Vaccine Therapy With High-Dose Interleukin-2 in Treating Patients With Metastatic Melanoma

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : January 27, 2003
Last Update Posted : June 26, 2013
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Brief Summary:

RATIONALE: Vaccines may make the body build an immune response that will kill tumor cells. Interleukin-2 may stimulate a person's white blood cells to kill melanoma cells.

PURPOSE: Randomized phase II trial to study the effectiveness of vaccine therapy with interleukin-2 in treating patients with metastatic melanoma.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Melanoma (Skin) Biological: aldesleukin Biological: gp100 antigen Biological: incomplete Freund's adjuvant Phase 2

Detailed Description:


  • Define the antitumor activity of gp100:209-217 (210M), a melanoma peptide derived from gp100 mixed with Montanide ISA-51, in combination with high-dose interleukin-2 (IL-2) administered by various schedules in patients with advanced melanoma.
  • Examine the effect of the addition of gp100:209-217 (210M) peptide vaccine to high-dose IL-2 on the toxicity of the treatment in these patients.
  • Define the induction of T-cell responses to gp100:209-217 (210M) peptide and its gp100 (parent) protein by ELISA with interferon gamma production or CTL precursor frequencies in these patients after the initial course of treatment.

OUTLINE: This is a randomized, multicenter study. Patients are stratified according to prior therapy (adjuvant interferon vs chemotherapy for advanced disease vs both vs none), ECOG performance status (0 vs 1), and number of organ sites involved (1 vs more than 1). Patients are randomized into 1 of 3 treatment arms. (Arm III closed to accrual as of 11/30/1998.)

  • Arm I: Patients receive vaccination comprising gp100:209-217 (210M) peptide mixed with Montanide ISA-51 subcutaneously on days 1, 22, 43, and 64. Patients also receive high-dose interleukin-2 (IL-2) IV over 15 minutes every 8 hours on days 2-6 and 16-20.
  • Arm II: Patients receive vaccination as in arm I on days 1, 22, 43, and 64. Patients also receive high-dose IL-2 as in arm I on days 44-48 and 60-64. Patients who demonstrate rapid visible disease progression during the initial 4 weeks of therapy while maintaining good performance status may begin high-dose IL-2 on day 23.
  • Arm III (closed to accrual as of 11/30/1998): Patients receive vaccination as in arm I on day 1 and then high-dose IL-2 as in arm I on day 2. Patients with nonhematologic toxicity may only receive vaccination on weeks 4, 7, and 10. Other patients may also receive IL-2 beginning on day 2 of each treatment week (4, 7, and 10) for up to 14 doses.

Patients in each arm may receive up to a total of 3 courses of treatment.

Patients are followed until death.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: Approximately 90 patients (25 patients for arms I and II and 40 patients for arm III [arm III closed to accrual as of 11/30/1998]) will be accrued for this study within 12-18 months.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Allocation: Randomized
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Randomized Phase II Trial of a Mutated gp100 Melanoma Peptide (g209-217(210M) With Hight Dose Interleukin-2 (IL-2) in HLA-A2.1+Patients With Metastatic Melanoma
Study Start Date : November 1998
Actual Study Completion Date : December 2005

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MedlinePlus related topics: Melanoma

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Ages Eligible for Study:   16 Years and older   (Child, Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Histologically confirmed clearly progressive metastatic or unresectable melanoma
  • Must be HLA-A2.1 positive
  • Measurable disease
  • No active brain metastases, leptomeningeal disease, or seizure disorder

    • More than 4 months since prior definitive therapy (surgery or radiotherapy) for brain metastases and must not have evidence of disease on brain CT scan or MRI
  • No ascites or pleural effusions



  • 18 and over

Performance status:

  • ECOG 0-1 OR
  • Karnofsky 80-100%

Life expectancy:

  • Not specified


  • WBC at least 3,500/mm^3
  • Platelet count at least 100,000/mm^3
  • Hemoglobin at least 9 g/dL


  • Bilirubin no greater than 2.0 mg/dL


  • Creatinine no greater than 1.5 mg/dL OR
  • Creatinine clearance at least 60 mL/min


  • No congestive heart failure
  • No symptoms of coronary artery disease
  • No serious cardiac arrhythmias
  • No evidence of prior myocardial infarction on EKG
  • Normal cardiac stress test required for all patients over 40 years


  • FEV_1 greater than 2.0 liters or at least 75% of predicted
  • No chronic obstructive pulmonary disease


  • HIV negative
  • No significant systemic infection
  • No contraindication to use of pressor agents
  • No history of major psychiatric illness
  • No other major illness that would significantly increase the risk of immunotherapy
  • No other active malignancy except surgically cured nonmelanoma skin cancer or carcinoma in situ or stage I carcinoma of the cervix
  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Negative pregnancy test
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception


Biologic therapy:

  • No prior interleukin-2
  • At least 4 weeks since prior vaccine therapy or other cytokine therapy


  • One prior chemotherapy regimen allowed
  • At least 4 weeks since prior chemotherapy (6 weeks for carmustine or lomustine) and recovered

Endocrine therapy:

  • No concurrent steroids


  • See Disease Characteristics
  • No prior radiotherapy to areas of measurable disease unless there has been clearly progressive disease in this site or there is measurable disease outside of areas of prior radiation
  • At least 2 weeks since prior radiotherapy for local control or palliative therapy and recovered


  • See Disease Characteristics
  • Recovered from prior major surgery
  • No prior organ allografts


  • No antihypertensive therapy within 24 hours prior to interleukin-2

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00003568

United States, California
City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center
Duarte, California, United States, 91010-0269
United States, Illinois
University of Illinois at Chicago Health Sciences Center
Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60612
Loyola University Medical Center
Maywood, Illinois, United States, 60153
United States, Massachusetts
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02215
United States, Michigan
Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute
Detroit, Michigan, United States, 48201-1379
United States, New York
Comprehensive Cancer Center at Our Lady of Mercy Medical CenterOur
Bronx, New York, United States, 10466
United States, Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, 15236
United States, Tennessee
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, Tennessee, United States, 37232-2516
United States, Texas
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
San Antonio, Texas, United States, 78229-3900
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Illinois at Chicago
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Study Chair: David M. Gustin, MD University of Illinois at Chicago Identifier: NCT00003568     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CWG-UIC-T98-0027
CDR0000066634 ( Registry Identifier: PDQ (Physician Data Query) )
First Posted: January 27, 2003    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: June 26, 2013
Last Verified: November 2005

Keywords provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):
stage IV melanoma
recurrent melanoma

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Neuroendocrine Tumors
Neuroectodermal Tumors
Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms, Nerve Tissue
Nevi and Melanomas
Freund's Adjuvant
Antineoplastic Agents
Analgesics, Non-Narcotic
Sensory System Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Anti-HIV Agents
Anti-Retroviral Agents
Antiviral Agents
Anti-Infective Agents
Adjuvants, Immunologic
Immunologic Factors