Perifosine in Treating Patients With Advanced Pancreatic Cancer

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
National Cancer Institute (NCI) Identifier:
First received: February 5, 2003
Last updated: July 23, 2008
Last verified: July 2004

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 perifosine in treating patients who have locally advanced or metastatic pancreatic cancer.

Condition Intervention Phase
Pancreatic Cancer
Drug: perifosine
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase 2 Study Of Perifosine As Second Line Therapy For Advanced Pancreatic Carcinoma

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Further study details as provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):

Study Start Date: May 2003
Detailed Description:


  • Determine the efficacy of perifosine, in terms of 6-month survival, in patients with advanced adenocarcinoma of the pancreas.
  • Determine the safety and tolerability of this drug in these patients.
  • Determine median survival time and the 1-year survival rate of patients treated with this drug.
  • Determine the objective response rate (partial and complete), response duration, and time to progression in patients treated with this drug.
  • Determine the toxicity of this drug in these patients.

OUTLINE: Patients receive oral perifosine daily for 3 weeks. 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 17-37 patients will be accrued for this study within 15 months.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Histologically or cytologically confirmed adenocarcinoma of the pancreas not amenable to curative local therapy

    • Metastatic OR locally advanced
  • No known brain metastases
  • No ascites that required therapeutic paracentesis on at least 2 occasions within the past 6 weeks



  • 18 and over

Performance status

  • ECOG 0-2 OR
  • Karnofsky 60-100%

Life expectancy

  • Not specified


  • WBC at least 3,000/mm^3
  • Absolute neutrophil count at least 1,500/mm^3
  • Platelet count at least 100,000/mm^3


  • Bilirubin no greater than 2 times upper limit of normal (ULN)
  • AST/ALT no greater than 2.5 times ULN (5 times ULN with liver metastases)


  • Creatinine normal OR
  • Creatinine clearance at least 60 mL/min


  • No symptomatic congestive heart failure
  • No unstable angina pectoris
  • No cardiac arrhythmia


  • No gastrointestinal (GI) tract disease resulting in the inability to take oral medication or a requirement for IV alimentation
  • No uncontrolled inflammatory bowel disease
  • No active peptic ulcer disease


  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Negative pregnancy test
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception
  • No prior allergic reactions attributed to compounds of similar chemical or biological composition to perifosine
  • No other active malignant disease that could interfere with interpretation of study results
  • No ongoing active infection
  • No other uncontrolled concurrent illness
  • No psychiatric illness or social situation that would preclude study compliance


Biologic therapy

  • Not specified


  • No more than 1 prior chemotherapy regimen for metastatic or locally advanced disease

    • Prior chemotherapy, given as a radiosensitizer, allowed in addition to single-line therapy
  • At least 3 weeks since prior chemotherapy (6 weeks for nitrosoureas or mitomycin) and recovered

Endocrine therapy

  • Not specified


  • At least 3 weeks since prior radiotherapy likely to have myelotoxic effects (more than 3,000 cGy to fields including substantial marrow) and recovered


  • No prior GI surgery affecting absorption


  • No concurrent antiretroviral therapy for HIV-positive patients
  • No other concurrent investigational agents
  • No other concurrent anticancer agents or therapies
  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00053924

Canada, Ontario
Margaret and Charles Juravinski Cancer Centre
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, L8V 5C2
Cancer Care Ontario-London Regional Cancer Centre
London, Ontario, Canada, N6A 4L6
Princess Margaret Hospital
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5G 2M9
Sponsors and Collaborators
Princess Margaret Hospital, Canada
Study Chair: Malcolm J. Moore, MD Princess Margaret Hospital, Canada
  More Information

Additional Information:
No publications provided Identifier: NCT00053924     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000269586, PMH-PHL-015, NCI-5983
Study First Received: February 5, 2003
Last Updated: July 23, 2008
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):
recurrent pancreatic cancer
stage II pancreatic cancer
adenocarcinoma of the pancreas
stage III pancreatic cancer
stage IV pancreatic cancer

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Pancreatic Neoplasms
Digestive System Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Endocrine Gland Neoplasms
Digestive System Diseases
Pancreatic Diseases
Endocrine System Diseases processed this record on April 14, 2014