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A Phase II, Double-Blinded, Randomized Evaluation of Femara (Letrozole) Versus Placebo for Adjuvant Treatment After Completion of First-Line Chemotherapy for Patients With Optimally Debulked and Chemoresponsive Ovarian, Fallopian Tube, or Primary Peritoneal Cancer


Phase 2
N/A
N/A
Not Enrolling
Female
Ovarian Cancer, Fallopian Tube Cancer, Peritoneal Cancer

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Trial Information

A Phase II, Double-Blinded, Randomized Evaluation of Femara (Letrozole) Versus Placebo for Adjuvant Treatment After Completion of First-Line Chemotherapy for Patients With Optimally Debulked and Chemoresponsive Ovarian, Fallopian Tube, or Primary Peritoneal Cancer


THE STUDY DRUG:

Letrozole is designed to block the enzyme that makes estrogen in post-menopausal women. By
interfering with the production of estrogen made by the enzyme, letrozole decreases the
total amount of estrogen in the body. As a result, less estrogen can reach cancer cells,
which may prevent their growth.

SCREENING TESTS:

Before you can begin taking the study drug on this study, you will have "screening tests" to
help the doctor decide if you are eligible to take part in this study. The following tests
and procedures will be performed:

- Your complete medical history will be recorded.

- You will have a physical exam, including a pelvic exam and measurement of your vital
signs (blood pressure, heart rate, temperature, and breathing rate).

- Blood (about 2-3 teaspoons) will be drawn for routine tests and to test for tumor
markers.

- You will have a chest x-ray and a computed tomography (CT) scan or magnetic resonance
imaging (MRI) scan to check the status of the disease.

- Your previously collected tumor tissue, if available, will be tested to learn if the
estrogen receptor is positive or negative.

- You will be asked how well you are able to perform the normal activities of daily
living (performance status evaluation).

STUDY GROUPS:

If you are found to be eligible to take part in this study, you will be randomly assigned
(as in the flip of a coin) to 1 of 2 groups. Group 1 will take letrozole. Group 2 will take
a placebo. A placebo is a substance that looks like the study drug but has no active
ingredients. Neither the doctor nor you will know which group you will be in. However, if
needed for your safety, the study staff and study doctor will be able to find out which
group you are in.

STUDY DRUG ADMINISTRATION:

You will take letrozole or the placebo by mouth 1 time every day of each 12-week study
"cycle". It should be taken around the same time every day and can be taken with or without
food and/or water. You will be given the amount of study drug/placebo needed for 1 cycle of
therapy at a time.

You will keep a drug "diary" during the study. In this diary you will list when and how much
study drug/placebo you took. This diary will be reviewed after each cycle.

STUDY VISITS:

Within 4 weeks before your first dose of study drug/placebo, you will have a bone scan to
test your bones and to watch for any signs of osteoporosis (weakened bones) that can be
caused by decreased estrogen levels. You will be separately consented for this bone scan,
which will describe the procedure and its risks in detail.

Every 12 weeks, the following tests and procedures will be performed:

- Blood (about 2-3 teaspoons) will be drawn for routine tests and to test for tumor
markers.

- You will have a CT scan of the chest, abdomen, and pelvis to check the status of the
disease.

- You will have a physical exam, including a pelvic exam and measurement of your vital
signs and weight.

- You will have a performance status evaluation.

- You will be asked if you have experienced any side effects.

Every 6 months, you will have a chest x-ray.

Every year, you will have a bone scan to check for osteoporosis.

LENGTH OF STUDY:

You may remain on the study for as long as you are not experiencing intolerable side effects
and the disease has not gotten worse. In that case, you will be taken off study. The total
length of the study is five (5) years. At the end of the study, if you are still on active
treatment, you and your doctor may or may not decide to continue treatment off-study.

END-OF-STUDY VISIT:

On the last day that you take the study drug/placebo, you will have an end-of-study visit.
The following tests and procedures will be performed:

- Blood (about 2-3 teaspoons) will be drawn for routine tests and to test for tumor
markers.

- You will have a physical exam, including a pelvic exam and measurement of your vital
signs and weight.

- You will have an MRI scan or CT scan to check the status of the disease.

- You will have a performance status evaluation.

- You will be asked if you have experienced any side effects.

This is an investigational study. Letrozole is commercially available and FDA approved for
the treatment of some types of breast cancer. Its use in patients with ovarian cancer is
experimental. While you are on study, letrozole or the placebo will be provided at no cost
to you.

Up to 50 patients will take part in this study. All will be enrolled at M. D. Anderson.


Inclusion Criteria:



1. Patients with optimally debulked (< 1 cm residual disease) stage IIA-IIIC ovarian,
fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer that have achieved a complete clinical
response (CR) to first-line surgery and chemotherapy.

2. All patients must have had appropriate surgery with appropriate tissue available for
histologic evaluation to confirm diagnosis and stage.

3. Patients must have completed primary treatment within the past 8 weeks and received
at least 5 cycles and not more than 8 cycles of a platinum (IV or IP) and paclitaxel
or docetaxel-based combination chemotherapy. Patients must have no symptoms
suggestive of persistent cancer.

4. Patient must have a CT or MRI scan of the abdomen/pelvis with no evidence of
metastatic disease and a normal CA-125 (< 35 Units/mL) following primary therapy.

5. Patients willing to sign informed consent to participate in study for 5 years or
until first recurrence.

Exclusion Criteria:

1. Patients with any evidence of metastatic disease after completion of surgery and
first line chemotherapy

2. Patients with low grade ovarian cancer histology.

3. If chemotherapy initiated greater than 8 weeks after primary surgery or completed
more than 8 weeks prior to treatment start.

4. Patients that received neoadjuvant chemotherapy.

5. Patients taking any form of HRT and/or CAM products (i.e. phytoestrogens, etc.)

6. Patients with history of prothrombic clotting disorders (i.e PE or DVT).

7. Patients with history of malignant disease within past 10 years except for squamous
or basal cell carcinoma of the skin or carcinoma in situ of the cervix, adequately
cone biopsied

8. Patients with severe concomitant disease which would place patient at unusual risk or
confound the results of the trial.

Type of Study:

Interventional

Study Design:

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor), Primary Purpose: Treatment

Outcome Measure:

Time to Progression or Death From Complete Response (CR)

Outcome Time Frame:

Followed for 36 months following treatment

Safety Issue:

No

Principal Investigator

Judith Wolf, MD

Investigator Role:

Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation:

M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Authority:

United States: Institutional Review Board

Study ID:

2006-0689

NCT ID:

NCT00634894

Start Date:

March 2008

Completion Date:

September 2008

Related Keywords:

  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Fallopian Tube Cancer
  • Peritoneal Cancer
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Fallopian Tube Cancer
  • Peritoneal Cancer
  • Femara
  • Letrozole
  • Placebo
  • Ovarian Neoplasms
  • Peritoneal Neoplasms
  • Fallopian Tube Neoplasms

Name

Location

U.T.M.D. Anderson Cancer CenterHouston, Texas  77030