Everolimus Therapy in People With Birt-Hogg-Dube Syndrome (BHD)-Associated Kidney Cancer or Sporadic Chromophobe Renal Cancer

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Recruitment Status : Terminated
First Posted : July 22, 2015
Last Update Posted : April 19, 2018
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC) ( National Cancer Institute (NCI) )

Brief Summary:


- Research has shown that the drug everolimus can stop cancer cells from growing. It is approved for people with advanced kidney cancer. Researchers want to see if it also helps people with two other types of kidney cancer.


- To see if everolimus is safe and effective in people with Birt-Hogg-Dube Syndrome (BHD)-associated kidney cancer or sporadic (nonfamilial) chromophobe renal cancer.


- People ages 18 and over with BHD-associated kidney cancer or advanced sporadic chromophobe renal cancer.


  • Participants will be screened with:
  • Medical history, physical exam, and blood and urine tests.
  • Computed tomography (CT) scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan. They will lie in a machine that takes pictures of their chest/abdomen/pelvis.
  • They may also be screened with:
  • Another scan, of the brain or neck.
  • Bone scan.
  • Positron emission tomography scan with fludeoxyglucose (FDG-PET).
  • Heart and lung tests.
  • Tests for hepatitis.
  • Participants will take a tablet once a day by mouth for up to a year. They will keep a diary of when they take the tablet and any symptoms.
  • During the study, participants will have physical exams and urine and blood tests. They will have scans of the chest/abdomen/pelvis. They may have FDG-PET and bone scans.
  • Participants will have tests for hepatitis and may have a tumor sample taken.
  • Participants will have a follow-up visit 4 5 weeks finishing taking the drug. They will have a physical exam and blood tests. They may have scans and/or hepatitis tests.
  • Participants will be called about every 3 6 months after the study ends to see how they are doing

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Renal Cancer Birt-Hogg-Dube Syndrome Drug: Everolimus Phase 2

Detailed Description:


  • Birt-Hogg-Dube (BHD) is a hereditary cancer syndrome with clinical manifestations including cutaneous fibrofolliculomas, lung cysts/pneumothorax, and renal cell carcinoma (RCC). RCC occurs in approximately 30% of patients with BHD. It presents at an early age of onset and is commonly bilateral and multifocal.
  • Tumors associated with BHD can have variable histology, however approximately 85% of these tumors have a chromophobe component (either alone or part of a hybrid tumor mixed with elements of oncocytoma).
  • The current management includes surgical resection with partial nephrectomy when tumors reach 3 cm. While significant morbidity can be associated with repeat, partial nephrectomy with this approach, most patients can maintain renal function and do not develop systemic disease. There are no proven systemic therapy options for BHD to date.
  • Germline mutations in the gene Folliculin (FLCN) are the genetic hallmark of BHD and can be found in greater than 90% of patients. FLCN is believed to function like a classic tumor suppressor gene with a second hit in the wild type allele (somatic mutation or loss of heterozygosity) occurring in the majority of renal tumors.
  • BHD is in the family of harmatomaous disorders similar to TSC and Cowden Syndrome, and studies have found activation of the PI3K/mTOR pathway in BHD renal tumors. FLCN is believed be part of a complex that interacts with AMPK and is involved with regulation of mTOR activity. In vitro and in vivo models of FLCN loss demonstrate activation of both mTORC1 and mTORC2.
  • Preclinical data from conditional FLCN knockout mice demonstrate that treatment with sirolimus can reverse renal manifestations.
  • We hypothesize that mTOR inhibition with everolimus treatment will be clinically active in BHD associated RCC.


-To determine the overall response rate with everolimus treatment in subjects with BHD-associated renal tumors.


-Patients with renal cell carcinoma (RCC) associated with Birt-Hogg-Dube Syndrome (BHD).


  • This is an open label, phase II study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of everolimus therapy in patients with BHD associated renal tumors. Up to 16 evaluable patients will be enrolled.
  • Tumor response rate will be measured by RECIST and efficacy analysis will be done.
  • Secondary endpoints will evaluate growth rates (cm/year) while on therapy.
  • Additionally, reduction in the size of lung cysts and cutaneous fibrofolliculomas will be evaluated.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 3 participants
Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Phase 2 Study of Everolimus Therapy in Patients With Birt-Hogg-Dube Syndrome (BHD)-Associated Kidney Cancer or Sporadic Chromophobe Renal Cancer
Study Start Date : July 21, 2015
Actual Primary Completion Date : April 17, 2018
Actual Study Completion Date : April 17, 2018

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Cohort 1
Birt-Hogg-Dube Syndrome (BHD)-associated renal tumors
Drug: Everolimus
Everolimus is a commercial agent and is supplied by Novartis.

Experimental: Cohort 2
Sporadic chromophobe renal tumors
Drug: Everolimus
Everolimus is a commercial agent and is supplied by Novartis.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Overall response rate with everolimus treatment. [ Time Frame: End of treatment ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Assess changes in tumor growth rates and ability to delay surgical management in BHD patients. [ Time Frame: 3-4 years ]
  2. Assess progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS). [ Time Frame: 3-4 years ]
  3. Evaluate the effect of everolimus on mTOR activity in renal tumors (using pre- and on-treatment biopsies when available). [ Time Frame: 3-4 years ]
  4. Assess the effect of therapy on BHD associated lung cysts and cutaneous fibrofolliculomas. [ Time Frame: 3-4 years ]
  5. Safety and totlerability of everolimus in patients with BHD-associated localized renal tumors. [ Time Frame: 3-4 years ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 100 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
  • Patients must have a clinical diagnosis of Birt-Hogg-Dub(SqrRoot)(Copyright) Syndrome (clinical features consistent with BHD and /or a germline FLCN mutation) and the presence of localized, locally advanced or advanced, renal tumor(s).
  • Patients must have measurable disease, as defined by RECIST 1.1
  • Age greater than or equal to 18 years.
  • ECOG performance status less than or equal to 1 (Karnofsky greater than or equal to 70%).
  • Patients must have normal organ and marrow function as defined below:

leukocytes greater than or equal to 3,000/mcL

absolute neutrophil count greater than or equal to 1,500/mcL

platelets greater than or equal to 100,000/mcL

total bilirubin less than or equal to 2mg/dL

AST(SGOT)/ALT(SGPT) greater than or equal to 2.5 times institutional upper limit of normal (greater than or equal to 5 times ULN in patients with liver metastases)

creatinine less than or equal to 2.0 times ULN


creatinine clearance greater than or equal to 30 mL/min/1.73 m(2)

fasting serum cholesterol less than or equal to 300 mg/dL OR less than or equal to 7.75 mmol/L


fasting triglycerides less than or equal to 2.5 times ULN

NOTE: In case one or both of these thresholds (for fasting serum cholesterol or triglyceride) are exceeded, the patient can only be included after initiation of appropriate lipid lowering medication.

  • No history of major bleeding, recent or active myocardial ischemia, GI perforation, cerebrovascular accidents or other significant illness.
  • Recovery from acute toxicity of prior treatment for RCC (to less than or equal to grade 1 the active version of CTCAE or to a level permitted under other sections of Inclusion/ Exclusion criteria). Additionally, in patients who have received standard or experimental treatments for their RCC at least approximately 5 half-lives should have elapsed from the last dose at the time of study entry.
  • No prior therapy with an mTOR-pathway inhibitor.
  • Ability of subject to understand and the willingness to sign a written informed consent document.


  • Patients currently receiving anticancer therapies (including chemotherapy, radiation therapy, antibody based therapy, etc.).
  • Known intolerance or hypersensitivity to everolimus or other rapamycin analogs (e.g. sirolimus, temsirolimus).
  • Patients with known brain metastases unless treated with an appropriate modality with no evidence of progression/recurrence for >3months
  • Uncontrolled intercurrent illness including, but not limited to, ongoing or active infection requiring IV antibiotics, invasive fungal infection, cardiac arrhythmia, or psychiatric illness/social situations that would limit compliance with study requirements.
  • HIV-positive patients on combination antiretroviral therapy are ineligible because of the potential for pharmacokinetic interactions with everolimus. Known impairment of gastrointestinal (GI) function or GI disease that may significantly alter the absorption of oral everolimus.
  • Uncontrolled diabetes mellitus as defined by HbA1c >8% despite adequate therapy. Patients with a known history of impaired fasting glucose or diabetes mellitus (DM) may be included, however blood glucose and antidiabetic treatment must be monitored closely throughout the trial and adjusted as necessary.
  • Patients who have any severe and/or uncontrolled medical conditions such as:

    1. unstable angina pectoris, symptomatic congestive heart failure, myocardial infarction less than or equal to 6 months prior to start of everolimus, serious uncontrolled cardiac arrhythmia, or any other clinically significant cardiac disease.
    2. Symptomatic congestive heart failure of New York heart Association Class III or IV.
    3. known severely impaired lung function (spirometry and DLCO 50% or less of normal and O2 saturation 88% or less at rest on room air).
    4. active, bleeding diathesis.
  • Chronic (treatment > 1 month) or ongoing treatment with corticosteroids or other immunosuppressive agents. Topical or inhaled corticosteroids are allowed.
  • Patients who have received live attenuated vaccines within 1 week of start of everolimus Examples of live attenuated vaccines include intranasal influenza, measles, mumps, rubella, oral polio, BCG, yellow fever, varicella and TY21a typhoid vaccines.
  • Patients, who in the opinion of the investigator, are unlikely to comply with follow-up visits or other study requirements. Patients who are currently part of or have participated in any clinical investigation with an investigational drug within 1 month prior to dosing.
  • Pregnant or nursing (lactating) women.
  • Women of child-bearing potential (WOCBP), defined as all women physiologically capable of becoming pregnant, who do not agree to use highly effective methods of contraception during the study and 8 weeks after.

    • Highly effective contraception methods include combination of any two of the following:

      1. Use of oral, injected or implanted hormonal methods of contraception or;
      2. Placement of an intrauterine device (IUD) or intrauterine system (IUS);
      3. Barrier methods of contraception: condom or occlusive cap (diaphragm or cervical/vault caps) with spermicidal foam/gel/film/cream/ vaginal suppository;
      4. Total abstinence or;
      5. Male/female sterilization.

Women are considered post-menopausal and not of child-bearing potential if they have had 12 months of natural (spontaneous) amenorrhea with an appropriate clinical profile (e.g. age appropriate, history of vasomotor symptoms) or have had surgical bilateral oophorectomy (with or without hysterectomy) or tubal ligation at least six weeks prior to randomization. In the case of oophorectomy alone, only when the reproductive status of the woman has been confirmed by follow up hormone level assessment is she considered not of child-bearing potential.

  • Male patients whose sexual partner(s) are WOCBP who are not willing to use adequate contraception, during the study and for 8 weeks after the end of treatment.
  • Prior invasive malignancy of other histology currently requiring treatment.
  • Patients with active Hepatitis B (detectable HBV-DNA or HBsAg +) or Hepatitis C infection (detectable HCV RNA by PCR)
  • Patients who are currently on or have used potent or moderate inhibitors or strong inducers CYP3A4 or PgP inhibitors in the past 2 weeks

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT02504892

United States, Maryland
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, 9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Principal Investigator: Ramaprasad Srinivasan, M.D. National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Responsible Party: National Cancer Institute (NCI) Identifier: NCT02504892     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 150166
First Posted: July 22, 2015    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 19, 2018
Last Verified: April 17, 2018

Keywords provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC) ( National Cancer Institute (NCI) ):
Overall Response Rate
Hereditary Cancer Syndrome
mTOR Therapy Naive

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Kidney Neoplasms
Carcinoma, Renal Cell
Birt-Hogg-Dube Syndrome
Pathologic Processes
Urologic Neoplasms
Urogenital Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Kidney Diseases
Urologic Diseases
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplastic Syndromes, Hereditary
Genetic Diseases, Inborn
Antineoplastic Agents
Immunosuppressive Agents
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Anti-Infective Agents
Antibiotics, Antineoplastic
Antifungal Agents