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Biological Therapy in Treating Patients With Metastatic Cancer

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian Identifier:
First received: November 1, 1999
Last updated: May 10, 2011
Last verified: May 2011

RATIONALE: Biological therapies use different ways to stimulate the immune system and stop cancer cells from growing. Combining different types of biological therapies, including interferon alfa, interleukin-2, and tumor infiltrating lymphocytes, may kill more cancer cells.

PURPOSE: Phase II trial to study the effectiveness of biological therapies, including interferon alfa, interleukin-2, and tumor infiltrating lymphocytes, in treating patients with metastatic cancer.

Condition Intervention Phase
Kidney Cancer Melanoma (Skin) Unspecified Adult Solid Tumor, Protocol Specific Biological: aldesleukin Biological: recombinant interferon alfa Biological: therapeutic tumor infiltrating lymphocytes Drug: cimetidine Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Primary Purpose: Treatment

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Further study details as provided by Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian:

Estimated Enrollment: 30
Study Start Date: January 1996
Study Completion Date: January 2000
Primary Completion Date: January 2000 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:

OBJECTIVES: I. Determine the response rate and failure-free survival in patients with metastatic cancer (preferably melanoma or renal cell) treated with autologous tumor infiltrating lymphocytes (TIL), interferon alfa (IFN-A), and interleukin-2 (IL-2). II. Describe the toxic effects and costs associated with this therapy to assess risk benefit and cost benefit. III. Assess the relative value of administering low- or high-dose TIL, as well as the value of administering IFN-A before TIL, IL-2 with TIL, or cimetidine with TIL.

OUTLINE: This is a multicenter study. Patients are stratified according to center, tumor infiltrating lymphocyte (TIL) dose (low vs high), and medical condition suitable for interferon alfa (IFN-A)/interleukin-2 (IL-2) (yes vs no). Patients are assigned to one of two treatment regimens based on entry criteria. Regimen A (preferred): Patients meeting the preferred entry criteria receive IFN-A subcutaneously on days 1-4, TIL expanded in vitro with IL-2 IV on day 5, and IL-2 IV continuously over 72 hours following TIL infusion. Regimen B: All other patients receive TIL infusion once followed by oral cimetidine every 6 hours for 4 weeks. Treatment repeats in both regimens every 3-6 weeks in the absence of disease progression and according to TIL availability. Patients are followed every 6 months.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 20-30 patients with melanoma and 20-30 patients with renal cell carcinoma 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

DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: Histologic evidence of any type of cancer with metastases Melanoma or renal cell cancer preferred No active brain metastasis Tumor infiltrating lymphocytes must be available Measurable or evaluable disease preferred

PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age: 18 and over (under 75 preferred) Performance status: ECOG 0-3 (ECOG 0 or 1 preferred) Hematopoietic: (preferred) WBC at least 3,000/mm3 Platelet count at least 100,000/mm3 Hematocrit at least 30% (transfusion allowed) Hepatic: (preferred) Bilirubin less than 2.0 mg/dL PT/PTT normal Renal: (preferred) Creatinine less than 2.0 mg/dL Cardiovascular: (preferred) At least 6 months since prior myocardial infarction No congestive heart failure, cardiac arrhythmia, or hypertension requiring medication Pulmonary: (preferred) pO2 at least 60 mm Hg Reasonable respiratory reserve No supplemental oxygen requirement Not dyspneic at rest Other: No chronic auto-coagulation (preferred) No active infection No chronic underlying immunodeficiency disease (including HIV, hepatitis B) No known autoimmune disease Not pregnant

PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: Biologic therapy: Not specified Chemotherapy: At least 4 weeks since prior chemotherapy Endocrine therapy: Not specified Radiotherapy: At least 4 weeks since prior radiotherapy (7 days since stereotactic radiosurgery) Surgery: At least 4 weeks since prior surgery to control brain metastases No prior organ transplantation

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00002733

United States, California
Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian
Newport Beach, California, United States, 92658
Sponsors and Collaborators
Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian
Study Chair: Robert O. Dillman, MD, FACP Cancer Biotherapy Research Group
  More Information

Schilitz PM, Dillman RO, Beutel L, et al.: Characterization of human tumor infiltrating lymphocytes expanded in a hollow fiber bioreactor and used for adoptive immunotherapy of cancer. J Immunother 19(6): 462, 1997.
Dillman RO, Hurwitz R, Schlitz PM, et al.: Radioimmunodetection of cancer with 111-Indium conjugated tumor infiltrating lymphocytes in patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma. J Immunother 19(6): 457, 1996.

Responsible Party: Robert O. Dillman, MD, Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian Identifier: NCT00002733     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000064631
Study First Received: November 1, 1999
Last Updated: May 10, 2011

Keywords provided by Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian:
stage IV renal cell cancer
stage IV melanoma
unspecified adult solid tumor, protocol specific

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Kidney Neoplasms
Carcinoma, Renal Cell
Neuroendocrine Tumors
Neuroectodermal Tumors
Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms, Nerve Tissue
Nevi and Melanomas
Urologic Neoplasms
Urogenital Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Kidney Diseases
Urologic Diseases
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Antineoplastic Agents
Antiviral Agents
Anti-Infective Agents
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Anti-HIV Agents
Anti-Retroviral Agents
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