Study of High Dose Intravenous (IV) Ascorbic Acid in Measurable Solid Tumor Disease
Information source: Situs Cancer Research Center
Information obtained from ClinicalTrials.gov on October 04, 2010
Link to the current ClinicalTrials.gov record.
Condition(s) targeted: Sarcoma; Adenocarcinoma; Carcinoma; Multiple Myeloma; Desmoplastic Small Round Cell Tumor
Intervention: Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) (Drug)
Phase: Phase 2
Status: Not yet recruiting
Sponsored by: Situs Cancer Research Center
Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
G D Murphy, MD, Principal Investigator, Affiliation: Situs Cancer Research Center
J Bolt, PhD, Study Director, Affiliation: Situs Cancer Research Center
Nikki Sailer, CRC, Phone: 479-636-0500, Ext: 222
The study is designed to determine if high doses of intravenous ascorbic acid (vitamin C)
can be effective in managing solid tumor diseases. Secondary goals are determination of any
palliative effects and improvement of quality of life of patients.
Official title: Phase 2 Study of High Dose Ascorbic Acid in Solid Tumor Disease
Study design: Allocation: Non-Randomized, Control: Active Control, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment
Primary outcome: Efficacy of treatment
Secondary outcome: Quality of Life
Ascorbic acid has demonstrated selective cytotoxicity in cancer cells in vitro, while
sparing normal cells from its peroxidative effects. This study will examine the effect, if
any, of the drug when dosed in patients at a level sufficient to achieve transient serum
states of 400mg/dl. Safety of the drug has been shown in a Phase I study when dosed as high
as 1. 5gm/kg. Patients will be treated twice weekly for 12 weeks (24-cycles) and evaluated
for response using RECIST criteria. Patients showing stable disease or objective response
will remain on study for up to one year or until absence of measurable disease or disease
Minimum age: 18 Years.
Maximum age: N/A.
- 18 years or older at time of entry on study
- Disease extent confirmed and documented by CT scan within 45 days of entry on study
- normal glucose 6-phosphate dehydrogenase
- no current calcium oxalate nephrolithiasis with the potential to reduce urinary flow
- ability to understand the informed consent process and to give informed consent to
- measurable solid tumor neoplastic disease (using RECIST criteria)
- life expectancy greater than 8-weeks
- will agree to undergo central line placement (examples are: port-a-catheter, central
venous catheter, percutaneously inserted central catheter [PICC] line placement).
Patient or regular caregiver must be able to maintain flush central line as directed
by study physician. (Study center will provide periodic site dressing changes as
- Failed curative therapy or patient ineligible for definitive curative therapy
- Karnofsky performance status of at least 40
- any clinically relevant abnormal findings in physical examination, clinical
chemistry, haematology, urinalysis, vital signs, or ECG at baseline which, in the
opinion of the investigator, may put the subject at risk because of his/her
participation in the study
- use of any nicotine product including nicotine patches/gum
- unstable angina not well managed with medication
- history of calcium oxalate stone formation
- pregnancy or nursing of an infant
- any psychiatric disorder by history or examination that would prevent completion of
Locations and Contacts
Nikki Sailer, CRC, Phone: 479-636-0500, Ext: 222
Situs Cancer Research Center, Rogers, Arkansas 72756, United States
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Starting date: June 2010
Last updated: May 17, 2010