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Gene Therapy in Treating Patients With Stage III or Stage IV Melanoma

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
Vical Identifier:
First received: November 1, 1999
Last updated: July 5, 2011
Last verified: July 2011

RATIONALE: Injecting allovectin-7 into a person's melanoma cells may make the body build an immune response that will kill tumor cells.

PURPOSE: Phase II trial to study the effectiveness of gene therapy in treating patients who have stage III or stage IV melanoma that has not responded to previous treatment.

Condition Intervention Phase
Stage IV Melanoma
Stage III Melanoma
Recurrent Melanoma
Drug: allovectin-7
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Phase II Study of Allovectin-7 as an Immunotherapeutic Agent in Patients With Stages III and IV Melanoma

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Further study details as provided by Vical:

Enrollment: 78
Study Start Date: August 1998
Study Completion Date: May 2002
Primary Completion Date: March 2002 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:

OBJECTIVES: I. Demonstrate an objective clinical response (partial or complete) with a median duration of at least 4 months in 15% of patients with stage III or IV melanoma treated with Allovectin-7. Allovectin-7 is a direct gene transfer immunotherapeutic agent.

II. Determine the benefits, risks, and side effects of Allovectin-7 in this patient population.

PROTOCOL OUTLINE: This is a multicenter study. Patients receive an intratumoral injection of Allovectin-7 once weekly for 6 weeks. At week 9, a complete disease status assessment is performed. Patients with stable or responding disease may receive additional courses of 6 injections.


A total of 70 patients will be accrued for this study.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


--Disease Characteristics--

  • Histologically confirmed melanoma; Stage III with locoregional disease, in transit metastasis, or nodal disease OR Stage IV metastatic disease in skin, subcutaneous tissue, lymph node(s), and/or lung
  • At least 1 metastasis for which surgery is not deemed to be a curative option
  • Relapsed from or has not responded to frontline chemotherapy or biotherapy
  • At least 1 measurable tumor at least 1 cm by 1 cm, but less than 5 cm by 5 cm
  • No history of brain metastases or visceral metastases other than lung metastases

--Prior/Concurrent Therapy--

  • Biologic therapy: See Disease Characteristics; At least 4 weeks since prior biologic therapy
  • Chemotherapy: See Disease Characteristics; At least 4 weeks since prior chemotherapy
  • Endocrine therapy: No concurrent immunosuppressive drugs
  • Radiotherapy: At least 4 weeks since prior radiotherapy
  • Surgery: At least 2 weeks since prior major surgery
  • Other: No other concurrent anticancer drug therapy, or any other experimental therapy

--Patient Characteristics--

  • Age: 18 and over
  • Performance status: Karnofsky 80-100%
  • Life expectancy: At least 6 months
  • Hematopoietic: WBC at least 3,000/mm3; Platelet count at least 100,000/mm3; Hemoglobin at least 9 g/dL
  • Hepatic: Bilirubin no greater than 2.0 mg/dL; SGOT/SGPT less than 3 times upper limit of normal; PT/PTT normal LDH and albumin normal
  • Renal: Creatinine no greater than 2.0 mg/dL
  • Cardiovascular: No uncontrolled hypertension; No New York Heart Association class III or IV disease
  • Other: HIV negative; Negative pregnancy test; Fertile patients must use effective contraception; No active autoimmune disease; No active infection requiring parenteral antibiotics; No uncontrolled diabetes mellitus; No other prior malignancy in the past 5 years except skin cancer or stage 0-II cervical cancer; No significant psychiatric disorders
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00003646

United States, Minnesota
Mayo Clinic Cancer Center
Rochester, Minnesota, United States, 55905
United States, New York
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Buffalo, New York, United States, 14263-0001
United States, Texas
Physician Reliance Network, Inc.
Dallas, Texas, United States, 75246
Sponsors and Collaborators
Study Chair: Jennifer Fernandez Vical
  More Information

Responsible Party: Dmitri D. Kharkevitch, MD, PhD, Vical Incorporated Identifier: NCT00003646     History of Changes
Obsolete Identifiers: NCT00416806
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000066735
VCL-1005-205 ( Other Identifier: Vical )
Study First Received: November 1, 1999
Last Updated: July 5, 2011

Keywords provided by Vical:
adult solid tumor
body system/site cancer
recurrent melanoma
skin tumor
solid tumor
stage III melanoma
stage IV melanoma
stage, melanoma

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Neuroendocrine Tumors
Neuroectodermal Tumors
Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms, Nerve Tissue
Nevi and Melanomas processed this record on April 26, 2017