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This is a research study for people who have a solid tumor that was not effectively treated by conventional therapy or for which there is no known effective therapy. This is a phase I study of a drug called nab-paclitaxel used together with gemcitabine. Gemcitabine and nab-paclitaxel will be given intravenously, once a week for 3 out of 4 weeks, for a 28-day cycle.

The goals of this study are:

- To find the highest dose of nab-paclitaxel that can be safely given in combination with gemcitabine without causing severe side effects

- To learn what kind of side effects nab-paclitaxel given in combination with gemcitabine can cause

- To learn more about the pharmacology (how the body handles the drug) of nab- paclitaxel given in combination with gemcitabine

- To evaluate tumor tissue for levels of certain proteins that may help with predicting who will benefit most from treatment with nab-paclitaxel

- To determine whether nab-paclitaxel given in combination with gemcitabine is a beneficial treatment for relapsed and/or refractory solid tumors


Clinical Trial Description

Relapsed and refractory non-central nervous system (non-CNS) solid tumors have poor outcomes, and novel therapies are needed. Many relapsed/refractory solid tumor patients desire further therapy; however, they often wish to also preserve a high quality of life. Thus therapeutic strategies that offer relatively minimal treatment-related toxicities are also desirable. The combination of gemcitabine, a pyrimidine analog, and docetaxel, an antimitotic taxane, is an attractive combination because of non-overlapping toxicities. This combination has shown activity and tolerability in adult Phase II trials for solid tumors. Favorable experiences with this regimen in pediatrics have been described retrospectively by several institutions. Nab-paclitaxel is an albumin-bound, solvent-free taxane that allows higher dosing and shorter infusion duration than solvent-bound taxanes (docetaxel and paclitaxel) by removing exposure to toxic solvent carriers. Albumin binding of the agent also increases drug delivery to tumors through increased albumin-initiated transcytosis, and may also increase tumoral accumulation of drug through binding of secreted protein acidic and rich in cysteine (SPARC). The combination of gemcitabine and nab-paclitaxel has been studied extensively in adults with pancreatic adenocarcinoma, with the combination providing superior outcomes to treatment with gemcitabine alone. There is also preclinical evidence of potent anti-tumor activity of nab-paclitaxel alone and in combination with gemcitabine in pediatric solid tumor models. Therefore, the researchers hypothesize that the combination of nab-paclitaxel with gemcitabine will improve the anti-tumor efficacy observed with gemcitabine/docetaxel in relapsed/refractory solid tumors.

This is a Phase 1 study of nab-paclitaxel in combination with gemcitabine for children, adolescents, and young adults with relapsed or refractory non-central nervous system (CNS) solid tumors in which the researchers will define toxicity, pharmacokinetics, and evaluate SPARC expression in pediatric tumors as a biomarker of disease response. Nab-paclitaxel will be administered intravenously (IV) once weekly on days 1,8, and 15 of a 28 day cycle. The starting dose of nab-paclitaxel will be 180 mg/m2/dose which is 75% of the pediatric, single agent MTD of 240 mg/m2/dose. The researchers will then dose escalate up to 240 mg/m2/dose. Participants will also receive gemcitabine 1000 mg/m2/dose IV once weekly on days 1, 8, and 15. Participants may continue on therapy until there is evidence of progressive disease or toxicity that requires removal from therapy. Therapy may otherwise continue for up to 24 cycles. ;


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NCT number NCT03507491
Study type Interventional
Source Emory University
Contact Kate Glasscox
Phone 404-785-0002
Email Katherine.GlasscoxSuggs@choa.org
Status Not yet recruiting
Phase Phase 1
Start date July 2018
Completion date May 2022

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