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Phase II Study of Irinotecan Plus Capecitabine in Patients With Antracycline and Taxane Pretreated Metastatic Breast Cancer

Phase 2
18 Years
75 Years
Not Enrolling
Breast Cancer Metastatic

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Trial Information

Phase II Study of Irinotecan Plus Capecitabine in Patients With Antracycline and Taxane Pretreated Metastatic Breast Cancer

This is a nonrandomized, open-label, phase II study of irinotecan plus capecitabine in
patients with metastatic breast cancer previously treated with anthracyclines and taxanes.
Up to 44 qualified patients will be enrolled according to the exact single stage design.

Irinotecan 90 mg/m2 intravenously for 90 minutes once a week for 2 weeks (Days 1 and 8)
followed by 1-week rest period. Capecitabine is administered orally at a dose of 1,000 mg/m2
twice daily (total daily dose 2,000 mg/m2) as an intermittent regimen in 3-week cycles (2
weeks of treatment followed by a 1-week rest period). For practical reasons, capecitabine
doses are rounded to the nearest dose that could be administered with a combination of
500-mg and 150-mg tablets of drug. Capecitabine is given approximately 12 hours apart and
taken orally with water within 30 minutes after ingestion of food (breakfast or dinner).

Inclusion Criteria:

- Histologic or cytologic diagnosis of breast cancer Stage IV or recurrent.

- Previous chemotherapy with anthracyclines and taxane in adjuvant setting

- Previous hormonal therapy in adjuvant and metastatic setting is allowed

- Prior radiation therapy is allowed as long as the irradiated area is not the only
source of measurable disease.

- No other forms of cancer therapy, such as radiation, immunotherapy for at least 3
weeks before the enrollment in study.

- Performance status of 0, 1, 2 on the ECOG criteria.

- Clinically measurable disease, defined as uni-dimensionally measurable lesions with
clearly defined margins on x-ray, CT scan, MRI or physical examination. Lesions
serving as measurable disease must be at least 1 cm, as defined by x-ray, CT scan,
MRI, or physical examination.

- Estimated life expectancy of at least 12 weeks.

- Patient compliance that allow adequate follow-up.

- Adequate hematologic (WBC count ³ 3,000/mm3, platelet count ³ 100,000/mm3), hepatic
(bilirubin level £ 1.5 mg/dL), and renal (creatinine concentration £ 1.5 mg/dL)

- Informed consent from patient or patient's relative.

- Males or females at least 18 years of age.

- If female: childbearing women should use non-hormonal contraceptive method

Exclusion Criteria:

- MI within preceding 6 months or symptomatic heart disease, including unstable angina,
congestive heart failure or uncontrolled arrhythmia.

- Serious concomitant infection.

- Second primary malignancy (except in situ carcinoma of the cervix or adequately
treated basal cell carcinoma of the skin or prior malignancy treated more than 5
years ago without recurrence).

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:

To evaluate the response rate of capecitabine and irinotecan combination therapy in patients with metastatic breast cancer

Outcome Time Frame:


Safety Issue:


Principal Investigator

Jungsil Ro, M.D.

Investigator Role:

Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation:

National Cancer Center


Korea: Food and Drug Administration

Study ID:




Start Date:

August 2006

Completion Date:

December 2011

Related Keywords:

  • Breast Cancer Metastatic
  • Breast Neoplasms
  • Neoplasms
  • Neoplasms, Second Primary