Last updated on November 2018

Gemcitabine Hydrochloride Paclitaxel Albumin-Stabilized Nanoparticle Formulation Metformin Hydrochloride and a Standardized Dietary Supplement in Treating Patients With Pancreatic Cancer That Cannot be Removed by Surgery


Brief description of study

This pilot phase I trial studies the side effects of gemcitabine hydrochloride, paclitaxel albumin-stabilized nanoparticle formulation, metformin hydrochloride, and a standardized dietary supplement in treating patients with pancreatic cancer that cannot be removed by surgery. Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as gemcitabine hydrochloride and paclitaxel albumin-stabilized nanoparticle formulation, work in different ways to stop the growth of tumor cells, either by killing the cells, by stopping them from dividing, or by stopping them from spreading. Metformin hydrochloride, used for diabetes, may also help kill cancer cells. Dietary supplements (curcumin, vitamin D, vitamin K2, vitamin K1, B-6, high selenium broccoli sprouts, epigallocatechin gallate, L-carnitine, garlic extract, genistein, zinc amino chelate, mixed toxopherols, ascorbic acid, D-limonene) can block different targets in the cancer cell simultaneously and may slow down cancer growth. Giving gemcitabine hydrochloride, paclitaxel albumin-stabilized nanoparticle formulation, and metformin hydrochloride with a dietary supplement may work better in treating patients with pancreatic cancer that cannot be removed by surgery.

Detailed Study Description

PRIMARY OBJECTIVES:

I. To assess the compliance, toxicity and feasibility of administering gemcitabine (gemcitabine hydrochloride), Abraxane (paclitaxel albumin-stabilized nanoparticle formulation), metformin (metformin hydrochloride), and the dietary supplement (DS).

SECONDARY OBJECTIVES:

I. To assess the response rate associated with this combination therapy in pancreatic cancer patients.

II. To assess the progression-free survival and overall survival of all patients who start protocol therapy, and describe the outcomes based on measures of compliance during the lead-in week, and compliance with supplement during chemotherapy.

III. To collect and analyze peripheral blood and pre-treatment biopsy samples for an exploratory analysis of biological correlatives.

IV. To assess quality of life utilizing the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-General (FACT-G) questionnaire.

OUTLINE

Patients receive gemcitabine hydrochloride and paclitaxel albumin-stabilized nanoparticle formulation intravenously (IV) on days 1, 8, and 15. Patients also receive metformin hydrochloride orally (PO) twice daily (BID) starting day -6 and dietary supplement PO BID starting day -3. Courses repeat every 28 days in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

After completion of study treatment, patients are followed up every 6 months.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT02336087

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Valerie Estala

City of Hope Rancho Cucamonga
Rancho Cucamonga, CA United States
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Recruitment Status: Open


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