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Combination Chemotherapy and Bone Marrow Transplantation or Peripheral Stem Cell Transplantation in Treating Patients With Oligodendroglioma

This study has been completed.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by:
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Identifier:
First received: November 1, 1999
Last updated: June 24, 2013
Last verified: June 2013

RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. Combining more than one drug and combining chemotherapy with autologous bone marrow transplantation or peripheral stem cell transplantation may allow doctors to give higher doses of chemotherapy drugs and kill more tumor cells.

PURPOSE: Phase II trial to study the effectiveness of combination chemotherapy plus bone marrow transplantation or peripheral stem cell transplantation in treating patients who have oligodendroglioma.

Condition Intervention Phase
Brain and Central Nervous System Tumors Biological: filgrastim Drug: busulfan Drug: lomustine Drug: procarbazine hydrochloride Drug: thiotepa Drug: vincristine sulfate Procedure: autologous bone marrow transplantation Procedure: peripheral blood stem cell transplantation Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase II Trial of Intensive Chemotherapy and Autotransplantation for Patients With Newly Diagnosed Anaplastic Oligodendroglioma

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Further study details as provided by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center:

Estimated Enrollment: 60
Study Start Date: August 1997
Study Completion Date: January 2002
Primary Completion Date: January 2002 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:


  • Determine the duration of response in patients with newly diagnosed pure and mixed anaplastic oligodendrogliomas treated with intensive chemotherapy supported by autologous transplantation.
  • Determine the neurological and systemic toxic effects of this regimen in these patients.
  • Determine the relationship of 1p loss of heterozygosity on radiographic response, progression-free survival, and overall survival of patients treated with this regimen.

OUTLINE: This is a multicenter study.

  • Mobilization and stem cell harvest: Patients receive filgrastim (G-CSF) subcutaneously daily for up to 7 days followed by peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) or bone marrow (BM) harvest.
  • Induction therapy: All patients then receive induction therapy (PCV) comprising of oral lomustine on day 1, vincristine IV on days 8 and 29, and oral procarbazine on days 8-21. Treatment repeats every 42 days in the absence of progressive disease or unacceptable toxicity. Patients with prior complete resections receive 3 courses of PCV then proceed to high-dose chemotherapy and transplantation as described below, provided tumor has not recurred. Patients with prior partial resections or biopsies receive 2 courses of PCV and are assessed for response; those who achieve complete response (CR) or major partial response (PR) receive 1 more course of PCV. Patients who achieve partial response or have stable disease receive 2 more courses of PCV and are reassessed.
  • High-dose chemotherapy and transplantation: Patients who achieve CR or PR receive thiotepa IV on days -8 to -6 and busulfan IV over 2 hours on day -5 to -3. Patients undergo autologous BM or PBSC transplantation on day 0.

Patients are followed every 3 months for 2 years, every 6 months for 3 years, and then annually thereafter.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 60 patients will be accrued for this study within 3-5 years.


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


  • Histologically proven anaplastic oligodendroglioma OR
  • Histologically proven anaplastic mixed glioma (oligoastrocytoma) provided there is an unequivocal and substantial (at least 25%) oligodendroglial element
  • No systemic or leptomeningeal metastases (excluding contiguous leptomeninges)



  • 18 and over

Performance status

  • Karnofsky 60-100%

Life expectancy

  • Not specified


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


  • Bilirubin no greater than 1.5 times upper limit of normal (ULN) OR
  • SGOT no greater than 2 times ULN


  • Creatinine no greater than 1.5 times ULN


  • LVEF at least 50%


  • DLCO at least 50% of predicted


  • No other serious illness that would preclude study therapy
  • No other concurrent malignancy except basal cell skin cancer or carcinoma in situ of the cervix
  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception


Biologic therapy

  • Not specified


  • No prior systemic chemotherapy

Endocrine therapy

  • Not specified


  • No prior cranial radiotherapy


  • Prior complete or partial resection, open biopsy, or stereotactic biopsy allowed
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00003101

United States, Alabama
University of Alabama Comprehensive Cancer Center
Birmingham, Alabama, United States, 35294
United States, California
Stanford University Medical Center
Stanford, California, United States, 94305-5408
United States, Illinois
Evanston Northwestern Health Care
Evanston, Illinois, United States, 60201
Loyola University Medical Center
Maywood, Illinois, United States, 60153
United States, New York
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
New York, New York, United States, 10021
Canada, Alberta
Tom Baker Cancer Center - Calgary
Calgary, Alberta, Canada, T2N 4N2
Canada, Ontario
Cancer Care Ontario-London Regional Cancer Centre
London, Ontario, Canada, N6A 4L6
Sponsors and Collaborators
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Study Chair: Lisa M. DeAngelis, MD Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  More Information Identifier: NCT00003101     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 97-077
CDR0000065833 ( Registry Identifier: PDQ (Physician Data Query) )
Study First Received: November 1, 1999
Last Updated: June 24, 2013

Keywords provided by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center:
adult oligodendroglioma
adult anaplastic oligodendroglioma

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Nervous System Neoplasms
Central Nervous System Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Nervous System Diseases
Neoplasms, Neuroepithelial
Neuroectodermal Tumors
Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Neoplasms, Nerve Tissue
Antineoplastic Agents, Phytogenic
Antineoplastic Agents
Tubulin Modulators
Antimitotic Agents
Mitosis Modulators
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Alkylating Agents
Immunosuppressive Agents
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Antineoplastic Agents, Alkylating
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