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Hydralazine and Valproate Plus Cisplatin Chemoradiation in Cervical Cancer

Information source: National Institute of Cancerología
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Condition(s) targeted: Cervical Cancer

Intervention: Hydralazine and magnesium valproate (Drug); Punch biopsy of the primary tumor (Procedure)

Phase: Phase 2

Status: Completed

Sponsored by: National Institute of Cancerología

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
Alfonso Duenas-Gonzalez, MD, PhD., Study Director, Affiliation: National Institute of Cancerologia, Mexico


The current standard for locally advanced cervical cancer is concurrent cisplatin-based chemotherapy, however, the treatment results need to be improved. Epigenetic aberrations play an important role in cancer progression by silencing growth regulatory genes and there is now evidence that inhibitors of DNA methylation and HDAC inhibition synergize the radiation and chemotherapy effects. Objective. To determine response rate, safety and biological effects of hydralazine and magnesium valproate when added to cisplatin chemoradiation. Hypothesis. Hydralazine and magnesium valproate associated to chemoradiation will increase the clinical complete response rate to 95% as compared to 75% as seen in historical controls treated with cisplatin chemoradiation in FIGO stage IIIB patients. Metodology. A total of 17 FIGO stage IIIB patients with histologically confirmed cervical carcinoma with no previous treatment will be included. Patients will be typed for acetylator status and and then receive either 182 or 83 mg of hydralazine, and magnesium valproate at

40mg/Kg from day - 7 to the end of chemoradiation (external and brachytherapy). Clinical

response rate, safety and transcriptome changes will be analyzed.

Clinical Details

Official title: A Phase II Study of Transcriptional Therapy With the DNA Demethylating Hydralazine and the HDAC Inhibitor Valproate Associated to Concomitant Cisplatin Chemoradiation in FIGO Stage III Cervical Cancer.

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

Primary outcome:

Clinical Response


Secondary outcome:

Gene expression profiling

Global DNA methylation

HDAC activity

Plasma levels hydralazine and valproic acid

Detailed description: Eligible patients after signing informed consent will undergo study evaluation and then typed for acetylator phenotype before receive either 182 or 83 mg of hydralazine, and

magnesium valproate at 30mg/Kg from day - 7 to the end of chemoradiation (external and

brachytherapy. External beam radiation will be delivered by megavoltage equipment for a dose of 50gy (2Gy fraction from monday to friday) concurrently with cisplatin at 40mg/m2 for six weeks. Within one to two weeks, intracavitary brachytherapy (low-dose rate, Cesium sources) will be delivered to achieve at least 85Gy to point A. A punch biopsy from the primary tumor will be taken at entering the study and at day 8 of hydralazine and valproate treatment (before the first dose of cisplatin and radiation)to assess global gene expression profiling by microarray analysis. Blood samples will be taken to assess global DNA methylation, histone deacetylase activity and plasma levels of hydralazine and valproic acid. Clinical response and toxicity will be assessed.


Minimum age: 18 Years. Maximum age: 70 Years. Gender(s): Female.


Inclusion Criteria:

- informed consent, histological diagnosis of cervical carcinoma (epidermoid,

adenoesquamous and adenocarcinoma), clinical stage III B, untreated, aged 18-70 years, performance status 0-2 according to ECOG classification, and adequate liver, hematological and renal function, as defined by: hemoglobin >10 g/L, leukocytes >4000/mm3, platelets >100 000mm3; normal creatinine value and creatinine clearance >60 mL/min; total bilirubin < 1. 5 upper normal limit value; no evidence of systemic disease or para-aortic lymph node involvement. Exclusion Criteria:

- History of allergy to hydralazine or valproate; past or present condition of

rheumatic disease, central nervous system disease, heart failure from aortic stenosis and postural hypotension as diagnosed by a physician; previous use of the experimental drugs (hydralazine and magnesium valproate) as well as if patients were pregnant or breast-feeding. Other exclusion criteria included uncontrolled systemic disease or infection.

Locations and Contacts

National Institute of Cancerologia, Mexico City, Tlalpan 14080, Mexico
Additional Information

Starting date: May 2005
Last updated: November 27, 2006

Page last updated: August 23, 2015

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