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Herceptin (NSC #688097) and Gemcitabine for Metastatic Pancreatic Cancers That Overexpress HER-2/NEU

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Trial Conditions
  • Pancreatic Cancer
What is the purpose of this trial?

RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. Monoclonal antibodies such as trastuzumab can locate tumor cells and either kill them or deliver tumor-killing substances to them without harming normal cells. Combining monoclonal antibody therapy with chemotherapy may kill more tumor cells. PURPOSE: Phase II trial to study the effectiveness of gemcitabine and trastuzumab in treating patients who have metastatic cancer of the pancreas that overexpresses HER2/neu.

Date & Status

Active, not recruiting

Who can Participate?


18 and older




- Histologically proven metastatic pancreatic cancer with overexpression of HER2/neu

- Patients in whom there is inadequate tissue to evaluate for HER2/neu overexpression
but who have elevated serum HER2/neu antigen levels are eligible

- Radiographically measurable disease

- May have metastatic disease in which primary lesion is measurable but metastatic
lesions are not measurable

- Ascites is not measurable



- Over 18

Performance status:

- ECOG 0-2

Life expectancy:

- Not specified


- Granulocyte count at least 1,500/mm3

- Platelet count at least 100,000/mm3


- Bilirubin no greater than 3.0 mg/dL

- Greater than 3 times normal if increase in bilirubin is due to biliary
obstruction from tumor as long as biliary system is stented or bypassed and
bilirubin, SGOT, or SGPT is stable or decreasing

- SGOT no greater than 3 times normal

- No greater than 5 times normal if liver metastases present OR

- Greater than 5 times normal if increase in SGOT or SGPT is due to biliary
obstruction from tumor as long as biliary system is stented or bypassed and
biliary SGOT or SGPT is stable or decreasing


- Creatinine no greater than 2.0 mg/dL


- No unstable angina

- No prior congestive heart failure

- No prior myocardial infarction

- LVEF at least 45% by MUGA or echocardiogram


- Not pregnant

- Fertile patients must use effective contraception


Biologic therapy:

- No prior trastuzumab

- No concurrent growth factors


- No prior anthracyclines

- No prior gemcitabine except prior low dose (no greater than 300 mg/m2/week)
gemcitabine with radiotherapy

- At least 6 months since prior adjuvant therapy

- More than 2 weeks since other prior chemotherapy

- No other concurrent cytotoxic chemotherapy

Endocrine therapy:

- Not specified


- See Chemotherapy

- More than 2 weeks since prior radiotherapy

- No concurrent radiotherapy


- Not specified


- No other concurrent investigational agents

Gender: Both
Steward Physician(s)
  • Howard Safran, MD
Trial Interventions
  • trastuzumab
  • gemcitabine hydrochloride
Physician Researcher

Investigator Name:

  • Howard Safran, MD

Other Information

Sponsor: Brown University
Phase: Phase 2
Trial ID: NCT00003797
Volunteers:  Not Accepting Healthy Volunteers

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