Clinical Trial of SAHA in Patients With Breast Cancer
- evaluate the safety of Vorinostat.
- evaluate the effectiveness of Vorinostat in treating breast cancer
- evaluate how the study subject's body reacts to Vorinostat, how these reactions relate to the subject's genes, and whether protein changes in the subject blood may be used to predict how the subject's cancer will respond to Vorinostat
We hypothesize that Vorinostat, as a novel class of anti-cancer agents, may induce response in patients with recurrent or metastatic breast cancer who have been previously treated with anthracyclines and taxanes. In addition, we hypothesize that serum Vorinostat levels may correlate with clinical response and toxicities, and that Vorinostat may induce unique protein changes in the plasma in responding patients, and that these proteins may in turn be used as predictive biomarkers for treatment response.
Breast cancer is sensitive to a range of chemotherapeutics agents, but despite initial sensitivity, resistance typically emerges, resulting in disease relapse or progression. Exploration of novel classes of agents in the treatment of breast cancer is therefore in urgent need. Vorinostat or SAHA, a potent inhibitor of histone deacetylase (HDAC) activity, represents a novel class of anti-cancer agents in early stages of development. Vorinostat is active in inducing differentiation, cell growth arrest, and/or apoptosis in a wide variety of transformed cells in culture, and has shown activity against breast cancer in cell lines and animal models. Exploratory pharmacokinetic analysis has demonstrated that oral Vorinostat has excellent bioavailability. Oral Vorinostat has been administered to more than 300 patients enrolled in completed or ongoing clinical studies. The maximum tolerated dose (MTD) is 400 mg q.d. or 200 mg b.i.d. continuously, or 300 mg b.i.d. x 3 consecutive days per week. Dose-limiting toxicities (DLT) are non-hematologic (anorexia, dehydration, diarrhea and fatigue), that resolve quickly once drug administration is interrupted. This study will evaluate the safety and efficacy of Vorinostat in breast cancer patients who have failed anthracyclines and taxanes, and if proven active, will add an important new class of agents to the treatment armamentarium of breast cancer. The study will be divided into 2 phases: phase I to determine the MTD in our population, starting with 400mg q.d. continuously, with progressive dose decrements in the event of DLT; and phase 2 to determine efficacy of Vorinostat at MTD in 12-37 evaluable patients. Correlative studies (pharmacokinetics, pharmacogenetics, plasma proteomics, tumor histone acetylation, genomics and proteomics) will be carried out to identify markers that will predict treatment response and/or toxicity to Vorinostat, to achieve the future goal of tailored therapy.
Allocation: Non-Randomized, Control: Uncontrolled, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment
National University Hospital
National University Hospital, Singapore
Results (where available)
- Source: http://clinicaltrials.gov/show/NCT00416130
- Information obtained from ClinicalTrials.gov on July 15, 2010
Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions
Inflammatory Breast Neoplasms
Metastatic breast cancer characterized by EDEMA and ERYTHEMA of the affected breast due to LYMPHATIC METASTASIS and eventual obstruction of LYMPHATIC VESSELS by the cancer cells.
A infiltrating (invasive) breast cancer, relatively uncommon, accounting for only 5%-10% of breast tumors in most series. It is often an area of ill-defined thickening in the breast, in contrast to the dominant lump characteristic of ductal carcinoma. It is typically composed of small cells in a linear arrangement with a tendency to grow around ducts and lobules. There is likelihood of axillary nodal involvement with metastasis to meningeal and serosal surfaces. (DeVita Jr et al., Cancer: Principles & Practice of Oncology, 3d ed, p1205)
Carbohydrate antigen elevated in patients with tumors of the breast, ovary, lung, and prostate as well as other disorders. The mucin is expressed normally by most glandular epithelia but shows particularly increased expression in the breast at lactation and in malignancy. It is thus an established serum marker for breast cancer.
Tumors or cancer of the human BREAST.
The phosphoprotein encoded by the BRCA1 gene (GENE, BRCA1). In normal cells the BRCA1 protein is localized in the nucleus, whereas in the majority of breast cancer cell lines and in malignant pleural effusions from breast cancer patients, it is localized mainly in the cytoplasm. (Science 1995;270(5237):713,789-91)
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