patients must have following laboratory values within 7 days prior to starting treatment:

    • Hematological:
    • Absolute Neutrophil Count (ANC) ≥ 1.5 x 109/L
    • Hemoglobin (Hgb) ≥ 90 g/L
    • Platelets (plt) ≥ 100 x 109/L
    • Biochemistry:
    • Potassium within normal limits
    • Total calcium (corrected for serum albumin) and Phosphorus within normal limits
    • Magnesium above LLN or correctable with supplements
    • Adequate liver function defined as:
    • AST/SGOT and ALT/SGPT ≤ 1.5 x Upper Limit of Normal (ULN)
    • AST/SGOT and ALT/SGPT ≤ 2.5 x Upper Limit of Normal (ULN) if liver metastases are present
    • Serum bilirubin ≤ 1.5 x ULN
    • eGFR ≥ 50 mL /min
  • Women of childbearing potential (WOCBP) must have a negative serum pregnancy test (minimum sensitivity 25 IU/L or equivalent units of HCG) within 72 hours prior to randomization. Postmenopausal women must have been amenorrheic for ≥ 24 months in order to be considered "of non-childbearing potential". This should be documented appropriately in the patient's medical history.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with a history of another primary malignancy that is clinically significant or requires active intervention
  • Prior treatment with any HSP90 or HDAC inhibitor compounds, including valproic acid
  • Patients with a significant history of cardiac disease, including:

    • Impaired cardiac function, including any one of the following:
    • History (or family history) of long QT syndrome
    • Mean QTc ≥ 450 msec on baseline ECG
    • History of clinically manifested ischemic heart disease ≤ 6 months prior to study start
    • History of heart failure or left ventricular (LV) dysfunction (LVEF ≤ 45%) by MUGA or ECHO
    • Clinically significant ECG abnormalities
    • History or presence of atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter or ventricular arrhythmias including ventricular tachycardia or Torsades de Pointes
    • Other clinically significant heart disease (e.g. congestive heart failure, uncontrolled hypertension, history of labile hypertension, or history of poor compliance with an antihypertensive regimen)
    • Clinically significant resting bradycardia (< 50 beats per minute)
    • Patients who are currently receiving treatment with any medication which has a relative risk of prolonging the QTc interval or inducing Torsades de Pointes and cannot be switched to an alternative drug or discontinued prior to commencing start of treatment.
    • Obligate use of a cardiac pacemaker
  • Patients with a serious active infection at the time of registration or other serious underlying medical conditions that would impair the ability of the patient to receive protocol treatment.
  • Patients with a known central nervous system metastases. CT scan of the brain is NOT required unless there is suspicion of CNS metastases.
  • Patients with any condition (e.g. psychological, geographical, etc.) that does not permit compliance with the protocol.
  • Pregnant or lactating females.
  • Women of child bearing potential or sexually active males who are not employing adequate contraception. Adequate methods of contraception include use of oral contraceptives or Depot-Provera, with an additional barrier method (diaphragm with spermicidal gel OR condoms with spermicide); a double-barrier method (diaphragm with spermicidal gel AND condoms with spermicide); partner vasectomy and total abstinence.
  • Patients who received systemic anti-cancer treatment prior to the first dose of study medication within the following time frames:

    • Radiotherapy, conventional chemotherapy: within 4 weeks
    • Palliative radiotherapy: within 2 weeks
    • Monoclonal antibodies: within 4 weeks
    • Nitrosoureas and mitomycin: within 6 weeks
    • Targeted agents or investigational dugs: within 4 weeks
  • Patients who have had any surgery within 2 weeks prior to registration or who have not recovered from such therapy.
  • Patients known to be HIV positive. Testing is not required in the absence of clinical signs and symptoms suggestive of HIV infection.
  • Treatment with therapeutic doses of coumarin-type anticoagulants. (Maximum daily dose of 2 mg, for line patency permitted)
  • Patients with known disorders due to a deficiency in bilirubin glucuronidation (e.g. Gilbert's syndrome)
  • Unresolved diarrhea ≥ CTCAE grade 2 within 72 hours prior to registration
  • Patients with acute or chronic renal disease. Chronic renal disease will be defined as patients who have stable creatinine ≥ to 1.5 ULN and/or eGFR ≤ 50mL/min. Acute renal disease will be defined as patients that have an acute (within less then 4 weeks) rise in creatinine to ≥ 1.5 ULN and/or eGFR ≤ 50mL/min, that has not resolved to the previously normal baseline levels.
  • Patients with active liver disease that requires intervention.
  • Patients who cannot give informed consent (i.e. mentally incompetent patients, or those physically incapacitated such as comatose patients). Patients competent but physically unable to sign the consent form may have the document signed by their nearest relative or legal guardian. Each patient will be provided with a full explanation of the study before consent is requested.

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To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01484860

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Canada, Ontario
Princess Margaret Hospital
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5G 2M9
Sponsors and Collaborators
University Health Network, Toronto
Novartis Pharmaceuticals
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Principal Investigator: Malcolm J. Moore, M.D. Princess Margaret Hospital, Canada

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Responsible Party: University Health Network, Toronto Identifier: NCT01484860    
Other Study ID Numbers: DDP-922
First Posted: December 2, 2011    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: February 15, 2019
Last Verified: February 2019
Keywords provided by University Health Network, Toronto:
Pancreatic cancer
Adenocarcinoma of the pancreas
Cancer of the pancreas
Advanced disease
Prior systemic anticancer therapy
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Neoplasm Metastasis
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplastic Processes
Pathologic Processes
Gastrointestinal Agents