Overview

This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition breast cancer
Treatment mk-0752
Sponsor Loyola University
Collaborator Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.
Start date May 2008
End date May 2015
Trial size 22 participants
Trial identifier NCT00756717, 200431

Summary

The purpose of this research project is to study the effect of a research (investigational) drug, MK-0752 combined with either tamoxifen or letrozole on breast cancer cells.

Tamoxifen and letrozole are standard hormone treatments used to treat breast cancers that are positive for the estrogen receptor. However, over time the breast cancer cells can become resistant to tamoxifen and letrozole. MK-0752 is in a class of drugs called gamma secretase inhibitors. Gamma secretase inhibitors may play a role in reversing the resistance to drugs such as tamoxifen and letrozole.

United States No locations recruiting
Other Countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation non-randomized
Endpoint classification safety study
Intervention model single group assignment
Masking open label
Arm
(Experimental)
oral gamma-secretase inhibitor drug MK-0752, 350 mg for three days, four days off, then three days on, over a period of 10 days
mk-0752
Women who are post menopausal will receive letrozole 2.5 mg by mouth one time per day for 24 days. Women who are pre menopausal, or who have a contraindication to letrozole will receive tamoxifen 20 mg orally one time per day for a period of 24 days. Starting on day 15 of this 24 day period all patients will receive the oral gamma-secretase inhibitor drug MK-0752 at a dose of 350 mg for three days on, then off four days, then three days on, for a total of 6 doses over a period of 10 days.

Primary Outcomes

Measure
To evaluate the safety and tolerability of the gamma-secretase inhibitor MK-0752 in the pre-surgical setting in patients with early stage, estrogen receptor (ER) positive breast cancer, in combination with tamoxifen or an aromatase inhibitor (AI).
time frame: Treatment will be given over a 24 day period. Toxcity assessments will be done on or around day 15, day 25 and at the post surgical visit.

Secondary Outcomes

Measure
To establish the feasibility and success of multi-laboratory collaborations in evaluating clinical specimens and biomarker testing
time frame: Completion of study
To provide preliminary data on the impact of MK-0752 on the panel of biomarkers under investigation.
time frame: Completion of study

Eligibility Criteria

Female participants at least 18 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - Patients must have histologically or cytologically confirmed early stage, ER-positive (Allred score ≥3), invasive breast cancer that is not either locally advanced by criteria other than size or inflammatory, and is not metastatic. - Patients must be candidates for surgical removal of the tumor by lumpectomy or mastectomy. - Patients must not have bilateral tumors. Tumor must be amenable to core biopsy in midstudy. - Patients must be >18 years of age. - Patients must have a performance status ≤1 by Zubrod criteria. - Patients must have a life expectancy of greater than three months. - Patients must have normal organ and marrow function within 28 days of registration as defined below: - absolute neutrophil count >1,500/μL - platelets >100,000/μL - total bilirubin ≤1.5 x the institutional upper limit of normal - AST(SGOT)/ALT(SGPT) <2 X institutional upper limit of normal - creatinine within normal institutional limits OR - creatinine clearance >60 mL/min/1.73 m2 for patients with creatinine levels above institutional normal - Women of child-bearing potential must agree to use adequate contraception (hormonal or barrier method of birth control; abstinence) prior to study entry and for the duration of study participation. A negative serum pregnancy test must be obtained within 72 hours of receiving the first dose of the hormonal therapy as well as within 72 hours of the first dose of the MK-0752 GSI medication for women of child-bearing potential. Should a woman become pregnant or suspect she is pregnant while participating in this study, she should inform her treating physician immediately. Exclusion Criteria: - Patients may not have received any prior chemotherapy or endocrine therapy (tamoxifen, raloxifene, or an aromatase inhibitor) and may not have received prior therapy with a gamma-secretase inhibitor or other investigational agents. - Patients may not have received previous radiation therapy. - Patients may not be currently participating or have participated in a study with an investigational compound or device within 30 days. - Patients must not have known brain or CNS disease, evidence of brain or CNS metastases, or carcinomatous meningitis. - Patients must not have an uncontrolled intercurrent illness including, but not limited to, ongoing or active infection, symptomatic congestive heart failure, unstable angina pectoris, cardiac arrhythmia, or psychiatric illness/social situations that would limit compliance with study requirements. - Patients may not have known hypersensitivity to the components of MK-0752 or it analogs. - Patients will be excluded if there is a known history of human immunodeficiency (HIV) virus infection, or a known history of hepatitis B or C infection. - Patients must not have a previous history of inflammatory bowel disease or uncontrolled irritable bowel syndrome. - Patients must not have a history of greater than one basal cell carcinoma of the skin within the past five years or a history of Gorlin syndrome.

Additional Information

Official title A Pilot Study of MK-0752 in Combination With Tamoxifen or Letrozole in Patients With Early Stage Breast Cancer Prior to Surgery
Principal investigator Kathy Albain, MD
Description OBJECTIVES To evaluate the safety and tolerability of the gamma-secretase inhibitor MK-0752 in the pre-surgical setting in patients with early stage, estrogen receptor (ER) positive breast cancer, in combination with tamoxifen or an aromatase inhibitor (AI). To establish the feasibility and success of multi-laboratory collaborations in evaluating clinical specimens and biomarker testing. To provide preliminary data on the impact of MK-0752 on a panel of biomarkers involved in the notch signaling pathway.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in April 2015.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by Loyola University.