The goal of this clinical research study is to find the highest safe dose of the drug
Bevacizumab that can be given in combination with chemoradiation for the treatment of
pancreatic cancer. The effect that this combination treatment has on the tumor will also be
This study administers 50.4 Gy of radiation for unresectable pancreatic cancer with
concurrent capecitabine and an experimental drug, Bevacizumab. The drug is an antiangiogenic
agent (kills tumor blood vessels) and has been shown in preclinical models to enhance the
antitumor effect of radiation and chemotherapy.
- Cytology or histologic proof of adenocarcinoma of the pancreatic head, body or tail
prior to treatment.
- Patients with nonmetastatic, unresectable, disease are eligible.
- Patients with regional nodal disease are eligible.
- Karnofsky performance status >/=70.
- No upper age restriction.
- Absolute granulocyte count >1,500 cells/mm3 and platelet count at least 100,000
- Serum bilirubin less than 5mg/dl prior to the start of therapy with adequate biliary
- Adequate bilateral renal function.
- Serum creatinine <1.5 mg/dl.
- Adequate liver function; Alanine aminotransferase (ALT)/aspartate aminotransferase
(AST)</=5 times upper limit of normal.
- Sexually active men must practice contraception during study.
- Patients must sign study-specific consent form.
- History or evidence upon physical examination of CNS disease.
- Active infection requiring parenteral antibiotics on Day 0. Major surgical procedure,
open biopsy, or significant traumatic injury within 28 days prior to Day 0, or
anticipation of need for major surgical procedure during the course of the study.
- Current or recent use of full-dose oral or parenteral anticoagulants or thrombolytic
- Chronic, daily treatment with aspirin or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications.
- Pregnancy or lactation.
- Proteinuria at baseline or impairment of renal function.
- Serious, nonhealing wound, ulcer, or bone fracture.
- Evidence of bleeding diathesis or coagulopathy
- Clinically significant cardiovascular disease, congestive heart failure, serous
cardiac arrhythmia requiring medication, or significant peripheral vascular disease
within 1 year prior to Day 0.
- History of aneurysms, strokes, transient ischemic attacks, and arteriovenous
- Serous concomitant medical or psychiatric disorders.
- Cohort receiving Capecitabine