Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology

, Volume 78, Issue 3, pp 541–545 | Cite as

A phase II study of the HSP90 inhibitor AUY922 in chemotherapy refractory advanced pancreatic cancer

  • D. J. RenoufEmail author
  • D. Hedley
  • M. K. Krzyzanowska
  • M. Schmuck
  • L. Wang
  • M. J. Moore
Original Article



AUY922 is a novel heat shock protein inhibitor with preclinical activity in pancreatic cancer. This phase II study evaluated the efficacy of AUY922 in patients with advanced pancreatic cancer previously treated with chemotherapy.


In this single-arm, Simon two-stage phase II trial, patients with metastatic or locally advanced pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma who had progressed on at least one line of chemotherapy and were of good performances status (ECOG 0 or 1) were treated with AUY922 at a dose of 70 mg/m2 IV weekly. The primary endpoint was disease control rate (objective response and stable disease ≥16 weeks).


Twelve patients were accrued, all of whom received treatment. At least possibly related ≥grade 3 adverse events included fatigue (8 %) and AST elevation (8 %). Ten patients were evaluable for response with 1 (10 %) having stable disease and 9 (90 %) progressive disease. The median progression-free survival was 1.6 months, and the median overall survival was 2.9 months.


AUY922 was not associated with significant efficacy in previously treated patients with advanced pancreatic cancer.


Pancreatic cancer AUY922 Phase II 



This study was funded by a grant from Novartis. Novartis did not contribute to the data analysis, interpretation, or manuscript writing.

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no relevant conflicts of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. J. Renouf
    • 1
    Email author
  • D. Hedley
    • 2
  • M. K. Krzyzanowska
    • 2
  • M. Schmuck
    • 2
  • L. Wang
    • 2
  • M. J. Moore
    • 1
  1. 1.British Columbia Cancer Agency, University of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  2. 2.University Health Network-Princess Margaret Cancer CentreTorontoCanada

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