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RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as CCI-779, work in different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die.
- Determine the overall survival at 6 months in patients with locally advanced or metastatic pancreatic cancer treated with CCI-779.
- Determine time to progression, progression-free survival, overall survival, and tumor response rate in patients with measurable disease treated with this drug.
- Correlate biomarkers of response with clinical response in patients treated with this drug.
- Determine the safety and toxicity of this drug in these patients.
OUTLINE: This is an open-label study.
Patients receive CCI-779 IV over 30 minutes once weekly. Courses repeat every 4 weeks in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.
Patients are followed every 3 months.
PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 40 patients will be accrued for this study within 13 months.
Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment
MD Anderson Cancer Center at University of Texas
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:54:40-0400
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