Stanford, California 94305

  • Recurrent


Drugs used in chemotherapy such as gemcitabine use different ways to stop cancer cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. Oblimersen may increase the effectiveness of gemcitabine by making cancer cells more sensitive to the drug. This phase I trial is studying the side effects and best dose of oblimersen and gemcitabine in treating patients with metastatic or unresectable solid tumors or lymphoma

Study summary:

PRIMARY OBJECTIVES: I. Determine the maximum tolerated dose and dose-limiting toxicity of oblimersen and gemcitabine in patients with advanced solid tumor or lymphoma. II. Determine the effect of oblimersen on the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of gemcitabine in these patients. III. Determine the toxic effects of this regimen in these patients. OUTLINE: This is a dose-escalation study. Patients receive oblimersen IV continuously on days 1-5 and gemcitabine IV over 2-3 hours on day 5. Courses repeat every 2 weeks in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. Cohorts of 3-6 patients receive escalating doses of oblimersen and gemcitabine 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. Up to 10 additional patients receive treatment at the MTD. PROJECTED ACCRUAL: Approximately 15 patients will be accrued for this study within 6-8 months.


Inclusion Criteria: - Histologically confirmed malignancy for which there is no standard or effective curative or palliative therapy - Solid tumors and lymphoma allowed - Metastatic or unresectable disease - Measurable or evaluable nonmeasurable disease - Evaluable nonmeasurable disease includes ascites, pleural/pericardial effusions, lymphangitis cutis/pulmonis, inflammatory breast disease, abdominal masses not followed by CT scan or MRI, or cystic lesions - Disease characterized by elevated serum tumor marker alone is allowed - No known brain metastases - Performance status - ECOG 0-2 - Performance status - Karnofsky 60-100% - More than 3 months - Absolute neutrophil count at least 1,500/mm^3 - Platelet count at least 100,000/mm^3 - Bilirubin no greater than 1.5 mg/dL - AST and ALT no greater than 2.5 times upper limit of normal - No history of portal hypertension - No history of cirrhosis or hepatitis - No radiographic evidence of cirrhosis and/or varices - Creatinine normal - Creatinine clearance at least 60 mL/min - No symptomatic congestive heart failure - No unstable angina pectoris - No cardiac arrhythmia - Not pregnant or nursing - Negative pregnancy test - Fertile patients must use effective contraception - No prior allergic reaction attributed to compounds of similar chemical or biological composition to oblimersen or other study agents - No other concurrent uncontrolled illness that would preclude study participation - No ongoing or active infection - No psychiatric illness or social situation that would preclude study compliance - No concurrent prophylactic colony-stimulating factors such as filgrastim (G-CSF) or sargramostim (GM-CSF) - Concurrent interventional growth factors allowed - No growth factor administration within 24 hours before study chemotherapy - Concurrent epoetin alfa allowed - No more than 3 prior chemotherapy regimens - More than 4 weeks since prior chemotherapy (6 weeks for nitrosoureas or mitomycin) - More than 2 weeks since prior hormonal therapy - Concurrent megestrol for anorexia/cachexia allowed - No prior pelvic or whole abdominal radiotherapy - More than 4 weeks since prior radiotherapy - More than 4 weeks since prior major surgery - Recovered from prior therapy - More than 4 weeks since prior investigational therapy - No prior oblimersen - No other concurrent investigational agents - No other concurrent anticancer therapy - No concurrent combination antiretroviral therapy for HIV-positive patients



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Principal Investigator
Branimir (Brandy) Sikic
Stanford University

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Stanford, California 94305
United States

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Date Processed: April 03, 2020

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