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A Phase I/II Study of Foretinib in Combination With Lapatinib in Patients With Human Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor 2(HER2)Over-Expressing Metastatic Breast Cancer

Phase 1/Phase 2
18 Years
Open (Enrolling)
Breast Cancer

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Trial Information

A Phase I/II Study of Foretinib in Combination With Lapatinib in Patients With Human Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor 2(HER2)Over-Expressing Metastatic Breast Cancer

The purpose of this study is to find the dose of foretinib that can safely be given in
combination with lapatinib. This is done by starting at doses of both drugs lower than the
usual doses of each when given on their own. Patients are given foretinib and lapatinib and
are watched very closely to see what side effects they have and to make sure the side
effects are not severe. If the side effects are not severe, then more patients are asked to
join the study and are given higher does of foretinib and lapatinib. Patients joining the
study later on will get higher doses of foretinib and lapatinib than patients who join
earlier. This will continue until a dose is found that causes severe but temporary side
effects. Doses higher than that will not be given.

Inclusion Criteria:

- Histologically confirmed diagnosis of invasive breast cancer, that is human epidermal
growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) positive assessed by FISH or IHC 3+ staining (in
accordance with ASCO guidelines) on the basis of the local evaluation of HER2 status.

- Formalin fixed paraffin embedded tissue available for translational studies. Patients
entered on the expanded RP2D cohort must have an accessible tumour lesion for biopsy.

- Advanced or recurrent/ metastatic disease incurable with standard therapies.

- During the dose escalation phase patients are not required to have measurable
disease, but if they do, it will be recorded and followed. Patients at the expanded
RP2D must have measurable disease defined by the RECIST 1.1.

- ECOG performance status 0, 1 or 2.

- Age ≥ 18 years of age.

- Any treatment-related major organ toxicities must be recovered to ≤ grade 1.

- Patients may have had prior chemotherapy for adjuvant and/or for metastatic disease.
There is no limit to the number of previous chemotherapy regimens allowed provided
patients meet other eligibility criteria. A minimum of 21 days since the last dose of
chemotherapy must have elapsed prior to registration.

- Patients may have had prior hormone therapy. There is no limit to the number of
previous hormone regimens allowed provided patients meet other eligibility criteria.
A minimum of 7 days since the last dose of hormone therapy must have elapsed prior to

- Patients may have had prior therapy with trastuzumab or lapatinib. No prior therapy
with a c-Met inhibitor or angiogenesis inhibitor. Other targeted agents permissible
provided a minimum of 21 days has elapsed since last day of targeted therapy and

- Patients may have had prior radiation therapy provided the patient has recovered from
acute toxic effects of the radiation therapy prior to registration and at least 21
days have elapsed from the day of the last fraction of radiation to the date of

- Previous surgery is permitted provided that wound healing has occurred and at least
14 days have elapsed prior to registration if surgery was major.

- Granulocytes (AGC) ≥ 1.5 x 109/L; Platelets ≥ 100 x 109/L

- Serum creatinine ≤ 1.2 x UNL; Total bilirubin ≤ 1.2 x UNL; AST and ALT ≤ 2 x UNL;
Potassium within normal range; Magnesium within normal range

- Left ventricular ejection fraction ≥ 50% demonstrated by MUGA scan or echocardiogram
within 28 days prior to registration.

- Women must be post menopausal, surgically sterile or use a reliable form of
contraception while on study and for 90 days after discontinuing therapy. Women of
childbearing potential must have a pregnancy test taken and proven negative within 7
days prior to registration and must not be lactating.

- Patients who require oral anticoagulants (coumadin, warfarin) are eligible

- Patient consent must be obtained according to local Institutional and/or University
Human Experimentation Committee requirements.

- Protocol treatment must begin within 2 working days of patient registration.

Exclusion Criteria:

- History of other malignancies, except: adequately treated non-melanoma skin cancer,
curatively treated in-situ cancer of the cervix, or other solid tumours curatively
treated with no evidence of disease for ≥ 5 years.

- Resting BP consistently higher than, systolic > 150 mmHg and/or diastolic > 100 mmHg
(in the presence or absence of a stable dose of anti-hypertensive medication) or
poorly controlled hypertension, history of labile hypertension or poor compliance
with anti-hypertensive medication.

- Appreciable cavitating or actively bleeding lesions.

- Untreated brain or meningeal metastases. (Patients with neurologically stable and
treated brain metastases who have discontinued corticosteroids at least two weeks
prior to study registration and have no evidence of cavitation or hemorrhage are

- Serious cardiac illness or condition including, but not limited to:

- history of documented congestive heart failure (CHF)

- systolic dysfunction (LVEF < 50% by MUGA or ECHO)

- high risk uncontrolled arrhythmias (ventricular tachycardia, high-grade
AV-block, supraventricular arrhythmias which are not adequately rate-controlled)

- unstable angina pectoris requiring anti-anginal medication

- clinically significant valvular heart disease

- evidence of transmural infarction on ECG

- New York Heart Association (NYHA) Class III or IV functional status (see
Appendix VIII)

- Patients with QTc > 450 msec are not eligible

- GI tract disease resulting in an inability to absorb oral medication

- Active or uncontrolled infections, or with serious illnesses or medical conditions
which would not permit the patient to be managed according to the protocol are not

- Known hypersensitivity to the study drugs or their components.

- Potent CYP3A4 inhibitors/inducers (e.g. ketoconazole, carbamazepine) must be
discontinued at least 7 days prior to Day 1, Cycle 1.

- Patients on treatment with agents with a known risk of Torsades de Pointes (List #1 are not eligible.

- Proliferative diabetic retinopathy, retinal arteritis or hemorrhage.

- History of pulmonary embolus or a deep vein thrombosis diagnosed and/or treated
within 6 months prior to registration.

Type of Study:


Study Design:

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

Outcome Measure:

Toxicity, maximum administered dose and the recommended phase II dose

Outcome Description:

Adverse events will be graded using CTCAE V4.0

Outcome Time Frame:

every 4 weeks

Safety Issue:


Principal Investigator

Stephen Chia

Investigator Role:

Study Chair

Investigator Affiliation:

British Columbia Cancer Agency


Canada: Health Canada

Study ID:




Start Date:

June 2010

Completion Date:

April 2013

Related Keywords:

  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Neoplasms