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A Single Arm, Phase Ib Study of RAD001 and Sunitinib in Patients With Advanced Renal Cell Carcinoma

Phase 1
18 Years
Not Enrolling
Renal Cell Carcinoma

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Trial Information

A Single Arm, Phase Ib Study of RAD001 and Sunitinib in Patients With Advanced Renal Cell Carcinoma

Escalation of both drugs will occur as tolerated. Treatment will be arbitrarily divided
into 3-week cycles, with dose limiting toxicity (DLT) determined by Cycle 2 Day 0. Dose
levels will be evaluated one at a time beginning with 3 patients. If 1/3 patients
demonstrate DLT (as defined in section Complete), then enrollment will proceed to the next
dose level. 1/3 patients develops a DLT, then 3 more patients will be accrued to this dose
level. If 0-1/6 patients demonstrate DLT, then enrollment will proceed to the next dose
level. However, if 2 or more patients out of 6 demonstrate DLT at a dose level, then
enrollment will proceed at the next lowest dose level. The highest dose level not resulting
in greater than 1/6 DLT will be considered the MTD. Dose expansion will then proceed at
this dose level.

Once the maximum tolerated dose has been established for this regimen a dose expansion of 20
patients with metastatic RCC will be undertaken. Up to 10 patients with a positive FDG- PET
scan at baseline (defined by 1 or more target lesions demonstrating an SUV > 5.0) will begin
treatment per Figure 2B. Patients 1-10 will begin Sunitinib on Day 0 and begin RAD001 on
Day 14 after repeat FDG-PET scan. Patients 11-20, will have a 2 week lead-in period of
RAD001 and will begin Sunitinib 2 weeks later on Day 0. After repeat FDG-PET scan. Both
groups of patients will repeat PET scan at Day 14 of cycle 2. Patients with negative FDG
PET scans (SUV < 5.0 in all lesions) will not undergo repeat scanning. Patients will undergo
evaluations for tumor response every 12 weeks with appropriate measurement studies (CT, MRI,
bone scan). In the setting of a mixed response (progressive disease in 1 or more lesions
but continued regression or stable disease below baseline in other lesions) patients may
continue on study if it is determined by the PI, treating physician and patient that there
is ongoing clinical benefit to the patient.

Inclusion Criteria:

Patients will be eligible for inclusion in this study only if all of the following
criteria apply:

- Patients must have histologically confirmed diagnosis of RCC.

- Patients must have undergone a nephrectomy

- Clinical or radiographic evidence of metastatic disease.

- A minimum of 4 weeks from full field radiation therapy, surgery, chemotherapy or
other investigational agent. Treatment may begin one week following limited field
radiation therapy.

- Subjects who have received prior limited field radiotherapy, biologic/immunotherapy
or surgery must have a documented recovery period > 2 weeks

- Patients must have normal organ and marrow function as defined below:

hemoglobin > 9.0g/dL absolute neutrophil count > 1,500/μl platelets >
100,000/μl total bilirubin < 1.5 X upper limit of normal (ULN) AST(SGOT)/ALT(SGPT) <
2.5 X ULN creatinine < 1.5 X ULN (or 24 hour measured creatinine clearance > 40
mL/min) total fasting cholesterol < 350 total triglycerides < 300

- Age > 18 years.

- ECOG score of 0-2 (See Appendix 11.1).

- For patients with diabetes a Hgb A1C of ≤ 8

- Subject agrees to use a medically acceptable form of birth control during and for at
least 3 months after completion of the study treatment, if he/she is sexually active

- Women of childbearing potential must have a negative serum pregnancy test within 3
days prior to treatment

- Ability to swallow and retain oral medication.

- Ability to understand and the willingness to sign a written informed consent

- Written informed consent obtained according to local guidelines

Exclusion Criteria:

A patient will not be eligible for inclusion in this study if any of the following
criteria apply:

- History of solid organ or stem cell transplantation. Also, no current use of chronic
immunosuppressive therapy is allowed.

- Patients with active brain metastases (or history of brain metastases) should be
excluded from this clinical trial because of their poor prognosis and because they
often develop progressive neurologic dysfunction that would confound the evaluation
of neurologic and other adverse events.

- History of HIV, hepatitis B, or hepatitis C infection.

- Patients who have received investigational, biologic, hormonal (other than ADT),
immunotherapy, or chemotherapy less than 4 weeks prior to entry on this study or have
not recovered from the toxic effects of such therapy.

- Patients who have experienced severe trauma or undergone major surgery within 4 weeks
prior to entry on this study or have not recovered to grade 1 or less may not

- Uncontrolled intercurrent illness including, but not limited to, ongoing or active
infection (requiring antifungal, antibiotic or antiviral therapy), symptomatic
congestive heart failure (NYHC II or greater), unstable angina pectoris, cardiac
arrhythmia (uncontrolled SVT or any VT), uncontrolled diabetes or psychiatric
illness/social situations that would limit compliance with study requirements.

- Impairment of gastrointestinal function or gastrointestinal disease that may
significantly alter the absorption of RAD001 (e.g., ulcerative disease, uncontrolled
nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, malabsorption syndrome or small bowel resection).

- Patients who have received prior treatment with an mTOR inhibitor.

- Patients who have received prior treatment with Sunitinib are not eligible to
participate in this study.

Type of Study:


Study Design:

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

Outcome Measure:

To determine the maximum tolerated dose (MTD)/recommended Phase 2 regimen of 2+1 dosing with Sunitinib and daily RAD001 in patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma.

Outcome Time Frame:

1 year

Safety Issue:


Principal Investigator

Daniel J. George, M.D.

Investigator Role:

Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation:

Duke University


United States: Food and Drug Administration

Study ID:




Start Date:

October 2008

Completion Date:

December 2012

Related Keywords:

  • Renal Cell Carcinoma
  • Renal Cell Carcinoma
  • Rad001
  • Sutent
  • Carcinoma
  • Carcinoma, Renal Cell



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