PaTcH Trial

About this trial

The goal of this study is to examine if Trametinib and Hydroxychloroquine will improve results for patients with advanced pancreatic cancer compared to standard chemotherapy.

Patient Profile

Patients 18 or older with advanced metastatic pancreatic cancer who have previously received at least one line of chemotherapy for metastatic disease, who are not currently suitable for surgery.

Patient’s tumour must be measurable per RECIST 1.1 criteria (Meaning the size of the tumour can be accurately measured on CT scan).

Patient’s tumour must be suitable for biopsy.

ECOG performance status 0 or 1 (This 0-5 scale is used to assess how cancer is affecting a patients daily living ability).

Patients screening blood tests must show normal organ and marrow function as defined by the protocol.

Able to understand and sign a written informed consent document.

Pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers are not eligible.

Women of child-bearing potential or sexually active males must agree to use highly effective contraceptive measures from starting treatment until 16 weeks after the last treatment.

Patient’s cardiac screening (ECG and Echocardiography or MUGA scan) should be with in normal ranges as defined by the protocol.

Patients will not be eligible if they have ongoing toxicity from prior chemotherapy, prior organ transplantation,  central nervous system metastases, maculopathy of the eye, retinal vein occlusion (RVO), an active infection or significant disease or medical conditions that, in the opinion of the Doctor, may increase the risk associated with study participation and would make the patient inappropriate for entry into the study.

Where’s this trial being run?

St Vincents University Hospital and Mater Misericordiae University Hospital

Can I join this study / trial?

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Summary Data

Name: PaTcH Trial
Number: 20-27
Full Title:

PaTcH Trial: Pilot study to explore primary and emerging resistance mechanisms in patients with metastatic refractory pancreatic cancer treated with trametinib and hydroxychloroquine

Principal Investigator: Professor Austin Duffy
Type: In-House

Cancer Trials Ireland

Recruitment Started: Global: N/A
Ireland: 09-Feb-2023
Global Recruitment Target: N/A
Ireland Recruitment Target: 22