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Antineoplaston Therapy in Treating Patients With Ependymoma

This study has been terminated.
(Slow accrual)
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Burzynski Research Institute
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00003479
First received: November 1, 1999
Last updated: December 28, 2016
Last verified: December 2016
  Purpose

RATIONALE: Current therapies for patients with ependymoma provide limited benefit to the patient. The anti-cancer properties of Antineoplaston therapy suggest that it may prove beneficial in the treatment of patients with ependymoma .

PURPOSE: This study is being performed to determine the effects (good and bad) that Antineoplaston therapy has on patients with ependymoma.


Condition Intervention Phase
Ependymoma Drug: Antineoplaston therapy (Atengenal + Astugenal) Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Phase II Study of Antineoplastons A10 and AS2-1 Infusions in Patients With Ependymoma

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Further study details as provided by Burzynski Research Institute:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Number of Participants With Objective Response [ Time Frame: 12 months ]
    Objective response rate per Response Assessment in Neuro-Oncology (RANO) for target lesions and assessed by MRI: Complete Response (CR), disappearance of all disease sustained for at least four weeks; Partial Response (PR), >=50% decrease in the sum of the products of of the greatest perpendicular diameters of all measurable enhancing lesions, sustained for at least four weeks; Stable Disease (SD), <50% decrease and <25% increase in the sum of the products of of the greatest perpendicular diameters of all measurable enhancing lesions, sustained for at least eight weeks; Progressive Disease (PD), >=25% increase in the sum of the products of of the greatest perpendicular diameters of all measurable enhancing lesions.


Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Percentage of Participants Who Survived [ Time Frame: 6 months, 12 months, 24 months, 36 months, 48 months, 60 months ]
    6 months, 12 months, 24 months, 36 months, 48 months, 60 months overall survival


Enrollment: 9
Study Start Date: July 1966
Study Completion Date: October 2000
Primary Completion Date: October 2000 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Antineoplaston therapy
Antineoplaston therapy (Atengenal + Astugenal) by IV infusion every four hours for at least 12 months. Study subjects receive increasing dosages of Atengenal and Astugenal until the maximum tolerated dose is reached.
Drug: Antineoplaston therapy (Atengenal + Astugenal)
Patients with an ependymoma will receive Antineoplaston therapy (Atengenal + Astugenal).
Other Name: A10 (Atengenal); AS2-1 (Astugenal)

Detailed Description:

OBJECTIVES:

  • To determine the efficacy of Antineoplaston therapy in patients with ependymoma as measured by an objective response to therapy (complete response, partial response) or stable disease.
  • To determine the safety and tolerance of Antineoplaston therapy in patients with ependymoma

OVERVIEW: This is a single arm, open-label study in which patients with ependymoma receive gradually escalating doses of intravenous Antineoplaston therapy (Atengenal + Astugenal) until the maximum tolerated dose is reached. Treatment continues for at least 12 months in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. After 12 months, patients with a complete or partial response or with stable disease may continue treatment.

To determine objective response, tumor size is measured utilizing MRI scans, which are performed every 8 weeks for the first two years, every 3 months for the third and fourth years, every 6 months for the 5th and sixth years, and annually thereafter.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 20-40 patients will be accrued to this study

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   6 Months to 99 Years   (Child, Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS:

  • Histologically confirmed ependymoma that is unlikely to respond to existing therapy and for which no curative therapy exists
  • Evidence of residual tumor (>= 5mm) by MRI scan performed within two weeks prior to study entry
  • No brain stem tumors

PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS:

Age:

  • 6 months and over

Performance status:

  • Karnofsky 60-100%

Life expectancy:

  • At least 2 months

Hematopoietic:

  • WBC at least 2,000/mm3
  • Platelet count greater than 50,000/mm3

Hepatic:

  • Bilirubin no greater than 2.5 mg/dL
  • SGOT/SGPT no greater than 5 times upper limit of normal
  • No hepatic failure

Renal:

  • Creatinine no greater than 2.5 mg/dL
  • No renal failure
  • No history of renal conditions that contraindicate high dosages of sodium

Cardiovascular:

  • No severe heart disease
  • No uncontrolled hypertension
  • No history of congestive heart failure
  • No history of other cardiovascular conditions that contraindicate high dosages of sodium

Pulmonary:

  • No severe lung disease

Other:

  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception during and for 4 weeks after study
  • No serious active infections or fever
  • No other serious concurrent disease

PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY:

Biologic therapy:

  • At least 4 weeks since prior immunotherapy and recovered
  • No concurrent immunomodulating agents

Chemotherapy:

  • At least 4 weeks since prior chemotherapy and recovered (6 weeks for nitrosoureas)
  • No concurrent antineoplastic agents

Endocrine therapy:

  • Concurrent corticosteroids for cerebral edema allowed (must be on stable dose for at least 1 week prior to study)

Radiotherapy:

  • At least 8 weeks since prior radiotherapy and recovered

Surgery:

  • Not specified

Other:

  • No prior antineoplaston therapy
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00003479

Locations
United States, Texas
Burzynski Clinic
Houston, Texas, United States, 77055-6330
Sponsors and Collaborators
Burzynski Research Institute
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Stanislaw R. Burzynski, MD, PhD Burzynski Research Institute
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: Burzynski Research Institute
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00003479     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000066516
BC-BT-24 ( Other Identifier: Burzynski Research Institute, Inc. )
Study First Received: November 1, 1999
Results First Received: December 28, 2016
Last Updated: December 28, 2016
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

Keywords provided by Burzynski Research Institute:
Ependymoma
Anaplastic Ependymoma

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Ependymoma
Glioma
Neoplasms, Neuroepithelial
Neuroectodermal Tumors
Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Neoplasms, Nerve Tissue

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