Study of Efficacy and Safety of Buparlisib (BKM120) Plus Paclitaxel Versus Placebo Plus Paclitaxel in Recurrent or Metastatic Head and Neck Cancer Previously Pre-treated With a Platinum Therapy

Status: Recruiting
Phase: Phase 2
Diagnosis: Head and Neck Cancer
NCT ID: NCT01852292 (View complete trial on
DFCI Protocol ID: 13-461


Phase II Study of efficacy and safety of buparlisib (BKM120) plus paclitaxel versus placebo plus paclitaxel in recurrent or metastatic Head and Neck cancer previously pre-treated with a platinum therapy.


Conducting Institutions:
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Overall PI:
Jochen Lorch, MD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Site-responsible Investigators:

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: Patricia McHugh, RN, 617-632-3090,

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria: - Patient has histologically/cytologically-confirmed HNSCC. - Patient has archival or fresh tumor tissue for the analysis of PI3K-related biomarkers. One tumor block (preferred) or a minimum of 12 unstained slides to be provided. Enrollment in the study is contingent on confirmation of an adequate amount of tumor tissue. - Patients with recurrent or metastatic disease resistant to platinum-based chemotherapy (defined as progression while on platinum-based chemotherapy given in the recurrent/metastatic setting). Pretreatment with cetuximab is allowed - Measurable disease as determined by per RECIST criteria v1.1. If the only site of measurable disease is a previously irradiated lesion, documented progression of disease and a 4 week period since radiotherapy completion is required - Adequate bone marrow function and organ function - ECOG Performance Status ≤ 1 Exclusion Criteria: - Patient has received previous treatment with any AKT, mTOR inhibitors or PI3K pathway inhibitors; - Patient treated with more than one prior chemotherapy regimen for recurrent/metastatic disease - Patient has symptomatic CNS metastases. Patients with asymptomatic CNS metastases may participate in this trial. The patient must have completed any prior local treatment for CNS metastases ≥ 28 days prior to the start of study treatment (including radiotherapy and/or surgery) and must have stable low dose of corticosteroid therapy; - Patient has not recovered to ≤ grade 1 (except alopecia) from related side effects of any prior antineoplastic therapy - Patient has any of the following cardiac abnormalities:symptomatic congestive heart failure, history of documented congestive heart failure (New York Heart Association functional classification III-IV), documented cardiomyopathy, Left Ventricular Ejection Fraction (LVEF) <50% as determined by Multiple Gated acquisition (MUGA) scan or echocardiogram (ECHO); myocardial infarction ≤ 6 months prior to enrolment, unstable angina pectoris, serious uncontrolled cardiac arrhythmia, symptomatic pericarditis, QTcF > 480 msec on the screening ECG (using the QTcF formula);
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