Iloprost in Preventing Lung Cancer in Patients at High Risk for This Disease

2014-07-24 14:33:18 | BioPortfolio


RATIONALE: Chemoprevention therapy is the use of certain drugs to try to prevent the development or recurrence of cancer. Iloprost may be effective in preventing lung cancer.

PURPOSE: This randomized phase II trial is studying how well iloprost works in preventing lung cancer in patients who are at high risk for this disease.




- Compare the reversal of premalignant histological changes in the bronchial epithelium of patients at high risk for lung cancer (defined by > 20 pack years of smoking and sputum atypia) treated with iloprost vs placebo.

- Determine whether this drug modulates Ki-67 proliferation index in these patients.

- Determine whether this drug affects prostaglandin metabolism in these patients.

- Determine the toxicity profile of this drug in these patients.


- Determine whether this drug modulates a panel of biomarkers, including MCM-2, EGFR, HER2/neu, RARβ, p53, FHIT, apoptotic index, and microvessel density, in these patients.

- Determine the genes whose expression is altered by this drug in these patients.

OUTLINE: This is a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicenter study. Patients are stratified according to smoking status (current vs former) and participating center. Patients are randomized to 1 of 2 treatment arms.

- Arm I: Patients receive oral iloprost twice daily.

- Arm II: Patients receive oral placebo twice daily. In both arms, treatment continues for 6 months in the absence of unacceptable toxicity.

Patients are followed at 1 month and then annually thereafter.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 152 patients (76 [38 current smokers and 38 former smokers] per treatment arm) will be accrued for this study within 2 years.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Control: Placebo Control, Masking: Double-Blind, Primary Purpose: Prevention


Lung Cancer


iloprost, placebo


University of Colorado Cancer Center at UC Health Sciences Center
United States




National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Results (where available)

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