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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19111


RATIONALE: Monoclonal antibodies such as trastuzumab can locate tumor cells and either kill them or deliver tumor-killing substances to them without harming normal cells. Imatinib mesylate may stop the growth of tumor cells by blocking the enzymes necessary for their growth and by stopping blood flow to the tumor. Giving trastuzumab together with imatinib mesylate may kill more tumor cells. PURPOSE: This phase I trial is studying the side effects and best dose of imatinib mesylate when given together with trastuzumab in treating patients with recurrent or metastatic HER2/neu-expressing (producing) cancer.

Study summary:

OBJECTIVES: Primary - Determine the maximum tolerated dose of imatinib mesylate when administered with trastuzumab (Herceptin®) in patients with recurrent or metastatic HER2/neu-overexpressing cancer. - Determine response in patients treated with this regimen. Secondary - Correlate the number of circulating tumor cells with radiographic imaging in patients treated with this regimen. OUTLINE: This is a dose-escalation study of imatinib mesylate. Patients receive trastuzumab (Herceptin®) IV over 90 minutes on day 1 and oral imatinib mesylate once or twice daily on days 1-21. Courses repeat every 21 days in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. Cohorts of 3-6 patients receive escalating doses of imatinib mesylate until the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) is determined. The MTD is defined as the dose preceding that at which 2 of 3 or 2 of 6 patients experience dose-limiting toxicity. PROJECTED ACCRUAL: Approximately 9-18 patients will be accrued for this study.


DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: - Histologically or cytologically confirmed cancer that overexpresses HER2/neu, measured 3+ by immunohistochemistry or positive by fluorescence in situ hybridization - Recurrent or metastatic disease - Meets 1 of the following criteria for measurable or evaluable disease: - Unidimensionally measurable disease at least 20 mm by conventional techniques OR at least 10 mm by spiral CT scan - Evaluable disease, defined as a lesion on physical examination or imaging study that can be assessed as to changes in size but cannot be clearly measured in 1 dimension (e.g., pleural effusions, ascites, or bone disease) - No carcinomatous meningitis or untreated/uncontrolled metastatic brain parenchymal disease - Prior controlled brain parenchymal disease allowed provided at least 8 weeks since prior therapy AND no symptomatic progression off corticosteroids PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age - 18 and over Performance status - ECOG 0-2 Life expectancy - Not specified Hematopoietic - Absolute neutrophil count ≥ 1,500/mm^3 - Platelet count ≥ 100,000/mm^3 Hepatic - ALT and AST ≤ 2.0 times upper limit of normal (ULN) - Alkaline phosphatase ≤ 2.0 times ULN - Bilirubin ≤ 1.3 mg/dL - No known chronic liver disease (i.e., chronic active hepatitis or cirrhosis) Renal - Creatinine ≤ 2.0 mg/dL Cardiovascular - Ejection fraction ≥ lower limit of normal by MUGA - No uncontrolled or significant cardiovascular disease - No myocardial infarction within the past 6 months - No ischemic heart disease requiring medication - No congestive heart failure Pulmonary - No uncontrolled or significant pulmonary disease Other - Not pregnant or nursing - Negative pregnancy test - Fertile patients must use effective barrier contraception during and for 3 months after study participation - No active unresolved infection PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: Biologic therapy - Prior trastuzumab (Herceptin®) allowed - No concurrent filgrastim (G-CSF) or sargramostim (GM-CSF) to support blood counts - No other concurrent anticancer biologic agents Chemotherapy - Prior chemotherapy for metastatic disease allowed - At least 4 weeks since prior chemotherapy (6 weeks for nitrosoureas) and recovered - No concurrent anticancer chemotherapy Endocrine therapy - See Disease Characteristics Radiotherapy - At least 4 weeks since prior radiotherapy and recovered Surgery - More than 2 weeks since prior major surgery Other - At least 7 days since prior antibiotics - No concurrent parenteral antibiotics - No other concurrent anticancer agents - No other concurrent investigational drugs - No concurrent therapeutic anticoagulation with warfarin - Concurrent mini-dose warfarin (1 mg/day) for prophylaxis of central venous catheter thrombosis allowed



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Principal Investigator
Margaret von Mehren, MD
Fox Chase Cancer Center

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Location Contact:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19111
United States

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Site Status: N/A

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: June 25, 2018

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