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A Pilot Pharmacokinetic, Pharmacodynamic and Feasibility Study of Sorafenib in Combination With Cytarabine and Clofarabine in Patients With Refractory or Relapsed Hematologic Malignancies

Phase 1
31 Years
Open (Enrolling)
Acute Myeloid Leukemia, Infantile Leukemia (Both AML and ALL), Myelodysplastic Syndrome, Myelodysplastic/Myeloproliferative Neoplasms, Biphenotypic Leukemia

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Trial Information

A Pilot Pharmacokinetic, Pharmacodynamic and Feasibility Study of Sorafenib in Combination With Cytarabine and Clofarabine in Patients With Refractory or Relapsed Hematologic Malignancies

Research is performed in patients with age of ≥ 0 months old and < 31 years old. In course
1, sorafenib will be given orally (PO) on days 1 to 7. Pharmacokinetic studies on days 1 and
7 and pharmacodynamic assessment on day 8 will be performed. Inter-patient dose escalation
or de-escalation of clofarabine and sorafenib will be performed based on tolerability and
toxicity. On days 8 to 12, clofarabine and cytarabine will be administered intravenously
(IV) without concurrent twice daily sorafenib. Sorafenib will then be given on days 15 to 28
(14 days). Cytarabine and clofarabine may be given before day 8 when the treating physician
feels it is necessary after consulting with the primary investigator based on the
participant's clinical condition (e.g. disease progression). Intrathecal (IT) methotrexate
(age-adjusted doses) with leucovorin rescue (24 and 30 hours after IT therapy) can be given
on day 8. Participants with central nervous system (CNS) disease can receive IT therapy
weekly until the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) becomes free of leukemia (minimum of 4 doses).
Triple intrathecal therapy with methotrexate, hydrocortisone and cytarabine is allowed other
than day 8 therapy.

Response evaluation will be performed on day 22 (or 15 days after initiation of cytarabine
and clofarabine) in the first course. One course of therapy will be for 28 days unless
disease progression is seen. Participants may receive subsequent courses (up to 5 courses)
if there is no disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. Sorafenib is given on days 1 to
7 and 15 to 28 in subsequent courses, and cytarabine with or without clofarabine will be
administered starting on days 8 to 12 (clofarabine can be removed after course 2).

Inclusion Criteria:

- Patients must have a diagnosis of acute myeloid leukemia (AML), acute promyelocytic
leukemia (APL), acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), infantile leukemia (either AML or
ALL), AML with prior myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS),
myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative neoplasms, or biphenotypic leukemia. Patients with
treatment-related AML (t-AML) will be eligible, provided they meet all other
eligibility criteria.

- Current disease status must be one for which there is no known curative therapy or
therapy proven to prolong survival with an acceptable quality of life.

Patients must meet one of the following criteria:

1. First or greater relapse,

2. Refractory to 1 or more courses of induction or reinduction chemotherapy, or

3. First or greater relapse after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation

- Age: participants must be < 31 years of age at the time of study entry.

St. Jude participants will include the following:

- Participants currently on therapy at St. Jude, or within 3 years of completing
therapy at St. Jude must be ≤ 24 years of age.

- Other participants must be ≤ 21 years of age.

Performance status: Karnofsky >50% for ≥ 16 years of age; Lansky >50% for children <16
years of age.

Organ Function Requirements:

1. Hepatic:

- Serum direct bilirubin ≤2.0 mg/dl.

- Alanine transaminase (ALT/SGPT) ≤4 x ULN

2. Cardiovascular:

• Shortening fraction of greater than or equal to 25% by echocardiogram

3. Pulmonary:

• Pulse oximetry ≥93% at room air

4. Renal:

• Creatinine clearance or radioisotope GFR greater than or equal to 70 mL/min/1.73m2
or serum creatinine based on age

5. Pancreas:

- Amylase and lipase ≤ 2 × upper limits of normal

Participant or legal guardian, in the opinion of the investigator, is capable of
understanding the investigational nature, potential risks and benefits of the study, and
able to provide valid informed consent. A signed informed consent must be obtained prior
to any study specific procedures.

Exclusion Criteria:

- Participants who have relapsed while on sorafenib therapy.

- Uncontrolled hypertension, defined below:

- Patients < 18 years old:

- Diastolic Blood Pressure Within The Upper Limit Of Normal Defined as: A
diastolic blood pressure (DBP) > the 95th percentile for age and gender despite
optimal medical management.

- Patients ≥ 18 years old

- Uncontrolled hypertension defined as systolic blood pressure > 150 mmHg or
diastolic pressure > 90 mmHg despite optimal medical management. .

- Use of concomitant chemotherapy, investigational agents, radiation therapy, or
immunotherapy other than as specified in the protocol.

- Use of investigational agents within 30 days or any anticancer therapy within 2 weeks
before study entry with the exception of hydroxyurea, low dose cytarabine and
intrathecal chemotherapy.

- Any other severe concurrent disease, or have a history of serious organ dysfunction
or disease involving the heart, kidney, liver, or other organ system that may place
the participant at undue risk to undergo treatment.

- Participant with a systemic fungal, bacterial, viral or other infection not
controlled (defined as exhibiting ongoing signs/symptoms related to the infection and
without improvement), despite appropriate antibiotics or other treatment).

- Any significant concurrent disease, illness, or psychiatric disorder that would
compromise participant safety or compliance, interfere with consent, study
participation, follow-up, or interpretation of study results.

- Participants must not receive concomitant medications known to inhibit platelet
function or known to selectively inhibit cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) activity (i.e., all
antipyretic and anti-inflammatory medications except acetaminophen).

- There is no available information, as yet, regarding human fetal or teratogenic
toxicities. Pregnancy tests with a negative result must be obtained in girls who are
postmenarchal within 10 days before start of treatment. Women of childbearing
potential and men must agree to use adequate contraception (barrier method of birth
control) prior to study entry and for the duration of study participation. Men and
women should use adequate birth control for at least three months after the last
administration of study treatment.

- Pregnant or lactating.

- Known human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection.

- Thrombolic or embolic events such as a cerebrovascular accident including transient
ischemic attacks within the past 6 months

- Cardiac disease: Congestive heart failure > class II NYHA. Patients must not have
unstable angina (anginal symptoms at rest) or new onset angina (began within the last
3 months) or myocardial infarction within the past 6 months.

- Cardiac ventricular arrhythmias requiring anti-arrhythmic therapy.

- Pulmonary hemorrhage/bleeding event > CTCAE Grade 2 within 4 weeks of first dose of
study drug.

- Any other hemorrhage/bleeding event > CTCAE Grade 3 within 4 weeks of first dose of
study drug

- Serious non-healing wound, ulcer, or bone fracture.

- Evidence or history of bleeding diathesis or coagulopathy.

- Major surgery, open biopsy or significant traumatic injury within 4 weeks of first
study drug.

- Concomitant use of St. John's Wort or rifampin (rifampicin)

- Known or suspected allergy to any agent given in the course of this trial.

- Any malabsorption problem.

- Have had a diagnosis of another malignancy, unless the participant has been
disease-free for at least 3 years following the completion of curative intent therapy
with the following exceptions:

- Participants with treated non-melanoma skin cancer, in situ, carcinoma, or
cervical intraepithelial neoplasia, regardless of the disease-free duration, are
eligible for this study if definitive treatment for the condition has been

- Patients with organ-confined prostate cancer with no evidence of recurrent or
progressive disease based on prostate-specific antigen (PSA) values are also
eligible for this study if hormonal therapy has been initiated or a radical
prostatectomy has been performed.

- Participants who in the opinion of the investigator may not be able to comply with
the safety monitoring requirements of the study.

- Inability or unwillingness of research participant or legal guardian or
representative to give written informed consent.

Type of Study:


Study Design:

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

Outcome Measure:

To characterize a tolerable dose of sorafenib when given in combination with cytarabine and clofarabine in patients with relapsed/refractory hematologic malignancies.

Outcome Time Frame:

4.5 years

Safety Issue:


Principal Investigator

Hiroto Inaba, MD, PhD

Investigator Role:

Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation:

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital


United States: Institutional Review Board

Study ID:




Start Date:

September 2009

Completion Date:

December 2013

Related Keywords:

  • Acute Myeloid Leukemia
  • Infantile Leukemia (Both AML and ALL)
  • Myelodysplastic Syndrome
  • Myelodysplastic/Myeloproliferative Neoplasms
  • Biphenotypic Leukemia
  • sorafenib
  • cytarabine
  • clofarabine
  • acute myeloid leukemia
  • acute promyelocytic leukemia
  • acute lymphoblastic leukemia
  • Neoplasms
  • Leukemia
  • Leukemia, Myeloid, Acute
  • Leukemia, Myeloid
  • Myelodysplastic Syndromes
  • Preleukemia
  • Myeloproliferative Disorders
  • Hematologic Neoplasms
  • Myelodysplastic-Myeloproliferative Diseases



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