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Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109


Vorinostat (Suberoylanilide Hydroxamic Acid; NSC 701852) is a drug that inhibits an enzyme that plays a key role in the regulation of cell survival, growth, and eventual cell death, all of which play a role in cancer. As a result, this drug has the potential to affect a tumor's ability to survive. Vorinostat is the most potent drug of its kind that is currently under investigation in clinical trials. The primary objective of this study is to define the maximum safest dose of vorinostat in combination with a standard chemotherapy agent, docetaxel, in patients with advanced and relapsed lung, bladder, or prostate cancer.

Study summary:

Vorinostat (also known as Suberoylanilide Hydroxamic Acid) is a new investigational drug that is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration. This drug has shown promising activity against a number of cancers. We want to determine if treatment with vorinostat in combination with a standard type of chemotherapy (docetaxel [Taxotere™]) is safe and possibly better than treatment with docetaxel alone. We also want to find out more about how patients and the cancer will react to the drugs, what happens to vorinostat in the human body (how your body reacts to this drug and breaks it down) and about its side effects when used in combination with chemotherapy (docetaxel). The purpose of this study is to: - Test the safety of the research study drug, vorinostat - To determine if any toxicities or severe side effects occur when combining vorinostat with docetaxel (a standard chemotherapy treatment) - To study how your body takes in, breaks down and responds to vorinostat - To obtain more evidence of the ability of vorinostat to react against cancer, such as the kind that you have. The use of vorinostat in combination with chemotherapy such as docetaxel may result in improved response of the cancer to treatment. Indeed, vorinostat may have an added benefit with docetaxel by promoting cancer cell death. This is because both drugs can interfere with the ability of the cancer to grow, although the way vorinostat does this is not clearly defined. Vorinostat and docetaxel both can disrupt the cancer's ability to produce daughter cancer cells and therefore, the administration of vorinostat before docetaxel is hoped to be better then either drug alone.


Inclusion Criteria: 1. There is no limit on prior courses of chemotherapy as long as the regimen did not contain docetaxel. Prior use of paclitaxel (Taxol) or other taxanes is permissible. 2. Only patients with non-small cell lung, prostate, and bladder/urothelial cancer that has progressed after chemotherapy or after hormone therapy. Exclusion Criteria: 1. Patients who have had chemotherapy or radiotherapy within 3 weeks. 2. Patients may not be receiving any other investigational agents nor had prior treatment with histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors (i.e. Valproic acid, PXD-001, Depsipeptide, MS-275 and LAQ-824) 3. Significant cardiovascular disease including congestive heart failure



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Deborah Bradley, MD
University of Michigan Cancer Center

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Location Contact:

Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109
United States

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Site Status: N/A

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: June 25, 2018

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