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Fluorouracil Plus Interferon Alfa in Treating Patients With Advanced Metastatic Carcinoid Tumors

This study has been completed.
Cancer Biotherapy Research Group
Information provided by:
National Cancer Institute (NCI) Identifier:
First received: November 1, 1999
Last updated: May 14, 2013
Last verified: December 2003

RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. Interferon alfa may interfere with the growth of the cancer cells. Combining interferon alfa with chemotherapy may kill more tumor cells.

PURPOSE: Phase II trial to study the effectiveness of fluorouracil plus interferon alfa in treating patients who have advanced metastatic carcinoid tumors.

Condition Intervention Phase
Gastrointestinal Carcinoid Tumor Lung Cancer Biological: recombinant interferon alfa Drug: fluorouracil Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase II Study of Protracted Infusional 5-Fluorouracil Plus Alpha Interferon for Advanced Metastatic Carcinoid

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

Study Start Date: September 1990
Study Completion Date: January 2004
Detailed Description:


  • Determine the objective response rate and duration of remission in patients with advanced metastatic carcinoid tumors treated with fluorouracil and interferon alfa-2b.
  • Determine the symptomatic response in patients treated with this regimen.
  • Determine the toxicity of this regimen in these patients.
  • Determine the quality of life of patients treated with this regimen.
  • Determine the survival characteristics of patients treated with this regimen.

OUTLINE: Patients receive fluorouracil IV continuously for 10 weeks and interferon alfa subcutaneously 3 times a week for 12 weeks. Treatment continues every 12 weeks in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

Quality of life is assessed at baseline and at weeks 1, 7, and 11 of each course.

Patients are followed every 3 months.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 50 patients will be accrued for this study.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Histologically proven carcinoid tumor with radiologically confirmed metastatic disease
  • Recurrence after surgery or radiotherapy allowed
  • Must meet at least 1 of the following conditions:

    • Symptomatic carcinoid syndrome not controlled
    • Other systemic symptoms (e.g., weight loss, anorexia)
    • 24 hour urinary 5-hydroxyindole acetic acid (5-HIAA) 100 mg or greater
    • Bone metastases
    • Carcinoid heart disease
    • Carcinoid asthma
  • Measurable disease or 24-hour urinary 5-HIAA 50 mg or greater required
  • No known brain metastases



  • 18 and over

Performance status:

  • Zubrod 0-2


  • Granulocyte count at least 1,500/mm^3
  • Platelet count at least 100,000/mm^3


  • Bilirubin no greater than 3.0 mg/dL


  • Creatinine no greater than 2.0 mg/dL


  • See Disease Characteristics


  • See Disease Characteristics


  • No concurrent infection (no fever for at least 3 days prior to treatment unless fever due to tumor)
  • No significant medical or psychiatric illness that would preclude study or informed consent
  • No other malignancy within the past 5 years except basal cell or squamous cell skin cancer or curatively treated stage I carcinoma of the cervix
  • Not pregnant
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception


Biologic therapy:

  • No prior interferon therapy


  • No other concurrent chemotherapy

Endocrine therapy:

  • Prior endocrine therapy allowed
  • Concurrent octreotide allowed


  • See Disease Characteristics
  • At least 4 weeks since prior radiotherapy
  • No concurrent radiotherapy


  • See Disease Characteristics
  • Prior surgery allowed


  • No prior fluorinated pyrimidine
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00002470

United States, District of Columbia
George Washington University Medical Center
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, 20037
Sponsors and Collaborators
Mid-Atlantic Oncology Program
Cancer Biotherapy Research Group
Study Chair: James D. Ahlgren, MD George Washington University
Study Chair: Robert K. Oldham, MD Cancer Therapeutics, Incorporated
  More Information

Ahlgren JD, Leming PD, Gullo JJ, et al.: Protracted infusional 5-FU (PIF) + alpha2b-interferon (alpha-IFN) in metastatic carcinoid: updated experience with Mid-Atlantic Oncology Program (MAOP) study 5190. [Abstract] Proceedings of the American Society of Clinical Oncology 14: A-552, 219, 1995.
Ahlgren JD, Leming PD, Fryer D, et al.: Protracted infusional 5-FU (PIF) + alpha2b-interferon (alpha-IFN): a well tolerated regimen for palliation of advanced carcinoid: a Mid-Atlantic Oncology Program (MAOP) study. [Abstract] Proceedings of the American Society of Clinical Oncology 12: A-661, 218, 1993. Identifier: NCT00002470     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: MAOP-5190
CDR0000076667 ( Registry Identifier: PDQ (Physician Data Query) )
Study First Received: November 1, 1999
Last Updated: May 14, 2013

Keywords provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):
metastatic gastrointestinal carcinoid tumor
recurrent gastrointestinal carcinoid tumor
pulmonary carcinoid tumor

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Carcinoid Tumor
Neuroendocrine Tumors
Malignant Carcinoid Syndrome
Gastrointestinal Neoplasms
Neuroectodermal Tumors
Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Neoplasms, Nerve Tissue
Digestive System Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Digestive System Diseases
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Antineoplastic Agents
Antiviral Agents
Anti-Infective Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Antimetabolites, Antineoplastic
Immunosuppressive Agents
Immunologic Factors
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