Chemotherapy Followed by ESO-1 Lymphocytes and Aldesleukin to Treat Metastatic Cancer

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC) ( National Cancer Institute (NCI) ) Identifier:
First received: May 1, 2008
Last updated: May 28, 2014
Last verified: September 2013


-This study uses an experimental cancer treatment that uses the patient s own lymphocytes (type of white blood cell), which are specially selected and genetically modified to target and destroy their tumor.


-To test the safety of the treatment and determine if it can cause the patient s tumor to shrink.


  • Patients greater than 18 years and less than or equal to 66 years of age whose cancer has spread beyond the original site and does not respond to standard treatment.
  • Patients have tissue type HLA-A*0201.
  • Patients cancer cells have the ESO-1 gene.


  • Workup: Patients have scans, x-rays, laboratory tests, and other tests as needed.
  • Patients have leukapheresis to collect cells for laboratory treatment and later reinfusion. For this procedure, whole blood is collected thorough a tube in a vein, the desired cells are extracted from the blood, and the rest of the blood is returned to the patient.
  • Chemotherapy: Patients have low-dose chemotherapy for 1 week to prepare the immune system to receive the treated lymphocytes.
  • Cell infusion and aldesleukin (IL-2) treatment: Patients receive the lymphocytes by a 30-minute infusion through a vein. Starting within 24 hours of the infusion, they receive high-dose aldesleukin infusions every 8 hours for up to 5 days (maximum15 doses).
  • Recovery: Patients rest for 1 to 2 weeks to recover from the effects of chemotherapy and aldesleukin.
  • Tumor biopsy: Patients may be asked to undergo a biopsy (surgical removal of a small piece of tumor) after treatment to look at the effects of treatment on the immune cells in the tumor.
  • Follow-up: After treatment is completed, patients return to the clinic once a month for several months for physical examinations, a review of side effects, laboratory tests and scans. They may undergo leukapheresis at some visits to look at the effect of treatment on the immune system and check the viability of the infused cells. Patients then return to the NIH clinic once a year for 5 years and then complete a follow-up questionnaire for another 10 years.
  • Retreatment: Patients whose tumor shrinks or disappears following treatment and then recurs may receive one additional treatment, using the same regimen of chemotherapy, lymphocyte infusion and IL-2 treatment.

Condition Intervention Phase
Metastatic Melanoma
Metastatic Renal Cell Cancer
Metastatic Cancer
Biological: therapeutic autologous lymphocytes
Biological: aldesleukin
Drug: cyclophosphaide
Drug: fludarabine phosphate
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Phase II Study of Metastatic Cancer That Expresses NY-ESO-1 Using Lymphodepleting Conditioning Followed by Infusion of Anti-NY ESO-1 TCR-Gene Engineered Lymphocytes

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Clinical tumor regression [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • In vivo survival of TCR gene-engineered cells. [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Toxicity [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]

Enrollment: 45
Study Start Date: April 2008
Estimated Study Completion Date: March 2015
Estimated Primary Completion Date: March 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Intervention Details:
    Biological: therapeutic autologous lymphocytes
    Biological: aldesleukin
    Drug: cyclophosphaide
    Drug: fludarabine phosphate
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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 66 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
  • Metastatic cancer that expresses ESO as assessed by one of the following methods: RT-PCR on tumor tissue, or by immunohistochemistry of resected tissue, or serum antibody reactive with ESO. Metastatic cancer diagnosis will be confirmed by the Laboratory of Pathology at the NCI.
  • Patients with histologies other than metastatic melanoma, must have previously received systemic standard care (or effective salvage chemotherapy regimens) for metastatic disease, if known to be effective for that disease, and have been either non-responders (progressive disease) or have recurred.
  • Greater than or equal to 18 years of age. and less than or equal to 66 years of age.
  • Willing to sign a durable power of attorney.
  • Able to understand and sign the Informed Consent Document.
  • Clinical performance status of ECOG 0 or 1.
  • Life expectancy of greater than three months.
  • Patients of both genders must be willing to practice birth control for four months after receiving the preparative regimen.
  • Patients must be HLA-A*0201 positive
  • Serology:

    • Seronegative for HIV antibody. (The experimental treatment being evaluated in this protocol depends on an intact immune system. Patients who are HIV seropositive can have decreased immune -competence and thus be less responsive to the experimental treatment and more susceptible to its toxicities.)
    • Seronegative for hepatitis B antigen and hepatitis C antibody unless antigen negative. If hepatitis C antibody test is positive, then patients must be tested for the presense of antigen by RT-PCR and be HCV RNA negative.
  • Hematology:

    • Absolute neutrophil count greater than 1000/mm(3) without the support of filgrastim.
    • WBC (greater than 3000/mm(3)).
    • Platelet count greater than 100,000/mm(3).
    • Hemoglobin greater than 8.0 g/dl.
  • Chemistry:

    • Serum ALT/AST less or equal to 2.5 times the upper limit of normal.
    • Serum creatinine less than or equal to 1.6 mg/dl.
    • Total bilirubin less than or equal to 1.5 mg/dl, except in patients with Gilbert s Syndrome who must have a total bilirubin less than 3.0 mg/dl.
  • More than four weeks must have elapsed since any prior systemic therapy at the time the patient receives the preparative regimen, and patients toxicities must have recovered to a grade 1 or less (except for toxicities such as alopecia or vitiligo).
  • Six weeks must have elapsed since prior ipilimumabtherapy to allow antibody levels to decline.
  • Patients who have previously received ipilimumab or ticilimumab anti-PD1 or anti-PD-L1 antibodies, and have documented GI toxicity must have a normal colonoscopy with normal colonic biopsies.


  • Prior vaccination with an ALVAC containing vaccine for patients who will receive the ALVAC ESO-1 vaccine (cohorts 3 or 4).
  • Women of child-bearing potential who are pregnant or breastfeeding because of the potentially dangerous effects of the preparative chemotherapy on the fetus or infant.
  • Active systemic infections, coagulation disorders or other major medical illnesses of the cardiovascular, respiratory or immune system, myocardial infarction, cardiac arrhythmias, obstructive or restrictive pulmonary disease.
  • Any form of primary immunodeficiency (such as Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Disease).
  • Concurrent opportunistic infections (The experimental treatment being evaluated in this protocol depends on an intact immune system. Patients who have decreased immune competence may be less responsive to the experimental treatment and more susceptible to its toxicities).
  • Concurrent Systemic steroid therapy.
  • Known systemic hypersensitivity to any of the vaccine components, including egg products or Neomycin for patients who will receive the ALVAC ESO-1 vaccine (cohorts 3 or 4).
  • History of severe immediate hypersensitivity reaction to any of the agents used in this study.
  • History of coronary revascularization or ischemic symptoms.
  • Any patient known to have an LVEF less than or equal to 45 percent.
  • Documented LVEF of less than or equal to 45 percent tested in patients with:

    • History of ischemic heart disease, chest pain, or clinically significant atrial and/or ventricular arrhythmias including but not limited to: atrial fibrillation, ventricular tachycardia, second or third degree heart block.
    • Age greater than or equal to 60 years old.
  • Documented FEV1 less than or equal to 60 percent predicted tested in patients with:

    • A prolonged history of cigarette smoking (20 pk/year of smoking within the past 2 years).
    • Symptoms of respiratory dysfunction
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00670748

United States, Maryland
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, 9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892
Sponsors and Collaborators
Principal Investigator: Steven A Rosenberg, M.D. National Cancer Institute (NCI)
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Additional Information:
Responsible Party: National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC) ( National Cancer Institute (NCI) ) Identifier: NCT00670748     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 080121, 08-C-0121
Study First Received: May 1, 2008
Last Updated: May 28, 2014
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC):
Metastatic Cancer
Gene Therapy
Tumor Regression
Metastatic Melanoma
Metastatic Renal Cell Cancer

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Carcinoma, Renal Cell
Neoplasm Metastasis
Neoplasms, Second Primary
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Kidney Neoplasms
Urologic Neoplasms
Urogenital Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Kidney Diseases
Urologic Diseases
Neuroendocrine Tumors
Neuroectodermal Tumors
Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal
Neoplasms, Nerve Tissue
Nevi and Melanomas
Neoplastic Processes
Pathologic Processes
Fludarabine phosphate
Antineoplastic Agents
Therapeutic Uses
Pharmacologic Actions
Antimetabolites, Antineoplastic processed this record on August 21, 2014