CytRx Corporation (NASDAQ:CYTR), a biopharmaceutical research and development company specializing in oncology, today announced the presentation of interim results from its ongoing open-label Phase 2 pilot study evaluating the efficacy and safety of aldoxorubicin for the treatment of Kaposi’s Sarcoma (KS) in HIV-infected patients. The data will be presented on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 during a poster session at the 18th International Workshop on Kaposi’s Sarcoma Herpesvirus (KSHV) and Related Agents in Hollywood, Florida.
For the study, patients with biopsy-confirmed KS were administered 100 or 150 mg/m2 aldoxorubicin (75 or 112 mg/m2 doxorubicin equivalents) IV every three weeks. At the time of presentation, preliminary analyses were available for nine patients who received at least six cycles of drug (mean = 6.3 cycles). Four patients had received prior Doxil chemotherapy. Of these 9 patients, 6 (67%) demonstrated a partial response (PR) to aldoxorubicin at the end of study visit (EOS), and 7 (78%) demonstrated PR within 4 months of EOS. Doxorubicin could be detected in all tumor biopsies and higher doxorubicin concentrations were demonstrated within KS lesions relative to skin next to the lesions for 3/4 (75%) patients for whom adequate tissue was available for analysis. Five of 6 (83%) patients receiving aldoxorubicin and for whom data are available exhibited reduced intratumoral viral loads during therapy. A subset of patients also exhibited improvements in quality of life during treatment, and all patients exhibited either improvement or stability in immunologic and virologic HIV treatment parameters. Aldoxorubicin was well-tolerated, with only 2 patients (22%) experiencing a grade 4 adverse event (transient neutropenia and anemia), and overall AEs (44%) were mild and compared favorably with AE rates from other trials enrolling KS patients representing urban, minority-predominant populations.
“KS remains an important cause of morbidity and mortality for HIV-infected patients worldwide, yet significant toxicities limit drug exposure and outcomes for many patients when antiretroviral therapy is combined with standard treatments like liposomal doxorubicin (Doxil),” said Chris Parsons, MD, Associate Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Microbiology, Immunology, & Parasitology at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, and principal investigator of the study. “These data demonstrate aldoxorubicin’s ability to leverage cancer biology to preferentially release chemotherapeutic drugs in tumors, thereby limiting toxicity, increasing drug exposure and improving outcomes. We remain highly encouraged by the activity and tolerability of aldoxorubicin in this study, and look forward to its continued enrollment and final results.”
This open-label Phase 2 clinical trial is expected to enroll up to 30 patients, randomly assigned to two equally sized treatment arms which will receive aldoxorubicin at 100 or 150 mg/m2 by 30-minute intravenous infusion. Because the KS patients in the study have compromised immune systems, the aldoxorubicin dosages administered in the trial are lower than those administered in the Company’s clinical testing of aldoxorubicin in patients with soft tissue sarcomas. Patients with advanced KS receive aldoxorubicin on day 1, then every 3 weeks until evidence of tumor progression, unacceptable toxicity or withdrawal of consent. The primary objectives of preliminary efficacy include evaluation of the size, number and nodularity of skin lesions, change in size and number of lung lesions and changes in the number of tumor cells that express viral DNA (Kaposi sarcoma-associated herpesvirus, the etiologic agent of KS). The Company is also evaluating the level of aldoxorubicin uptake into lesions. Safety is being assessed through monitoring of adverse events and the ability to remain on assigned treatment. The trial is being conducted at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, LA. (Original Source)
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CytRx Corp is a biopharmaceutical research and development company specializing in oncology. Its oncology pipeline includes three clinical-stage drug candidates in various stages of development: Aldoxorubicin, Tamibarotene, and Bafetinib.