Current Cholangiocarcinoma Trials
Listed here are the clinical trials for those with cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer) or gall bladder cancer, currently open and recruiting in the UK.
Wherever possible links for further information have been included to follow up for more information and to check eligibility. Each trial has specific eligibility criteria, so if you are interested in taking part in one, please discuss with those running the trial (contact details are given where possible) and/or your consultant.
Please note it is not appropriate for AMMF to give medical advice or recommendations, and all details provided are for information purposes only.
Following the result of the long running BILCAP study*, those who have undergone a resection for their cholangiocarcinoma or gall bladder cancer, and who fit the eligibility criteria, are now offered Capecitabine chemotherapy.
ACTICCA-1 is a randomized Phase III trial comparing Gemcitabine and Cisplatin against Capecitabine alone (standard treatment) for those who have had a resection for their cholangiocarcinoma or gall bladder cancer:
“Adjuvant Chemotherapy with Gemcitabine and Cisplatin compared to Capecitabine (standard treatment) after Curative Intent Resection of Cholangiocarcinoma and Muscle Invasive Gall Bladder Carcinoma”
*For more information on the BILCAP result, please see: https://ammf.org.uk/2017/05/18/bilcap-results-show-chemo-improves-survival And: https://ammf.org.uk/2017/06/09/the-bilcap-study-results/Read More
ABC-07 is a randomised trial for those with locally advanced cholangiocarcinoma. All patients begin by receiving Gemcitabine/Cisplatin chemotherapy and, after 6 cycles of chemotherapy, are then randomized to continuing with the chemotherapy or receiving SBRT (stereotactic body radiotherapy)*
* SBRT (stereotactic body radiotherapy) is a way of targeting radiotherapy beams very precisely at a tumour from many different directions. LINAC or Cyberknife machines may be used to deliver SBRT, depending on the equipment available in a particular hospital.Read More
PCI and Chemotherapy
There is a small trial currently recruiting in one UK centre only, Liverpool, which uses PCI (photochemical internalisation) with Gemcitabine in addition to ‘standard of care’ with 8 cycles of Gemcitabine and Cisplatin, and is for those patients with advanced, inoperable cholangiocarcinoma (stented).
“Phase I/II Dose Escalation Study to Assess the Safety, Tolerability and Efficacy of PCI of Gemcitabine Followed by Gemcitabine/Cisplatin Chemotherapy in Patients With Advanced Inoperable Cholangiocarcinomas”Read More
The SIRCCA Trial
SIRCCA is a 1st line randomised trial for those with inoperable intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma, looking at the standard treatment of Gemcitabine and Cisplatin chemotherapy, vs SIRT (selective internal radiation therapy)* preceding the Gemcitabine and Cisplatin chemotherapy.
This international trial is now open at two UK centres, with a further one centre to open shortly (information as at May 2018).
* SIRT (selective internal radiation therapy) can be used to treat bile duct cancers in the liver. Millions of tiny beads, or microspheres, are fed into the hepatic artery, the main blood vessel which supplies the liver. These beads block the supply of blood to the cancer and, as they contain a radioactive substance called yttrrium-90, they also work by sending out radiation which helps to kill off the cancer cells. (This treatment is also known as radioembolisation.)Read More
The TAS-120 trial
This international Phase I/II trial is currently open and recruiting at three sites in the UK, for those patients who have FGF/FGFR gene abnormalities in their tumour, and for whom there are no other available therapies.
“A Dose Finding Study Followed by a Safety and Efficacy Study in Patients With Advanced Solid Tumors or Multiple Myeloma With FGF/FGFR-Related Abnormalities”Read More
STARTRK-2 is an open-label, global, Phase 2 basket study of entrectinib (RXDX-101) for the treatment of patients with locally advanced or metastatic solid tumours, and is currently recruiting in 3 centres in the UK.
Cholangiocarcinoma patients would be screened for an NTRK1, NTRK2, NTRK3, ROS1, or ALK gene rearrangement.Read More
Current trials no longer recruiting
Please note: The Agios ClarIDHy trial met its recruitment target on 5th February 2019, and so is no longer recruiting new patients.
The ClarIDHy clinical trial is testing the safety and efficacy of an investigational medication, AG-120, in eligible patients with IDH1-mutated advanced cholangiocarcinoma.
AG-120: Investigational medication for IDH1-mutated advanced cholangiocarcinoma
This international trial is now open and recruiting at three centres in the UK, as well as at centres in France, Spain, Italy, the USA and South Korea.Read More
ABC-06 (2nd line chemotherapy trial)
Please note: The ABC-06 trial met its recruitment target of 162 patients on 5th January, 2018, and so is no longer recruiting new patients.
ABC-06 is a randomized trial for those with advanced or metastatic cholangiocarcinoma who have already had the Gemcitabine/Cisplatin combination of chemotherapy.
“ABC-06 – 2nd line treatment trial for patients with locally advanced/metastatic biliary tract cancers previously treated with cisplatin/gemcitabine chemotherapy.
Randomised: Active Symptom Control with OxMdG chemo (Oxaliplatin, L-folinic acid & 5FU) – against – Active Symptom Control”.
Please Note: Patients taking part in either arm of the 2nd line ABC-06 trial may also participate in relevant Phase I trials, if eligible. (For those patients in the chemotherapy arm, at least 28 days after their last chemotherapy treatment should be allowed.) This should be done in consultation with the ABC-06 trial office.Read More
Please note: The ABC-08 trial has met its recruitment target and is no longer recruiting new patients.
More information on a new Acelarin Biliary study will be available shortly.
(Acelarin developed by NuCana)
ABC-08 is a single arm trial for those with inoperable or recurrent/metastatic cholangiocarcinoma, gallbladder or ampullary carcinoma. All patients will receive Cisplatin chemotherapy and Acelarin.
The results of the ABC-02 trial established the Gemcitabine and Cisplatin combination of chemotherapy as the first line treatment standard of care for inoperable cholangiocarcinoma patients. In this trial, Acelarin, a drug designed to specifically overcome the key cancer resistance mechanisms associated with Gemcitabine, will be used in combination with Cisplatin.Read More
Please note: The Incyte INCB054828 trial is no longer recruiting new patients. (August 2018)
This is a Phase 2, open-label, single-arm, multicentre international study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of the drug INCB054828 in patients with Advanced/Metastatic or Surgically Unresectable Cholangiocarcinoma, including FGFR2 translocations, who failed previous therapy.Read More
Trials in set up
For information on trials that are currently in set up, please click here
The UK Clinical Trials Gateway has details on all UK clinical trials, and can help you make an informed choice about taking part in one. There is useful guidance on how trials work, and information to help connect you to researchers running trials you might be interested in. Visit: www.ukctg.nihr.ac.uk and search for the name or number of the trial you are interested in.
Cancer Research UK also lists clinical trials for bile duct cancer (cholangiocarcinoma). To see this, click here
For information on current treatments for cholangiocarcinoma, click here