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Vaccine Plus Interleukin-2 in Treating Patients With Advanced Melanoma

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
National Cancer Institute (NCI) Identifier:
First received: July 5, 2000
Last updated: January 15, 2013
Last verified: January 2013
Phase II trial to study the effectiveness of vaccine therapy plus interleukin-2 in treating patients who have advanced melanoma. Vaccines made from a person's cancer cells may make the body build an immune response to kill tumor cells. Interleukin-2 may stimulate a person's white blood cells to kill cancer cells. Melanoma vaccine plus interleukin-2 may kill more cancer cells

Condition Intervention Phase
Recurrent Melanoma
Stage IV Melanoma
Biological: aldesleukin
Biological: gp100:209-217(210M) peptide vaccine
Other: laboratory biomarker analysis
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Phase II Study of Melanoma Vaccine (NSC #683472/675756, IND #6123) and Low-Dose, Subcutaneous Interleukin-2 in Advanced Melanoma

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Further study details as provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Clinical response rate (CR or PR) [ Time Frame: From the start of treatment until disease progression/recurrence, assessed up to 3 years ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Response duration [ Time Frame: Up to 3 years ]
    The Kaplan-Meier method will be used to estimate duration of response.

  • Progression-free intervals [ Time Frame: Up to 3 years ]
    The Kaplan-Meier method will be used to estimate time to progression.

  • Immunologic response rate using ELISPOT assay [ Time Frame: Up to 3 years ]
    Described in terms of frequency and kinetics. Agreement between clinical and immunological response will be measured using the kappa coefficient.

Enrollment: 50
Study Start Date: March 2001
Primary Completion Date: March 2006 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Treatment (gp100:209-217, aldesleukin )
Patients receive gp100:209-217(210M) emulsified in Montanide ISA-51 SC on day 1 and interleukin-2 SC on days 1-5 and 8-13. Courses repeat every 21 days in the absence of unacceptable toxicity or disease progression. Patients with a CR receive 3 additional courses after achieving CR.
Biological: aldesleukin
Given SC
Other Names:
  • IL-2
  • Proleukin
  • recombinant human interleukin-2
  • recombinant interleukin-2
Biological: gp100:209-217(210M) peptide vaccine
Given SC
Other Names:
  • G9 209-2M
  • gp100:209-217(210M)
Other: laboratory biomarker analysis
Correlative studies

Detailed Description:


I. Determine clinical response rates in patients with advanced melanoma treated with gp100:209-217(210M) melanoma vaccine and low-dose interleukin-2.

II. Assess response duration and progression-free intervals in these patients receiving this treatment.


Patients receive gp100:209-217(210M) emulsified in Montanide ISA-51 subcutaneously (SC) on day 1 and interleukin-2 SC on days 1-5 and 8-13. Courses repeat every 21 days in the absence of unacceptable toxicity or disease progression. Patients with a complete response (CR) receive 3 additional courses after achieving CR.

Patients are followed every 9 weeks for 3 years or until disease recurrence.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 25-50 patients will be accrued for this study within 3.5 years.


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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Histologically or cytologically confirmed cutaneous melanoma with clinical evidence of distant, metastatic, unresectable regional lymphatic, or extensive in-transit recurrent disease
  • HLA-A2*0201 positive by genotyping
  • Measurable disease as defined by the following:

    • At least 1 lesion accurately measured in at least 1 dimension
    • At least 20 mm by conventional techniques
    • At least 10 mm by spiral CT scan
    • Lesions considered intrinsically nonmeasurable include:

      • Bone lesions
      • Leptomeningeal disease
      • Ascites
      • Pleural/pericardial effusion
      • Inflammatory breast disease
      • Lymphangitis cutis/pulmonis
      • Abdominal masses not confirmed and followed by imaging techniques
      • Cystic lesions
      • Lesions situated in a previously irradiated area
  • No ocular or mucosal melanoma
  • No prior or concurrent liver or brain metastases
  • Performance status - ECOG 0-1
  • Platelet count at least 100,000/mm^3
  • Hemoglobin at least 10 g/dL
  • LDH normal
  • Bilirubin normal
  • AST no greater than 2.5 times upper limit of normal
  • Creatinine normal
  • No congestive heart failure, angina, or symptomatic cardiac arrhythmia
  • No myocardial infarction within the past 6 months
  • No severe chronic pulmonary disease
  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception
  • No primary or secondary immunodeficiency or autoimmune disease
  • No currently active second malignancy (e.g., patient has completed therapy and is considered unlikely to have recurrence within 1 year) other than nonmelanoma skin cancer
  • At least 4 weeks since prior immunotherapy
  • No prior interleukin-2
  • No prior whole cell or gp100:209-217(210M)-targeted melanoma vaccine
  • No other concurrent cytokines or growth factors
  • At least 4 weeks since prior chemotherapy
  • At least 1 month since prior systemic corticosteroids
  • No concurrent systemic, inhaled, or topical corticosteroids
  • At least 1 month since other prior immunosuppressive medication
  • No antihypertensive medications from 1 day prior until 2 days after first course
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00005949

United States, Illinois
Cancer and Leukemia Group B
Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60606
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Principal Investigator: John Roberts Cancer and Leukemia Group B
  More Information

Responsible Party: National Cancer Institute (NCI) Identifier: NCT00005949     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: NCI-2012-02337
U10CA031946 ( US NIH Grant/Contract Award Number )
CDR0000067886 ( Registry Identifier: PDQ (Physician Data Query) )
Study First Received: July 5, 2000
Last Updated: January 15, 2013

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Neuroendocrine Tumors
Neuroectodermal Tumors
Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms, Nerve Tissue
Nevi and Melanomas
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Antineoplastic Agents
Analgesics, Non-Narcotic
Sensory System Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Anti-HIV Agents
Anti-Retroviral Agents
Antiviral Agents
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