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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15232


The purpose of this study is to determine if TACE plus Sorafenib will improve outcome in patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) not amenable to surgery.

Study summary:

The proposed study will make an important contribution to understanding not only the safety and efficacy of sorafenib in addition to TACE in patients diagnosed with unresectable HCC, but this will also be the first clinical trial with sorafenib to assess the effects of this novel therapy on HRQL. Understanding the effects of sorafenib on HRQL is critical in the treatment of HCC secondary to the modest benefits in survival that have been reported with conventional therapies. Our team has one of the largest experiences in evaluating HRQL in patients diagnosed with unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma. We have previously reported on alternative methods of evaluating HRQL, solutions for missing data in clinical trials as well as tested statistical and clinically meaningful differences, within and between treatment groups, in clinical trials with patients diagnosed with hepatobiliary carcinoma.


Inclusion Criteria: - Adult patients with HCC seen at UPMC will be enrolled in this study if they meet the following eligibility criteria: - Adults patients (≥ 18 years of age) with a diagnosis of HCC which is not amenable to surgical resection or local ablative therapy - Histological confirmed HCC or clinical/laboratory diagnosis of HCC or nodules larger than 2 cm with typical vascular features or AFP > 200 - Patient must have quantifiable disease limited to the liver - Patients must have at least one tumor lesion that meets both of the following criteria: - The lesion can be accurately measured in at least one dimension according to RECIST criteria - The lesion has not been previously treated with surgery, radiation therapy, radiofrequency ablation, percutaneous ethanol or acetic acid injection, or cryoablation. - ECOG performance status (PS) <2 - No prior targeted antiangiogenic therapy. Metronomic chemotherapies are allowed. At least 4 weeks since prior systemic chemotherapy - At least 4 weeks since prior TACE - At least 4 weeks since prior interferon - Not pregnant - No significant baseline liver dysfunction. Cirrhotic status of Child-Pugh class A only - No significant renal impairment (creatinine clearance < 30 mL/minute) or patients on dialysis - No current infections requiring antibiotic therapy - Not on anticoagulation or suffering from a known bleeding disorder - No unstable coronary artery disease or recent MI - The following laboratory parameters: - Platelet count ≥ 60,000/µL - Hemoglobin ≥ 8.5 g/dL - Total bilirubin ≤ 1.5 mg/dL - ASL and AST ≤ 5 x upper limit of normal - Serum creatinine ≤ 1.5 x upper limit of normal - INR ≤ 1.5 or a Pt/PTT within normal limits - Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) > 1,500/mm3 - Ability to understand the protocol and to agree to and sign a written informed consent document Exclusion Criteria: - Previous or concurrent cancer that is distinct in primary site or histology from HCC except cervical carcinoma in situ, treated basal-cell carcinoma of the skin, superficial bladder tumors (Ta, Tis & T1), and any cancer curatively treated > 3 years prior to entry is permitted - Renal failure requiring hemo- or peritoneal dialysis - Child-Pugh B & C hepatic impairment - History of cardiac disease: > NY Heart Association (NYHA) class 2 congestive heart failure, active coronary artery disease, cardiac arrhythmias requiring anti-arrhythmic therapy other than beta blockers or digoxin, and uncontrolled hypertension. Myocardial infarction more than 6 months prior to study entry is permitted. - Active clinically serious infections (> CTCAEv3 grade 2) - Known history of HIV - Known central nervous system tumors including metastatic brain disease - History of organ allograft - Substance abuse (current), psychological, or social conditions that may interfere with the patient's participation in the study or evaluation of the study results. - Known or suspected allergy to the investigational agents or any agent given in association with this trial. - Patients unable to swallow oral medications. - Pregnant or breast-feeding patients. Women of childbearing potential must have a negative pregnancy test performed within seven days prior to the start of the study drug. Both men and women enrolled in this trial must use adequate barrier birth control measures during the course of the trial. - Cardiac ventricular arrhythmias requiring anti-arrhythmic therapy - Uncontrolled hypertension defined as systolic blood pressure > 150 mmHg or diastolic blood pressure > 90 mmHg, despite optimal medical management - Thrombolic or embolic events such as a cerebrovascular accident including transient ischemic attacks within the past 6 months - Pulmonary hemorrhage/bleeding event > CTCAE Grade 2 within 4 weeks of first dose of study drug - Any other hemorrhage/bleeding event > CTCAE Grade 3 within 4 weeks of first dose of study drug - Serious non-healing wound, ulcer, or bone fracture Excluded therapies and medications, previous and concomitant: - Prior use of Raf-kinase inhibitors (RKI), VEGF inhibitors, MEK inhibitors, or farnesyl transferase inhibitors - Major surgery within 6 weeks of start of study drug - Radiotherapy during study or within 3 weeks prior to start of study drug. - Use of biologic response modifiers such as granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) within 3 weeks prior to study entry. - Autologous bone marrow transplant or stem cell rescue within four months of study drug initiation - Concomitant treatment with rifampin or St. John's wort.



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Principal Investigator
Thomas C Gamblin, MD
University of Pittsburgh

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Location Contact:

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15232
United States

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Site Status: N/A

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: February 04, 2019

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