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Sunitinib and Radiation in Patients With Resectable Soft-tissue Sarcoma

Information source: Australasian Sarcoma Study Group
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Condition(s) targeted: Soft Tissue Sarcoma

Intervention: Sunitinib malate (Drug); Radiotherapy (Radiation)

Phase: Phase 1/Phase 2

Status: Recruiting

Sponsored by: Australasian Sarcoma Study Group

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
David Thomas, MB BS PhD, Principal Investigator, Affiliation: Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Australia


This research is being done with the aim of developing a more effective treatment than standard radiotherapy and surgery alone. Although standard treatment is frequently successful, some patients do not respond well to this treatment. Low oxygen levels in tumours, which may be a particular problem with sarcomas, are thought to be one factor that contributes to failure of radiotherapy. Sunitinib is a new drug that is active against cells with low oxygen levels. The combination of sunitinib and radiotherapy has shown promising results in other cancers. The purpose of this study is to find out whether treatment with a new drug, sunitinib, can increase the effectiveness of radiotherapy at killing cancer cells; to test the safety of the combination of sunitinib and radiotherapy.

Clinical Details

Official title: A Phase IB/II Study of Sunitinib in Combination With Neoadjuvant Radiation in Patients With Resectable Soft-tissue Sarcoma

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

Primary outcome: To determine the maximum dose of sunitinib at which the combination of sunitinib and radiotherapy pre-operatively is safe and tolerable.

Secondary outcome: To estimate response rates for the combination of sunitinib and radiotherapy.

Detailed description: The presence of hypoxia has been documented in soft-tissue sarcomas, where it may contribute to radioresistance. Combinations of radiosensitisers such as ifosfamide and doxorubicin with radiotherapy have demonstrated promise in sarcomas, but with significant toxicity. The rationale for this study is based on:

- the frequency of hypoxia in soft-tissue sarcomas

- the importance of radiotherapy in neoadjuvant treatment of soft-tissue sarcomas

- targeting hypoxic vasculature with sunitinib

- the single agent activity of sunitinib in soft-tissue sarcomas. This study will assess

the feasibility and tolerability of the combination of sunitinib with standard preoperative radiotherapy. The surrogate endpoints of tumor necrosis and functional and RECIST imaging response will provide early evidence of response rate. Toxicities will be assessed both during chemoradiation and following surgery. The impact of treatment on the hypoxic component of the tumor will be investigated with F18 azamycin arabinoside PET scans. Because the combination of sunitinib and radiotherapy has not been studied before, we propose a phase Ib design with dose reductions in the event of excessive toxicity. Sunitinib treatment will precede the commencement of radiotherapy by 2 weeks because there is preclinical evidence that priming the tumor vasculature may increase synergy with radiotherapy, and because sunitinib may have single agent activity in sarcomas, including measurable effects on tumor vasculature. Because it is anticipated that the likelihood of complications attributable to the combination of sunitinib and radiotherapy will be small, the starting dose of sunitinib will be 50mg/day for the two week lead-in period and then 25mg for 5 weeks with concurrent radiotherapy.


Minimum age: 16 Years. Maximum age: N/A. Gender(s): Both.


Inclusion Criteria:

- Histologically confirmed soft-tissue sarcoma suitable for neoadjuvant radiotherapy

and surgery

- minimum age 16 years

- ECOG performance status =1

- life expectancy of greater than 6 months

- patients must have normal organ and marrow function

- no evidence of a bleeding or thrombotic tendency, and no evidence of arterial or

venous thrombosis

- not pregnant or breastfeeding

- the ability to give written informed consent.

Exclusion Criteria:

- Soft-tissue sarcoma located in sites where radiotherapy is associated with

significant exposure of abdominal viscera

- patients with other invasive malignancies, with the exception of non-melanoma skin

cancer, in the last 5 years

- patients receiving any other therapeutic investigational agents

- patients who are receiving concurrent treatment with any other anti-cancer therapy

- evidence of distant metastases

- uncontrolled intercurrent illness

- patients who are pregnant or breast feeding.

Locations and Contacts

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, Victoria 3002, Australia; Recruiting
Ania Matera, Phone: +61396563661, Email: Ania.Matera@petermac.org
Sally Whyte, PhD, Phone: +61396563605, Email: sally.whyte@petermac.org
David Thomas, MB BS PhD, Principal Investigator
Additional Information

Starting date: September 2008
Last updated: June 21, 2011

Page last updated: August 23, 2015

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