Palbociclib / Letrozole or Fulvestrant in African American Women With HR+ HER2- Breast Cancer (PALINA)

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Status and phase

Phase 3
Phase 2


Hormone Receptor Positive HER-2 Negative Breast Cancer


Drug: Palbociclib + Letrozole or Fulvestrant

Study type


Funder types




Details and patient eligibility


This study aims to evaluate the hematological safety of palbociclib with letrozole and fulvestrant in African American women with hormone receptor positive HER2 negative advanced breast cancer. Hematological safety is a composite endpoint of episodes of febrile neutropenia and treatment discontinuation due to neutropenia according to current recommendations for management of neutropenia

Full description

The study is designed to assess the rate of completion of planned oncology therapy in the absence of a hematological event defined as episodes of febrile neutropenia and treatment discontinuation due to neutropenia. A completion rate of 80% is considered of clinical relevance as to benefit breast cancer patients who are at a higher risk of having ethnic neutropenia where as a completion rate of 60% is considered poor and to justify additional safety studies. A two stage design with a total of 35 patients is used to test if the completion rate is at least 80% versus if it is below 60% with 80% power at a significance level of 5%. An exact confidence interval of the completion rate will be calculated. Investigators estimate there will be no more than a 10% rate of febrile neutropenia. Due to the small sample size, the analysis of secondary endpoints will be descriptive and will not include specific hypothesis testing.


35 patients




18+ years old


No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  1. Self-identified Black, African or African American women of ≥ 18 years of age with proven diagnosis of advanced adenocarcinoma of the breast (locoregionally recurrent or metastatic disease)

  2. ER-positive and/or PgR-positive tumor based on local laboratory results

  3. HER2-negative breast cancer based on local laboratory results (test to be used as per local practice)

  4. Patients must be appropriate candidates for letrozole or fulvestrant therapy

  5. Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status 0-2

  6. Adequate bone marrow function:

    • Absolute Neutrophil Count (ANC) ≥ 1,000/mm3 (1.0 x 109/L);
    • Platelets ≥100,000/mm3 (100 x 109/L);
    • Hemoglobin ≥9 g/dL (90 g/L).

Exclusion criteria

  1. Current use of food or drugs known to be potent inhibitors or inducers of CYP3A4

  2. Active uncontrolled or symptomatic brain metastases. Previously treated and clinically stable, as per Investigator's judgment, brain metastases are permitted.

  3. Previous CDK4/6 inhibitor

Trial design

Primary purpose




Interventional model

Single Group Assignment


None (Open label)

35 participants in 1 patient group

Palbociclib + Letrozole or Fulvestrant
Experimental group
Drug: Palbociclib + Letrozole or Fulvestrant

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