Study of Everolimus and Sorafenib in Patients With Advanced Thyroid Cancer Who Progressed on Sorafenib Alone

Thomas Jefferson University (Other)
Overall Status
Active, not recruiting ID
Bayer (Industry), Novartis Pharmaceuticals (Industry)

Study Details

Study Description

Brief Summary

The goal of this study is to determine the effect of combining everolimus and sorafenib in patients with metastatic differentiated thyroid cancer who progressed on sorafenib alone.

Condition or Disease Intervention/Treatment Phase
Phase 2

Detailed Description

The purpose of this research study is to:
  1. Find out if sorafenib and everolimus prevent the growth of tumors that have grown when treated with sorafenib alone

  2. Find out how long one might benefit from treatment with sorafenib and everolimus

  3. Find out what side effects this drug may cause

  4. Measure the amount of sorafenib and everolimus in the blood and see if "markers" can be found to help understand who might benefit from sorafenib and everolimus.

Study Design

Study Type:
Actual Enrollment :
35 participants
Intervention Model:
Single Group Assignment
None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose:
Official Title:
A Phase II Study of Everolimus and Sorafenib in Patients With Metastatic Differentiated Thyroid Cancer Who Have Progressed on Sorafenib Alone
Study Start Date :
Nov 1, 2010
Actual Primary Completion Date :
Feb 1, 2021
Anticipated Study Completion Date :
May 1, 2022

Arms and Interventions

Arm Intervention/Treatment
Experimental: Everolimus and sorafenib

All patients will receive everolimus and sorafenib daily.

Drug: Everolimus
One 5 mg. tablet daily.
Other Names:
  • Afinitor
  • Drug: Sorafenib
    200 mg. twice daily.
    Other Names:
  • Nexavar
  • Outcome Measures

    Primary Outcome Measures

    1. To determine the efficacy of everolimus and sorafenib (progression free survival, objective response rate and stable disease) in patients with advanced differentiated thyroid cancer who have progressed on sorafenib alone. [Every 4 weeks]

    Secondary Outcome Measures

    1. To evaluate the secondary endpoints of best response in patients receiving everolimus and sorafenib. [Every 4 weeks]

    2. To perform correlative scientific studies to determine the relationship between clinical response to everolimus and sorafenib and multiple parameters including the mutational status of BRAF, N-RAS and other relevant cancer genes in the tumor. [Every 4 weeks]

    3. To investigate the effectiveness of mTOR and Raf kinase inhibition in surrogate tissue and tumor samples. [Every 4 weeks]

    4. To evaluate the activity of additional signaling pathways in surrogate tissue and tumor samples and explore their relevance to outcome measures. [Every 4 weeks]

    5. To evaluate the secondary endpoints of time to disease progression in patients receiving everolimus and sorafenib. [Every 4 weeks]

    6. To evaluate the secondary endpoints of duration of response in patients receiving everolimus and sorafenib. [Every 4 weeks]

    Eligibility Criteria


    Ages Eligible for Study:
    18 Years to 89 Years
    Sexes Eligible for Study:
    Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
    Inclusion Criteria:
    • Diagnosis of thyroid cancer, that is metastatic or unresectable and for which standard curative or palliative measures do not exist or are no longer effective.

    • All patients will have been required to have had sorafenib for entry and have had documented progression while on previous treatment with sorafenib.

    • Measurable disease defined as at least one malignant lesion that can be accurately measured on computerized tomography (CT) and/or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan.

    • ECOG performance status < 2.

    • Life expectancy greater than 3 months.

    • Intellectual, emotional, and physical ability to comply with oral medication.

    Exclusion Criteria:
    • Restrictions regarding certain prior treatments will apply.

    • Significant medical disease including: uncontrolled congestive heart failure; active symptoms of coronary artery disease, uncontrolled seizure disorder; active infection; uncontrolled diabetes mellitus; requirement for chronic high dose corticosteroid treatment (Topical or inhaled corticosteroids are allowed); requirement for concurrent immunosuppressive drug(s); active autoimmune disease.

    • Organ allografts.

    • Known HIV-infection (HIV testing is not required for participation).

    • Pregnant or breast feeding. Women of childbearing potential and sexually active males must be advised to take precautions to prevent pregnancy during treatment

    • History of second cancer (except adequately treated basal cell or squamous cell skin cancer, in situ treated cervical cancer, colon cancer or melanoma, or any other cancer for which the patient has been disease-free for three or more years).

    • Known hypersensitivity to everolimus or other rapamycins (e.g., sirolimus, temsirolimus) or to its excipients

    • Use of any experimental therapy within 4 weeks prior to baseline evaluations done prior to enrollment (with the exception of sorafenib which may be continued until treatment start). Therefore, all experimental treatments other than sorafenib must be discontinued 4 weeks prior to baseline studies or enrollment.

    • Patients who did not previously tolerate sorafenib at 200 mg once daily are excluded from the study.

    Contacts and Locations


    Site City State Country Postal Code
    1 Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia Pennsylvania United States 19104

    Sponsors and Collaborators

    • Thomas Jefferson University
    • Bayer
    • Novartis Pharmaceuticals


    • Principal Investigator: Marcia Brose, MD, PhD, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania- Abramson Cancer Center

    Study Documents (Full-Text)

    None provided.

    More Information


    None provided.
    Responsible Party:
    Thomas Jefferson University Identifier:
    Other Study ID Numbers:
    • UPCC 19309
    • 812004
    First Posted:
    Dec 21, 2010
    Last Update Posted:
    Oct 26, 2021
    Last Verified:
    Oct 1, 2021
    Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
    Plan to Share IPD:
    Keywords provided by Thomas Jefferson University
    Additional relevant MeSH terms:

    Study Results

    No Results Posted as of Oct 26, 2021