“I was keen to go on a clinical trial. I wanted to try new cancer treatments and hopefully help future generations.”
A trial looking at GDC0941 and anastrozole for oestrogen positive breast cancer (OPPORTUNE)
Please note - this trial is no longer recruiting patients. We hope to add results when they are available.
This trial is looking at a drug called GDC0941 and a hormone therapy called anastrozole for breast cancer that is positive for oestrogen hormone receptors (ER positive). This trial is open to women whose periods have stopped permanently (they are post menopausal).
Doctors usually treat ER positive breast cancer in post menopausal women with surgery, followed by a hormone treatment called anastrozole. Sometimes they give anastrozole before surgery to shrink the cancer.
GDC0941 is a type of biological therapy. It is a cancer growth blocker. It stops signals that cancer cells use to divide and grow. We know from laboratory studies that it may help to stop cancer cells from dividing and growing.
The researchers think the combination of GDC0941 and anastrozole may work well for women with ER positive breast cancer. In this trial, before your surgery you have either anastrozole only or GDC0941 and anastrozole.
The aims of this trial are to find out
- How well the combination of GDC0941 and anastrozole works for women with ER positive breast cancer
- How safe this combination is
- What the side effects are
Who can enter
You may be able to enter this trial if you are a woman and
- You have breast cancer that is positive for oestrogen hormone receptors (ER positive)
- You have a lump that can be felt or measures at least 1cm across if it can be seen on an ultrasound scan
- Your periods have stopped permanently (you are post menopausal)
- You have satisfactory blood test results
- You are well enough to be up and about for at least half the day (performance status 0, 1 or 2)
You cannot enter this trial if you
- Have breast cancer that has spread to another part of your body
- Have inflammatory breast cancer
- Are already having treatment for your breast cancer – you may join if you have had treatment to another cancer in your breast, as long as it was at least a year ago
- Are taking
hormone replacement therapy (HRT)– you may join if you stop taking HRT at least a month before you give your first tissue sample (biopsy) in this trial
- Have had treatment that reached your whole body (
systemic treatment) for any other cancer in the past year
- Have taken an experimental drug as part of another trial in the month before agreeing to take part in this trial
- Have serious breathing problems
- Have serious heart problems
- Have diabetes that is not controlled by medication
- Are taking medication to thin your blood, such as warfarin or heparin
- Have a problem with your
digestive systemthat could affect the way you absorb drugs
- Have hepatitis B or hepatitis C and the infection is causing problems
- Have any other serious liver problem
- Have any other medical condition that could affect you taking part in this trial
This is a phase 2 trial. It will recruit 141 women. This is a randomised trial. The women taking part are put into treatment groups by a computer. Neither you nor your doctor will be able to decide which group you are in.
There are 2 groups in this trial. Women in group 1 have GDC0941 and anastrozole for 2 weeks before surgery. Women in group 2 have anastrozole for 2 weeks before surgery.
If you agree to take part in this study, the researchers will ask you to donate a sample of tissue and a blood sample taken before you start treatment and when you have surgery to remove your cancer.
You see the doctor to have some tests before taking part in this trial. These tests include
- A physical examination
- Blood tests
- Heart trace (
- Ultrasound of the breast
- Ultrasound of lymph nodes under the arm
Before surgery you see the doctor to have the same tests.
About 2 to 4 weeks after surgery you see the doctor to see how you are.
GDC0941 is a new drug and there may be side effects we don’t know about. The most common side effects reported include
- A change in taste and loss of appetite
- Feeling or being sick (nausea)
- Rash or itchy skin
- Tiredness (fatigue)
The most common side effects of anastrozole are
- Stiffness of the joints
- Vaginal dryness and irritation
- Slight hair thinning
How to join a clinical trial
Please note: In order to join a trial you will need to discuss it with your doctor, unless otherwise specified.
Prof Peter Schmid
Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust
Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre (ECMC)
NIHR Clinical Research Network: Cancer