Clinical Trial - NCT02393690

Iodine I-131 With or Without Selumetinib in Treating Patients With Recurrent or Metastatic Thyroid Cancer

Active, not recruiting

Sponsor: Academic and Community Cancer Research United

Collaborators: National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Information provided by (Responsible party): Sponsor Identifier: NCT02393690

Protocol Info

Short Description: Phase II Selumetinib/Placebo for RAI-Avid Met Thyroid Cancer Uptake
Long Description: Randomized Phase II Study Comparing Selumetinib to Placebo for Enhancing the Clinical Efficacy of Radioactive Iodine (RAI) for RAI-Avid Recurrent/Metastatic Thyroid Cancers Uptake
MGH Status: Closed
Sponsor: ACCRU
Disease Program: Head & Neck

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This randomized phase II trial studies how well iodine I-131 works with or without selumetinib in treating patients with thyroid cancer that has returned or has spread from where it started to other places in the body. Many thyroid cancers absorb iodine. Due to this, doctors often give radioactive iodine (iodine I-131) alone to treat thyroid cancer as part of standard practice. It is thought that the more thyroid tumors are able to absorb radioactive iodine, the more likely it is that the radioactive iodine will cause those tumors to shrink. Selumetinib may help radioactive iodine work better in patients whose tumors still absorb radioactive iodine. It is not yet known whether iodine I-131 is more effective with or without selumetinib in treating thyroid cancer.
Condition Title Intervention Phase
Metastatic Thyroid Gland Carcinoma Poorly Differentiated Thyroid Gland Carcinoma Recurrent Thyroid Gland Carcinoma Stage IV Thyroid Gland Follicular Carcinoma AJCC v7 Stage IV Thyroid Gland Papillary Carcinoma AJCC v7 Stage IVA Thyroid Gland Follicular Carcinoma AJCC v7 Stage IVA Thyroid Gland Papillary Carcinoma AJCC v7 Stage IVB Thyroid Gland Follicular Carcinoma AJCC v7 Stage IVB Thyroid Gland Papillary Carcinoma AJCC v7 Stage IVC Thyroid Gland Follicular Carcinoma AJCC v7 Stage IVC Thyroid Gland Papillary Carcinoma AJCC v7 Iodine I-131 Placebo Selumetinib Phase 2
Study Type Interventional
Official Title Randomized Double-Blind Phase II Study of Radioactive Iodine (RAI) in Combination With Placebo or Selumetinib for the Treatment of RAI-Avid Recurrent/Metastatic Thyroid Cancers

Primary Outcome Measures

Response rate [Time Frame: At 6 months] [Designated as safety issue: ]

Secondary Outcome Measures

Best overall response [Time Frame: Up to 2 years] [Designated as safety issue: ]

Progression free survival (PFS) [Time Frame: Up to 2 years] [Designated as safety issue: ]

Changes in serum thyroglobulin levels [Time Frame: Baseline to up to 2 years] [Designated as safety issue: ]

Incidence of adverse events [Time Frame: Up to 2 years] [Designated as safety issue: ]

Estimated Enrollment: 60
Study Start Date: May 2015
Estimated Study Completion Date: August 2021
Estimated Primary Completion Date: February 2021
Arms Assigned Interventions

Experimental:Arm I (selumetinib, iodine I-131)

Patients receive selumetinib PO BID starting on week 1, day 1 and continuing through 2 days after iodine I 131 therapy has been administered. Approximately 3 weeks after beginning treatment with selumetinib, patients receive iodine I-131 PO.
Given PO

Active Comparator:Arm II (placebo, iodine I-131)

Patients receive placebo PO BID starting on week 1, day 1 and continuing through 2 days after iodine I-131 therapy has been administered. Approximately 3 weeks after beginning treatment with placebo, patients receive iodine I-131 PO.
Given PO


Ages Eligible for Study: N/A-N/A

Genders Eligible for Study: All

Accepts Healthly Volunteers: No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Diagnosis of recurrent and/or metastatic thyroid cancer
  • Histological or cytological confirmation of thyroid carcinoma of follicular origin (including papillary, follicular, or poorly differentiated subtypes and their respective variants); NOTE: medullary and anaplastic thyroid cancers are excluded; Hurthle cell carcinomas are excluded (defined as having an invasive tumor composed of > 75% oncocytic [Hurthle] cells lacking the nuclear features of papillary carcinoma, tumor necrosis, and marked mitotic activity); patients with oncocytic (Hurthle cell) variants of papillary thyroid carcinoma (defined as a tumor composed of a majority of oncocytic [Hurthle] cells having the nuclear features of papillary carcinoma) are eligible to participate
  • RAI-avid lesion on a radioiodine scan (a diagnostic, post-therapy, or post-ablation scans) performed =< 24 months prior to registration, which suggests that therapy with 131I is justifiable in the judgment of the investigator
  • Clinically or radiographically evident structural disease; patients with measurable disease and those with only non-measurable (?non-target?) structural disease (according to modified Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors [RECIST] version [v] 1.1 criteria) are eligible;

NOTE 1: Modification of the RECIST v1.1 measurable disease criteria includes a change in the definition of what is considered a measurable malignant lymph node; a malignant lymph node is considered measurable if any of the following apply:

  • It is noted to be RAI-avid on radioactive iodine imaging (diagnostic or post-therapy whole body scans acceptable) and it measures >= 1 cm in the long axis,
  • It is pathologically proven to be involved with thyroid cancer (by cytology or pathology) and it measures >= 1 cm in the long axis, or
  • Its short axis is >= 1.5 cm when assessed by computed tomography (CT) scan NOTE 2: Patients only with biochemical evidence of disease without structural evidence of cancer are not eligible for this study
  • For patients with non-measurable, structural disease the following must apply:
  • Undetectable thyroglobulin antibody AND
  • A serum thyroglobulin of 10 ng/ml or greater in the context of suppressed thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) (TSH =< 0.4 mcU/ml) =< 28 days prior to study registration; use of any thyroglobulin assay is allowed, though all serum thyroglobulin measurements for study purposes must be conducted with the same thyroglobulin assay
  • Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status (PS) 0, 1 or 2
  • Able to swallow and retain orally-administered medication with no clinically significant gastrointestinal abnormalities that may alter absorption
  • Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) >= 1500/mm^3 (obtained =< 28 days prior to randomization)
  • Platelet count >= 100,000/mm^3 (obtained =< 28 days prior to randomization)
  • Hemoglobin > 9.0 g/dL (obtained =< 28 days prior to randomization)
  • Total bilirubin =< 1.5 x upper limit of normal (ULN) (obtained =< 28 days prior to randomization)
  • Aspartate transaminase (AST) =< 2.5 x ULN (or =< 5 x ULN in presence of liver metastases) (obtained =< 28 days prior to randomization)
  • Creatinine =< 1.5 mg/dL OR calculated creatinine clearance of >= 50 ml/min by either the Cockcroft-Gault formula or 24-hours urine collection analysis (obtained =< 28 days prior to randomization)
  • Negative pregnancy test performed =< 7 days prior to registration for women of childbearing potential only
  • Provide informed written consent
  • Willing to return to enrolling institution for follow-up (during the Active Monitoring Phase of the study)
  • Note: during the Active Monitoring Phase of a study (i.e., active treatment and observation), participants must be willing to return to the consenting institution for follow-up
  • Willing to provide mandatory archival tumor tissue (block or minimum of 30 unstained slides from a primary or recurrent/metastatic thyroid cancer) for correlative research purposes; NOTE: patients with less archival tumor tissue available may still be eligible for the study after discussion with Academic and Community Cancer Research United (ACCRU); receipt of archival tumor tissue is not required for study registration and initiation of therapy
  • Willing to provide mandatory blood samples for correlative research purposes

Exclusion Criteria:

  • 131I therapy =< 6 months prior to registration; Note: 131I administered solely for diagnostic purposes is not considered 131I therapy
  • External beam radiation therapy =< 28 days prior to registration; note: previous treatment with radiation is allowed if the investigator judges it will not compromise patient safety on the study
  • Having been treated with a total cumulative (lifetime) 131I therapeutic activity > 800 mCi (excluding 131I activity administered for diagnostic scans)
  • Treatment with chemotherapy or targeted therapy (e.g. tyrosine kinase inhibitor) =< 28 days prior to registration
  • Prior exposure to mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase (MEK), RAS, or RAF inhibitors (note: previous exposure to sorafenib is allowed) OR history of hypersensitivity to selumetinib, thyrotropin alpha (Thyrogen), or any excipient agents
  • Unresolved toxicity > Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events (CTCAE) grade 2 from previous anti-cancer therapy, except for alopecia
  • Cardiac conditions as follows:
  • Uncontrolled hypertension (blood pressure [BP] >=150/95 mmHg despite medical therapy)
  • Left ventricular ejection fraction < 55% measured by echocardiography
  • Atrial fibrillation with a ventricular rate > 100 beats per minute (bpm) on electrocardiogram (ECG) at rest
  • Symptomatic heart failure (New York Heart Association [NYHA] grade II-IV)
  • Prior or current cardiomyopathy
  • Severe valvular heart disease
  • Uncontrolled angina (Canadian Cardiovascular Society grade II-IV despite medical therapy)
  • Acute coronary syndrome =< 6 months prior to registration
  • Ophthalmological conditions as follows:
  • Intra-ocular pressure > 21 mmHg, or uncontrolled glaucoma (irrespective of intra-ocular pressure)
  • Current or past history of central serous retinopathy or retinal vein occlusion
  • Symptomatic or untreated leptomeningeal disease, brain metastasis, or spinal cord compression
  • Unable to follow a low iodine diet or requiring medication with high content in iodide (e.g., amiodarone)
  • Received iodinated intravenous contrast within =< 2 months of registration; avoidance of iodinated oral contrast is also preferred but not strictly required for study enrollment; NOTE: those who have had iodinated intravenous contrast within this time frame may still be eligible if a urinary iodine analysis reveals that excess iodine has been cleared (defined as urinary iodine documented to be < 300 mcg/day by either a spot urinary iodine or 24-hour urinary iodine measurement)
  • Any of the following:
  • Pregnant women
  • Nursing women
  • Men or women of childbearing potential who are unwilling to employ adequate contraception
  • Co-morbid systemic illnesses or other severe concurrent disease which, in the judgment of the investigator, would make the patient inappropriate for entry into this study or interfere significantly with the proper assessment of safety and toxicity of the prescribed regimens
  • Immunocompromised patients and patients known to be human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) positive and currently receiving antiretroviral therapy; NOTE: patients known to be HIV positive, but without clinical evidence of an immunocompromised state, are eligible for this trial
  • Uncontrolled intercurrent illness including, but not limited to, ongoing or active infection, hepatitis B infection, hepatitis C infection, symptomatic congestive heart failure, unstable angina pectoris, cardiac arrhythmia, or psychiatric illness/social situations that would limit compliance with study requirements
  • Receiving any other investigational agent which would be considered as a treatment for the primary neoplasm
  • Other active malignancy =< 2 years prior to registration that will interfere with conduct of this trial; EXCEPTIONS: non-melanotic skin cancer or carcinoma-in-situ of the cervix; NOTE: if there is a history of prior malignancy, patients must not be receiving other specific treatment (chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, radiation) for their cancer
  • Not willing to discontinue use of supplemental vitamin E

Contacts and Locations

Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT02393690


  • United States, California
    • UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center La Jolla, California, United States, 92093
    • Hoag Memorial Hospital Newport Beach, California, United States, 92663
  • United States, Colorado
    • University of Colorado Hospital Aurora, Colorado, United States, 80045
  • United States, District of Columbia
    • MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Washington, District of Columbia, United States, 20007
  • United States, Massachusetts
    • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02215
  • United States, Minnesota
    • Mayo Clinic Rochester, Minnesota, United States, 55905
  • United States, New York
    • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center New York, New York, United States, 10065
  • United States, Ohio
    • Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center Columbus, Ohio, United States, 43210
  • United States, Tennessee
    • Vanderbilt University/Ingram Cancer Center Nashville, Tennessee, United States, 37232
  • United States, Texas
    • M D Anderson Cancer Center Houston, Texas, United States, 77030

Sponsors and Collaborators

Academic and Community Cancer Research United

National Cancer Institute (NCI)

More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Sponsor Identifier: NCT02393690
Other Study ID Numbers: NCI-2015-00277
Study First Received:
Last Updated:
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Additional relevant MeSH terms:


Thyroid Neoplasms

Carcinoma, Papillary

Thyroid Cancer, Papillary

Adenocarcinoma, Follicular

Thyroid Diseases


Cadexomer iodine

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