Full TitleA Phase II Study of RAD001 (Everolimus) and Pasireotide (SOM230) LAR in Patients with Advanced Uveal Melanoma
Uveal melanoma is difficult to treat successfully. Pasireotide (SOM230) is an investigational targeted therapy that binds to proteins called somatostatin receptors. Everolimus is an oral drug that inhibits a molecule called mTOR, which helps cancer cells grow. Everolimus is approved for the treatment of renal cell carcinoma, but its use for treating uveal melanoma is considered investigational.
Researchers believe that both somatostatin receptors and mTOR are important for the growth of uveal melanoma. They hope that by blocking both proteins, they can prevent tumor growth or cause tumors to shrink. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of combining pasireotide and everolimus in patients with uveal melanoma that has spread or has not responded to treatment.
To be eligible for this study, patients must meet several criteria, including but not limited to the following:
- Patients must have metastatic uveal melanoma
- Patients may not have received prior somatostatin analogue or mTOR inhibitor therapy.
- At least 3 weeks must have passed since completion of prior chemotherapy and entry into the study.
- Patients must be physically well enough that they are fully ambulatory, capable of all self care, and are capable of all but physically strenuous activities. As an example, patients must be well enough that they would be able to carry out office work or light housework.
- Patients must be age 18 or older.
For more information and to inquire about eligibility for this study, please contact Dr. Michael Postow at 646-888-4589.