The purpose of this study is to test whether it is safe to treat your cancer with 3 drugs
instead of 2 drugs. After surgery, your cancer is typically treated with 2 drugs called
cisplatin and paclitaxel (also known as Taxol). Cisplatin is given through a port in your
belly, and Taxol is given both through the belly port and through the vein (IV). Large
clinical studies have shown that this treatment gives the best results for women with your
cancer. This treatment, however, also causes many side effects, especially belly pain, nerve
injury, lowering of the immune system, and infection risk. In the study you are being asked
to join, the dose of Cisplatin will be lower in order to try to lessen these problems. This
study will also test the safety of adding a 3rd drug called bevacizumab (also known as
Avastin). This drug has been shown to shrink ovarian, peritoneal, or fallopian tube cancer
in some patients who have advanced disease, despite having received prior treatment for
their cancer. Therefore, it may also be effective in patients, like you, who have a new
Unfortunately, Avastin can cause some dangerous side effects in women with advanced cancer.
For instance, it can cause a hole in the intestines, and can increase the risk of blood
clots and strokes. Avastin has not been given at the same time as IP therapy, so it is not
known if this is a safe or effective combination. In this study, IV Avastin will be given in
addition to IP cisplatin, IP Taxol, and IV Taxol, to patients like you who have not had any
chemotherapy before. This study aims to find out what effects, good and/or bad, that this
combination of drugs has on your body and on your type of cancer.
- Subjects must have signed an approved informed consent.
- Subjects with histologic diagnosis of epithelial ovarian carcinoma, primary
peritoneal carcinoma, or fallopian tube carcinoma, Stage II or III, with optimal (≤
or equal to 1 cm residual disease) residual disease following initial surgery. All
subjects must have had appropriate surgery for ovarian, primary peritoneal, or
fallopian tube carcinoma with appropriate tissue available for histologic evaluation
to confirm diagnosis and stage. Pathology must be verified at Memorial
Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
- Subjects with the following histologic epithelial cell types are eligible: Serous
adenocarcinoma, endometrioid adenocarcinoma, mucinous adenocarcinoma,
undifferentiated carcinoma, clear cell adenocarcinoma, mixed epithelial carcinoma,
transitional cell carcinoma, malignant Brenner's Tumor, or adenocarcinoma N.O.S.
- Subjects must have a Karnofsky Performance Status (KPS) of ≥ or equal to 70%.
- Subjects must be entered no more than 12 weeks postoperatively.
- Bone marrow function:
- Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) ≥ than or equal to 1,500/µl (equivalent to Common
Toxicity Criteria (CTC) Grade 1)
- Platelets ≥ than or equal to 100,000/µl (CTC Grade 0-1)
- Renal function: Creatinine ≤ than or equal to 1.5 mg/dl
- Hepatic function: Bilirubin ≤ than or equal to 1.5 x ULN (CTC Grade 1) AST ≤ than or
equal to 2.5 x ULN (CTC Grade 1)
- Neurologic function:Neuropathy (sensory) ≤ than CTC Grade 1
- Urine Protein Creatinine: Urine protein creatinine (UPC) ratio must be < than 1.0 gm.
If UPC ratio > than or equal to 1, collection of 24-hour urine measurement of urine
protein is recommended as part of the patient's medical management off-study. *
- UPC ratio of spot urine is an estimation of the 24 urine protein excretion - a UPC
ratio of 1 is roughly equivalent to a 24-hour urine protein of 1 gm. UPC ratio is
calculated using one of the following formulas:
- [urine protein]/[urine creatinine] - if both protein and creatinine are reported in
- [(urine protein) x0.088]/[urine creatinine] - if urine creatinine is reported in
- The UPCR has been found to correlate directly with the amount of protein excreted in
a 24 hour urine collection. Specifically, a UPCR of 1.0 is equivalent to 1.0 gram of
protein in a 24 hour urine collection. Obtain at least 4 ml of a random urine sample
in a sterile container (does not have to be a 24 hour urine). Send sample to lab with
request for urine protein and creatinine levels [separate requests]. The lab will
measure protein concentration (mg/dL) and creatinine concentration (mg/dL). The UPCR
is derived as follows: protein concentration (mg/dL)/creatinine (mg/dL). Patients
must have a UPCR < 1.0 to allow participation in the study.
- Blood coagulation parameters:
PT such that international normalized ratio (INR) is < than or equal to 1.5 (or an
in-range INR, usually between 2 and 3, if a patient is on a stable dose of therapeutic
warfarin) and a PTT < 1.2 times the upper limit of normal.
- Patients of childbearing potential must have a negative serum pregnancy test prior to
study entry and be practicing an effective form of contraception during the study and
for at least 6 months after receiving the final treatment of bevacizumab.
- Patients must have an Intraperitoneal (IP) port in place. If a patient does not have
an IP port, she must be willing to undergo surgical placement of one.
- Subjects with a current diagnosis of epithelial ovarian tumor of low malignant
potential (borderline carcinomas) are not eligible. Subjects with a prior diagnosis
of a low malignant potential tumor that was surgically resected and who subsequently
develop invasive adenocarcinoma are eligible, provided that they have not received
prior chemotherapy for any ovarian tumor.
- Subjects who have received prior radiotherapy to any portion of the abdominal cavity
or pelvis are excluded. Prior radiation for localized cancer of the breast, head and
neck, or skin is permitted, provided that it was completed more than 3 years prior to
enrollment, and the subject remains free of recurrent or metastatic disease.
- Subjects who have received prior chemotherapy for any abdominal or pelvic tumor are
excluded. Subjects may have received prior adjuvant chemotherapy for localized breast
cancer, provided that it was completed more than 3 years prior to enrollment, and
that the subject remains free of recurrent or metastatic disease.
- Patients with synchronous primary endometrial cancer, or a history of primary
endometrial cancer, are excluded unless all of the following conditions are met:
1. Stage not greater than IB.
2. Less than 3 mm invasion without vascular or lymphatic invasion
3. No poorly differentiated subtypes, including papillary serous, clear cell or
other FIGO grade 3 lesions
- Patients with suboptimal (> 1 cm) residual disease, as determined by the operative
- Patients who have received any targeted therapy (including but not limited to
vaccines, antibodies, tyrosine kinase inhibitors) or hormonal therapy for management
of their ovarian, peritoneal primary, or fallopian tube cancer.
- With the exception of non-melanoma skin cancer and other specific malignancies as
noted above, subjects with other invasive malignancies who had (or have) any evidence
of the other cancer present within the last 5 years or whose previous cancer
treatment contraindicates this protocol therapy are excluded.
- Subjects with acute hepatitis.
- Subjects with active infection that requires parenteral antibiotics.
- Patients with serious, non-healing wound, ulcer, or bone fracture are not eligible.
This includes history of abdominal fistula, gastrointestinal perforation or
intra-abdominal abscess within 28 days. Patients with granulating incisions healing
by secondary intention with no evidence of fascial dehiscence or infection are
eligible but require weekly wound examinations.
- Patients with active bleeding or pathologic conditions that carry high risk of
bleeding, such as known bleeding disorder, coagulopathy, or tumor involving major
- Patients with history or evidence upon physical examination of CNS disease, including
primary brain tumor, seizures not controlled with standard medical therapy, any brain
metastases, or history of cerebrovascular accident (CVA, stroke), transient ischemic
attack (TIA) or subarachnoid hemorrhage within 6 months of the first date of
treatment on this study.
- Patients with clinically significant cardiovascular disease. This includes:
1. Uncontrolled hypertension, defined as systolic >150 mm Hg or diastolic > 90 mm
2. Myocardial infarction or unstable angina < 6 months prior to registration
3. New York Heart Association (NYHA) Grade II or greater congestive heart failure
4. Serious cardiac arrhythmia requiring medication
5. CTCAE grade 2 or greater peripheral vascular disease
- Patients with major surgical procedure, open biopsy, laparoscopy (including
intraperitoneal port placement) or significant traumatic injury within 28 days prior
to the first date of bevacizumab therapy. Major surgical procedure anticipated during
the course of the study. Minor surgical procedures, fine needle aspirates, or core
biopsies within 7 days prior to the first date of bevacizumab therapy.
- Patients with known hypersensitivity to Chinese hamster ovary cell products or other
recombinant human or humanized antibodies.
- Patients under the age of 18.
- Patients who are pregnant or nursing.
- Evidence of extensive intraperitoneal adhesions at the time of surgery, as determined
by the operative surgeon.