ADVL1217: A Phase 1 Study of AZD1775 (MK-1775) Concurrent With Local Radiation Therapy for the Treatment of Newly Diagnosed Children With Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Gliomas

Why are we doing this research?


This phase I trial studies the side effects and the best dose of WEE1 inhibitor AZD1775 when given together with local radiation therapy in treating patients with newly diagnosed diffuse intrinsic pontine gliomas. WEE1 inhibitor AZD1775 may stop the growth of tumor cells by blocking some of the enzymes needed for cell growth. Radiation therapy uses high energy x-rays, gamma rays, neutrons, protons, or other sources to kill tumor cells and shrink tumors. Giving WEE1 inhibitor AZD1775 with local radiation therapy may work better than local radiation therapy alone in treating diffuse intrinsic pontine gliomas.



  • To estimate the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) or recommended phase 2 dose and schedule of the WEE1 inhibitor AZD1775 (Wee1 inhibitor AZD1775 [MK-1775]) administered concurrently with radiation therapy in children with newly diagnosed diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG).
  • To define and describe the toxicities of WEE1 inhibitor AZD1775 (AZD1775 [MK-1775]) given concurrently with radiation therapy in children with newly diagnosed DIPG.
  • To characterize the pharmacokinetics of AZD1775 (MK-1775) in children with newly diagnosed DIPG.

Study Type: Interventional
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment

Masking: None

Primary Purpose: Treatment

Who can participate?

AGES ELIGIBLE FOR STUDY: 37 Months to 21 Years


Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with newly diagnosed DIPGs, defined as tumors with a pontine epicenter and diffuse involvement of the pons, are eligible without histologic confirmation
    • Patients with brainstem tumors that do not meet these criteria or are not considered to be typical intrinsic pontine gliomas will only be eligible if the tumors are biopsied and proven to be an anaplastic astrocytoma, glioblastoma, gliosarcoma, or anaplastic mixed glioma; patients with pilocytic astrocytoma, fibrillary astrocytoma, gangliogliomas, or other mixed gliomas without anaplasia are not eligible
    • Patients with disseminated disease are not eligible, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of spine must be performed if disseminated disease is suspected by the treating physician
    • Enrollment must be no later than 28 days after the date of radiographic diagnosis or surgery, whichever is the later date
  • Patients must have a body surface area >= 0.35 m^2 at the time of study enrollment
  • Karnofsky >= 50% for patients > 16 years of age and Lansky >= 50 for patients =< 16 years of age; patients who are unable to walk because of paralysis, but who are up in a wheelchair, will be considered ambulatory for the purpose of assessing the performance score
  • Patients must not have received any prior chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy or bone marrow transplant for the treatment of DIPG; prior dexamethasone and/or surgery are allowed
  • Peripheral absolute neutrophil count (ANC) >= 1000/mm^3
  • Platelet count >= 100,000/mm^3 (transfusion independent, defined as not receiving platelet transfusions for at least 7 days prior to enrollment)
  • Creatinine clearance or radioisotope glomerular filtration rate (GFR) >= 70 mL/min/1.73 m^2 or
  • A serum creatinine based on age/gender as follows:
    • 0.8 mg/dL (3 to < 6 years of age)
    • 1.0 mg/dL (6 to < 10 years of age)
    • 1.2 mg/dL (10 to < 13 years of age)
    • 1.5 mg/dL (male) or 1.4 mg/dl (female) (13 to < 16 years of age)
    • 1.7 mg/dL (male) or 1.4 mg/dl (female) (>= 16 years of age)
  • Bilirubin (sum of conjugated + unconjugated) =< 1.5 x upper limit of normal (ULN) for age
  • Serum glutamate pyruvate transaminase (SGPT) (alanine aminotransferase [ALT]) =< 3 x ULN = 135 units per liter (U/L); for the purpose of this study, the ULN for SGPT is 45 U/L
  • Serum glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase (SGOT) aspartate aminotransferase [AST] =< 3 x ULN = 150 U/L; for the purpose of this study, the ULN for SGOT is 50 U/L
  • Serum albumin >= 2 g/dL
  • Patients with seizure disorder may be enrolled if on non-enzyme inducing anticonvulsants and well controlled
  • Corrected QT interval (QTc) =< 480 msec
  • All patients and/or their parents or legally authorized representatives must sign a written informed consent; assent, when appropriate, will be obtained according to institutional guidelines

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Pregnant or breast-feeding women may not be entered on this study; pregnancy tests must be obtained in girls who are post-menarchal
  • Males or females of reproductive potential may not participate unless they have agreed to use an effective contraceptive methods as follows: fertile females of childbearing potential who agree to use adequate contraceptive measures from 2 weeks prior to the study and until 1 month after study treatment discontinuation; male patients willing to abstain or use barrier contraception (i.e. condoms) for the duration of the study and for 3 months after treatment stops
  • Patients receiving corticosteroids are eligible for this trial
  • Patients who are currently receiving another investigational drug are not eligible
  • Patients who are currently receiving other anti-cancer agents are not eligible
  • Patients must not currently be receiving enzyme inducing anticonvulsants
  • Patients should avoid concomitant medication known or suspected to prolong QTc interval or cause Torsades De Pointes; if possible, alternative agents should be considered; patients who are receiving drugs that prolong the QTc are eligible if the drug is necessary and no alternatives are available
  • Patients who are currently receiving drugs that are strong or moderate inhibitors and/or inducers of CYP3A4, sensitive CYP3A4 substrates and CYP3A4 substrates with a narrow therapeutic range are not eligible; the use of aprepitant or fosaprepitant as an antiemetic is prohibited due to early drug interaction data demonstrating increased exposure to AZD1775; the use of hydroxymethylglutary (HMG) coenzyme-A (Co-A) inhibitors such as atorvastatin is prohibited
  • Herbal preparations are not allowed throughout the study; these herbal medications include but are not limited to: St. John's wort, kava, ephedra (ma hung), gingko biloba, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), yohimbe, saw palmetto and ginseng; patients should stop using these herbal medications 7 days prior to study enrollment
  • Any known hypersensitivity or contraindication to the components of the study drug AZD1775
  • Patients must not receive metformin for at least 5 days prior to enrollment and for the duration of study treatment
  • Patients must be able to swallow capsules; nasogastric or gastrostomy feeding (G) tube administration is not allowed
  • Patients who have an uncontrolled infection are not eligible
  • Patients who have received a prior solid organ transplantation are not eligible
  • Patients with cardiac diseases ongoing or in the past 6 months (e.g. congestive heart failure, acute myocardial infarction, significant uncontrolled arrhythmias) are not eligible for this trial
  • Major surgical procedures =< 28 days of beginning study treatment, or minor surgical procedures (including ventriculoperitoneal [VP] shunt placement or stereotactic biopsy of the tumor) =< 7 days; no waiting period required following port-a-cath or other central venous access placement
  • Patients who in the opinion of the investigator may not be able to comply with the safety monitoring requirements of the study are not eligible


  • Brain Spinal Tumor DIPG New Diagnosis
  • Adult - Brain Spinal Tumor DIPG New Diagnosis


Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Division of Hematology/Oncology
3333 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229-3039
Phone: 513-636-2799