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Phase II Study With the Trifunctional Antibody Ertumaxomab to Treat Metastatic Breast Cancer After Progression on Trastuzumab Therapy

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00522457
Recruitment Status : Terminated (change in development plan, not due to safety concerns.)
First Posted : August 29, 2007
Results First Posted : April 29, 2011
Last Update Posted : April 29, 2011
Fresenius Biotech North America
Information provided by:
Neovii Biotech

Brief Summary:

This study has the purpose to demonstrate clinical efficacy of the investigational new drug ertumaxomab in patients with human epidermal growth factor receptor-2 (HER-2/neu) overexpressing (3+ or 2+ with a positive Fluorescence In Situ Hybridization (FISH) test result) metastatic breast cancer progressing after trastuzumab treatment.

Ertumaxomab is a trifunctional bispecific antibody targeting Her-2/neu on tumor cells and CD3 on T cells. Trifunctional antibodies represent a new concept for targeted anticancer therapy. This new antibody class has the capability to redirect T cells and accessory immune effector cells (e.g. macrophages, dendritic cells [DCs] and natural killer [NK] cells) to the tumor site. According to preclinical data, trifunctional antibodies activate these immune cells, which can trigger a complex anti-tumor immune response.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Metastatic Breast Cancer Advanced Breast Cancer Drug: ertumaxomab Phase 2

Detailed Description:
This study is an open-label, non-randomized, uncontrolled, two-stage phase II study evaluating the efficacy and safety of ertumaxomab. Ertumaxomab will be administered three times at 7 day intervals by constant rate 3 hour intravenous (i.v.) infusions according to the following dose schedule: 10 µg (day 0); 100 µg (day 7 ± 1 day) and 100 µg (day 14 ± 1 day) (flat doses).

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 19 participants
Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Phase II Study Of The Trifunctional Bispecific Anti-HER-2/Neu x Anti-CD3 Antibody Ertumaxomab In Patients With HER-2/Neu Overexpressing (3+ Or 2+/FISH+) Metastatic Breast Cancer Progressing After Trastuzumab Treatment
Study Start Date : January 2008
Actual Primary Completion Date : December 2009
Actual Study Completion Date : December 2009

Resource links provided by the National Library of Medicine

MedlinePlus related topics: Breast Cancer
Drug Information available for: Trastuzumab

Intervention Details:
  • Drug: ertumaxomab
    Ertumaxomab will be intravenously administered to see if it can increase the patient's objective response rate.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Clinical Efficacy Measured by Objective Response Rate (Best Response During the Course of the Study) [ Time Frame: patients are monitored for 6 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Duration of Response [ Time Frame: patients are monitored for 6 months ]
    The study was prematurely terminated, therefore no participants were analyzed

  2. Clinical Benefit Rate [ Time Frame: patients are monitored for 6 months ]
    The study was prematurely terminated, therefore no participants were analyzed

Information from the National Library of Medicine

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Key Inclusion Criteria:

  • Women ≥ 18 years, Negative pregnancy test at screening and life expectancy of at least 3 months
  • metastatic (stage IV) and not curable adenocarcinoma of the breast
  • Measurable disease, defined as at least one lesion that is measurable in one dimension (RECIST)
  • HER-2 overexpression 3+ or 2+ FISH positive
  • Patients must have received one prior therapy with trastuzumab as last treatment before entry into the study. If trastuzumab was given as single agent treatment, patients must have received prior chemotherapy for metastatic disease
  • Trastuzumab has been discontinued before study entry
  • disease had progressed during or after trastuzumab therapy
  • Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG)performance score of ≤ 2
  • Adequate hematological, liver and kidney function

Key Exclusion Criteria:

  • Women who are pregnant or breast feeding
  • Any history or symptoms indicative of brain or central nervous system metastases
  • Prior diagnosis of any malignancy not cured by surgery alone less than 5 years before study entry (except in situ carcinoma of the cervix or adequately treated basal cell carcinoma of the skin)
  • Human anti-murine antibody positive or hypersensitivity to murine proteins and any other component of the study drug
  • Known autoimmune diseases, Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B or C infection as well as other acute or chronic infection or other concurrent non-malignant co-morbidities that are uncontrolled
  • Any concurrent chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, immunotherapy or corticoid therapy
  • Concurrent antibiotic treatment
  • Any concurrent investigational treatment for metastatic disease

Cardiovascular exclusion criteria:

  • Unstable or uncontrolled pectorial angina
  • Myocardial infarction during the last 6 months
  • Valvular heart disease that requires treatment
  • Cardiomyopathy (congestive, hypertrophic or restrictive)
  • Acute myocarditis
  • Congestive heart failure (CHF): dyspnea, clinically or radiologically diagnosed
  • Left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF)outside institution's normal range based on echocardiography at rest
  • Left ventricular diameter > 56 mm based on M-mode echocardiography at rest
  • Arrhythmias that require treatment (atrioventricular block II/III degree, atrial fibrillation, ventricular tachycardia)
  • Poorly or uncontrolled hypertension, asthma, seizures, allergies, pulmonary dysfunction

Information from the National Library of Medicine

To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00522457

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United States, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
United States, New Hampshire
Lebanon, New Hampshire, United States
United States, New York
New York, New York, United States
Canada, Ontario
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Canada, Quebec
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Sponsors and Collaborators
Neovii Biotech
Fresenius Biotech North America
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Principal Investigator: Gary Schwartz, MD Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center/Norris Cotton Cancer Center; Lebanon, NH

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Responsible Party: Manager of Regulatory Affairs, Fresenius Biotech North America Identifier: NCT00522457    
Other Study ID Numbers: IV-ERT-BC-04
First Posted: August 29, 2007    Key Record Dates
Results First Posted: April 29, 2011
Last Update Posted: April 29, 2011
Last Verified: April 2011
Keywords provided by Neovii Biotech:
Breast Cancer
investigational drug
drug therapy
Antineoplastic Protocols
Metastatic breast cancer
Advanced breast cancer
Stage IV breast cancer
Her-2/neu expressing breast cancer
Trastuzumab refractory
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Breast Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Breast Diseases
Skin Diseases
Antibodies, Monoclonal
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Antineoplastic Agents, Immunological
Antineoplastic Agents