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Rebeccamycin Analog in Treating Children With Relapsed or Refractory Neuroblastoma

This study has been completed.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by:
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Identifier:
First received: November 1, 1999
Last updated: June 24, 2013
Last verified: June 2013

RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die.

PURPOSE: Phase II trial to study the effectiveness of rebeccamycin analog in treating children who have relapsed or refractory neuroblastoma.

Condition Intervention Phase
Neuroblastoma Drug: becatecarin Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Pharmacokinetic-Guided Phase II Trial of the Rebeccamycin Analog NSC# 655649 in Pediatric Patients With Relapsed/Refractory Neuroblastoma

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Further study details as provided by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Response (complete response, very good partial response, or partial response)
  • Freedom from progression
  • Time to treatment failure

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Toxicity

Estimated Enrollment: 30
Study Start Date: January 1999
Study Completion Date: September 2006
Primary Completion Date: September 2006 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:


  • Determine the response rate to rebeccamycin analogue in children with relapsed or refractory neuroblastoma.
  • Determine the toxicity of this drug in these patients.
  • Identify and establish in vitro biologic correlates of clinical responses and toxicity of this drug in these patients.

OUTLINE: Patients receive rebeccamycin analogue IV over 1 hour once on days 1-5. Treatment repeats every 3 weeks for at least 2 courses in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: This study will accrue up to 30 patients within 1.5 years.


Ages Eligible for Study:   up to 18 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Histologically proven relapsed or refractory neuroblastoma
  • Measurable disease



  • Children

Performance status:

  • ECOG 0-2

Life expectancy:

  • At least 2 months


  • Not specified


  • Bilirubin less than 1.5 mg/dL
  • SGOT and SGPT less than 2.5 times upper limit of normal (ULN)
  • Adequate liver function unless due to disease


  • Creatinine no greater than 1.5 times ULN OR
  • Creatinine clearance at least 60 mL/min
  • Adequate renal function unless due to disease


  • No other serious concurrent illness
  • No active uncontrolled infection
  • Not pregnant
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception


Biologic therapy:

  • Recovered from prior immunotherapy
  • Prior autologous bone marrow transplantation allowed
  • No concurrent immunotherapy


  • At least 4 weeks since prior chemotherapy and recovered
  • No other concurrent systemic chemotherapy

Endocrine therapy:

  • Not specified


  • Recovered from prior radiotherapy


  • Not specified
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00003737

United States, New York
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
New York, New York, United States, 10021
Sponsors and Collaborators
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Study Chair: Tanya Trippett, MD Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  More Information Identifier: NCT00003737     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 98-095
CDR0000066852 ( Registry Identifier: PDQ (Physician Data Query) )
Study First Received: November 1, 1999
Last Updated: June 24, 2013

Keywords provided by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center:
recurrent neuroblastoma

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Neuroectodermal Tumors, Primitive, Peripheral
Neuroectodermal Tumors, Primitive
Neoplasms, Neuroepithelial
Neuroectodermal Tumors
Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Neoplasms, Nerve Tissue processed this record on September 21, 2017