Eribulin Mesylate or Paclitaxel as First- or Second-Line Therapy in Treating Patients with Recurrent Stage IIIC-IV Breast Cancer

Status: Temporarily Closed to Accrual

Description

This randomized phase III trial studies how well eribulin mesylate or paclitaxel work as first- or second-line therapy in treating patients with stage IIIC-IV breast cancer that has come back. Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as eribulin mesylate and paclitaxel, 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.

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria

  • Informed consent document signed and dated by patient
  • Histologic confirmation of invasive adenocarcinoma originating in the breast
  • Stage IV disease or stage IIIC disease (using the 7th edition American Joint Committee on Cancer [AJCC] criteria) not amenable to local therapy
  • Clinical or radiographic evidence of disease progression
  • Documentation of HER2 negative breast cancer at the time of protocol registration; (Note: HER2 negativity is defined as 0 or 1+ by immunohistochemistry OR nonamplified or equivocal by fluorescence in situ hybridization [FISH]; status may be defined on the basis of historic results on the breast primary or a metastatic site, whichever is most recent; repeat biopsies are not required for participation in this protocol)
  • Known hormone receptor status at the time of protocol registration; (Note: estrogen receptor [ER] and/or progesterone receptor [PgR] status are considered positive with a cut-off of >= 1% invasive tumor cells; status may be defined on the basis of historic results on the breast primary or a metastatic site, whichever is most recent; repeat biopsies are not required for participation in this protocol)
  • Patients must demonstrate resolution of all toxicities related to prior chemotherapy, endocrine therapy, targeted therapy, or biologic therapy to grade =< 1, including peripheral neuropathy, with the exception of alopecia (any grade permissible)
  • No more than one prior chemotherapy regimen for advanced or metastatic breast cancer is allowed; prior chemotherapy for metastatic disease must have been completed >= 14 days prior to randomization * Any single agent therapy, and any combination of cytotoxic, endocrine, biological targeted agents, and/or humanized antibodies, scheduled to be administered as a preplanned treatment, given concomitantly, sequentially or both, is considered one regimen * Planned neoadjuvant chemotherapy and postoperative adjuvant chemotherapy is considered one regimen * If the dosing of one or more of the chemotherapy components of a regimen must be reduced for toxicity, the modified version of the original regimen is not considered a new regimen * If one or more of the chemotherapy components of a regimen must be omitted for toxicity, the modified version of the original regimen is not considered a new regimen * If one of the chemotherapy components of a regimen must be replaced with another similar drug of the same therapeutic class, the modified version of the original regimen is not considered a new regimen; however, if a new component, dissimilar to any of the original components, is added to the regimen, the modified version is considered a new regimen * If chemotherapy is interrupted for surgery or radiotherapy and then continues with an unchanged schedule and components, treatment is considered as one regimen despite the interruption
  • Prior treatment may include a taxane as per the following criteria: * Prior taxane (including paclitaxel) in the adjuvant or neoadjuvant setting is allowed, provided that the interval between the completion of (neo)adjuvant therapy and disease recurrence is > 12 months * Prior taxane in the metastatic setting is allowed, provided that the agent administered in the metastatic setting was not standard paclitaxel
  • Any number of prior endocrine therapies is allowed and must be discontinued prior to randomization
  • Any number of biologic therapies (e.g., bevacizumab) or immunotherapies is allowed in the absence of co-administered chemotherapy and must have been completed >= 28 days prior to randomization
  • Prior treatment with an investigational agent is allowed but must have been completed >= 28 days prior to randomization with resolution of all treatment-related toxicities to grade =< 1.
  • Minor surgical procedures must be completed >= 7 days prior to randomization with documentation of adequate recovery from associated complications to grade =< 1; these include (but are not limited to) laparoscopy, thoracoscopy, bronchoscopy, mediastinoscopy, endoscopic ultrasonography, skin biopsy, percutaneous needle biopsy, and routine dental procedures; as a precautionary measure, it is recommended, but not strictly required, that placement of a central venous access device, thoracentesis, or paracentesis be done 7 days before the initiation of protocol directed chemotherapy with documentation of adequate recovery from associated complications to grade =< 1
  • Major surgical procedures and open biopsies must be completed >= 28 days prior to randomization with documentation of adequate recovery from associated complications to grade =< 1
  • Prior radiotherapy must be completed >= 14 days prior to randomization with documentation of adequate recovery from associated toxicities to grade =< 1
  • Treatment with bisphosphonates or denosumab is allowed and recommended per the standard of care
  • Therapeutic anticoagulation is allowed for patients on a stable dose of warfarin or low molecular weight heparin
  • Measurable disease is defined as at least one lesion that can be accurately measured with the longest diameter as >= 1.0 cm by computed tomography (CT) scan or >= 1.0 cm with calipers by clinical examination; the exceptions to these criteria are pathologic lymph nodes, which must be >= 1.5 cm in the short axis when assessed by CT scans with slice thickness =< 0.5 cm
  • Non-measurable lesions include the following: small lesions (longest diameter < 1.0 cm for all lesions other than pathologic lymph nodes, which are >= 1.0 cm and < 1.5 cm in the short axis), bone metastases, pleural effusions, pericardial effusions, ascites, inflammatory breast disease, leptomeningeal disease, lymphangitis pulmonis, lymphangitis cutis, and abdominal masses not followed by CT or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status of 0, 1, or 2
  • Life expectancy of > 12 weeks
  • Patients with a history of resected brain metastases are eligible only if they are asymptomatic and have stable MRI scans for 3 consecutive months, including =< 28 days of study registration
  • Patients who receive stereotactic radiosurgery or whole brain radiation for brain metastases are eligible only if they are asymptomatic and have stable MRI scans for 3 consecutive months, including =< 28 days of study registration
  • Obtained =< 7 days prior to registration: Absolute neutrophil count >= 1500/uL
  • Obtained =< 7 days prior to registration: Platelet count >= 100,000/uL
  • Obtained =< 7 days prior to registration: Hemoglobin >= 9 g/dL
  • Obtained =< 7 days prior to registration: Total bilirubin =< 1.5 times the upper limit of normal (ULN) except for unconjugated hyperbilirubinemia of Gilbert’s syndrome
  • Obtained =< 7 days prior to registration: Serum glutamic-oxaloacetic transaminase (SGOT) (aspartate aminotransferases [AST]) and serum glutamate pyruvate transaminase (SGPT) (alanine aminotransferase [ALT]) =< 3 x ULN except in the case of liver metastases, where =< 5 x ULN is allowed
  • Obtained =< 7 days prior to registration: Creatinine =< 2.0 mg/dL or creatinine clearance > 50 mL/min
  • Obtained =< 7 days prior to registration: Corrected QT (QTc) interval =< 500 msec on the baseline electrocardiogram
  • Negative pregnancy test done =< 72 hours prior to registration for women of childbearing potential only; Note: all female subjects will be considered to be of child-bearing potential unless they are postmenopausal (at least 12 months consecutive amenorrhea, in the appropriate age group and without other known or suspected cause), or have been sterilized surgically (i.e., bilateral tubal ligation >= 1 menstrual cycle prior to randomization, or have undergone a hysterectomy and/or bilateral oophorectomy) * Female subjects of child-bearing potential must agree to use highly effective contraception during the study treatment and for 3 months after the final dose of study treatment; female subjects exempt from this requirement are subjects who practice total abstinence; if currently abstinent, the subject must agree to use a double barrier method of contraception (i.e., condom and occlusive cap [diaphragm or cervical/vault caps]) with spermicide or until they are established on highly effective contraception for at least one menstrual cycle if they become sexually active during the study treatment and for 3 months after the final dose of study treatment * Highly effective contraception includes: ** Placement of intrauterine device or system ** Barrier methods of contraception: condom or occlusive cap (diaphragm or cervical/vault cap) with spermicide ** Vasectomized partner with confirmed azoospermia * Male subjects and their female partner who are of child-bearing potential (as defined above), and are not practicing total abstinence, must agree to use highly effective contraception during study treatment and for 3 months after the final dose of study treatment; if currently abstinent, the subject must agree to use a double barrier method of contraception if they become sexually active, or until they are established on highly effective contraception as described above
  • Ability to complete questionnaire(s) independently or with assistance
  • Willingness to provide blood and tissue samples for correlative research purposes; (Note: these tissue samples are from archived tissue, if available; new biopsies are not required)
  • Ability to comprehend and respond to questions using a telephone keypad

Exclusion Criteria

  • Prior malignancy, other than carcinoma in situ of the cervix and non-melanoma skin cancers, unless the prior malignancy was diagnosed and definitively treated >= 5 years previously, there is no subsequent evidence of recurrence, and the patient is considered by a physician to be at < 30% risk of relapse
  • Any of the following: * Pregnant women * Nursing women * Men or women of childbearing potential who are unwilling to employ adequate contraception
  • Presence of a serious nonhealing wound, ulcer, or bone fracture
  • History of Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events (CTCAE) grade >= 3 hypersensitivity to paclitaxel or Cremophor EL
  • Pre-existing peripheral neuropathy grade ˃= 2 at registration
  • Significant cardiovascular impairment (e.g., New York Heart Association congestive heart failure of grade II or above, unstable angina, myocardial infarction within the past 6 months, or serious cardiac arrhythmia)
  • Subjects with known positive human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) status
  • History of stroke or transient ischemic attack =< 6 months prior to registration
  • History of uncontrolled seizures; (Note: patients are eligible for the study if the seizures are well controlled with standard medications)
  • Severe or uncontrolled intercurrent illness/infection
  • Concurrent administration of any other investigational agent considered to have potential efficacy in the treatment of breast cancer
  • Prior exposure to eribulin mesylate

Locations & Contacts

Arizona

Scottsdale
Mayo Clinic in Arizona
Status: Temporarily closed to accrual
Contact: Mayo Clinic Clinical Trials Office
Phone: 855-776-0015

District of Columbia

Washington
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
Status: Temporarily closed to accrual
Contact: Julie L. Castle
Phone: 202-687-2209
Email: BICKMORJ@GEORGETOWN.EDU

Florida

Jacksonville
Mayo Clinic in Florida
Status: Temporarily closed to accrual
Contact: Mayo Clinic Clinical Trials Office
Phone: 855-776-0015

Illinois

Chicago
University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center
Status: Temporarily closed to accrual
Contact: Jean Gibson
Phone: 773-834-2167
Email: jgibson@medicine.bsd.uchicago.edu
University of Illinois
Status: Temporarily closed to accrual
Contact: Alisha S Demsky
Phone: 312-413-2746
Email: alishaw@uic.edu
Peoria
Illinois CancerCare-Peoria
Status: Temporarily closed to accrual
Contact: Ashton Todd-Hitchcock
Phone: 309-243-3611
Email: atodd@illinoiscancercare.com
Urbana
Carle Cancer Center NCI Community Oncology Research Program
Status: Temporarily closed to accrual
Contact: Kendrith M. Rowland
Phone: 217-383-3010
Email: Kendrith.Rowland@Carle.com

Iowa

Sioux City
Siouxland Regional Cancer Center
Status: Temporarily closed to accrual
Contact: Thomas S. Hoopingarner
Phone: 712-252-9326
Email: shoaresearch@shoaresearch.Org

Kansas

Wichita
Cancer Center of Kansas - Wichita
Status: Temporarily closed to accrual
Contact: Susan Stockton
Phone: 316-262-4467
Email: susan.stockton@cancercenterofkansas.com

Louisiana

New Orleans
Ochsner NCI Community Oncology Research Program
Status: Temporarily closed to accrual
Contact: Alison Faust McDaniel
Phone: 504-842-3683
Email: amcdaniel@ochsner.org

Maine

Brewer
Lafayette Family Cancer Center-EMMC
Status: Temporarily closed to accrual
Contact: Kathy Malatesta
Phone: 207-626-4855
Email: kathy.malatesta@mainegeneral.org

Michigan

Grand Rapids
Cancer Research Consortium of West Michigan NCORP
Status: Temporarily closed to accrual
Contact: Connie M. Szczepanek
Phone: 616-391-1230
Email: connie.szczepanek@crcwm.org

Minnesota

Duluth
Essentia Health NCI Community Oncology Research Program
Status: Temporarily closed to accrual
Contact: Diane Marie Nelson
Phone: 218-786-3308
Email: diane.nelson@essentiahealth.org
Rochester
Mayo Clinic
Status: Temporarily closed to accrual
Contact: Mayo Clinic Clinical Trials Office
Phone: 855-776-0015
Saint Cloud
Coborn Cancer Center at Saint Cloud Hospital
Status: Temporarily closed to accrual
Contact: Stacy Veches
Phone: 320-229-5199ext70826
Email: vechess@centracare.com

Missouri

Saint Louis
Heartland Cancer Research CCOP
Status: Temporarily closed to accrual
Contact: Henry L. Robinson
Phone: 314-996-5865
Email: henry.robinson@bjc.org

Nebraska

Omaha
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Status: Temporarily closed to accrual
Contact: Mary J. Mailliard
Phone: 402-559-5582
Email: mjmailli@unmc.edu

New Hampshire

Hooksett
New Hampshire Oncology Hematology PA-Hooksett
Status: Temporarily closed to accrual
Contact: Douglas J. Weckstein
Phone: 603-622-6484
Email: d.weckstein@nhoh.com
Lebanon
Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
Status: Temporarily closed to accrual
Contact: Peter Andrew Kaufman
Phone: 603-653-6181
Email: peter.a.kaufman@hitchcock.org

New York

East Syracuse
Hematology Oncology Associates of Central New York-East Syracuse
Status: Temporarily closed to accrual
Contact: Kelly A Cohn
Phone: 315-472-7504
Email: kcohn@hoacny.com

North Carolina

Burlington
Cone Health Cancer Center at Alamance Regional
Status: Temporarily closed to accrual
Contact: Kaye Shoffner
Phone: 336-538-7197
Email: shofkare@armc.com
Chapel Hill
UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
Status: Temporarily closed to accrual
Contact: Michele R Vickers
Phone: 984-974-8249
Email: michele_vickers@med.unc.edu
Goldsboro
Southeastern Medical Oncology Center-Goldsboro
Status: Temporarily closed to accrual
Contact: Elaine Cooke
Phone: 919-587-9077
Email: ecooke@cancersmoc.com
Winston-Salem
Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center
Status: Temporarily closed to accrual
Contact: Elizabeth White
Phone: 336-718-8461
Email: ecwhite@novanthealth.org

Oklahoma

Lawton
Cancer Centers of Southwest Oklahoma Research
Status: Temporarily closed to accrual
Contact: Susan Elaine McCoy
Phone: 580-536-2121
Email: susie.mccoy@ccswok.org

Oregon

Portland
Providence Portland Medical Center
Status: Temporarily closed to accrual
Contact: Nicole Moxon
Phone: 503-215-2619
Email: nicole.moxon@providence.org

Rhode Island

Providence
Women and Infants Hospital
Status: Temporarily closed to accrual
Contact: Emma Locke
Phone: 401-274-1122ext48181
Email: elocke@wihri.org

South Dakota

Rapid City
Rapid City Regional Hospital
Status: Temporarily closed to accrual
Contact: Angie S. Dunbar
Phone: 605-755-2370
Email: adunbar@regionalhealth.org

West Virginia

Huntington
Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center
Status: Temporarily closed to accrual
Contact: Keshia Noelle Bowen
Phone: 304-399-6521
Email: keshia.bowen@chhi.org

Wisconsin

Green Bay
Saint Vincent Hospital Cancer Center Green Bay
Status: Temporarily closed to accrual
Contact: Jodi Ann Koch
Phone: 920-844-3491
Email: Jodi.Koch@hshs.org

Trial Objectives and Outline

PRIMARY OBJECTIVES:

I. To demonstrate that patient-reported Patient-Report Outcomes Version of the Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events (PRO-CTCAE) data will be able to detect differences in symptoms between participants treated witheribulin mesylate (eribulin) and standard weekly paclitaxel at 12 weeks.

II. To validate rs7349683 in EPHA5 as a predictor of peripheral neuropathy from treatment with a microtubule targeting agent (i.e., eribulin or paclitaxel).

SECONDARY OBJECTIVES:

I. To compare overall survival, progression free survival (PFS), objective response rate (ORR), duration of response (DOR), and time to treatment failure (TTF) in patients receiving eribulin versus standard weekly paclitaxel.

II. To compare the 12 month rate of disease progression in patients receiving eribulin versus standard weekly paclitaxel.

III. To evaluate the clinical value and feasibility of collecting patient-reported symptom toxicity information via the Patient-Report Outcomes Version of the Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events (PRO-CTCAE).

IV. To further validate the PRO-CTCAE sensory neuropathy items.

V. To compare patient reported neurotoxicity between arms using the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire (EORTC QLQ)-Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy 20 (CIPN20) instrument.

VI. To assess the toxicities in patients receiving eribulin versus standard weekly paclitaxel.

CORRELATIVE OBJECTIVES:

I. To compare new metastasis free survival in patients receiving eribulin versus standard weekly paclitaxel.

II. To explore the relationship between common single nucleotide polymorphisms in FGD4, FZD3, and VAC14 as predictors of peripheral neuropathy from treatment with a microtubule targeting agent (i.e., eribulin or paclitaxel).

III. To evaluate circulating nucleosomes and the apoptosis associated M30 neo-epitope as potential biomarkers associated with clinical benefit from treatment with eribulin specifically or the microtubule dynamics inhibitors in general.

VI. To evaluate tubulin isotype expression, mutations, and signaling pathway modifications in tumor tissue as potential biomarkers associated with clinical benefit from treatment with eribulin specifically or the microtubule dynamics inhibitors in general.

OUTLINE: Patients are randomized to 1 of 2 arms.

ARM A: Patients receive eribulin mesylate intravenously (IV) over 2-5 minutes on days 1 and 8. Courses repeat every 21 days in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

ARM B: Patients receive paclitaxel IV over 1 hour on days 1, 8, and 15. Courses repeat every 28 days in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

After completion of study treatment, patients are followed up every 12 weeks.

Trial Phase & Type

Trial Phase

Phase III

Trial Type

Treatment

Lead Organization

Lead Organization
Academic and Community Cancer Research United

Principal Investigator
Minetta C. Liu

Trial IDs

Primary ID RU011201I
Secondary IDs NCI-2016-02048
Clinicaltrials.gov ID NCT02037529