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Phase II Study of Gefitinib and Docetaxel as Salvage Therapy in Advanced Pancreatic Carcinoma

Phase 2
18 Years
Not Enrolling

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Trial Information

Phase II Study of Gefitinib and Docetaxel as Salvage Therapy in Advanced Pancreatic Carcinoma

Initial therapy for metastatic pancreatic carcinoma is inadequate, and there is no effective
second line therapy. Docetaxel has known single agent activity in pancreatic carcinoma,
resulting in a median survival of 5.9 months, similar to gemcitabine, when assessed in Phase
II studies (10) and pancreatic tumors are known to express EGFR. We propose that the
combination of docetaxel with Gefitinib will have activity against pancreatic carcinoma,
whether the regimen is administered as first or second-line therapy for metastatic disease.
Given the toxicity profiles of both agents, we believe this will be a well-tolerated
regimen. In fact, preliminary analysis of a phase II study of docetaxel and Gefitinib with
an identical regimen in non-small cell lung cancer patients showed this regimen to be safe
and active.

Inclusion Criteria:

- Histologically confirmed adenocarcinoma of the pancreas that is surgically inoperable

- Must have had one prior chemotherapeutic regimen for advanced disease (Prior
radiation with a radiation sensitizer for locally advanced disease or adjuvant
therapy is not considered a prior regimen for purpose of this study)

- Disease must be measurable by RECIST criteria; measurable disease will be defined as
at least one lesion that can be accurately measured in at least one dimension
measuring at least 2 cm conventional CT or MRI or 1 cm with spiral CT scans (Appendix

- Aged 18 years or older

- ECOG performance status of 0 – 2 (see Appendix B)

- Able to take oral medications without difficulty

- Adequate bone marrow function as evidenced by an ANC > 1500/mL and platelet count >
100, 000/mL

- Adequate renal function as evidenced by serum creatinine within institutional limits
or creatinine clearance > 60 ml/minute if above upper institutional limits (ULN)

- Adequate hepatic function as evidenced by ALT, AST, and total bilirubin within ULN.
If hepatic metastases are present, ALT and AST may be up to 5 x ULN.

- Provision of written informed consent

- Men and women of childbearing potential must be willing to practice acceptable
methods of birth control to prevent pregnancy. This is a precautionary measure for
use of Gefitinib and docetaxel.

Exclusion Criteria:

- Known severe hypersensitivity to Gefitinib or docetaxel or any of the excipients of
these products (i.e. polysorbate 80)

- Previous treatment with Gefitinib or docetaxel.

- Other coexisting malignancies or malignancies diagnosed within the last 5 years, with
the exception of basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma of the skin or
cervical cancer in situ.

- Concomitant use of phenytoin, carbamazepine, barbiturates, rifampicin, phenobarbital,
or St John's Wort

- Treatment with a non-approved or investigational drug within 30 days before Day 1 of
trial treatment.

- Treatment with radiation therapy or chemotherapy within 28 days before Day 1 of trial

- Any unresolved chronic toxicity greater then CTC grade 2 from previous anticancer
therapy (except alopecia)

- Incomplete healing from previous oncologic or other major surgery.

- Pregnancy or breast feeding (women of childbearing potential).

- Any evidence of clinically active interstitial lung disease (patients with chronic
stable radiographic changes who are asymptomatic need not be excluded).

- As judged by the investigator, any evidence of severe or uncontrolled systemic
disease (e.g., unstable or uncompensated respiratory, cardiac, hepatic, or renal

- Evidence of any other significant clinical disorder or laboratory finding that makes
it undesirable for the subject to participate in the trial.

Type of Study:


Study Design:

Allocation: Non-Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment

Outcome Measure:

Ascertain the median survival of advanced pancreatic cancer patients treated with Gefitinib and docetaxel.

Principal Investigator

Kenneth Foon, MD

Investigator Role:

Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation:

University of Pittsburgh


United States: Food and Drug Administration

Study ID:




Start Date:

September 2004

Completion Date:

December 2006

Related Keywords:

  • Cancer
  • pancreas
  • pancreatic
  • Carcinoma
  • Pancreatic Neoplasms



University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  15213