This site became the new on June 19th. Learn more.
Show more Menu IMPORTANT: Listing of a study on this site does not reflect endorsement by the National Institutes of Health. Talk with a trusted healthcare professional before volunteering for a study. Read more... Menu IMPORTANT: Talk with a trusted healthcare professional before volunteering for a study. Read more... Menu
Give us feedback

Maintenance Metronomic Chemotherapy for Metastatic Colorectal Carcinoma

This study has been terminated.
(No satisfactory acrual)
Clalit Health Services
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
HaEmek Medical Center, Israel Identifier:
First received: March 11, 2012
Last updated: July 6, 2015
Last verified: July 2015

Colorectal cancer patients with metastases (mCRC) at response under expensive chemotherapy which may be toxic +/- exhausting are candidates for an effective and more convenient maintenance treatment.


  1. To define the efficacy of maintenance chemotherapy by a low-dose metronomic (LDM) regimen, in metastatic CRC patients responding under FOLFIRI + bevacizumab.
  2. To discover predictive factors for response to this LDM regimen.


  1. The re-growth of residual metastases can be slowed by the anti-angiogenic effects of LDM chemotherapy.
  2. Serial measurements of angiogenic/ inflammatory factors in the plasma and/or evaluation of certain enzymes in the tumor may discover predictive factors of response to LDM chemotherapy in metastatic CRC patients.

Condition Intervention Phase
Colorectal Cancer Metastatic Drug: CAPECITABINE, CELECOXIB and METHOTREXATE Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Metronomic Chemotherapy With Anti-angiogenic Effect as Maintenance Treatment for Metastatic Colorectal Carcinoma Following Response to FOLFIRI+Bevacizumab: Clinical and Laboratory Studies

Resource links provided by NLM:

Further study details as provided by HaEmek Medical Center, Israel:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Length of progression free survival (PFS), measured in months. [ Time Frame: Up to 12 months. ]
    From start of the experimental treatment until the date of first documented progression or date of death of any cause,whichever came first, assessed up to 12 months.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Toxicity profile of treatment, defined by CTCAE Version 4.0. [ Time Frame: up to12 months ]
    From start of the experimental treatment until the date of first documented progression or date of death of any cause,whichever came first, assessed up to 12 months.

  • Changes in levels of angiogenic factors while under treatment: VEGF, PDGF, TSP-1 [ Time Frame: Up to 4 months. ]
    Change from baseline in levels of angiogenic factors at 4 months of treatment.

  • Quality of life, as expressed by FACT-C. [ Time Frame: Up to 12 months. ]
    Change from baseline in parameters of Quality of life until the end of treatment, assessed up to 12 months.

Estimated Enrollment: 80
Study Start Date: September 2012
Study Completion Date: December 2014
Primary Completion Date: December 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: LDM anti-angiogenic chemotherapy
LDM (Low Dose Metronomic) anti-angiogenic chemotherapy includes daily oral treatment with CAPECITABINE, CELECOXIB and METHOTREXATE.
daily oral treatment with CAPECITABINE, CELECOXIB and METHOTREXATE
Other Name: Metronomic Chemotherapy
No Intervention: observation
observation only

Detailed Description:
At entry to the research protocol the up-till then administered treatment with Intra Venous FOLFIRI+BEVACIZUMAB will be stopped.Instead, the research oral treatment will be initiated to be taken daily on an ambulatory basis and under once monthly re-evaluation. If and when disease progresses the original FOLFIRI+BEVACIZUMAB treatment will be considered for re-institution.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Histologic (or cytologic) proof of colorectal carcinoma (CRC).
  2. Age: between 18 and 80.
  3. Sex: both sexes.
  4. Previous treatment for metastatic disease is limited to FOLFIRI+ bevacizumab.
  5. Prior adjuvant chemotherapy, with a fluoropyrimidine and/or Oxaliplatin, is allowed.
  6. Prior radiotherapy, either as adjuvant treatment or palliation of metastatic sites is allowed, provided that there are other non-irradiated foci of disease for evaluation.
  7. Persistent remission, either complete, partial or minimal response (CR, PR or MR) or stable disease (SD), one year+/-one month from initiation of first line treatment for mCRC.
  8. Asymptomatic patients at break from chemotherapy.
  9. Intact organ function, including complete blood counts (CBC) showing normal values or any toxicity limited to grade 1 and blood chemistry (SMA) showing liver and renal functions < 1.5 upper normal limit (UNL).
  10. Capability to understand and to sign the informed consent.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Concurrent any other cancer (except BCC or squamous cell carcinoma of skin).
  2. Inability to adhere to monthly visits to the oncology unit for evaluation.
  3. Presence of brain metastases.
  4. Any current or recent (within the last month) continuous treatment by steroids or by NSAIDs, or with therapeutic doses of anticoagulants for any reason.
  5. Previous radiotherapy to the only site of measurable disease.
  6. Evidence of severe or uncontrolled systemic disease (e.g., unstable or uncompensated respiratory, cardiac including arrhythmias, hepatic or renal disease), and/or existence of active peptic ulcer (clinically and/or by gastroscopy).
  Contacts and Locations
Choosing to participate in a study is an important personal decision. Talk with your doctor and family members or friends about deciding to join a study. To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the Contacts provided below. For general information, see Learn About Clinical Studies.

Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01668680

HaEmek Medical Center
Afula, Israel, 18101
Sponsors and Collaborators
HaEmek Medical Center, Israel
Clalit Health Services
Principal Investigator: David Loven, MD Ha'Emek MC
  More Information

Responsible Party: HaEmek Medical Center, Israel Identifier: NCT01668680     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: EMC-0047-11
Study First Received: March 11, 2012
Last Updated: July 6, 2015

Keywords provided by HaEmek Medical Center, Israel:
Metronomic Chemotherapy
Maintenance Treatment
Colorectal Cancer Metastatic

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Colorectal Neoplasms
Intestinal Neoplasms
Gastrointestinal Neoplasms
Digestive System Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Digestive System Diseases
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Colonic Diseases
Intestinal Diseases
Rectal Diseases
Angiogenesis Inhibitors
Antimetabolites, Antineoplastic
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Antineoplastic Agents
Abortifacient Agents, Nonsteroidal
Abortifacient Agents
Reproductive Control Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Dermatologic Agents
Enzyme Inhibitors
Folic Acid Antagonists
Immunosuppressive Agents
Immunologic Factors
Antirheumatic Agents
Nucleic Acid Synthesis Inhibitors processed this record on July 19, 2017