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A Phase II Double Blind, Placebo Controlled, Randomized, > Multicenter Study With AVR118 Solution in Patients With Advanced > Malignancies Who Are Not Candidates for Curative Chemotherapy.

Phase 2
18 Years
80 Years
Not Enrolling

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Trial Information

A Phase II Double Blind, Placebo Controlled, Randomized, > Multicenter Study With AVR118 Solution in Patients With Advanced > Malignancies Who Are Not Candidates for Curative Chemotherapy.

Advanced cancers are usually debilitating. There are few treatments available for symptoms
of advanced cancers like loss of appetite, decreased strength, fatigue, and change in mood.
A Phase II, double blind study comparing treatment with AVR118 to placebo, followed by an
open label phase treating all patients with AVR118, will enable the Sponsor to gather data
on safety and efficacy of AVR118 in this patient population. Patients aged 18-80 with
advanced cancers (excluding central nervous system [CNS] cancers) who are not receiving
chemotherapy, or who are receiving single agent, third line (or beyond) chemotherapy, may be
eligible to participate.

Inclusion Criteria:

- · Histologically confirmed malignancy (excluding central nervous

- system malignancy)

- · Not a candidate for, or refuses, curative anti-neoplastic therapy.

- · Between the ages of 18 and 80.

- · Symptoms of advanced cancer (loss of appetite, fatigue, weakness,

- malaise) that are not attributed to anemia, concomitant illnesses, or

- obstruction or loss of organ function.

- · Karnofsky performance status of ³40%, _<_ 80%.

- · Normal cognition, interpreted as a Mini-Mental State Score of at

- least 20.

- · Life expectancy of >4 months.

- · Decrease in weight of at least 5% over the preceding 6 months, with

- no weight gain over the most recent 30 days

- · Pretreatment laboratory data within 7 days of enrollment (if

- screening labs are done within 3 days of Day 1, they need not be

- repeated on Day 1).

- ¨ Hemoglobin >8.5 g/dL on no, or on stable doses (hematocrit stable

- within 1 gram and dose stable for one month) of Epogen or similar

- medication.

- ¨ Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) ³1,500/mm^3 .

- ¨ Platelets ³50,000/mm^3 .

- ¨ Total bilirubin £1.5 the upper limit of normal (ULN).

- ¨ ALT and AST £2.5 times the ULN, or, if the patient has liver

- metastases, £5 times the ULN.

- ¨ Creatinine £1.5 mg/dL.

- ¨ Fasting blood sugar -<1.2 x ULN

- ¨ Normal T3, T4, TSH

- · Voluntary written informed consent before performance of any

- study-related procedure that is not part of normal medical care.

- · Ability to self-administer subcutaneous medication, or to have an

- assistant who can administer the study medication according to the

- protocol.

- · Female patient is post-menopausal, surgically sterilized, or willing

- to use acceptable methods of birth control (i.e., a hormonal

- contraceptive, intra-uterine device, diaphragm with spermicide, or

- condom with spermicide, or abstinence) for the duration of the study.

- · Male patient agrees to use an acceptable barrier method for

- contraception during the study.

- · If on an antidepressant, the dose must have been stabilized for at

- least 60 days

Exclusion Criteria:

- · Received immunotherapy, radiation therapy or experimental therapy

- within three weeks.

- · Receiving chemotherapy other than third-line, single agent therapy;

- permitted third-line, single agent dose must be stable for at least

- one month.

- · Diabetes requiring insulin or oral hypoglycemic agents.

- · Mechanical reason to be unable to eat, or is reasonably expected to

- develop an obstruction during the next eight weeks

- · Myocardial infarction within six months of enrollment.

- · Uncontrolled brain metastases or central nervous system disease.

- · Major surgery within four weeks of enrollment.

- · Severe allergies to milk or milk products.

Type of Study:


Study Design:

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Double-Blind, Primary Purpose: Treatment


United States: Food and Drug Administration

Study ID:

AVR118 04-002



Start Date:

March 2005

Completion Date:

August 2006

Related Keywords:

  • Cancer
  • Oncology
  • Palliative Care
  • Advanced Cancer
  • Palliative Cancer Care



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