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Antineoplaston Therapy in Treating Patients With Advanced Head and Neck Cancer

This study has been terminated.
(slow accrual)
Sponsor:
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00003489
First Posted: January 27, 2003
Last Update Posted: November 21, 2017
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Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Burzynski Research Institute
  Purpose

Current therapies for advanced Head and Neck Cancer provide very limited benefit to the patient. The anti-cancer properties of Antineoplaston therapy suggest that it may prove beneficial in the treatment of advanced Head and Neck Cancer.

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


Condition Intervention Phase
Head and Neck Cancer Drug: Antineoplaston therapy (Atengenal + Astugenal) Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Phase II Study of Antineoplastons A10 and AS2-1 In Patients With Carcinoma of the Head and Neck

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Further study details as provided by Burzynski Research Institute:

Enrollment: 7
Actual Study Start Date: May 6, 1996
Study Completion Date: April 3, 1998
Primary Completion Date: April 3, 1998 (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 Advanced Head and Neck Cancer Cancer will receive Antineoplaston therapy (Atengenal + Astugenal).

The daily doses of A10 and AS2-1 are divided into six infusions, which are given at 4-hourly intervals. Each infusion starts with infusion of A10 and is immediately followed by infusion of AS2-1.

Other Name: A10 (Atengenal); AS2-1 (Astugenal)

Detailed Description:

Advanced Head and Neck Cancer patients receive gradually escalating doses of intravenous Antineoplaston therapy (Atengenal + Astugenal) until the maximum tolerated dose is reached. Treatment continues up to12 months in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

OBJECTIVES:

  • To determine the efficacy of Antineoplaston therapy in patients with advanced Head and Neck Cancer, 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 advanced Head and Neck Cancer.
  • 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.
  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   16 Years to 99 Years   (Child, Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS:

  • Histologically confirmed cancer of the head and neck that is unlikely to respond to existing therapy and for which no curative therapy exists

    • Metastatic disease OR incurable with surgery or radiation
  • Measurable disease by CT scan or MRI

    • Tumor must be at least 2 cm for the lymph nodes located in the head, neck, axillary, inguinal or femoral areas and at least 0.5 cm for other areas

PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS:

Age:

  • 16 and over

Performance status:

  • Karnofsky 60-100%

Life expectancy:

  • At least 2 months

Hematopoietic:

  • WBC at least 2,000/mm^3
  • Platelet count at least 50,000/mm^3

Hepatic:

  • No hepatic insufficiency
  • Bilirubin no greater than 2.5 mg/dL
  • SGOT and SGPT no greater than 2.5 mg/dL

Renal:

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

Cardiovascular:

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

Pulmonary:

  • No serious lung disease (e.g., severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)

Other:

  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception during and for 4 weeks after study participation
  • No other serious medical or psychiatric conditions
  • No active infection

PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY:

Biologic therapy:

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

Chemotherapy:

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

Endocrine therapy:

  • Concurrent corticosteroids allowed

Radiotherapy:

  • See Disease Characteristics
  • At least 8 weeks since prior radiotherapy (unless multiple tumors) and recovered

Surgery:

  • See Disease Characteristics

Other:

  • Prior cytodifferentiating agents allowed
  Contacts and Locations
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To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00003489


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: NCT00003489     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000066527
BC-HN-02 ( Other Identifier: Burzynski Research Institute )
First Submitted: November 1, 1999
First Posted: January 27, 2003
Last Update Posted: November 21, 2017
Last Verified: November 2017
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: Yes
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No

Keywords provided by Burzynski Research Institute:
Advanced Head and Neck Cancer
Recurrent Head and Neck Cancer
Oral Cavity Cancer
Nasopharyngeal Cancer
Hypopharyngeal Cancer
Laryngeal Cancer
Nasal Cavity Cancer
Paranasal Sinus Cancer
Oropharyngeal Cancer
Salivary Gland Cancer
Stage IV Head and Neck Cancer

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Head and Neck Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Neoplasms