The purpose of this study is to find out what effects, good and/or bad, intermittent dosing of the drug Selumetinib will have on subjects with uveal melanoma. Selumetinib is a drug that blocks (or turns off) methyl ethyl ketone (MEK), a protein activated in some uveal melanoma cells. Selumetinib is a MEK inhibitor. Blocking MEK may stop the cancer from growing.
Multi-Center Phase Ib Study of Intermittent Dosing of the MEK Inhibitor, Selumetinib, in Patients With Advanced Uveal Melanoma Not Previously Treated With a MEK Inhibitor
Uveal melanoma (UM) is the most common primary intraocular malignancy in adults, and arises from melanocytes within the choroid plexus of the eye. The development of metastasis is common and occurs in approximately 50% of patients with posterior UM within 15 years of initial diagnosis and treatment. As no effective systemic therapy has yet been identified for this disease, outcomes for metastatic UM are poor with a median survival of 12 months.
There is no FDA approved therapy for patients with advanced UM. Studies have shown that inhibition of the MAPK pathway with the MEK inhibitor selumetinib (hyd-sulfate AZD6244) is an effective therapy for uveal melanoma but despite this treatment, cures are not achieved. Although drugs such as selumetinib have been studied when patients take the treatment every day, research has shown that in some cases, it may be better to use the treatment on an intermittent schedule. Such a strategy may reduce the side effects, allow higher doses of the drug to be used, more completely block the MAPK pathway, and prevent the development of drug resistance mechanisms within the tumor.
Uveal Melanoma MEK inhibitor Selumetinib hyd-sulfate AZD6244 Melanoma
Open to people ages 18 years and up
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