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Hershey, Pennsylvania 17033


The primary purpose of this study is to determine the best dosage of Capecitabine and Tarceva combination in the setting of radiation and to assess treatment effectiveness, progression-free survival and overall survival.

Study summary:

Over the past several decades, 5-fluorouracil based chemoradiation has been the cornerstone for the treatment of locally advanced non-operable pancreatic cancer. However, the survival of these patients is disappointing. The majority of the patients suffer either local progression or metastatic disease. With the availability of Capecitabine, a few pilot studies showed the the drug is convenient, tolerable and safe in combination with radiation therapy. Capecitabine demonstrated its superior anti-tumor activity with 14 months of median survival. However, these are small Phase I studies and the survival benefit needs to be further validated with larger studies. Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) has been implicated in tumor growth and angiogenesis. Inhibiting EGFR by Tarceva has demonstrated effective treatment in metastatic pancreatic cancer. Anti-epidermal growth factor therapy in combination with radiotherapy has been demonstrated efficacious in other solid tumors such as head and neck cancer. We hypothesize that the combination of Tarceva and Capecitabine has synergistic anti-tumor effect. Hence, improvement of median survival could be potentially achieved with this novel combination.


Inclusion Criteria: - Histologic or cytologic diagnosis of adenocarcinoma of the pancreas that is locally advanced & not amenable to resection with curative intent. - Must not have received prior systemic therapy for locally advanced disease. - ECOG performance status must be 0-2. - Adequate hepatic, renal & bone marrow function. - Radiographic evidence of disease is required. - Life expectancy > 12 weeks. Exclusion Criteria: - Prior treatment with Capecitabine & other EGFR inhibitor. - Patients with GI tract disease resulting in an inability to take oral medications. - Significant GI disorders with diarrhea as a major symptom. - Uncontrolled intercurrent illness including active infection,symptomatic congestive heart failure, unstable angina pectoris, cardiac arrhythmias now well controlled with medication, myocardial infarction within the previous 6 months, psychiatric illness/social situations that would limit compliance with study requirements. - Patients with metastases. - Patients who have had chemotherapy. - Patients may not be receiving any other investigational agents, or have participated in any investigational drug study. - Extensive symptomatic fibrosis of the lungs. - Females who are pregnant or lactating. - History of any other malignancy in the last 2 years, except prior history of in situ cancer, basal or squamous cell skin cancer are eligible. - Known DPD deficiency. - Receiving therapeutic doses of Coumarin-derivative anticoagulant therapy. Patients requiring anticoagulation who may be safely switched to LMWH are eligible.



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Yixing Jiang, M.D.
Penn State College of Medicine

Backup Contact:


Location Contact:

Hershey, Pennsylvania 17033
United States

Stacey Houck, RN, BSN
Phone: 717-531-0003
Email: shouck@hmc.psu.edu

Site Status: Recruiting

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: June 25, 2018

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