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Docetaxel, Gemcitabine and Pazopanib as Treatment for Soft Tissue Sarcoma

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Claire Verschraegen, University of Vermont Identifier:
First received: October 29, 2012
Last updated: June 14, 2016
Last verified: June 2016

Chemotherapy treatment with docetaxel and gemcitabine is a standard treatment for patients with soft tissue sarcoma. This study is designed to explore whether the addition of tyrosine kinase inhibitor pazopanib enhances the anticancer effect of the chemotherapy drugs.

The Phase I component of this study is designed to determine the maximum tolerated dose of pazopanib when given with docetaxel and gemcitabine. The Phase II component is designed to determine the overall response rate of the combination of docetaxel, gemcitabine and pazopanib prior to surgical resection in patients with soft tissue sarcoma.

Condition Intervention Phase
Stage III Adult Soft Tissue Sarcoma
Drug: Gemcitabine
Drug: Docetaxel
Drug: Pazopanib
Phase 1
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Phase I/II Study of the Combination of Docetaxel, Gemcitabine and Pazopanib for Neoadjuvant Treatment of Patients With Operable Soft Tissue Sarcoma

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Further study details as provided by University of Vermont:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Maximum Tolerated Dose [ Time Frame: 1 cycle (28 days) ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Overall response rate [ Time Frame: 4 cycles (112 days) ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 6
Study Start Date: October 2012
Study Completion Date: April 2015
Primary Completion Date: April 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: cohort 1 Drug: Gemcitabine
1500 mg/m^2 given days 1 and 15 of every 28 day cycle for a total of 4 cycles
Other Name: Gemzar
Drug: Docetaxel
50 mg/m^2 on days 1 and 15 of each 28 day cycle for a total of 4 cycles
Other Name: Taxotere
Drug: Pazopanib
Starting dose of 400 mg/day starting 72 hours after docetaxel/gemcitabine administration for 10 days (days 4-13 and 18-27) of each 28 day cycle for a total of 4 cycles. Dose will be increased by 200 mg/day for each cohort until the maximum tolerated dose is identified.
Other Name: Votrient


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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 18 years or older
  • chemotherapy naive, histologically high grade soft tissue sarcoma that is considered to be operable
  • tumor greater than 5 cm in longest dimension
  • life expectancy of at least 6 months
  • Zubrod performance status of 0-2
  • signed informed consent
  • adequate bone marrow function defined by:

    1. absolute peripheral granulocyte count of >1500 cells/mm^3
    2. hemoglobin >8.0 g/dl
    3. platelet count >100,000/mm^3
    4. absence of a regular red blood cell transfusion requirement
  • adequate hepatic function defined by:

    1. total bilirubin <1.5 x upper limit of normal (ULN)
    2. AST, ALT and alkaline phosphatase all not more than 2.5 x ULN
  • adequate renal function defined by:

    1. serum creatinine <1.5 x ULN

  • negative pregnancy test for women of child bearing potential
  • willingness to use effective contraception while on treatment and for 3 months thereafter

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Multiple metastases (patients with 5 or fewer oligometastases that could be resectable are eligible)
  • Pregnant women or nursing mothers
  • concurrent chemotherapy or radiation therapy
  • severe medical problems (at the discretion of the investigator)
  • history of severe hypersensitivity reaction to docetaxel or other drugs formulated with polysorbate 80
  • symptomatic brain metastases
  • cirrhosis
  • dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans (DFSP), embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma or alveolar soft part sarcoma (ASPS)
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01719302

United States, Vermont
Fletcher Allen Health Care
Burlington, Vermont, United States, 05401
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Vermont
  More Information

Responsible Party: Claire Verschraegen, Director, Hematology Oncology Unit, University of Vermont Identifier: NCT01719302     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: VCC 1202 
Study First Received: October 29, 2012
Last Updated: June 14, 2016
Health Authority: United States: Food and Drug Administration

Keywords provided by University of Vermont:
Soft tissue sarcoma

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Neoplasms, Connective and Soft Tissue
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Antimetabolites, Antineoplastic
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Antineoplastic Agents
Antiviral Agents
Anti-Infective Agents
Enzyme Inhibitors
Immunosuppressive Agents
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Tubulin Modulators
Antimitotic Agents
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