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Elesclomol (STA-4783) With Paclitaxel Versus Paclitaxel Alone in Melanoma

This study has been terminated.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp. Identifier:
First received: August 28, 2007
Last updated: January 31, 2014
Last verified: January 2014

"Elesclomol (STA-4783), N-malonyl-bis (N'-methyl-N'-thiobenzoylhydrazide) is a new chemical entity with a novel structure. STA-4783 induces an oxidative stress response in cells. This response is characterized by increased production of gene families that protect against different cellular stresses, including excessive heat, the presence of reactive oxygen species such as oxygen radicals, or the presence of heavy metals.

Subjects will participate in up to 2 weeks of screening during which time they will complete all screening procedures. Eligible subjects who have not received any prior cytotoxic chemotherapeutic agent for melanoma will be randomized in a 1:1 ratio to receive either STA-4783 213 mg/m2 in combination with paclitaxel 80 mg/m2 or paclitaxel 80 mg/m2 alone.

One treatment cycle will consist of weekly treatments for 3 weeks, followed by a 1-week rest period. Cycles will be repeated every 4 weeks until disease progression. Tumor assessments will be performed every 8 weeks from the date of randomization or sooner if the Investigator suspects progression has occurred based on clinical signs and symptoms. "

Condition Intervention Phase
Drug: Elesclomol (STA-4783)
Drug: Paclitaxel
Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Randomized, Double-blind, Phase 3 Trial of Elesclomol (STA-4783) in Combination With Paclitaxel Versus Paclitaxel Alone for Treatment of Chemotherapy-Naïve Subjects With Stage IV Metastatic Melanoma (SYMMETRY)

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Further study details as provided by Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp.:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Progression free survival [ Time Frame: June 2009 ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Overall Survival [ Time Frame: December 2009 ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
  • Objective response rate [ Time Frame: December 2009 ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
  • Clinical benefit rate [ Time Frame: December 2009 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Duration of objective response [ Time Frame: December 2009 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Safety [ Time Frame: December 2009 ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
  • Pharmacokinetics [ Time Frame: December 2009 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 630
Study Start Date: August 2007
Study Completion Date: June 2009
Primary Completion Date: June 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: 1
Elesclomol (STA-4783) in Combination With Paclitaxel
Drug: Elesclomol (STA-4783)
213 mg/m2 Elesclomol (STA-4783) plus 80 mg/m2 paclitaxel administered intravenously once a week for the first 3 weeks of a 4 week cycle. Number of cycles: Until progression or unacceptable toxicity develops
Paclitaxel alone
Drug: Paclitaxel
80 mg/m2 paclitaxel alone administered intravenously once a week for the first 3 weeks of a 4 weeks cycle. Number of cycles: Until progression or unacceptable toxicity develops


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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Histologically confirmed metastatic (Stage IV) melanoma of cutaneous origin
  • ECOG performance status of <=2
  • Measurable disease according to modified RECIST
  • Life expectancy of greater than 12 weeks
  • LDH <= 2.0 x ULN
  • Clinical lab values within protocol parameters.
  • At least 18 years old and able and willing to provide informed consent to participate

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Previous cytotoxic chemotherapy treatment for melanoma
  • Received more than one regimen of immunotherapy, kinase inhibitor, biologic therapy, vaccine or investigational non-chemotherapeutic treatment for melanoma.
  • Presence of brain metastases
  • Presence or history (<= 5 years) of a second malignancy other than nonmelanoma skin cancer or cervical carcinoma in situ
  • Female subjects who are pregnant or nursing
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00522834

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Sponsors and Collaborators
Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp.
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Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp. Identifier: NCT00522834     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 4783-08 
Study First Received: August 28, 2007
Last Updated: January 31, 2014
Health Authority: United States: Food and Drug Administration
Argentina: Administracion Nacional de Medicamentos, Alimentos y Tecnologia Medica
Australia: Department of Health and Ageing Therapeutic Goods Administration
Belgium: Federal Agency for Medicinal Products and Health Products
Brazil: National Committee of Ethics in Research
Canada: Health Canada
Chile: Instituto de Salud Pública de Chile
Czech Republic: State Institute for Drug Control
France: Afssaps - Agence française de sécurité sanitaire des produits de santé (Saint-Denis)
Germany: Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices
Israel: Ministry of Health
Italy: The Italian Medicines Agency
Poland: Office for Registration of Medicinal Products, Medical Devices and Biocidal Products
Romania: National Medicines Agency
United Kingdom: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

Keywords provided by Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp.:
Stage IV Metastatic Melanoma

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Neuroendocrine Tumors
Neuroectodermal Tumors
Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms, Nerve Tissue
Nevi and Melanomas
Albumin-Bound Paclitaxel
Antineoplastic Agents, Phytogenic
Antineoplastic Agents
Tubulin Modulators
Antimitotic Agents
Mitosis Modulators
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action processed this record on December 02, 2016