Chemoembolization of the Liver With or Without Sunitinib Malate in Treating Patients With Liver Cancer

2014-08-27 03:12:10 | BioPortfolio


RATIONALE: Chemoembolization kills tumor cells by blocking the blood flow to the tumor and keeping anticancer drugs near the tumor. Sunitinib malate may stop the growth of tumor cells by blocking some of the enzymes needed for cell growth and by blocking blood flow to the tumor. It is not yet known whether chemoembolization is more effective with or without sunitinib malate in treating patients with liver cancer.

PURPOSE: This randomized phase II/III trial is studying the side effects of chemoembolization of the liver and to see how well in works when given together with or without sunitinib malate in treating patients with liver cancer.




- To evaluate unacceptable bleeding or hepatic failure at 10 weeks post-treatment in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma treated with transarterial chemoembolization in combination with sunitinib malate versus transarterial chemoembolization alone.

- To evaluate the overall survival of these patients.


- To evaluate the tumor stabilization rate in these patients.

- To evaluate the safety of this regimen in these patients.

- To evaluate the disease-free survival of these patients.

- To evaluate the relapse-free survival of these patients.

- To evaluate the quality of life of these patients.

- To evaluate the overall survival rate at 2 years in these patients.

OUTLINE: This is a multicenter study.

Pilot phase: Patients receive oral sunitinib malate once daily on days 1-28. Beginning 7-10 days later, patients undergo 1-3 courses of transarterial chemoembolization (TACE). Treatment repeats every 6 weeks for 1 year.

Patients are stratified according to main tumor diameter (< 5 cm vs ≥ 5 cm), nodular involvement (uninodular vs multinodular), and center. Patients are then randomized to 1 of 2 treatment arms.

- Arm I: Patients receive sunitinib malate and TACE as in the pilot phase.

- Arm II: Patients receive oral placebo once daily on days 1-28 and TACE as in the pilot phase.

Quality of life is assessed periodically.

Study Design

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


Liver Cancer


sunitinib malate, quality-of-life assessment, transarterial chemoembolization


Not yet recruiting


National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Results (where available)

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An enzyme that catalyzes the conversion of (S)-malate and NAD+ to oxaloacetate and NADH. EC

A light-activated enzyme that catalyzes the oxidation of (S)-malate to OXALOACETATE. It is involved in PYRUVATE metabolism and CARBON fixation.

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