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Life sciences : Genetics & genetic processes
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/40280
Early termination of ISRCTN45828668, a phase 1/2 prospective, randomized study of sulfasalazine for the treatment of progressing malignant gliomas in adults.
English
Robe, Pierre mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Département des sciences biomédicales et précliniques > GIGA-R : Génétique générale et humaine - Département des sciences biomédicales et précliniques >]
Martin, Didier mailto [Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Liège - CHU > > Neurochirurgie >]
Nguyen-Khac, Minh-Tuan [Université de Liège - ULg > Département des sciences cliniques > Département des sciences cliniques >]
Artesi, Maria mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Département des sciences biomédicales et précliniques > GIGA-R : Génétique générale et humaine >]
Deprez, Manuel [Université de Liège - ULg > Département des sciences cliniques > Neuropathologie >]
Albert, Adelin mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Département des sciences de la santé publique > Informatique médicale et biostatistique - Département de mathématique >]
Vanbelle, Sophie mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Département des sciences de la santé publique > Département des sciences de la santé publique >]
Califice, Stéphane mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > > Interface Entreprises-Université >]
Bredel, Markus [> > > >]
Bours, Vincent mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Département des sciences biomédicales et précliniques > GIGA-R : Génétique générale et humaine >]
2009
BMC Cancer
BioMed Central
9
372
Yes (verified by ORBi)
International
1471-2407
[en] Adult ; Disease Progression ; Early Termination of Clinical Trials ; Female ; Glioma/drug therapy/pathology ; Humans ; Male ; Middle Aged ; Prospective Studies ; Sulfasalazine/administration & dosage/adverse effects ; Treatment Failure
[en] BACKGROUND: Sulfasalazine, a NF-kappaB and x(c)-cystine/glutamate antiport inhibitor, has demonstrated a strong antitumoral potential in preclinical models of malignant gliomas. As it presents an excellent safety profile, we initiated a phase 1/2 clinical study of this anti-inflammatory drug for the treatment of recurrent WHO grade 3 and 4 astrocytic gliomas in adults. METHODS: 10 patients with advanced recurrent anaplastic astrocytoma (n = 2) or glioblastoma (n = 8) aged 32-62 years were recruited prior to the planned interim analysis of the study. Subjects were randomly assigned to daily doses of 1.5, 3, 4.5, or 6 grams of oral sulfasalazine, and treated until clinical or radiological evidence of disease progression or the development of serious or unbearable side effects. Primary endpoints were the evaluation of toxicities according to the CTCAE v.3.0, and the observation of radiological tumor responses based on MacDonald criteria. RESULTS: No clinical response was observed. One tumor remained stable for 2 months with sulfasalazine treatment, at the lowest daily dose of the drug. The median progression-free survival was 32 days. Side effects were common, as all patients developed grade 1-3 adverse events (mean: 7.2/patient), four patients developed grade 4 toxicity. Two patients died while on treatment or shortly after its discontinuation. CONCLUSION: Although the proper influence of sulfasalazine treatment on patient outcome was difficult to ascertain in these debilitated patients with a large tumor burden (median KPS = 50), ISRCTN45828668 was terminated after its interim analysis. This study urges to exert cautiousness in future trials of Sulfasalazine for the treatment of malignant gliomas. TRIAL REGISTRATION: Current Controlled Trials ISRCTN45828668.
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/40280
also: http://hdl.handle.net/2268/62487
10.1186/1471-2407-9-372

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