Dasatinib in Treating Patients With Locally Advanced or Metastatic Mucosal Melanoma, Acral Melanoma, or Vulvovaginal Melanoma That Cannot Be Removed By Surgery

  • Study type:

    Interventional What is this?

    Describes the nature of a clinical study. Types include:

    • Observational study — observes people and measures outcomes without affecting results.
    • Interventional study (clinical trial) — studies new tests, treatments, drugs, surgical procedures or devices.
    • Medical records research — uses historical information collected from medical records of large groups of people to study how diseases progress and which treatments and surgeries work best.
  • Study phase:

    II What is this?

    During the early phases (phases 1 and 2), researchers assess safety, side effects, optimal dosages and risks/benefits. In the later phase (phase 3), researchers study whether the treatment works better than the current standard therapy. They also compare the safety of the new treatment with that of current treatments. Phase 3 trials include large numbers of people to make sure that the result is valid. There are also less common very early (phase 0) and later (phase 4) phases. Phase 0 trials are small trials that help researchers decide if a new agent should be tested in a phase 1 trial. Phase 4 trials look at long-term safety and effectiveness, after a new treatment has been approved and is on the market.

Study IDs

  • Site IRB:

    • Rochester, Minnesota: 13-003818
  • NCT ID:

    NCT00700882
  • Sponsor Protocol Number:

    E2607

About this study

RATIONALE: Dasatinib may stop the growth of tumor cells by blocking some of the enzymes needed for cell growth.

PURPOSE: This phase II trial is studying how well dasatinib works in treating patients with locally advanced or metastatic mucosal melanoma or acral melanoma.

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. If you need assistance understanding the eligibility criteria, please contact the study team.

See eligibility criteria

Disease Characteristics:

  • Histologically or cytologically confirmed melanoma of 1 of the following subtypes:
    • Acral melanoma (defined as occurring on the palms, soles, or subungual sites)
    • Melanoma arising from the vagina and/or vulva
    • Melanoma arising on other mucosal surface (not vagina or vulva)
  • Unresectable locally advanced or metastatic disease
  • c-KIT mutation identified by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and sequencing meeting 1 of the following criteria:
    • At least 1 mutation in exon 9, 11, 13, 17, or 18
    • At least 1 mutation in an exon not listed above
  • Metastatic tumor blocks are required for the evaluation of KIT mutations or amplifications
  • Measurable disease, defined as at least one measurable lesion by RECIST criteria
    • Prior radiotherapy to a measurable lesion allowed provided there is radiographic evidence of progression of that lesion
  • No ocular melanoma
  • Baseline bone scan required for patients with known bone metastases, elevated alkaline phosphatase, or symptoms raising suspicion of bone metastases
  • History or clinical evidence of brain metastasis allowed provided the following criteria are met:
    • Completed radiotherapy or surgical treatment of brain lesions AND there is no evidence of CNS progression for ≥ 8 weeks
    • Must not require corticosteroids for treatment of cerebral edema from brain metastases

Patient Characteristics:

  • ECOG performance status 0-1
  • WBC ≥ 3,000/mm³ Absolute granulocyte count ≥ 1,500/mm³
  • Platelet count ≥ 100,000/mm³
  • Creatinine ≤ 2.0 times upper limit of normal (ULN) OR creatinine clearance ≥ 40 mL/min
  • Total bilirubin ≤ 1.5 times ULN (< 3.0 times ULN in the presence of Gilbert disease)
  • AST and ALT ≤ 2.5 times ULN (≤ 5.0 times ULN in the presence of liver metastases)
  • Serum potassium and magnesium normal (repletion allowed)
  • Total serum calcium or ionized calcium normal
  • INR ≤ 1.5 and PTT normal
    • Therapeutic anticoagulation with warfarin allowed provided INR ≤ 1.5 or PTT normal prior to initiating anticoagulation therapy
  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Negative pregnancy test
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception
  • No evidence of bleeding diathesis
  • No other malignancies except basal cell or squamous cell skin cancer, carcinoma in situ of the cervix, ductal or lobular carcinoma in situ of the breast, or other malignancies from which the patient has been continuously disease-free for ≥ 5 years
  • Patients must not have any clinically significant cardiovascular disease including the following:
    • Myocardial infarction or ventricular tachyarrhythmia within 6 months
    • Prolonged QTc >480 msec (Fridericia correction)
    • Ejection fraction less than institutional normal
    • Major conduction abnormality (unless a cardiac pacemaker is present)
    • Patients with any cardiopulmonary symptoms of unknown cause (e.g., shortness of breath, chest pain, etc.) are to be evaluated by a baseline echocardiogram with or without stress test as needed in addition to electrocardiogram (EKG) to rule out QTc prolongation
    • Patients with underlying cardiopulmonary dysfunction are excluded from the study
  • No uncontrolled hypertension, defined as systolic blood pressure ≥ 150 mm Hg or diastolic blood pressure ≥ 90 mm Hg
    • Hypertension that is adequately controlled with medication allowed
  • No QTc prolongation, defined as a QTc interval ≥ 450 msecs
  • No concurrent serious illness including, but not limited to, ongoing or active infection requiring parenteral antibiotics
  • No psychiatric illness or social situation that would limit compliance with study requirements

Prior Concurrent Therapy:

  • See Disease Characteristics
  • Recovered from prior therapy
  • No prior treatment with targeted therapies directed to C-KIT/PDGFR (e.g., imatinib mesylate or sunitinib malate)
  • Prior limb perfusion allowed
  • Prior systemic therapy allowed
  • At least 4 weeks since prior chemotherapy or immunotherapy
    • Prior adjuvant or neoadjuvant chemotherapy or immunotherapy allowed
  • At least 4 weeks since prior radiotherapy
  • No concurrent cytochrome P450 enzyme-inducing antiepileptic drugs (i.e., phenytoin, carbamazepine, or phenobarbital), rifampin, or Hypericum perforatum (St. John wort)

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact us for help.

Mayo Clinic Location Status Contact

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Matthew Block, M.D., Ph.D.

Open for enrollment

Cancer Center Clinical Trials Referral Office

855-776-0015