A Trial of Pasireotide and Everolimus in Adult Patients With Radioiodine-Refractory Differentiated and Medullary Thyroid Cancer

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified May 2014 by Emory University
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Taofeek K. Owonikoko, Emory University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First received: January 4, 2011
Last updated: May 19, 2014
Last verified: May 2014

The purpose of this study is to determine the effectiveness of two anticancer drugs, everolimus and pasireotide, in patients with thyroid cancer when the cancer is no longer responding to treatment with radioiodine or where it is deemed unsafe for the patient to receive additional radioiodine treatment. The investigators also want to establish the best manner of taking the two medications when used together to treat thyroid cancer. In particular, the investigators want to know if it is better to give both at the same time or add a second medication after the first one has stopped working.

This study will also look at specific substances called biomarkers in your blood, and in the tumor tissue which are involved in the growth of tumor cells, and determine if the levels of these biomarkers are related to your response to treatment or development of side effects.

Everolimus, also known by the brand name, Afinitor, is a biologic drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of kidney cancer. It works by preventing cancer cells from multiplying and it also makes them more likely to die from the treatment.

Pasireotide also known by the name, SOM230 is a new medication that is not yet approved by the FDA for the treatment of cancer. It is a newer form of a drug called octreotide, which is approved for the treatment of cancer arising from endocrine organs. Pasireotide works by binding to a protein called somatostatin receptor, which is expressed in many tissues throughout the body including thyroid cancer cells. Pasireotide prevents the action of somatostatin by binding to these receptors.

Condition Intervention Phase
Thyroid Cancer
Drug: Everolimus
Drug: Pasireotide
Drug: Everolimus and Pasireotide
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A 3-Arm Randomized Phase II Trial Evaluating Single Agent and Combined Efficacy of Pasireotide and Everolimus in Adult Patients With Radioiodine-Refractory Differentiated and Medullary Thyroid Cancer

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Further study details as provided by Emory University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Response rate [(complete response (RR) + partial response (PR)] [ Time Frame: After every 2 cycles on therapy ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Progression-free survival [ Time Frame: After every 2 cycles of treatment ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 30
Study Start Date: November 2010
Estimated Study Completion Date: June 2016
Estimated Primary Completion Date: October 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Arm A (Everolimus alone)
Everolimus alone followed by Everolimus + Pasireotide at the time of progression
Drug: Everolimus
Everolimus 10 mg daily continuously (switch to 2-drug combination at progression if no intolerable toxicity)
Other Name: Afinitor
Experimental: Arm B (Pasireotide alone)
Pasireotide alone followed by Everolimus + Pasireotide at the time of progression
Drug: Pasireotide
Pasireotide 1200 mcg bid for 4 weeks followed by Pasireotide LAR 60mg i.m. once every 4 weeks
Other Name: SOM230
Experimental: Arm C (Everolimus + Pasireotide) Drug: Everolimus and Pasireotide
Everolimus 10 mg daily continuously together with Pasireotide 1200 mcg bid for 4 weeks followed by Pasireotide LAR 60mg i.m. once every 4 weeks
Other Names:
  • Afinitor
  • SOM230


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

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Histologic or cytologic confirmation of thyroid cancer (papillary, follicular, medullary); histologic variants such as Hurthle and tall cell variants are allowed.
  2. Biochemical or radiologic documentation of disease progression within the last 12 months prior to enrollment.
  3. Presence of at least one site of measurable disease according to RECIST criteria version 1.1
  4. Patient must have radioiodine refractory disease as defined by one or more of the following conditions:

    • All cases of medullary thyroid carcinoma
    • No iodine-uptake on a post- radioactive iodine treatment scan (in presence of low iodine diet and thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) suppression) in an anatomically defined lesion that qualifies as target lesion by RECIST criteria OR
    • If there is demonstrable iodine-uptake: the last radioiodine therapy of (≥ 100 mCi) was given within the last 16 months OR if given more than 16 months before enrollment, there is evidence of disease progression after each of the last two radioiodine treatment performed within 16 months of each other (each dose should be ≥ 100mCi) OR
    • If the patient has received the maximum cumulative life time dose of radioactive iodine treatments of at least 600 mCi
  5. Age ≥ 18 years.
  6. Minimum of four weeks since any major surgery or since completion of radiation (patients should have adequately recovered from the acute toxicities of any prior therapy).
  7. ECOG performance status less than or equal to 2.
  8. Life expectancy of at least 6 months.
  9. Adequate bone marrow function as shown by: ANC ≥ 1.5 x 109/L, Platelets ≥ 100 x 109/L, Hgb > 9 g/dL.
  10. Adequate liver function as shown by: serum bilirubin ≤ 1.5 x upper limit of normal (ULN), and serum transaminases activity ≤ 2.5 x ULN, with the exception of serum transaminases (< 5 x ULN) if the patient has liver metastases.
  11. Adequate renal function as shown by serum creatinine ≤ 1.5 x ULN or GFR of 60cc/ml using the formula of Cockroft and Gault.
  12. Fasting serum cholesterol ≤300 mg/dL OR ≤7.75 mmol/L AND fasting triglycerides ≤ 2.5 x ULN. NOTE: In case one or both of these thresholds are exceeded, the patient can only be included after initiation of appropriate lipid lowering medication.
  13. Women of childbearing potential must have a negative serum pregnancy test within 14 days of the administration of the first study treatment. Women must not be lactating. Both men and women of childbearing potential must be advised of the importance of using effective birth control measures during the course of the study.
  14. Signed informed consent to participate in the study must be obtained from patients after they have been fully informed of the nature and potential risks by the investigator (or his/her designee) with the aid of written information.
  15. INR and PTT ≤1.5 x ULN. (Anticoagulation is allowed if target INR ≤ 1.5 on a stable dose of warfarin or on a stable dose of LMW heparin for >2 weeks at time of randomization.)

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. More than one prior treatment with a cytotoxic chemotherapy, biologic agent or an investigational drug
  2. Patients who have undergone major surgery within 4 weeks prior to study enrollment
  3. Chronic treatment with systemic steroids or another immunosuppressive agent.
  4. Patients should not receive immunization with attenuated live vaccines during study period or within 1 week of study entry.
  5. Uncontrolled brain or leptomeningeal metastases, including patients who continue to require glucocorticoids for brain or leptomeningeal metastases.
  6. Patients with prior or concurrent malignancy except for the following: adequately treated basal cell or squamous cell skin cancer, or other adequately treated in situ cancer, or any other cancer from which the patient has been disease free for five years.
  7. Patients with uncontrolled diabetes mellitus or a fasting plasma glucose > 1.5 ULN. Note: At the principle investigator's discretion, non-eligible patients can be re-screened after adequate medical therapy has been instituted.
  8. Patients with symptomatic cholelithiasis (asymptomatic gall stone discovered on screening US should be reviewed by the PI but will not lead to automatic exclusion)
  9. Patients who have congestive heart failure (NYHA Class III or IV), unstable angina, sustained ventricular tachycardia, ventricular fibrillation, clinically significant bradycardia, advanced heart block or a history of acute myocardial infarction within the six months preceding enrollment
  10. Patients with established QT-prolongation (i.e. baseline QT > 450-480 ms), or at risk for torsades de pointes (uncorrected hypokalemia or hypomagnesemia; family history of long QT syndrome, or on concomitant medications known to prolong the QT interval)
  11. Patients with the presence of active or suspected acute or chronic uncontrolled infection or with a history of immunocompromise, including a positive HIV test result (ELISA and Western blot).
  12. Patients who have any severe and/or uncontrolled medical conditions or other conditions that could affect their participation in the study such as:

    • Severely impaired lung function (as defined as spirometry and DLCO that is 50% of the normal predicted value and/or 02 saturation that is 88% or less at rest on room air)
    • Any active (acute or chronic) or uncontrolled infection/ disorders.
    • Nonmalignant medical illnesses that are uncontrolled or whose control may be jeopardized by the treatment with the study therapy
    • Impairment of gastrointestinal function or gastrointestinal disease that may significantly alter the absorption of RAD001
    • Patients who have a history of alcohol or drug abuse in the 6 month period prior to receiving treatment with pasireotide or RAD001
  13. Women who are pregnant or breast feeding, or women/men able to conceive and unwilling to practice an effective method of birth control. (Women of childbearing potential must have a negative serum pregnancy test within 14 days prior to administration of pasireotide and RAD001). Oral, implantable, or injectable contraceptives may be affected by cytochrome P450 interactions, and are therefore not considered effective for this study.
  14. Patients with a known hypersensitivity to RAD001 (everolimus) or other rapamycins (sirolimus, temsirolimus) or to its excipients
  15. Known hypersensitivity to somatostatin analogues or any component of the pasireotide or octreotide LAR formulations
  16. History of noncompliance to medical regimens
  17. Patients unwilling to or unable to comply with the protocol
  18. Patients taking medications known to be strong CYP3A inhibitors (Table 6-5).
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01270321

Contact: Taofeek Owonikoko, PhD, MD 1-888-946-7447 towonik@emory.edu

United States, Georgia
Emory University Winship Cancer Institute Recruiting
Atlanta, Georgia, United States, 30322
Contact: Taofeek Owonikoko, MD, PhD    888-946-7447    towonik@emory.edu   
United States, Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute Not yet recruiting
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Contact: Julie Bauman, MD       baumanje@upmc.edu   
Sponsors and Collaborators
Emory University
Principal Investigator: Taofeek Owonikoko, PhD, MD Emory University Winship Cancer Institute
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Responsible Party: Taofeek K. Owonikoko, Principal Investigator, Emory University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01270321     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: IRB00041909, WCI1777-09
Study First Received: January 4, 2011
Last Updated: May 19, 2014
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board
United States: Food and Drug Administration

Keywords provided by Emory University:
Thyroid Cancer

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Thyroid Neoplasms
Endocrine Gland Neoplasms
Head and Neck Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Thyroid Diseases
Endocrine System Diseases
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Anti-Infective Agents
Antibiotics, Antineoplastic
Antifungal Agents
Antineoplastic Agents
Immunologic Factors
Immunosuppressive Agents
Pharmacologic Actions
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Therapeutic Uses

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on October 22, 2014