Clinical Trial: Herbal Therapy in Treating Women With Metastatic Breast Cancer

This study is currently recruiting patients.

Sponsors and Collaborators: University of California, San Francisco
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by: National Cancer Institute (NCI)


RATIONALE: The Chinese herb scutellaria barbatae contains ingredients that may slow the growth of cancer cells and may be an effective treatment for metastatic breast cancer.

PURPOSE: Phase I/II trial to study the effectiveness of scutellaria barbatae in treating women who have metastatic breast cancer.

Condition Treatment or Intervention Phase
stage IV breast cancer
recurrent breast cancer
 Drug: herba scutellaria barbatae
 Procedure: biologically based therapies
 Procedure: cancer prevention intervention
 Procedure: complementary and alternative therapy
 Procedure: herbal medicine / botanical therapy
Phase I
Phase II

MedlinePlus related topics:  Breast Cancer
Genetics Home Reference related topics:  breast cancer

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Treatment

Official Title: Phase I/II Pilot Study of Herba Scutellaria Barbatae (Chinese Herbal Extract) in Women With Metastatic Breast Cancer

Further Study Details: 


OUTLINE: Patients receive oral herba scutellaria barbatae (Chinese herbal extract) twice daily for 12 months in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

Quality of life is assessed at baseline and then every 6 months thereafter.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 25 patients will be accrued for this study.


Ages Eligible for Study:  18 Years and above,  Genders Eligible for Study:  Both



  • Histologically confirmed breast cancer (may include original primary cancer diagnosis)
  • Measurable disease
  • Metastatic involvement with minimal or no symptoms
  • Solitary metastases require histological confirmation
  • No extensive liver involvement (more than 50% of liver parenchyma)
  • No lymphangitic pulmonary involvement
  • CNS involvement or spinal cord compression allowed if stabilized by therapy for more than 3 months
  • Hormone receptor status:
  • Not specified


  • 18 and over


  • Female

Menopausal status:

  • Not specified

Performance status:

  • ECOG 0-1

Life expectancy:

  • More than 6 months


  • WBC at least 2,500/mm^3
  • Platelet count at least 75,000/mm^3


  • See Disease Characteristics
  • Bilirubin no greater than 1.7 mg/dL


  • Creatinine no greater than 2.0 mg/dL


  • Not pregnant
  • Negative pregnancy test
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception
  • No history of multiple or severe food or medicine allergies


  • At least 1 week since prior biologic therapy
  • No concurrent anticancer biologic therapy


  • At least 1 week since prior chemotherapy
  • No concurrent anticancer chemotherapy

Endocrine therapy:

  • At least 1 week since prior hormonal therapy
  • No concurrent anticancer hormonal therapy


  • Not specified


  • Not specified


  • Recovered from prior anticancer therapy
  • At least 1 week since prior investigational agents
  • At least 1 week since prior herbal medications
  • No other concurrent anticancer therapy
  • No other concurrent investigational agents
  • Concurrent pamidronate allowed
  • Concurrent acupuncture or other nonherbal therapy allowed
  • Concurrent nutritional vitamin supplementation (up to 5 times recommended daily allowance) allowed

Location and Contact Information

      UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center, San Francisco,  California,  94115-1710,  United States; Recruiting
Hope S. Rugo, MD  415-353-7428 

      Cancer Research Network, Inc., Plantation,  Florida,  33324,  United States; Recruiting
Charles L. Vogel, MD  954-473-6776 

Study chairs or principal investigators

Hope S. Rugo, MD,  Study Chair,  University of California, San Francisco   

More Information

Clinical trial summary from the National Cancer Institute's PDQ® database

Study ID Numbers:  CDR0000069155; UCSF-CRO-00758; UCSF-IND-59521; NCI-G01-2043; NCT00028977
Record last reviewed:  December 2003
Last Updated:  April 4, 2005
Record first received:  January 4, 2002 Identifier:  NCT00028977
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government processed this record on 2005-04-08

Cache Date: April 9, 2005