A Phase II Study of Pioglitazone for Patients With Cancer of the Pancreas

Study ID
STU 072012-036

Cancer Related

Healthy Volunteers

Study Sites

  • Clements University Hospital
  • Dallas Veteran's Affairs Medical Center
  • UT Southwestern Ambulatory Services
  • Zale Lipshy University Hospital
  • Parkland Health & Hospital System

Ying Dong

Principal Investigator
Muhammad Beg, M.D.

Official Title

A Phase II Study of Pioglitazone for Patients With Cancer of the Pancreas

Brief Overview

This study is being done to determine whether or not addition of the oral medication,
pioglitazone to standard chemotherapy, results in improvement of blood tests that measure
the body's ability to utilize sugar (glucose and insulin metabolism). In addition the
investigators want to determine whether or not treatment with pioglitazone results in (1)
improvement in the size of the tumor, (2) weight gain, (3) improved ability to function
during the day and (4) quality of life.

Participant Eligibility

Inclusion Criteria:

- Signed informed consent

- Histologically proven adenocarcinoma of the pancreas

- Radiologically measurable disease

- ECOG functional status 0-2

Exclusion Criteria:

- Prior radiation therapy for pancreatic cancer If chemotherapy is planned, new
chemotherapy regimen should have started more than 14 days prior to enrollment

- Surgery or radiation planned within 8 weeks of starting therapy

- Prior exposure to Thiazolidinedione (TZD) therapy in the past 12 months

- Hypersensitivity of TZD

- New York heart association class III/IV heart failure.

- Known HIV positive

- Pregnant or lactating women

- History of, or active bladder cancer

- Inadequate hepatic function documented within 14 days of enrollment

- Total bilirubin level > 1.5 x ULN

- AST and ALT > 2.5 x ULN, unless there are liver metastases in which case AST and ALT
or > 5 x ULN