Vaccine Therapy in Treating Patients With Metastatic Breast Cancer

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
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First received: November 1, 1999
Last updated: February 6, 2009
Last verified: June 2002

RATIONALE: Vaccines may make the body build an immune response that will kill tumor cells.

PURPOSE: Phase I trial to study the effectiveness of vaccine therapy in treating patients who have metastatic breast cancer.

Condition Intervention Phase
Breast Cancer
Biological: recombinant vaccinia DF3/MUC1 vaccine
Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase I Trial of Recombinant Vaccinia Virus That Expresses DF3/MUC1 in Patients With Metastatic Adnocarcinoma of the Breast

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Estimated Enrollment: 28
Study Start Date: February 1999
Detailed Description:

OBJECTIVES: I. Determine the toxicity associated with repeated vaccination with recombinant vaccinia DF3/MUC1 vaccine (rV-DF3/MUC1) in patients with metastatic breast cancer. II. Determine the maximum tolerated dose of rV-DF3/MUC1, based on cellular and humoral immunity, in these patients. III. Determine whether vaccination with rV-DF3/MUC1 is associated with antitumor activity in these patients.

OUTLINE: This is an open label, dose escalation study. Patients receive recombinant vaccinia DF3/MUC1 vaccine (rV-DF3/MUC1) intradermally. Treatment repeats every month for 3 courses in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. Cohorts of at least 6 patients receive escalating doses of rV-DF3/MUC1 until the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) or the highest dose level to be tested is reached. The MTD is defined as the dose preceding that at which 2 of 6 patients experience dose limiting toxicity. Patients are followed monthly for 6 months.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 16-28 patients will be accrued for this study within 1-2 years.


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

DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: Histologically proven metastatic adenocarcinoma of the breast Tumor tissue positive for staining with DF3 (CA27-29) and/or DF3-P OR Elevated serum CA15-3 (CA27-29) May have received no prior treatment or any number of prior regimens for metastatic disease Hormone receptor status: Not specified

PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age: 18 and over Menopausal status: Not specified Performance status: ECOG 0 or 1 Life expectancy: Not specified Hematopoietic: WBC greater than 2,000/mm3 Platelet count greater than 100,000/mm3 Hepatic: Bilirubin less than 2.0 mg/dL SGPT less than 4 times upper limit of normal Renal: Creatinine less than 2.0 mg/dL Immunologic: At least normal delayed type hypersensitivity At least normal CD4:CD8 ratio (greater than 1) At least normal lymphocyte proliferation to concanavalin A At least normal immunoglobulin levels No evidence of altered immune responsiveness or autoimmune syndromes (scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus, etc.) If no antivaccinia antibodies, then must have physician certification of prior vaccinia immunization OR patient recollection and appropriate vaccination site scar Other: HIV negative No prior or concurrent extensive skin disorders (e.g., eczema, extensive psoriasis, burns, impetigo, disseminated zoster) No other serious medical condition that would preclude study participation No active infection requiring antibiotics Must be able to avoid close contact with children under 3 years old, pregnant women, individuals with eczema or other skin conditions, and immunosuppressed people for 2 weeks after each vaccination No seizures, encephalitis, or multiple sclerosis No allergy to eggs Not pregnant or nursing Fertile patients must use effective contraception

PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: Biologic therapy: Prior vaccinia virus exposure required No other concurrent biologic therapy Chemotherapy: See Disease Characteristics At least 3 weeks since prior chemotherapy (6 weeks for nitrosoureas or mitomycin) Endocrine therapy: At least 3 weeks since prior hormonal therapy No concurrent steroids or hormonal therapy Radiotherapy: At least 3 weeks since prior radiotherapy No concurrent radiotherapy Surgery: No prior splenectomy Other: At least 3 days since prior antibiotics

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00003761

United States, Massachusetts
Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02114
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02115
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02115
Boston Medical Center
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02118
Sponsors and Collaborators
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Study Chair: Donald W. Kufe, MD Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  More Information Identifier: NCT00003761     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000066886  DFCI-97050  NCI-T98-0057 
Study First Received: November 1, 1999
Last Updated: February 6, 2009

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

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Breast Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Breast Diseases
Skin Diseases
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs processed this record on January 19, 2017