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Bevacizumab, Erlotinib and 5-Fluorouracil With External Beam Radiation Therapy in Locally Advanced Rectal Cancer

This study has been completed.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Genentech, Inc.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Lawrence S. Blaszkowsky, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital Identifier:
First received: March 24, 2006
Last updated: April 25, 2012
Last verified: April 2012
The purpose of this study is determine the safety of 5-fluorouracil, bevacizumab and erlotinib when administered in combination with external beam radiation therapy(Phase I portion) as well as to begin to collect information about whether this combination treatment is effective in treating(Phase II portion) patients with locally advanced rectal cancer.

Condition Intervention Phase
Rectal Cancer
Adenocarcinoma of the Rectum
Drug: 5-fluorouracil
Drug: bevacizumab
Drug: erlotinib
Procedure: External beam radiation therapy (EBRT)
Phase 1
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase I/II Study of Bevacizumab, Erlotinib and 5-fluorouracil With Concurrent External Beam Radiation Therapy in Locally Advanced Rectal Cancer

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Further study details as provided by Massachusetts General Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Determine the dose-limiting toxicity and the maximum tolerated dose of 5-FU, bevacizumab, and erlotinib when administered in combination with external beam radiation therapy [ Time Frame: 3 years ]
  • determine pathological response. [ Time Frame: 3 years ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Determine toxicity profile [ Time Frame: 3 years ]
  • determine survival, local control, progression free survival and duration of response [ Time Frame: TBD ]
  • determine the surgical morbidity after resection of rectal cancers following preoperative 5-FU, bevacizumab, erlotinib, and external beam radiation therapy. [ Time Frame: 3 years ]

Enrollment: 32
Study Start Date: May 2006
Study Completion Date: July 2011
Primary Completion Date: April 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Intervention Details:
    Drug: 5-fluorouracil
    Given as a 24-hour infusion on days 1-14 of each 14-day cycle for a total of 3 cycles.
    Drug: bevacizumab
    Given intravenously on day 1 of each 14-day cycle for a total of 3 cycles.
    Drug: erlotinib
    Taken orally on days 1-14 of each 14-day cycle for a total of 3 cycles.
    Procedure: External beam radiation therapy (EBRT)
    Given on days 1-5 and 8-12
Detailed Description:
  • All participants will receive the following drugs: 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) given as a continuous 24-hour infusion; Bevacizumab given intravenously; erlotinib given orally at home. In the Phase I portion, we are looking for the highest dose of erlotinib that can be given safely in combination with the 5-FU, bevacizumab and radiation therapy. Therefore the dose of erlotinib may not be the same for each participant. The dose will increase until we find the highest dose without causing serious or unmanageable side effects.
  • Study treatment is given as an outpatient and consists of 14 day cycles with a total of 3 cycles. Patients will be given all three study drugs and radiation therapy on a monday (unless a monday falls on on a holiday). This will be day 1 of the first treatment cycle. 5-FU is given continuously days 1-14. Bevacizumab is given on day 1. Erlotinib will be given on days 1-14. Radiation therapy will be performed on Days 1-5 and 8-12.
  • The following tests and procedures will be performed weekly while participants are receiving study treatment: physical examination, measurement of vital signs, height and weight; performance status; blood work, urine sample.
  • At the end of treatment the following tests will be performed: physical examination and measurement of vital signs; performance status; blood work; CT scans of chest, abdomen and pelvis. Patients will also be evaluated for surgery at this time. Patients will be followed every three months for the first three years after surgery, then every 6 months for the next two years.

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Histologically confirmed primary adenocarcinoma of the rectum that begins within 15cm of the anal verge as determined by sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy
  • Clinical T3 or T4 tumors as determined by endoscopic ultrasound and/or rectal MRI
  • ECOG performance status of 0-2
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Creatinine of < 2.0
  • Adequate hepatic function
  • Adequate hematopoietic function
  • Use of effective means of contraception in subjects of child-bearing potential

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Evidence of metastatic disease as determined by chest/abdominal/pelvic CT or physical exam
  • Prior chemotherapy or radiation therapy for treatment of colorectal cancer
  • Prior treatment with 5-FU
  • Prior treatment with a tyrosine kinase inhibitor, EGFR inhibitor, or VEGF inhibitor
  • Patients must not be receiving any other investigational agent
  • Prior malignancy within the last 5 years except for completely excised skin cancer, in situ cervical cancer
  • Warfarin anticoagulation
  • Co-existent malignant disease
  • Current or recent participation in a clinical trial (within 4 weeks from the first day of treatment)
  • Pregnancy
  • Blood pressure of >150/100 mmHg
  • Unstable angina
  • NYHA Grade II or greater congestive heart failure
  • History of myocardial infarction within 6 months
  • History of stroke within 6 months
  • Clinically significant peripheral vascular disease
  • Evidence of bleeding diathesis or coagulopathy
  • Presence of central nervous system or brain metastases
  • Major surgical procedure, open biopsy, or significant trauma injury within 28 days prior to day 0, anticipation of need for major surgical procedure during the course of the study
  • Minor surgical procedures, fine needle aspirations or core biopsies within 7 days prior to day 0
  • Pregnant or lactating
  • Urine protein:creatinine ratio > or equal to one at screening
  • History of abdominal fistula, gastrointestinal perforation, or intra-abdominal abscess within 6 months prior to day 0]
  • Serious, non-healing wound, ulcer, or bone fracture
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00307736

United States, Massachusetts
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02115
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02115
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02115
Sponsors and Collaborators
Massachusetts General Hospital
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Genentech, Inc.
Principal Investigator: Lawrence S. Blaszkowsky, MD Massachusetts General Hospital
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Lawrence S. Blaszkowsky, MD, Assistant Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital Identifier: NCT00307736     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 05-345
Study First Received: March 24, 2006
Last Updated: April 25, 2012

Keywords provided by Massachusetts General Hospital:
external beam radiation therapy

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Rectal Neoplasms
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Colorectal Neoplasms
Intestinal Neoplasms
Gastrointestinal Neoplasms
Digestive System Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Digestive System Diseases
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Intestinal Diseases
Rectal Diseases
Erlotinib Hydrochloride
Angiogenesis Inhibitors
Angiogenesis Modulating Agents
Growth Substances
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Growth Inhibitors
Antineoplastic Agents
Protein Kinase Inhibitors
Enzyme Inhibitors
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Antimetabolites, Antineoplastic
Immunosuppressive Agents processed this record on April 26, 2017