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Gene Therapy in Treating Patients With Recurrent Head and Neck Cancer

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified April 2000 by National Cancer Institute (NCI).
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
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First received: November 1, 1999
Last updated: December 3, 2013
Last verified: April 2000

RATIONALE: Inserting the gene for p53 into a person's tumor may improve the body's ability to fight cancer or make the cancer more sensitive to chemotherapy.

PURPOSE: Phase II trial to study the effectiveness of gene therapy in treating patients who have recurrent head and neck cancer.

Condition Intervention Phase
Head and Neck Cancer
Biological: Ad5CMV-p53 gene
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase II, Multicenter, Open Label Study to Evaluate Effectiveness and Safety of AdCMV-p53 Administered by Intra-Tumoral Injections in 39 Patients With Recurrent Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Head and Neck (SCCHN)

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Estimated Enrollment: 39
Study Start Date: January 1998
Detailed Description:

OBJECTIVES: I. Estimate the objective response rate of Ad5CMV-p53 in patients with recurrent squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck. II. Evaluate the duration of response, time to disease progression, and overall survival of these patients after this treatment. III. Evaluate the effectiveness of Ad5CMV-p53 in reducing cancer morbidity (pain assessment, analgesic consumption, and Karnofsky performance status). IV. Assess the quality of life of these patients receiving this treatment.

OUTLINE: This is a multicenter, open label study. All patients receive direct intratumoral injections of Ad5CMV-p53 on days 1, 2, and 3 of each 4-week treatment course. Patients are treated for at least 2 courses barring local disease progression or unacceptable adverse events; patients with responding or stable disease receive a maximum of 12 courses. Patients are evaluated for safety 4 weeks from the completion of the last treatment. Quality of life is assessed before, during, and after treatment. Patients are followed every 2 months for up to 18 months or until death.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A maximum of 39 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

DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: Histologically proven squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN) Recurrent disease documented by histology or cytology (excluding endolaryngeal recurrence) following first line therapy with curative intent, such as: Radiation (at least 5000 cGy by standard methodology) and/or Surgery (definitive resection with postoperative radiation as indicated) Lesions accessible to intratumoral injections Bidimensionally measurable disease The sum of the products of the bidirectional measurements for all bidimensionally measurable lesions must be not greater than 30 cm2 The sum of the longest diameters of all measurable lesions must be not greater than 10 cm No CNS metastasis Tumor tissue from biopsy of primary or recurrent tumor must be available to determine p53 mutation status

PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age: 18 and over Performance status: Karnofsky 60-100% Life expectancy: Greater than 12 weeks Hematopoietic: Platelet count at least 100,000/mm3 Absolute neutrophil count at least 2,000/mm3 Hepatic: Total bilirubin no greater than upper limit of normal (ULN) AST/SGOT and/or ALT/SGPT no greater than 1.5 times ULN Alkaline phosphatase no greater than 5 times ULN Renal: Not specified Other: Not pregnant or nursing Barrier contraception required during treatment Negative for HIV 1, HIV 2, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C At least 2 years since prior malignancy, other than SCCHN No contact with former tissue or organ transplant recipients or persons with severe immunodeficiency disease within 28 days following final dose of study drug No serious concurrent medical conditions No active uncontrolled infection

PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: Biologic therapy: No concurrent immunostimulating drugs No prior autologous or allogeneic organ or tissue transplant Chemotherapy: At least 4 weeks since prior chemotherapy At least 6 weeks since nitrosourea or mitomycin No other concurrent chemotherapy Endocrine therapy: No concurrent nontopical corticosteroids unless chronic (at least 6 months) at low doses (no greater than 10 mg of oral prednisone) Radiotherapy: See Disease Characteristics At least 4 weeks since radiotherapy to measurable disease sites, unless progressive disease No concurrent radiotherapy to disease sites receiving study drug injections Surgery: See Disease Characteristics No concurrent surgery to disease sites receiving study drug injections Other: No concurrent high dose steroids At least 4 weeks since experimental therapy No concurrent other experimental drugs or therapy No prior gene therapy using adenoviral vectors

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00003257

United States, California
Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center
San Diego, California, United States, 92121
United States, Colorado
University of Colorado Cancer Center
Denver, Colorado, United States, 80262
United States, Connecticut
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Farmington, Connecticut, United States, 06032
United States, Illinois
Clinical Sciences Building
Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60612
United States, Iowa
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Iowa City, Iowa, United States, 52242
United States, Kansas
University of Kansas Medical Center
Kansas City, Kansas, United States, 66160-7357
United States, Louisiana
Tulane University School of Medicine
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States, 70112
United States, Maryland
Marlene & Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center, University of Maryland
Baltimore, Maryland, United States, 21201
United States, New York
Albert Einstein Comprehensive Cancer Center
Bronx, New York, United States, 10461
United States, Texas
Simmons Cancer Center - Dallas
Dallas, Texas, United States, 75235-9154
Sponsors and Collaborators
Aventis Pharmaceuticals
Study Chair: Lyndah Dreiling, MD Aventis Pharmaceuticals
  More Information Identifier: NCT00003257     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000066148
Study First Received: November 1, 1999
Last Updated: December 3, 2013

Keywords provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):
recurrent metastatic squamous neck cancer with occult primary
recurrent squamous cell carcinoma of the lip and oral cavity
recurrent squamous cell carcinoma of the oropharynx
recurrent squamous cell carcinoma of the nasopharynx
recurrent squamous cell carcinoma of the hypopharynx
recurrent squamous cell carcinoma of the larynx
recurrent squamous cell carcinoma of the paranasal sinus and nasal cavity

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Carcinoma, Squamous Cell
Head and Neck Neoplasms
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms, Squamous Cell
Neoplasms by Site processed this record on April 24, 2017