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Ribociclib In Combination with Belinostat in Patients with Metastatic Triple Negative Breast Cancer or Recurrent Platinum-Resistant Ovarian Cancer, Charge Study

Trial Status: Active

This phase I / Ib trial studies the best dose and effect of ribociclib and belinostat combination therapy in treating patients with triple negative breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body (metastatic) or ovarian cancer that initially responded to treatment with platinum-containing drugs but then stoped responding (platinum-resistant) and has grown back (recurrent). Ribociclib and belinostat may stop the growth of tumor cells by blocking some of the enzymes needed for cell growth. Giving ribociclib and belinostat in combination may be effective in treating patients with advanced breast cancer and platinum-resistant recurrent ovarian cancer.

Inclusion Criteria

  • FOR DOSE ESCALATION COHORTS ONLY: Pathologically confirmed breast cancer with the following features: * Measurable disease by Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors (RECIST) 1.1 * Estrogen receptor (ER) and progesterone receptor (PR) =< 1% by immunohistochemistry * Her-2/neu negative (0 or 1+ by immunohistochemistry OR not amplified by College of American Pathologists/American Society of Clinical Oncology [CAP/ASCO] standards) * Metastatic or unresectable and locally advanced and not amenable to treatment with curative intent, in the opinion of the enrolling investigator OR * Platinum-resistant (defined as progression within 12 months of last platinum therapy administration), pathologically confirmed serous ovarian cancer that is recurrent and unresectable, in the opinion of the enrolling investigator
  • FOR DOSE EXPANSION COHORT ONLY: Pathologically confirmed breast cancer with the following features: * Measurable disease by RECIST 1.1 * ER and PR =< 1% by immunohistochemistry * Her-2/neu negative (0 or 1+ by immunohistochemistry OR not amplified by CAP/ASCO standards) * Metastatic or unresectable and locally advanced and not amenable to treatment with curative intent, in the opinion of the enrolling investigator
  • Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status =< 2
  • Able to swallow pills
  • Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) > 1,500/mm^3
  • Platelets > 100,000/mm^3
  • Hemoglobin > 9 g/dL
  • Serum bilirubin levels =< 1.5 mg/dL. Higher levels are acceptable if these can be attributed to active hemolysis or ineffective erythropoiesis. Bilirubin above 1.5 mg/dL due to Gilbert’s is still excluded
  • Serum aspartate transaminase (AST) and serum alanine transaminase (ALT) =< 2.5 x upper limit of normal * AST (serum glutamic-oxaloacetic transaminase [SGOT])/ALT (serum glutamate pyruvate transaminase [SGPT]) =< 5 x institutional upper limit of normal (ULN) for patients with liver metastasis
  • Alkaline phosphatase < 2.5 x upper limit of normal, unless bone metastasis is present in the absence of liver metastasis
  • Serum creatinine levels =< 1.5 mg/dL
  • Patient must have the following laboratory values within normal limits or corrected to within normal limits with supplements before the first dose of study medication: * Potassium * Magnesium * Total calcium (corrected for serum albumin)
  • International normalized ratio (INR) =< 1.5 (unless the patient is receiving anticoagulants and the INR is within the therapeutic range of intended use for that anticoagulant within 7 days prior to the first dose of study drug)
  • Presence of >= 1 metastatic sites of disease that can be safely accessed for core needle biopsy and patient willingness to undergo fresh tissue biopsies of up to 3 lesions. (Safely accessible means risk of mortality or major morbidity < 1.5%, such as core needle biopsy of breast, superficial lymph node, subcutaneous nodule, peripheral liver nodule, pleural nodule, omental nodule, etc.)
  • Negative serum or urine pregnancy test at screening for women of childbearing potential
  • Agrees to continue use of approved birth control for at least 6 months after receiving the last dose of study drugs
  • Able to provide informed consent and have signed an approved consent form that conforms to federal and institutional guidelines

Exclusion Criteria

  • Previous use of CDK 4/6 or HDAC inhibitors for cancer treatment
  • Major surgery, radiotherapy, anticancer therapy, or investigational agents =< 4 weeks of treatment day 1 or =< 5 half-lives, whichever is shorter
  • Patients with new or progressive brain metastases (active brain metastases) or leptomeningeal disease unless determined by the treating physician that immediate central nervous system (CNS) specific treatment is not required and is unlikely to be required during the first cycle of therapy
  • Medical condition that in the opinion of the enrolling investigator would require the use of valproic acid within =< 5 days of the first dose of belinostat or while on study
  • Active infection requiring systemic therapy
  • History of allergy or hypersensitivity to belinostat, ribociclib, or their binders
  • Uncontrolled arrhythmia, congestive heart failure or angina. Patients who have had a myocardial infarction, symptomatic pericarditis, or cardiac surgery should be at least 6 months from the event and free of active symptoms
  • Known left ventricular ejection fraction < 50%. (Echocardiogram is not required for study entry)
  • Clinically significant cardiac arrhythmias (e.g., ventricular tachycardia), complete left bundle branch block, high grade atrioventricular (AV) block (e.g., bifascicular block, Mobitz type II and third degree AV block)
  • Congenital long QT syndrome
  • Baseline corrected QT interval (QTcF) > 450 msec. The heart rate on the qualifying electrocardiogram (ECG) must be between 50 and 90 beats per minute (BPM)
  • Concurrent use of medication known to inhibit UGT1A1. Patients currently taking these medications must have discontinued >= 7 days prior to treatment day 1
  • Concurrent use of herbal supplements, unless approved by the principal investigator. Patients currently taking herbal supplements must have discontinued >= 7 days prior to treatment day 1
  • Concurrent use of medication with a known risk of inducing torsades de pointes (on the known risk list of that cannot be discontinued or switched to a different medication >= 7 days prior to starting the study drug
  • Unresolved diarrhea >= grade 2, per Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events (CTCAE) version (v)5.0
  • Use of any of the following substances =< 7 days prior to the start of the treatment: * Known strong and moderate inducers or inhibitors of CYP3A4/5, including grapefruit, grapefruit hybrids, pomelos, star-fruit, and Seville oranges * Medications that have a narrow therapeutic window and are predominantly metabolized through CYP3A4/5
  • Patient is currently receiving warfarin or other coumarin derived anti-coagulant, for treatment, prophylaxis or otherwise. Note: Therapy with heparin, low molecular weight heparin (LMWH), an oral factor Xa inhibitor, an oral direct thrombin inhibitor, or fondaparinux is allowed
  • Impaired gastrointestinal (GI) function that may alter absorption of medicines, such as uncontrolled inflammatory bowel disease, uncontrolled vomiting, or major stomach or small bowel resection
  • Pregnant or breast feeding
  • Women of child-bearing potential defined as all women physiologically capable of becoming pregnant or men whose female partner is of child-bearing potential, unless they are using highly effective methods of contraception during the study treatment and for 6 months after stopping the treatment. Highly effective contraception methods include: * Total abstinence (when this is in line with the preferred and usual lifestyle of the patient. Periodic abstinence (e.g., calendar, ovulation, symptothermal, post-ovulation methods) and withdrawal are not acceptable methods of contraception * Female sterilization (have had surgical bilateral oophorectomy with or without hysterectomy), total hysterectomy or tubal ligation at least 6 weeks before taking study treatment. In case of oophorectomy alone, only when the reproductive status of the woman has been confirmed by follow up hormone level assessment * Male partner sterilization (at least 6 months prior to screening). For female patients on the study, the vasectomized male partner should be the sole partner for that patient and the success of the vasectomy must be medically confirmed as per local practice * Placement of an intrauterine device (IUD) * Use of hormonal contraception plus a barrier contraceptive
  • Known human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection with a detectable viral load within 6 months of the anticipated start of treatment. Note: Patients on effective anti-retroviral therapy with an undetectable viral load within 6 months of the anticipated start of treatment are eligible for this trial
  • Known chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) or hepatitis C virus infection with a detectable viral load. Note: Patients with an undetectable HBV viral load on appropriate suppressive therapy are eligible. Patients with an undetectable HCV viral load are eligible
  • Malignancy other than breast carcinoma or ovarian cancer (dose escalation) anticipated to need systemic treatment within 1 year in the opinion of the enrolling investigator


Salt Lake City
Huntsman Cancer Institute / University of Utah
Status: ACTIVE
Contact: Theresa Louise Werner
Phone: 801-585-0255


I. To assess the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) of ribociclib and belinostat in combination.


I. To assess the safety of ribociclib and belinostat in combination.

II. To assess the efficacy in the study population.


I. To develop a multi-gene expression-based biomarker and evaluate its predictive accuracy.

II. To explore how subclonal structure and phenotypic pathway activation varies in different sites of cancer.

III. To assess efficacy within subgroups defined by RB1 mutation.

OUTLINE: This is a dose-escalation study of ribociclib and belinostat.

Patients receive ribociclib orally (PO) once daily (QD) on days 1-28 or 8-28 and belinostat intravenously (IV) over 30 minutes on days 1-5. Treatment repeats every 28 days in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

After completion of study treatment, patients are followed up at 30 days and then every 3 months for up to 2 years.

Trial Phase Phase I

Trial Type Treatment

Lead Organization
Huntsman Cancer Institute / University of Utah

Principal Investigator
Theresa Louise Werner

  • Primary ID HCI130492
  • Secondary IDs NCI-2020-05547
  • ID NCT04315233