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Biological Therapy in Treating Patients With Metastatic Cancer

This study has been completed.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Michael Morse, MD, Duke University Identifier:
First received: May 2, 2000
Last updated: February 21, 2013
Last verified: February 2013

RATIONALE: Biological therapies use different ways to stimulate the immune system and stop cancer cells from growing.

PURPOSE: Phase I trial to study the effectiveness of biological therapy in treating patients who have metastatic cancer that has not responded to previous treatment.

Condition Intervention Phase
Breast Cancer
Colorectal Cancer
Extrahepatic Bile Duct Cancer
Gallbladder Cancer
Gastric Cancer
Head and Neck Cancer
Liver Cancer
Lung Cancer
Metastatic Cancer
Ovarian Cancer
Pancreatic Cancer
Testicular Germ Cell Tumor
Biological: CEA RNA-pulsed DC cancer vaccine
Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase I Study of Active Immunotherapy With Carcinoembryonic Antigen RNA-Pulsed, Autologous Human Cultured Dendritic Cells in Patients With Metastatic Malignancies Expressing Carcinoembryonic Antigen

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Further study details as provided by Duke University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Safety [ Time Frame: 12 months ]
    To determine the safety and dose limiting toxicity of intravenous injections of autologous, cultured, dendritic cells pulsed with CEA RNA.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Immune response [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]
    Evaluation of cellular immune response to the CEA protein. Evaluation of clinical and biochemical response to the treatment and the duration of such response

Enrollment: 24
Study Start Date: February 1997
Study Completion Date: July 2002
Primary Completion Date: June 2001 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: CEA RNA-pulsed DC cancer vaccine
carcinoembryonic antigen RNA-pulsed dendritic cells
Biological: CEA RNA-pulsed DC cancer vaccine
carcinoembryonic antigen RNA-pulsed dendritic cells

Detailed Description:

OBJECTIVES: I. Determine the safety and dose limiting toxicity of an intravenous vaccine of autologous, cultured, dendritic cells pulsed with carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) RNA in patients with metastatic adenocarcinoma expressing CEA. II. Assess the cellular immune response to the CEA protein. III. Assess the clinical and biochemical response to the treatment and the duration of such response.

OUTLINE: This a three tiered, open label, uncontrolled, dose escalation study. The first 3 patients receive a low dose of intravenous carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) RNA-pulsed autologous dendritic cells (DC) at weeks 0, 1, 2, and 3. Patients are evaluated for dose limiting toxicity (DLT), immune response, and the antitumor response for at least 1 week before dose escalation may proceed. If there is no DLT in the first three, the next 3 patients are treated at a medium dose of CEA RNA-pulsed autologous DC at 0, 1, 2, and 3 weeks. Finally, if DLT is not seen at the medium dose, the final 6 patients receive intravenous infusions of a high dose of CEA RNA-pulsed autologous DC at weeks 0, 1, 2, and 3. If 1-2 patient(s) experience DLT at the either the low or medium dose levels, 3 more patients are entered at the same dose. If no further DLT occurs, then dose escalation continues. As soon as 3 toxic events occur in 3-6 patients at one dose level, accrual at that level ceases. The MTD is defined as the dose level immediately below that at which more than 3 of 6 patients develop DLT.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A minimum of 3 and a maximum of 18 patients will be accrued for this study.


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

DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: Histologically confirmed metastatic adenocarcinoma expressing carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) that has failed conventional therapy Measurable or evaluable disease May include elevated CEA level No previously irradiated or known new CNS metastases

PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age: 18 and over Performance status: Karnofsky 70-100% Life expectancy: Greater than 6 months Hematopoietic: WBC at least 3,000/mm3 Absolute lymphocyte count at least 1,000/mm3 Hemoglobin at least 9 g/dL Platelet count at least 100,000/mm3 PT less than 1.25 times normal limit PTT less that 1.66 times normal limit Fibrinogen greater than 0.75 times normal limit Hepatic: Bilirubin less than 2.0 mg/dL Renal: Creatinine less than 2.5 mg/dL Cardiovascular: No NYHA class III or IV Pulmonary: FEV1 greater than 70% of predicted FVC greater than 70% of predicted DLCO greater than 70% of predicted No asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Other: No active or chronic infection (including urinary tract infection) No viral hepatitis HIV negative No concurrent second malignancy other than nonmelanoma skin cancer or controlled superficial bladder cancer No hepatic disease No history of other autoimmune disease such as inflammatory bowel disease, systemic lupus erythematous, ankylosing spondylitis, scleroderma, or multiple sclerosis

PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: Must have recovered from all acute toxic effects Biologic therapy: No concurrent biologic therapy At least 6 weeks since biologic therapy No concurrent immunotherapy No more than 1 prior biologic regimen Chemotherapy: No concurrent chemotherapy At least 6 weeks since chemotherapy No more than 1 prior chemotherapy regimen Endocrine therapy: At least 6 weeks since steroid therapy Radiotherapy: No concurrent radiotherapy At least 12 weeks since therapy including Sr 89 At least 6 weeks since other radiotherapy No prior cranial radiotherapy Surgery: Not specified Other: No concurrent immunosuppressives such as azathioprine or cyclosporine

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00004604

United States, North Carolina
Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center
Durham, North Carolina, United States, 27710
Sponsors and Collaborators
Duke University
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Study Chair: Herbert K. Lyerly, MD Duke Cancer Institute
  More Information

Responsible Party: Michael Morse, MD, Principal Investigator, Duke University Identifier: NCT00004604     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000065619
1817 ( Other Identifier: Duke IRB )
Study First Received: May 2, 2000
Last Updated: February 21, 2013

Keywords provided by Duke University:
stage IV colon cancer
stage IV breast cancer
recurrent breast cancer
stage IV gastric cancer
recurrent gastric cancer
recurrent non-small cell lung cancer
recurrent pancreatic cancer
stage IV rectal cancer
recurrent colon cancer
recurrent rectal cancer
inflammatory breast cancer
stage IV ovarian epithelial cancer
recurrent ovarian epithelial cancer
extensive stage small cell lung cancer
recurrent small cell lung cancer
unresectable gallbladder cancer
recurrent gallbladder cancer
unresectable extrahepatic bile duct cancer
recurrent extrahepatic bile duct cancer
stage III malignant testicular germ cell tumor
recurrent malignant testicular germ cell tumor
thyroid gland medullary carcinoma
stage IV non-small cell lung cancer
stage IV salivary gland cancer
recurrent salivary gland cancer
Paget disease of the breast with invasive ductal carcinoma
adult primary hepatocellular carcinoma
testicular yolk sac tumor
lung metastases
liver metastases

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Breast Neoplasms
Lung Neoplasms
Colorectal Neoplasms
Pancreatic Neoplasms
Stomach Neoplasms
Head and Neck Neoplasms
Liver Neoplasms
Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal
Neoplasm Metastasis
Neoplasms, Second Primary
Bile Duct Neoplasms
Testicular Neoplasms
Gallbladder Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Breast Diseases
Skin Diseases
Respiratory Tract Neoplasms
Thoracic Neoplasms
Lung Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Intestinal Neoplasms
Gastrointestinal Neoplasms
Digestive System Neoplasms
Digestive System Diseases
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Colonic Diseases
Intestinal Diseases
Rectal Diseases
Endocrine Gland Neoplasms processed this record on May 24, 2017