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A Study of the Safety and Effectiveness of Infliximab (Remicade) in Patients With Pancreatic Cancer Related Cachexia

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00060502
First Posted: May 8, 2003
Last Update Posted: May 17, 2011
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Information provided by:
Centocor, Inc.
  Purpose
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of infliximab, the active ingredient in Remicade, for the treatment of cachexia in pancreatic cancer patients who are receiving chemotherapy with gemcitabine.

Condition Intervention Phase
Cachexia Pancreatic Neoplasms Drug: Infliximab; Gemcitabine Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase II, Multicenter, Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo Controlled Study Evaluating the Efficacy and Safety of Anti-TNF a Monoclonal Antibody (Infliximab) to Treat Cancer-Related Cachexia in Subjects With Pancreatic Cancer.

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Further study details as provided by Centocor, Inc.:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in Lean Body Mass (LBM) from baseline to the end of first cycle, as measured by bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA).

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in 6-minute walk test distance from baseline to the end of the first cycle; Safety, Karnofsky performance status; Survival.

Enrollment: 73
Study Start Date: April 2003
Study Completion Date: February 2006
Detailed Description:
Cachexia is a condition that occurs in cancer patients and other chronically ill patients and is characterized by rapid loss of fatty tissue and skeletal muscle. The key feature of this condition is weight loss, but other symptoms, such as anorexia (loss of appetite), fatigue, vomiting and anemia (low numbers of red blood cells) may also occur.The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of infliximab, the active ingredient in Remicade, for the treatment of cachexia in pancreatic cancer patients who are receiving chemotherapy with gemcitabine. In cycle 1 (8wks), patients will receive weekly infusions of gemcitabine from wk 0 to 6 and infusions of infliximab or placebo at wks 0, 2, and 4. For additional cycles, patients will receive an infusion of gemcitabine for the first 3wks and infliximab or placebo at wk 0 of each 4 wk cycle for a maximum of 5 cycles. Patients with stable disease may receive extended dosing if qualified.Safety evaluations will be performed at specified intervals throughout the study and will consist of laboratory tests, vital signs (such as blood pressure), physical examinations and the occurrence and severity of adverse events as well as other study specific procedures. In cycle 1 (8wks), patients will receive weekly infusions of gemcitabine from wk 0 to 6 and infusions of infliximab or placebo at wks 0, 2, and 4. For additional cycles, patients will receive an infusion of gemcitabine for the first 3wks and infliximab or placebo at wk 0 of each 4 wk cycle for a maximum of 5 cycles.
  Eligibility

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients must have documented diagnosis of pancreatic cancer that is newly diagnosed
  • Patients must have documented loss of >=10% body weight compared to weight prior to diagnosis, or >=5% weight loss within 90 days prior to randomization
  • Patients must have Karnofsky performance status of 70 to 100
  • eligible according to country specific tuberculosis (TB) screening rules.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients must not have received any previous chemotherapy, biologic therapy or radiation therapy for pancreatic cancer
  • Patients must not have a history or current evidence of active TB, skin test or screening evidence of latent TB, or history of treated TB, active or latent
  • Patients must not have evidence or history of congestive heart failure
  • Patients must not have any opportunistic infection within 6 months prior to screening
  • Patients must not be pregnant, nursing or planning pregnancy
  • Patients must not have ongoing use of tube feedings or TPN
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00060502


Sponsors and Collaborators
Centocor, Inc.
Investigators
Study Director: Centocor, Inc. Clinical Trial Centocor, Inc.
  More Information

Additional Information:
Publications:
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00060502     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CR004798
First Submitted: May 7, 2003
First Posted: May 8, 2003
Last Update Posted: May 17, 2011
Last Verified: April 2010

Keywords provided by Centocor, Inc.:
cachexia
pancreatic cancer
infliximab
anorexia
anemia
Remicade.

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Pancreatic Neoplasms
Cachexia
Wasting Syndrome
Digestive System Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Neoplasms
Endocrine Gland Neoplasms
Digestive System Diseases
Pancreatic Diseases
Endocrine System Diseases
Emaciation
Weight Loss
Body Weight Changes
Body Weight
Signs and Symptoms
Metabolic Diseases
Nutrition Disorders
Gemcitabine
Infliximab
Antimetabolites, Antineoplastic
Antimetabolites
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Antineoplastic Agents
Antiviral Agents
Anti-Infective Agents
Enzyme Inhibitors
Immunosuppressive Agents
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Dermatologic Agents