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Invest New Drugs. 2006 Sep;24(5):435-9.

A phase II study of perifosine (D-21226) in patients with previously untreated metastatic or locally advanced soft tissue sarcoma: A National Cancer Institute of Canada Clinical Trials Group trial.

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British Columbia Cancer Agency, 600 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V5Z 4E6.


BACKGROUND/PATIENTS AND METHODS: 16 adult patients with untreated measurable locally advanced or metastatic inoperable soft tissue sarcoma were treated with oral perifosine, a synthetic alkylphospholipid, believed to inhibit MAP kinase (MAP-K), protein kinase C (PKC), Akt and other regulatory proteins. Perifosine was administered orally in cycles for 21 days out of 28. Loading doses were given day 1 each cycle (900 mg cycle 1, 300 mg cycle 2+) and 150 mg daily was given days 2-21 of each cycle. Cycles were repeated until disease progression, unacceptable toxicity or patient refusal.


Seventeen patients were enrolled; 16 and 15 were evaluable for toxicity and response, respectively. A total of 30 cycles of perifosine were administered. Most toxic effects were grade 1 or 2 and commonly included nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and fatigue (> or =40%). Hematologic toxicity was generally mild. There were no significant biochemical abnormalities due to the drug reported. There were 4 serious adverse events (SAE)-none of which was related to perifosine. No objective responses were seen; 4 patients had stable disease for 1.3 to 8.2 months and the remainder of the patients had progressive disease.


Perifosine when given according to this dosing schedule does not show evidence of activity in a mixed population of adult soft tissue sarcoma patients.

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