Ribavirin for Patients With Recurrent/Metastatic (R/M) Human Papillomavirus (HPV)-Related Malignancies


The purpose of this study is to find out the effects, both good and bad, that a drug called ribavirin has on the patient and the cancer. Ribavirin has also been studied in clinical trials for patients with various types of cancer. These studies demonstrated that ribavirin can be safely given at higher doses than the dosing that is used as part of the treatment of hepatitis C. Ribavirin is known to target a protein called "4E" that turns on a central part which causes the cell to grow, called the ribosome. HPV-related cancers often have abnormally high levels of 4E. The purpose of this study is to evaluate if ribavirin may be a useful treatment for patients with advanced cancers that are related to HPV by blocking the activity of 4E.

Study Start Date

December 2014

Estimated Completion Date

December 2017


  • Drug: Ribavirin


  • Oncology: Colorectal Cancer/Polyps,Pharmacology/Therapy
  • Physician Assistant: Clinical Pharmacology,Hematology/Oncology,Infectious Disease

MeSH Terms

  • Human Papillomavirus
  • Neoplasms
  • Ribavirin

Study ID

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center -- 14-211



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Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Inclusion Criteria

  • Recurrent and/or metastatic HPV-related carcinoma of the cervix, anus, vagina, vulva, penis, or oropharynx. The cancer diagnosis must be confirmed by slide review in the MSKCC Department of Pathology. HPV positive status must be demonstrated by HPV in situ-hybridization (ISH) and/or by p16 immunohistochemistry (IHC). Note: For cervix squamous cancer, HPV ISH test or p16 IHC test is not required, because all cervix squamous cancers are presumed to be HPV-associated.
  • Adults (? 18 years of age)
  • ECOG performance status of 1 or better
  • Measurable disease according to RECIST 1.1 criteria
  • Availability of archived tumor tissue for correlative studies (5 unstained slides)
  • Adequate organ function, as follows:
  • Adequate bone marrow reserve: absolute neutrophil count (ANC) ? 1.5 X 109/L, platelets ? 160 X 109/L, hemoglobin ? 10 g/dL
  • Hepatic: total bilirubin within ULN (upper limit of normal)
  • alkaline phosphatase (AP), aspartate transaminase (AST) and alanine transaminase (ALT) ? 2.0 X ULN
  • Renal: Serum creatinine ? 1.3 mg/dL. Patients with serum creatinine > 1.3 mg/dL may be eligible if creatinine clearance (CrCl) ? 55 mL/min based on the standard Cockroft and Gault formula.
  • Ability to swallow oral medication.
  • Patients of childbearing potential must have a negative serum pregnancy test within 14 days of treatment. Patients must agree to use a reliable method of birth control during and for 6 months following the last dose of study drug.
  • At least one prior systemic therapy regimen for R/M HPV-related carcinoma

Exclusion Criteria

  • History of hemolytic anemia or thalassemia
  • Current treatment or known prior treatment with ribavirin
  • Active infection or serious underlying medical condition that would impair the patient's ability to receive protocol treatment.
  • Current therapeutic anticoagulation with Coumadin (warfarin)
  • Known brain metastases




18 Years and older

Accepts Healthy Volunteers


Study Locations and Contact Information (5)

Study Location Distance Name Phone Email
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Suffolk - Commack, New York 26.2 miles David Pfister MD 646-888-4232 None
Memorial Sloan Kettering West Harrison - West Harrison, New York 28.7 miles David Pfister MD 646-888-4232 None
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center at Phelps Memorial Hospital Center - Sleepy Hollow, New York 33.0 miles David Pfister MD 646-888-4232 None
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center - New York, New York 50.7 miles David Pfister MD 646-888-4232 None
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center at Basking Ridge - Basking Ridge, New Jersey 78.4 miles David Pfister MD 646-888-4232 None

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