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Perifosine in Treating Patients With Recurrent, Refractory, Locally Advanced, or Metastatic Breast Cancer

This study has been completed.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University Health Network, Toronto Identifier:
First received: February 5, 2003
Last updated: July 22, 2015
Last verified: July 2015

February 5, 2003
July 22, 2015
June 2003
April 2007   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
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Complete list of historical versions of study NCT00054145 on Archive Site
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Perifosine in Treating Patients With Recurrent, Refractory, Locally Advanced, or Metastatic Breast Cancer
A Phase 2 Study Of Perifosine In Metastatic Or Advanced Breast Cancer

RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die.

PURPOSE: Phase II trial to study the effectiveness of perifosine in treating patients who have recurrent, refractory, locally advanced, or metastatic breast cancer.


  • Determine the objective tumor response rate in patients with recurrent or refractory, locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer treated with perifosine.
  • Determine the toxicity of this drug in these patients.
  • Determine the stable disease rate, time to disease progression, objective response duration, and duration of stable disease in patients treated with this drug.
  • Correlate potential endpoints, including phosphorylated ERK, PKB, and SAPK, phosphorylated PKC alpha, beta, and gamma isoforms, p21 ^WAF1; and activated capase-3 in tumor biopsies, with clinical outcome in patients treated with this drug.

OUTLINE: This is an open-label, multicenter study.

Patients receive a loading dose of oral perifosine on days 1 and 2 and once daily on days 3-21 during course 1. Patients receive oral perifosine once daily on days 1-21 in each subsequent course. Courses repeat every 28 days in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. Patients achieving a complete response (CR) may receive 2 additional courses beyond the CR.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 18-35 patients will be accrued for this study within 6-12 months.

Phase 2
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Breast Cancer
Drug: perifosine
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Leighl NB, Dent S, Clemons M, Vandenberg TA, Tozer R, Warr DG, Crump RM, Hedley D, Pond GR, Dancey JE, Moore MJ. A Phase 2 study of perifosine in advanced or metastatic breast cancer. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2008 Mar;108(1):87-92. Epub 2007 Apr 26.

*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
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April 2007   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)


  • Histologically or cytologically confirmed breast cancer

    • Recurrent or refractory, locally advanced or metastatic disease
  • At least 1 unidimensionally measurable lesion

    • At least 20 mm by conventional techniques OR 10 mm by spiral CT scan
    • Previously irradiated lesions are not considered measurable unless they have demonstrated progression before study entry
    • No measurable disease limited to bone lesions
  • No known brain metastases
  • Hormone receptor status:

    • Not specified



  • 18 and over


  • Male or female

Menopausal status

  • Not specified

Performance status

  • ECOG 0-2 OR
  • Karnofsky 60-100%

Life expectancy

  • More than 3 months


  • WBC at least 3,000/mm^3
  • Absolute neutrophil count at least 1,500/mm^3
  • Platelet count at least 100,000/mm^3
  • No history of hemolytic disorder


  • Bilirubin no greater than 1.25 times upper limit of normal (ULN)
  • AST/ALT no greater than 2.5 times ULN (5 times ULN if liver metastases present)


  • Creatinine normal OR
  • Creatinine clearance at least 60 mL/min


  • No symptomatic congestive heart failure
  • No unstable angina pectoris
  • No cardiac arrhythmia
  • No evidence of cardiac dysfunction


  • No history of biliary flow obstruction
  • No abnormalities of the gastrointestinal tract that would preclude study drug absorption
  • No active peptic ulcer disease


  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Negative pregnancy test
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception
  • No ongoing or active infection
  • No poorly controlled diabetes mellitus
  • No other uncontrolled illness
  • No prior allergic reactions to compounds of similar chemical or biological composition to perifosine
  • No psychiatric illness or social situation that would preclude study compliance


Biologic therapy

  • Not specified


  • No more than 2 prior lines of chemotherapy for advanced disease, excluding adjuvant chemotherapy
  • Prior adjuvant chemotherapy allowed
  • At least 4 weeks since prior chemotherapy (6 weeks for nitrosoureas or mitomycin) and recovered

Endocrine therapy

  • At least 4 weeks since prior endocrine therapy

    • Multiple lines of endocrine therapy for advanced disease allowed


  • At least 4 weeks since prior radiotherapy and recovered

    • Prior radiotherapy for metastatic disease allowed


  • No prior major gastric surgery
  • Prior surgery, including for metastatic disease, allowed


  • No other concurrent anticancer or investigational agents
  • No concurrent antiretroviral therapy in HIV-positive patients
  • Concurrent bisphosphonates allowed
18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Contact information is only displayed when the study is recruiting subjects
PMH-PHL-014, CDR0000269901, NCI-5982
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University Health Network, Toronto
University Health Network, Toronto
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Study Chair: Natasha Leighl, MD, FRCPC Princess Margaret Hospital, Canada
University Health Network, Toronto
July 2015

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