for people ages 18 years and up (full criteria)
at UC Davis
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This phase I trial studies the side effects and the best dose of veliparib when given together with paclitaxel and carboplatin in treating patients with solid tumors that are metastatic or cannot be removed by surgery and liver or kidney dysfunction. Veliparib may stop the growth of tumor cells by blocking some of the enzymes needed for cell growth. Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as paclitaxel and carboplatin, work in different ways to stop the growth of tumor cells either by killing the cells, by stopping them from dividing, or by stopping them from spreading. Giving veliparib together with paclitaxel and carboplatin may kill more tumor cells.

Official Title

An Early Phase 1 Study of ABT-888 in Combination With Carboplatin and Paclitaxel in Patients With Hepatic or Renal Dysfunction and Solid Tumors



  1. To determine the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of ABT-888 (veliparib) in patients with varying degrees of renal or hepatic dysfunction.

II. To determine the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) of ABT-888 in combination with carboplatin and paclitaxel for patients with varying degrees of liver or kidney dysfunction.

III. To provide dosing recommendations for ABT-888 in combination with carboplatin and paclitaxel based on degree of hepatic and renal impairment.


  1. To define the dose-limiting toxicity (DLT) and other toxicities associated with the use of this combination in patients with varying degrees of renal or hepatic dysfunction.

II. To evaluate the pharmacokinetic parameters of ABT-888, carboplatin, and paclitaxel when administered as a combination in patients with varying degrees of renal or hepatic dysfunction.

III. To evaluate the pharmacodynamic measurement of poly-ADP-ribosylated (PAR) and platinum adducts in tumor cells associated with the use of this combination in patients with varying degrees of renal or hepatic dysfunction.

OUTLINE: This is a dose-escalation study of veliparib.

Patients receive veliparib* orally (PO) twice daily (BID) on days 1-7 and paclitaxel intravenously (IV) over 3 hours and carboplatin IV over 30 minutes on day 3. Treatment repeats every 21 days for 6 courses in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

NOTE: * All patients receive a single dose of veliparib PO on day -6 before course 1 (except patients with very severe renal dysfunction who receive veliparib on day -5 or -6 to coincide with a dialysis day).

After completion of study treatment, patients are followed up for 4 weeks.


Breast Carcinoma, Carcinoma of Unknown Primary, Endometrial Carcinoma, Esophageal Carcinoma, Liver Failure, Lung Carcinoma, Malignant Head and Neck Neoplasm, Malignant Testicular Neoplasm, Melanoma, Metastatic Malignant Neoplasm, Ovarian Carcinoma, Renal Failure, Unresectable Malignant Neoplasm, Urothelial Carcinoma, Carcinoma, Neoplasms, Breast Neoplasms, Endometrial Neoplasms, Head and Neck Neoplasms, Esophageal Neoplasms, Testicular Neoplasms, Paclitaxel, Carboplatin, Albumin-Bound Paclitaxel, Veliparib, Laboratory Biomarker Analysis, Pharmacological Study


You can join if…

Open to people ages 18 years and up

  • Patients must have histologically confirmed malignancy that is radiologically evaluable and metastatic or unresectable, for which standard curative or palliative measures do not exist or are no longer effective, and for which there is expectation of response to the combination of carboplatin/paclitaxel (i.e., lung, ovarian, breast, melanoma, head and neck, endometrial, urothelial, testicular, esophageal, carcinoma of unknown primary); for indications not listed, eligibility based on disease must be verified by the principal investigator before they are considered
  • Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status =< 2 (Karnofsky >= 60%)
  • Life expectancy of greater than 12 weeks
  • Absolute neutrophil count >= 1,500/mcL
  • Platelets >= 100,000/mcL
  • Hemoglobin >= 8.0 g/dL
  • Patients with all degrees of renal dysfunction are allowed including patients on hemodialysis; patients with mild to severe hepatic dysfunction are allowed as defined below:
  • Total bilirubin =< 5 x upper limit of normal (ULN)
  • Aspartate aminotransferase (AST) and alanine aminotransferase (ALT) =< 10 x ULN
  • For patients with a recently placed biliary stent, patients should have consistent results within a hepatic group from two laboratory readings within 3 days apart, taken at least 10 days following biliary stent placement; for patients with a biliary stent placed over 2 months ago, no obstruction or blockage can have occurred within the last 2 months
  • Women of child-bearing potential and men must agree to use adequate contraception (hormonal or barrier method of birth control; abstinence) prior to study entry and for the duration of study participation; should a woman become pregnant or suspect she is pregnant while participating in this study, she should inform her treating physician immediately
  • Ability to understand and the willingness to sign a written informed consent document

You CAN'T join if...

  • Patients who have had chemotherapy or radiotherapy within 4 weeks (6 weeks for nitrosoureas or mitomycin C) prior to entering the study or those whose adverse event due to agents administered more than 4 weeks earlier have not resolved or stabilized; patients who have been administered ABT-888 as part of a single or combination, phase 0 or I study, should not necessarily be excluded from participating in this study solely because of receiving prior ABT-888
  • Patients may not be receiving any other investigational agents
  • History of allergic reactions attributed to compounds of similar chemical or biologic composition to ABT-888 or other agents used in study
  • Peripheral neuropathy of severity greater than grade 1
  • Inability to take oral medications on a continuous basis
  • Evidence of bleeding diathesis
  • Patients with central nervous system (CNS) metastases must be stable after therapy for CNS metastases (such as surgery, radiotherapy or stereotactic radiosurgery) for at least 3 months and must be off steroid treatment prior to study enrollment
  • Uncontrolled intercurrent illness including, but not limited to, ongoing or active infection, symptomatic congestive heart failure, unstable angina pectoris, cardiac arrhythmia, or psychiatric illness/social situations that would limit compliance with study requirements
  • Pregnant women are excluded from this study; breastfeeding should be discontinued if the mother is treated with ABT-888; these potential risks may also apply to other agents used in this study
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-positive patients on combination antiretroviral therapy are ineligible; however, HIV-positive patients without an acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)-defining diagnosis who are not receiving agents with the potential for pharmacokinetic (PK) interactions with ABT-888 may be eligible
  • Patients with both hepatic and renal dysfunction will also be excluded
  • Patients who received and progressed on the combination of carboplatin/paclitaxel will not be eligible
  • Active seizure or history of seizure disorder


  • University of California Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center
    Sacramento California 95817 United States
  • City of Hope South Pasadena
    South Pasadena California 91030 United States
  • City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center
    Duarte California 91010 United States


in progress, not accepting new patients
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National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Phase 1 research study
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About 94 people participating
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