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Nab-Paclitaxel, Capecitabine, and Radiation Therapy Following Induction Chemotherapy in Treating Patients With Locally Advanced Pancreatic Cancer

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. Know the risks and potential benefits of clinical studies and talk to your health care provider before participating. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT02394535
Recruitment Status : Recruiting
First Posted : March 20, 2015
Last Update Posted : December 14, 2018
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Brief Summary:
This phase I trial studies the side effects and best dose of nab-paclitaxel when given together with capecitabine and radiation therapy following first treatment with chemotherapy (induction therapy) in treating patients with pancreatic cancer that is not spread to tissue far away but is not operable due to abutment or encasement of blood vessels nearby (locally advanced). Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as nab-paclitaxel and capecitabine, work in different ways to stop the growth of tumor cells, either by killing the cells, by stopping them from dividing, or by stopping them from spreading. Radiation therapy uses high-energy x-rays to kill tumor cells and shrink tumors. Giving nab-paclitaxel, capecitabine, and radiation therapy together may kill more tumor cells.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma Stage III Pancreatic Cancer AJCC v6 and v7 Drug: Capecitabine Other: Laboratory Biomarker Analysis Drug: Nab-paclitaxel Other: Questionnaire Administration Radiation: Radiation Therapy Phase 1

Detailed Description:


I. To evaluate the safety and tolerability of combining nab-paclitaxel (abraxane) with capecitabine and radiation (radiation therapy) for consolidating treatment after induction chemotherapy for locally advanced pancreatic cancer.


I. To evaluate whether combining abraxane with capecitabine and radiation for consolidating treatment after induction chemotherapy for locally advanced pancreatic cancer increases overall survival.

II. To analyze fine needle aspiration (FNA) or core needle biopsy samples for mothers against decapentaplegic homolog 4 (SMAD4) by immunocytochemistry.

III. To evaluate plasma cytokines levels, circulating tumor cells before, during and after therapy.

IV. To evaluate patient-reported symptoms using the MD Anderson Symptom Inventory Gastrointestinal Cancer Module (MDASI-GI).

V. To evaluate response rate in patients treated at the maximum tolerated dose (MTD).

OUTLINE: This is a dose-escalation study of nab-paclitaxel.

Patients receive nab-paclitaxel intravenously (IV) over 30 minutes on days 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 and capecitabine orally (PO) twice daily (BID) on days 1-5 (Monday-Friday). Patients also undergo radiation therapy once daily (QD) on days 1-5 (Monday-Friday). Treatment continues for 5 1/2 weeks in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

After completion of study treatment, patients are followed up at 4-6 weeks and then every 3 months.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 30 participants
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Combining Abraxane With Capecitabine and Radiation Therapy for Consolidation of Treatment Following Induction Chemotherapy for Locally Advanced Pancreatic Cancer
Actual Study Start Date : November 12, 2015
Estimated Primary Completion Date : November 30, 2019
Estimated Study Completion Date : November 30, 2019

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Treatment (chemotherapy, radiation therapy)
Patients receive nab-paclitaxel IV over 30 minutes on days 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 and capecitabine PO BID on days 1-5 (Monday-Friday). Patients also undergo radiation therapy QD on days 1-5 (Monday-Friday). Treatment continues for 51/2 weeks in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.
Drug: Capecitabine
Given PO
Other Names:
  • Ro 09-1978/000
  • Xeloda

Other: Laboratory Biomarker Analysis
Correlative studies

Drug: Nab-paclitaxel
Given IV
Other Names:
  • ABI 007
  • ABI-007
  • Abraxane
  • Albumin-bound Paclitaxel
  • Albumin-Stabilized Nanoparticle Paclitaxel
  • Nanoparticle Albumin-bound Paclitaxel
  • Nanoparticle Paclitaxel
  • paclitaxel albumin-stabilized nanoparticle formulation
  • Protein-bound Paclitaxel

Other: Questionnaire Administration
Ancillary studies

Radiation: Radiation Therapy
Undergo radiation therapy
Other Names:
  • Cancer Radiotherapy
  • Irradiate
  • Irradiated
  • irradiation
  • Radiation
  • Radiotherapeutics
  • RT
  • Therapy, Radiation

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Maximum Tolerated Dose of Abraxane with Capecitabine and Radiation Therapy [ Time Frame: 4 weeks ]
    MTD defined as the highest dose level in which 6 patients have been treated with at most 1 instance of dose limiting toxicity (DLT). DLT defined as any non-hematologic adverse events of grade 3 or greater (CTCAE version 4) that occurs during the first 4 weeks of the combination therapy.

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Response Rate [ Time Frame: 3 months ]

    Complete response (CR) — complete disappearance of clinical evidence of a tumor. Radiographically equivocal lesions must remain stable or regress.

    Partial response (PR) — 50% or greater decrease in the sum of products of the longest perpendicular diameters of measured lesion compared to baseline.

    Stable disease (SD) — no significant change in disease status. Lesion may show a <50% decrease in sum of products of longest perpendicular diameters or an increase of <25%.

    Progressive disease (PD) — a 25% increase in area of a lesion >2 cm2 or a 50% increase in size if area of lesion was 2 cm2. Appearance of new lesions constitutes progressive disease. Comparisons of tumor size made with previous smallest measurement in participants who have attained a partial response or with baseline measurements in participants with stable disease. Tumor progression also defined as significant clinical deterioration that cannot be attributed to treatment or other medical conditions.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   19 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status of 0 or 1
  • Cytologic or histologic proof of adenocarcinoma of the pancreas; patients can have tumor which is locally advanced or borderline resectable; unequivocal metastases and islet cell tumors are not eligible
  • All patients must be staged with a physical exam, computed tomography (CT) of the chest and contrast-enhanced helical thin-cut abdominal CT; unresectability is defined by CT criteria:

    • Evidence of tumor extension to the celiac axis or superior mesenteric (SM) artery, or
    • Evidence on either CT or angiogram of occlusion of the SM vein or SM/portal vein confluence
  • Patients must have received prior induction chemotherapy for at least 2 months and up to 8 months; at least three weeks should have elapsed after the last chemotherapy
  • Platelets > 100,000 cells/mm^3
  • Hemoglobin > 9.0 g/dL
  • Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) >= 1,500 cells/mm^3
  • Bilirubin =< 1.5 mg/dL
  • Aspartate aminotransferase (AST) and alanine aminotransferase (ALT) < 2.5 x upper limit of normal
  • Alkaline phosphatase < 2.5 x upper limit of normal
  • Blood urea nitrogen (BUN) < 30 mg/dL
  • Creatinine =< 1.5 mg/dL or creatinine clearance > 30 ml/min (estimated as calculated with Cockcroft-Gault equation)
  • Patients must have signed informed consent indicating that they are aware of the investigational nature of the study, and are aware that participation is voluntary
  • Patients must have < grade 2 pre-existing peripheral neuropathy (per Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events [CTCAE])
  • Patients must have recovery from other clinically significant, non-hematologic toxicities to =< grade 2
  • Women of childbearing potential and sexually active males must use an effective contraception method during treatment and for three months after completing treatment
  • Negative serum or urine beta-human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) pregnancy test at screening for female patients of childbearing potential

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Prior abdominal radiotherapy
  • Current, recent (within 4 weeks of the first infusion of this study), or planned participation in any other experimental drug study
  • Prior severe infusion reaction (bronchospasm, stridor, urticaria and/or hypotension) to a taxane therapy
  • Prior unanticipated severe reaction to fluoropyrimidine therapy or known hypersensitivity to 5-fluorouracil
  • Prior history of cancer within the last three years except for basal cell carcinoma of the skin or carcinoma in situ of the cervix; patients with previous malignancies but without evidence of disease for 3 years will be allowed to enter the trial
  • Pregnant or lactating women; women of childbearing potential with either a positive or no pregnancy test at baseline; women/men of childbearing potential not using a reliable contraceptive method (oral contraceptive, other hormonal contraceptive, intrauterine device, diaphragm or condom); (postmenopausal women must have been amenorrheic for at least 12 months to be considered of non-childbearing potential); patients must agree to continue contraception for 30 days from the date of the last study drug administration
  • Lack of physical integrity of the upper gastrointestinal tract, malabsorption syndrome or inability to swallow
  • Known, existing uncontrolled coagulopathy, international normalized ratio (INR) > 1.5
  • Patients on Coumadin must be changed to Lovenox at least 1 week prior to starting capecitabine; low dose (1 mg) Coumadin is allowed; intravenous and low-molecular weight heparin are permitted
  • Patients taking sorivudine or brivudine must be off of these drugs for 4 weeks prior to starting capecitabine; patients taking cimetidine must have this drug discontinued; ranitidine or a drug from another anti-ulcer class can be substituted for cimetidine if necessary; if patient is currently receiving allopurinol, must discuss with principal investigator (PI) to see of another agent may substitute for it
  • Inability to comply with study and/or follow-up procedures
  • History of interstitial lung disease, history of slowly progressive dyspnea and unproductive cough, sarcoidosis, silicosis, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis or pulmonary hypersensitivity pneumonitis

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT02394535

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Contact: Sunil Krishnan 713-563-2300

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United States, Texas
M D Anderson Cancer Center Recruiting
Houston, Texas, United States, 77030
Contact: Sunil Krishnan    713-563-2300   
Principal Investigator: Sunil Krishnan         
MD Anderson Regional Care Center-Katy Not yet recruiting
Houston, Texas, United States, 77094
Contact: Sunil Krishnan    713-563-2300      
Principal Investigator: Sunil Krishnan         
MD Anderson Cancer Center - League City Not yet recruiting
League City, Texas, United States, 77573
Contact: Sunil Krishnan    713-563-2300      
Principal Investigator: Sunil Krishnan         
MD Anderson Regional Care Center-Sugar Land Not yet recruiting
Sugar Land, Texas, United States, 77478
Contact: Sunil Krishnan    713-563-2300      
Principal Investigator: Sunil Krishnan         
MD Anderson Regional Care Center-The Woodlands Not yet recruiting
The Woodlands, Texas, United States, 77384
Contact: Sunil Krishnan    713-563-2300      
Principal Investigator: Sunil Krishnan         
Sponsors and Collaborators
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
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Principal Investigator: Sunil Krishnan M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Additional Information:
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Responsible Party: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Identifier: NCT02394535     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2014-0469
NCI-2015-00516 ( Registry Identifier: CTRP (Clinical Trial Reporting Program) )
2014-0469 ( Other Identifier: M D Anderson Cancer Center )
P30CA016672 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: March 20, 2015    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: December 14, 2018
Last Verified: December 2018

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: Yes
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Pancreatic Neoplasms
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Digestive System Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Endocrine Gland Neoplasms
Digestive System Diseases
Pancreatic Diseases
Endocrine System Diseases
Albumin-Bound Paclitaxel
Antineoplastic Agents, Phytogenic
Antineoplastic Agents
Tubulin Modulators
Antimitotic Agents
Mitosis Modulators
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Antimetabolites, Antineoplastic