Targeted Therapy for Lymphoid Cancers
Name of the Trial
Why This Trial Is Important
A new drug called ABT-263 may block the activity of Bcl-2, thereby allowing cancer cells that depend on this protein for survival to undergo apoptosis. Preclinical studies have shown that ABT-263 can bind to Bcl-2 in cancer cells and prevent it from functioning, leading to cell death.
In this clinical trial, patients with T-cell or B-cell lymphoid cancers that have recurred or progressed despite prior chemotherapy will receive ABT-263 orally for up to a year. Researchers seek to establish the maximum tolerated dose of ABT-263 and to determine the drug's safety and, preliminarily, its effectiveness in these patients. They will also study ABT-263's activity in the body (pharmacokinetics).
"The Bcl-2 protein family plays a crucial role in cancer cell immortalization in B-cell lymphomas, as well as in some T-cell lymphomas and solid tumors, making it an important molecular target for these cancers," said Dr. Wilson. "This is the first study in humans of ABT-263, which was specifically designed to inhibit Bcl-2."
Who Can Join This Trial
Study Site and Contact Information
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