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A Phase II Trial of Sutent (Sunitinib; SU011248) for Recurrent Anaplastic Astrocytoma and Glioblastoma

Information source: H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute
ClinicalTrials.gov processed this data on August 23, 2015
Link to the current ClinicalTrials.gov record.

Condition(s) targeted: Anaplastic Astrocytoma; Glioblastoma

Intervention: Sunitinib Malate (Drug)

Phase: Phase 2

Status: Completed

Sponsored by: H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
Edward Pan, M.D., Principal Investigator, Affiliation: H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute


We are asked patients to take part in this study because they had recurrent (returned) (1st or 2nd) anaplastic astrocytoma (AA) or glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). The purposes of this study are:

- To see if Sutent has any change on the patient and their cancer.

- To see if Sutent will slow or stop the growth of their tumor.

- To measure the safety of Sutent. Sutent is Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved

to treat patients with a gastrointestinal stromal tumor after the disease worsened while taking another medicine called imatinib mesylate or when imatinib mesylate cannot be taken. Sutent is also FDA approved to treat patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma. At this time, it is not known whether Sutent will improve symptoms, or help patients with this disease live longer.

Clinical Details

Official title: A Phase II Trial of Sutent (Sunitinib; SU011248) for Recurrent Anaplastic Astrocytoma and Glioblastoma Multiforme

Study design: Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment

Primary outcome: Number of Participants With Progression Free Survival (PFS) at 6 Months Utilizing McDonald Criteria for Response, Progression and Relapse

Secondary outcome:

Best Overall Response

Number of Participants With Related Grade 3 and Greater Adverse Events

Detailed description: Trial patients received sunitinib 50 mg daily for 4 weeks without regard to meals, followed by a 2-week rest period. This 6-week regimen constituted 1 cycle. Patients were treated for up to 9 cycles [~ year) or until disease progression or death or if persistent toxicities occurred. Complete blood count with differential, complete metabolic profile, neurologic exam, and brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with contrast were obtained after each cycle. Toxicity assessments were obtained after each cycle. Toxicity was graded according to National Cancer Institute Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events (NCI CTCAE), version 3. 0.


<14 Days Prior to Initial Study Treatment:

- Neurological/Oncological History

- Neurological Examination

- Height/Weight/Body Surface Area

- Performance Status

- Quality of Life (QOL) FACT-L

- Laboratory Studies; complete blood count (CBC), Differential, Platelets, prothrombin

time/partial thromboplastin time (PT/PTT), international normalized ratio (INR), Serum Creatinine, blood urea nitrogen (BUN), alanine aminotransferase (ALT), aspartate aminotransferase (AST), lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), Total Bilirubin, alkaline phosphatase (AlkPHs), Pregnancy Test, electrocardiogram (EKG)

- Cranial MRI or CT with and without contrast

- Multiple uptake gated acquisition (MUGA) Scan

Day 1, At the Beginning of Each Treatment Cycle:

- Adverse Event Assessment

- Laboratory Studies; CBC, Differential, Platelets

Every Cycle, Days 42-45 (within 3 days of next scheduled Sutent treatment):

- Neurological/Oncological History

- Neurological Examination

- Height/Weight/Body Surface Area

- Performance Status


- Laboratory Studies; Serum Creatinine, BUN, ALT, AST, LDH, Total Bilirubin, AlkPHs

- Cranial MRI or CT with and without contrast

- Survival

At Off Study:

- Performance Status

- Cranial MRI or CT with and without contrast

- Survival


Minimum age: 18 Years. Maximum age: N/A. Gender(s): Both.


Inclusion Criteria:

- Resolution of all acute toxic effects of prior chemotherapy or radiotherapy or

surgical procedures to NCI CTCAE Version 3. 0 grade ≤1.

- Adequate organ function as defined by the following criteria:

- Serum aspartate transaminase (AST; serum glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase

[SGOT]) and serum alanine transaminase (ALT; serum glutamic pyruvic transaminase [SGPT]) ≤3 x local laboratory upper limit of normal (ULN), or AST and ALT ≤3 x ULN if liver function abnormalities are due to underlying malignancy

- Total serum bilirubin ≤1. 5 x ULN

- Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) ≥1500/µL

- Platelets ≥100,000/µL

- Hemoglobin ≥9. 0 g/dL

- Serum calcium ≤12. 0 mg/dL

- Serum creatinine ≤1. 5 x ULN

- Patients must have histologically or neuroradiographically recurrent anaplastic

astrocytoma (AA) or glioblastoma (GBM). Must have had prior pathologic confirmation of primary tumor histology.

- Must be ≥ 18 years old.

- Must have a Karnofsky performance status (KPS) ≥ 60%

- Measurable disease per MacDonald criteria required using contrast enhanced cranial


- Life expectancy ≥ 12 weeks.

- Must sign and date an Institutional Review Board (IRB) approved informed consent

stating that he or she is aware of the neoplastic nature of the disease. Must willingly provide written consent after being informed of procedure to be followed, the experimental nature of the therapy, alternatives, potential benefits, side effects, risks, and discomforts.

- Willing and able to comply with scheduled visits, treatment plan, laboratory tests

and accessible for follow-up.

- Have undergone surgery documenting tumor histology though repeat surgery at time of

tumor recurrence is not mandatory.

- Have received prior external beam radiotherapy.

- Patients may have received one or two prior salvage chemotherapy and may have

received adjuvant chemotherapy following initial surgery.

- May not have received prior stereotactic radiotherapy.

- May have been treated with Gliadel at initial surgery only.

Exclusion Criteria:

- Major surgery or radiation therapy within 4 weeks of starting study treatment.

- NCI CTCAE grade 3 hemorrhage within 4 weeks of starting study treatment.

- History of or known spinal cord compression or carcinomatous meningitis, or evidence

of leptomeningeal disease on screening CT or MRI scan.

- Any of the following within 6 months prior to study drug administration: myocardial

infarction, severe/unstable angina, coronary/peripheral artery bypass graft, symptomatic congestive heart failure, cerebrovascular accident or transient ischemic attack, or pulmonary embolism.

- Ongoing cardiac dysrhythmias of NCI CTCAE grade ≥2.

- Prolonged QTc interval on baseline EKG.

- Hypertension that cannot be controlled by medications (>150/100 mm Hg despite optimal

medical therapy).

- Pre-existing thyroid abnormality with thyroid function that cannot be maintained in

normal range with medication.

- Known human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome

(AIDS)-related illness or other active infection.

- Concurrent treatment on another clinical trial. Supportive care trials or

non-treatment trials, e. g. QOL, are allowed.

- Concomitant use of ketoconazole and other agents known to inhibit Cytochrome P450 3A4


- Concomitant use of theophylline and phenobarbital and/or other agents metabolized by

the cytochrome P450 system.

- Ongoing treatment with therapeutic doses of Coumadin (low dose up to 2 mg po daily

for thrombo-prophylaxis is allowed).

- Pregnancy or breastfeeding. Female subjects must be surgically sterile,

postmenopausal, or must agree to use effective contraception during the period of therapy. Female subjects with reproductive potential must have a negative pregnancy test (serum or urine) prior to enrollment. Male subjects must be surgically sterile or must agree to use effective contraception during the period of therapy.

- Other severe acute or chronic medical or psychiatric condition or laboratory

abnormality that may increase the risk associated with study participation or study drug administration, or may interfere with interpretation of study results, and in the judgment of investigator would make patient inappropriate for entry into this study.

- Patients having been treated with 3 or more salvage regimens.

- Patients with a second active malignancy or diagnosis of other cancer within 3 years

of enrollment, except for surgically cured basal cell carcinoma, or in situ carcinoma of the cervix.

- Mentally incapacitated patients or psychiatric illness that would prevent them from

giving informed consent.

- Poorly controlled diabetes, hepatitis infection, uncontrolled high blood pressure,

unstable angina, symptomatic congestive heart failure, and myocardial infarction within previous 6 months, or serious uncontrolled cardiac arrhythmia.

- Known to be HIV positive or to have an AIDS-related illness.

- Patients with an active infection that is not adequately controlled with antibiotics.

- Patients with other severe concurrent disease, which, in the judgment of the

investigator, would make the patient inappropriate for entry into this study.

- Known sensitivity to any of the products to be administered during treatment.

- Currently enrolled in another clinical trial or patients who have participated in a

trial of an investigational device or drug within the last 30 days.

Locations and Contacts

H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Tampa, Florida 33612, United States
Additional Information

Moffitt Cancer Center Clinical Trials website

Starting date: March 2007
Last updated: November 13, 2012

Page last updated: August 23, 2015

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