Evaluation of Interferon-Lovastatin Therapy for Malignant Melanoma
The purpose of this study is to determine whether an outpatient combination of lovastatin and low-to-moderate dose interferon is effective in the treatment of patients with malignant melanoma.
Drug: interferon alfa-2b
|Study Design:||Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Phase 2 Study of Interferon Alfa-2b and Lovastatin Combination Therapy for Patients With High-risk Resected or Unresectable Malignant Melanoma|
- Overall survival [ Time Frame: 6 months, 1 yr, 2 yr, 3 yr, 4 yr, 5 yr ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- Time to progression of disease [ Time Frame: 2 mos, 4 mos, 6 mos, 1 yr, 2 yr, 3 yr, 4 yr, 5 yr ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- Appearance of new distant metastases [ Time Frame: 2 mos, 4 mos, 6 mos, 1 yr, 2 yr, 3 yr, 4 yr, 5 yr ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- Toleration of medication side effects and quality of life [ Time Frame: 4 mos, 1 yr, 2 yr, 3 yr, 4 yr, 5 yr ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
|Study Start Date:||December 2009|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||December 2016|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date:||December 2016 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Experimental: Interferon and lovastatin treatment
Patients receive outpatient treatment with lovastatin (oral) and interferon alfa-2b (subcutaneous injection) as per protocol parameters.
lovastatin tablets, oral administration, daily dose 1.5 mg/kg, divided into three or four essentially equal doses with meals
Other Name: MevacorDrug: interferon alfa-2b
interferon alfa-2b for subcutaneous injection, each injection 100,000 international units per kg body mass, three injections weekly
Other Name: Intron-A
Malignant melanoma, or simply melanoma, is a potentially fatal cancer which begins as a skin cancer and can spread very aggressively. The incidence of melanoma has been rising rapidly over the last decade and it is now becoming a serious health threat in young adults as well as older adults. Unfortunately, if melanoma escapes complete surgical removal, there are very few treatments which have been found very effective in controlling its growth and spread. If the cancer spreads to the lymph node system or beyond, the chances for long-term survival can be very poor.
This study proposes to test the effectiveness for melanoma treatment of a combination of two medicines which are in widespread use for other medical conditions. Interferon alfa-2b (also known simply as interferon or by a brand name Intron-A) is an exact replica of a protein produced by the human immune system. The human body makes this immune system regulator to help it kill cells in the body which are damaged or infected and thus need to be removed before they can cause further harm to the body. This medicine is often prescribed for infections like hepatitis, some types of cancer including melanoma, and immune system disorders. This study uses interferon in moderate doses, much less than typically used for melanoma treatment when it is used alone, and so the side effects of treatment may be milder. The other medicine being used in combination with it is lovastatin. This medicine is most often used to help patients reduce their cholesterol levels and therefore reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Millions of people use this medicine because it has been found very safe and effective. Research has shown that it also has significant effects against the growth of cancer cells in laboratory cultures and in some animal models.
These two medicines have been used together to treat patients with cancer for several years in our medical practice, but until now they have not been formally tested in a clinical trial. This study will test how well the combination of these medicines can perform and test the hypothesis that they can achieve better survival and control of disease than currently available standard treatment. The incidence of side effects and other details will be monitored too.
This study is open to qualifying patients with stage 2, 3, or 4 melanoma. The results for patients in each group will be compared to other patients in the study with the same or similar stage of disease and with historical results of patients receiving the standard, already-approved treatments for similar stages of melanoma.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00963664
|United States, Tennessee|
|Nashville, Tennessee, United States, 37027|
|Principal Investigator:||Stephen B. Cantrell, MD||NeoPlas Innovation|