Biological Therapy Plus Chemotherapy in Treating Patients With Metastatic or Recurrent Kidney Cancer

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : July 22, 2004
Last Update Posted : December 10, 2013
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of New Mexico

Brief Summary:

RATIONALE: Biological therapies use different ways to stimulate the immune system and stop cancer cells from growing. Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. Combining biological therapy with chemotherapy may kill more tumor cells.

PURPOSE: Phase I/II trial to study the effectiveness of biological therapy plus chemotherapy in treating patients with metastatic or recurrent kidney cancer.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Kidney Cancer Biological: aldesleukin Biological: recombinant interferon alfa Drug: fluorouracil Drug: isotretinoin Procedure: surgical procedure Phase 1 Phase 2

Detailed Description:

OBJECTIVES: I. Evaluate the toxic effects, patient tolerance, and practicality of administering interferon alfa-2b, fluorouracil, interleukin-2, and isotretinoin (FUNIL-cRa) in patients with metastatic and/or recurrent renal cell carcinoma. II. Obtain a pilot indication of responsiveness of these patients to this regimen. III. Evaluate the measurement of tumor thymidylate synthetase as a prediction of response of these patients to this and other fluorouracil based regimens.

OUTLINE: Patients are stratified by performance status (0 vs 1), nephrectomy (yes vs no), site of disease (pulmonary or lymph node metastases only vs other disease site), radiotherapy (yes vs no), and prior adjuvant biologic or hormone therapy (yes vs no). Patients receive intravenous fluorouracil daily for 14 days, and subcutaneous interferon alfa-2b 3 times a week for 6 weeks. Beginning on day 15, patients receive intravenous interleukin-2, 5 days a week and oral isotretinoin 2 times a day for 4 weeks. Treatment courses are 6 weeks, followed by a 2 week rest period. Treatment continues for up to 4 courses in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. Patients with partial or complete response may undergo surgical resection. Patients are followed every 2 months for 1 year and then every 6 months thereafter.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 35 patients will be accrued to this study.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 35 participants
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase I/II Pilot Study of a Novel Four Drug Regimen for the Treatment of Advanced Renal Cell Carcinoma: FUNIL-cRA
Study Start Date : August 1996
Actual Primary Completion Date : August 2001
Actual Study Completion Date : August 2002

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MedlinePlus related topics: Kidney Cancer
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Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: Histologically proven metastatic and/or recurrent renal cell carcinoma Bidimensionally measurable disease No concurrent brain metastases Patients with prior brain metastases who have undergone radiation and/or surgery, with stable response, confirmed by MRI, and off corticosteroids are eligible

PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age: Not specified Performance status: SWOG 0-1 Life expectancy: Not specified Hematopoietic: Not specified Hepatic: Not specified Renal: Not specified Other: Not pregnant or nursing Fertile patients must use effective contraception No other serious illness or active infection requiring antibiotics Not HIV positive No active substance abuse

PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: Biologic therapy: At least 6 months since prior interleukin-2 therapy At least 6 months since prior interferon alfa therapy At least 1 month since other prior biologic therapy No other concurrent biologic therapy (e.g., filgrastim or sargramostim) Chemotherapy: At least 6 months since prior fluorouracil therapy At least 1 month since prior chemotherapy No other concurrent chemotherapy Endocrine therapy: At least 1 month since prior endocrine therapy No concurrent hormone therapy No concurrent corticosteroids except if inhaled or topical Radiotherapy: At least 1 month since prior radiotherapy (to less than 25% of the bone marrow only, and there must be measurable disease outside of radiation field) No concurrent radiotherapy Surgery: At least 3 weeks since prior surgery Other: No concurrent ongoing therapy with investigational drugs

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00003585

United States, New Mexico
University of New Mexico Cancer Research & Treatment Center
Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States, 87131
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of New Mexico
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Study Chair: Laurence Elias, MD University of New Mexico Cancer Center

Responsible Party: University of New Mexico Identifier: NCT00003585     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: UNM-0996C
CDR0000066654 ( Registry Identifier: PDQ (Physician Data Query) )
First Posted: July 22, 2004    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: December 10, 2013
Last Verified: December 2013

Keywords provided by University of New Mexico:
stage IV renal cell cancer
recurrent renal cell cancer

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Kidney Neoplasms
Carcinoma, Renal Cell
Urologic Neoplasms
Urogenital Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Kidney Diseases
Urologic Diseases
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Antineoplastic Agents
Antiviral Agents
Anti-Infective Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Antimetabolites, Antineoplastic
Immunosuppressive Agents
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Anti-HIV Agents
Anti-Retroviral Agents
Dermatologic Agents