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Perillyl Alcohol in Treating Patients With Metastatic Breast Cancer

2014-08-27 03:58:47 | BioPortfolio

Summary

RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die.

PURPOSE: Phase II trial to study the effectiveness of perillyl alcohol in treating patients with metastatic breast cancer that has not responded to previous chemotherapy.

Description

OBJECTIVES: I. Determine the clinical effectiveness (i.e., objective tumor response, time to treatment failure, and survival) of perillyl alcohol in patients with previously treated metastatic breast cancer. II. Define the acute and chronic toxic effects of perillyl alcohol in this patient population.

OUTLINE: Patients are given oral perillyl alcohol 4 times per day. Dose escalation of perillyl alcohol may occur in individual patients if no unacceptable toxicity is observed. Treatment is continued as long as the patient benefits from treatment, does not show progressive disease, and does not experience irreversible or life threatening toxicity. Patients are evaluated for response monthly while receiving treatment on this study. Patients are followed at 2-4 weeks after the last treatment.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: Approximately 40 patients will be accrued over 2 years.

Study Design

Primary Purpose: Treatment

Conditions

Breast Cancer

Intervention

perillyl alcohol

Location

University of Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Center
Madison
Wisconsin
United States
53792

Status

Completed

Source

National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:58:47-0400

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