Chemotherapy Followed by Biological Therapy in Treating Patients With Stage IV Melanoma That Cannot be Treated With Surgery
RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. Biological therapies such as interleukin-2 and interferon alfa stimulate a person's white blood cells to kill cancer cells or may interfere with the growth of cancer cells. Combining chemotherapy with biological therapies may kill more tumor cells.
PURPOSE: Phase II trial to study the effectiveness of temozolomide followed by sargramostim, interleukin-2, and interferon alfa in treating patients who have stage IV melanoma that cannot be treated with surgery.
Biological: recombinant interferon alfa
|Study Design:||Primary Purpose: Treatment|
|Official Title:||Treatment of Patients With Metastatic Malignant Melanoma With Chemobiotherapy With Temozolomide, GM-CSF, IL2, and Interferon Alfa-2b Phase II Trial|
|Study Start Date:||December 1999|
|Study Completion Date:||December 2003|
- Determine the response rate, time to progression, and survival of patients with unresectable stage IV melanoma treated with temozolomide followed by sargramostim (GM-CSF), interleukin-2, and interferon alfa.
- Determine the safety and tolerability of this regimen in this patient population.
- Determine the changes in quality of life over time in patients treated with this regimen.
OUTLINE: This is a multicenter study.
Patients receive oral temozolomide on days 1-5, and sargramostim (GM-CSF), interleukin-2, and interferon alfa subcutaneously on days 6-17. Treatment repeats every 28 days for 4-8 courses in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. Patients with at least stable or responsive disease after 8 courses of therapy may receive additional therapy at investigators discretion.
Quality of life is assessed at baseline, every 8 weeks during study, and then at 1 month after study.
Patients are followed at 1 month, every 3 months for 2 years, and then annually thereafter.
PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 14-30 patients will be accrued for this study within 2 years.
|United States, California|
|Saint Francis Memorial Hospital|
|San Francisco, California, United States, 94109|
|John Wayne Cancer Institute at Saint John's Health Center|
|Santa Monica, California, United States, 90404|
|United States, Colorado|
|University of Colorado Cancer Center at University of Colorado Health Sciences Center|
|Aurora, Colorado, United States, 80010|
|Study Chair:||Lynn E. Spitler, MD||Northern California Melanoma Center at St. Francis Memorial Hospital|