Antineoplaston Therapy in Treating Patients With Stage IV Melanoma

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Information provided by:
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00003509
First received: November 1, 1999
Last updated: May 23, 2009
Last verified: May 2009
  Purpose

RATIONALE: Antineoplastons are naturally-occurring substances that may also be made in the laboratory. Antineoplastons may inhibit the growth of cancer cells.

PURPOSE: This phase II trial is studying how well antineoplaston therapy works in treating patients with progressive or recurrent stage IV melanoma.


Condition Intervention Phase
Melanoma (Skin)
Drug: antineoplaston A10
Drug: antineoplaston AS2-1
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Phase II Study of Antineoplastons A10 and AS2-1 in Patients With Malignant Melanoma

Resource links provided by NLM:


Further study details as provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Response rate based on tumor measurements at 12 weeks [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Survival at 1, 2, and 5 years from the start of treatment [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 40
Study Start Date: March 1996
Primary Completion Date: February 2005 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:

OBJECTIVES:

  • Determine the safety and possible effectiveness of antineoplastons A10 and AS2-1 in patients with progressive or recurrent stage IV melanoma.
  • Describe response, tolerance to, and side effects of this regimen in these patients.

OUTLINE: This is an open label study.

Patients receive gradually escalating doses of antineoplaston A10 and antineoplaston AS2-1 by intravenous injection 6 times daily until the maximum tolerated dose is reached.

Treatment continues for at least 3 months in the absence of toxicity and disease progression. Patients achieving complete response (CR) continue treatment for an additional 8 months after reaching CR.

Tumors are measured every 2 months for the first year and every 3 months for the second year.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 20-40 patients will be accrued for this study.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS:

  • Histologically confirmed stage IV melanoma that is recurrent or progressing and unlikely to respond to existing therapy
  • Measurable disease by MRI or CT scan

    • Tumor must be at least 2 cm in the lymph nodes in the head, neck, axillary, inguinal, or femoral areas and at least 0.5 cm in other locations

PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS:

Age:

  • 18 and over

Performance status:

  • Karnofsky 60-100%

Life expectancy:

  • At least 2 months

Hematopoietic:

  • WBC at least 2,000/mm3
  • Platelet count at least 50,000/mm3

Hepatic:

  • Bilirubin no greater than 2.5 mg/dL
  • SGOT and SGPT no greater than 5 times the upper limit of normal
  • No hepatic insufficiency

Renal:

  • Creatinine no greater than 2.5 mg/dL
  • No renal insufficiency
  • No renal conditions that contraindicate high dosages of sodium

Cardiovascular:

  • No chronic heart failure
  • No uncontrolled hypertension
  • No history of congestive heart failure
  • No other cardiovascular conditions that contraindicate high dosages of sodium

Pulmonary:

  • No severe lung disease, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Other:

  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception during and for 4 weeks after study
  • No serious medical or psychiatric disorders
  • No active infection

PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY:

Biologic therapy:

  • At least 4 weeks since prior immunotherapy and recovered
  • No concurrent immunomodulating agents

Chemotherapy:

  • At least 4 weeks since prior chemotherapy (6 weeks for nitrosoureas) and recovered
  • No concurrent antineoplastic agents

Endocrine therapy:

  • Concurrent corticosteroids allowed

Radiotherapy:

  • At least 8 weeks since prior radiotherapy and recovered (patients with multiple tumors who have received radiotherapy to some, but not all, tumors may be admitted earlier than 8 weeks)

Surgery:

  • Recovered from prior surgery

Other:

  • Prior cytodifferentiating agent allowed
  • No prior antineoplaston therapy
  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00003509

Locations
United States, Texas
Burzynski Clinic
Houston, Texas, United States, 77055-6330
Sponsors and Collaborators
Burzynski Research Institute
Investigators
Study Chair: Stanislaw R. Burzynski, MD, PhD Burzynski Research Institute
  More Information

Additional Information:
No publications provided

Responsible Party: Stanislaw R. Burzynski, Burzynski Clinic
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00003509     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000066552, BC-ME-2
Study First Received: November 1, 1999
Last Updated: May 23, 2009
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):
stage IV melanoma
recurrent melanoma

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Melanoma
Neuroendocrine Tumors
Neuroectodermal Tumors
Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms
Neoplasms, Nerve Tissue
Nevi and Melanomas

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