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A phase I trial looking at ACIT-1 immunotherapy for treating people with pancreatic cancer and other cancers

Research title: A Phase I clinical study to determine the optimal dose for the safe immune restoration and immune response of allogeneic cell immunotherapy (ACIT‑1) in adult cancer patients.

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Why is this trial being carried out?

In this phase I trial researchers are looking at a new way of treating cancer called immunotherapy. The immune system fights diseases, but it can’t always protect you from cancer. When someone is diagnosed with cancer it means that cancer cells have managed to disguise themselves or hide from the immune system. Immunotherapy works by stimulating the body’s immune system to recognise and attack the cancer cells.

ACIT-1 (allogeneic cell immunotherapy) is a new immunotherapy that has been developed to treat people with cancer. In this trial, researchers want to see if this immunotherapy works for people with:

  • pancreatic cancer that is not being treated
  • pancreatic cancer that is being treated with chemotherapy
  • other types of cancer that have no standard treatment, such as chemotherapy, available.  

The ACIT-1 trial will also aim to find out the best and safest dose of ACIT-1.  

If you take part in this trial you will have two treatments of ACIT-1. The second treatment will be given four weeks after the first one.  At each treatment, you will have between one and six injections, depending on the dose.

You will also have general health checks and blood samples taken, including a CT scan at the start and end of the trial. These tests are to check how well ACIT-1 is working.

Who is the trial suitable for?

The ACIT-1 trial may be suitable for you if you:

  • have pancreatic cancer that can either be treated with chemotherapy, or there is no other treatment available
  • have advanced cancer where there is either no treatment available, your treatment has stopped working, or you have decided not to have treatment
  • are fit enough to take part in this trial – your trial team will discuss this with you

It may not be suitable for you if you:

  • are currently having any medication that can damage your immune system, such as steroids – the trial team will discuss this with you
  • have an active infection such as hepatitis, HIV or syphilis – the trial team will discuss this with you
  • have had chemotherapy (apart from chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer or blood cancer) or radiotherapy within two weeks of starting the trial
  • have had any type of vaccination within four weeks of starting the trial
  • have had antibody treatment in the last three months, which is a type of immunotherapy treatment that stimulates your immune system to fight cancer cells
  • have either had major surgery within two weeks before starting the trial, or have surgery involving a general anaesthetic planned during the study
  • have certain heart problems or other health conditions – the trial team will discuss this with you
  • have had another new drug treatment as part of another clinical trial within four weeks of starting this trial.

There may be other reasons for not being able to take part in a trial. It is important to speak to your consultant about whether this trial might be suitable for you.

Recruitment start date: Currently suspended

Recruitment end date: Currently suspended

  • The ACIT-1 trial is being carried out at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Liverpool. Screening, treatment and follow-up will take place in the Linda McCartney Centre (located at the same hospital).

    Trial lead

    Professor Daniel Palmer

    Contact information

    You can contact the trial centre on acit1@liverpool.ac.uk

  • How to join a trial

    Please speak to your consultant about whether this trial is suitable for you. If it is then they can refer you.

    If you have any questions about pancreatic cancer you can speak to one of our specialist nurses on freephone 0808 801 0707.

    How to find out more

    For further information about the ACIT-1 trial please visit the ClinicalTrials.gov website.

    For references used to develop this information please email us.

Updated June 2019

Review date March 2020