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EMD 121974 in Treating Patients With Progressive or Recurrent Glioma

This study has been completed.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
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National Cancer Institute (NCI) Identifier:
First received: August 3, 2000
Last updated: June 20, 2013
Last verified: April 2003

RATIONALE: EMD 121974 may stop the growth of cancer by stopping blood flow to the tumor.

PURPOSE: Phase I/II trial to study the effectiveness of EMD 121974 in treating patients who have progressive or recurrent malignant glioma.

Condition Intervention Phase
Brain and Central Nervous System Tumors
Drug: cilengitide
Phase 1
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase I/II Trial of EMD 121974 for Treatment of Patients With Recurrent Anaplastic Gliomas

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

Study Start Date: September 2000
Study Completion Date: October 2006
Detailed Description:


  • Determine the maximum tolerated dose and dose-limiting toxicity of EMD 121974 in patients with progressive or recurrent malignant glioma.
  • Determine the 6-month progression-free survival, clinical response rate, duration of progression-free survival, and overall survival in patients treated with this drug.
  • Determine the effects of this drug on tumor perfusion, measured with magnetic resonance perfusion scan, and markers for angiogenesis in these patients.

OUTLINE: This is a dose-escalation, multicenter study.

Patients receive EMD 121974 IV over 1 hour twice weekly. Courses repeat every 4 weeks in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

Cohorts of 6-12 patients receive escalating doses of EMD 121974 until the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) is determined. The MTD is defined as the dose preceding that at which more than 2 of 6 or 4 of 12 patients experience dose-limiting toxicity. Once the MTD is determined, additional patients are treated at the MTD.

Patients are followed every 2 months.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A minimum of 6 patients will be accrued for phase I of this study within 2-3 months. A total of 23-38 patients will be accrued for phase II of this study within 5-10 months.


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


  • Histologically confirmed malignant glioma that is progressive or recurrent after radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy

    • Eligible subtypes:

      • Anaplastic astrocytoma
      • Anaplastic oligodendroglioma
      • Glioblastoma multiforme
    • Prior low-grade glioma that has progressed to a high-grade glioma (by biopsy) after radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy allowed
  • Measurable disease by volumetric and magnetic resonance perfusion scan
  • Prior biopsy or resection of recurrent brain tumor allowed



  • 18 and over

Performance status:

  • Karnofsky 60-100%

Life expectancy:

  • Not specified


  • Absolute neutrophil count at least 1,500/mm^3
  • Platelet count at least 100,000/mm^3


  • Bilirubin normal
  • Transaminases no greater than 2.5 times upper limit of normal


  • Creatinine no greater than 1.5 mg/dL OR
  • Creatinine clearance at least 60 mL/min


  • No advanced coronary artery disease


  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Negative pregnancy test
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception
  • No serious concurrent infection or medical illness that would preclude study
  • No other malignancy within the past 5 years except curatively treated carcinoma in situ or basal cell skin cancer
  • No history of wound healing disorders
  • No peptic ulcer disease within the past year
  • Mini mental score of at least 15
  • Willing and able to undergo MRI


Biologic therapy:

  • No concurrent filgrastim (G-CSF)


  • See Disease Characteristics
  • At least 3 weeks since prior chemotherapy (6 weeks for nitrosoureas) and recovered
  • No more than 2 prior chemotherapy regimens

Endocrine therapy:

  • Prior corticosteroids allowed if on stable dose for at least 5 days prior to study
  • Concurrent corticosteroids (e.g., dexamethasone) allowed as clinically needed


  • See Disease Characteristics
  • At least 3 months since prior radiotherapy and recovered


  • See Disease Characteristics
  • At least 1 week since prior surgery and recovered
  • No concurrent elective surgery or dental extractions


  • No other concurrent investigational agents
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00006093

United States, Alabama
University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center
Birmingham, Alabama, United States, 35294-3300
United States, Florida
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute
Tampa, Florida, United States, 33612-9497
United States, Georgia
Emory University Hospital - Atlanta
Atlanta, Georgia, United States, 30322
United States, Maryland
Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins
Baltimore, Maryland, United States, 21231-2410
United States, Massachusetts
Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02114
United States, Michigan
Henry Ford Hospital
Detroit, Michigan, United States, 48202
United States, North Carolina
Comprehensive Cancer Center at Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States, 27157-1082
United States, Ohio
Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Center
Cleveland, Ohio, United States, 44195
United States, Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 19104-4283
United States, Texas
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
San Antonio, Texas, United States, 78284-7811
Sponsors and Collaborators
New Approaches to Brain Tumor Therapy Consortium
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Study Chair: Louis B. Nabors, MD University of Alabama at Birmingham
  More Information

Nabors LB, Rosenfeld SS, Mikkelsen T, et al.: NABTT 9911: a phase I trial of EMD 121974 for treatment of patients with recurrent malignant gliomas. [Abstract] Neuro-Oncology 6 (4): TA-39, 379, 2004. Identifier: NCT00006093     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000068098
Study First Received: August 3, 2000
Last Updated: June 20, 2013

Keywords provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):
recurrent adult brain tumor
adult glioblastoma
adult anaplastic astrocytoma
adult anaplastic oligodendroglioma
adult giant cell glioblastoma
adult gliosarcoma

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Nervous System Neoplasms
Central Nervous System Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Nervous System Diseases processed this record on April 26, 2017