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Vaccine Therapy With or Without Interleukin-2 in Treating Patients With Metastatic Melanoma

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00019448
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : March 5, 2007
Last Update Posted : June 20, 2013
Information provided by:
National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Brief Summary:

RATIONALE: Vaccines made from DNA may make the body build an immune response to kill tumor cells. Interleukin-2 may stimulate a person's white blood cells to kill melanoma cells. Combining vaccine therapy and interleukin-2 may kill more tumor cells.

PURPOSE: Phase II trial to study the effectiveness of vaccine therapy with or without interleukin-2 in treating patients with metastatic melanoma that has not responded to previous treatment.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Stage IV Melanoma Recurrent Melanoma Drug: gp100 antigen Drug: interleukin-2 Phase 2

Detailed Description:

OBJECTIVES: I. Determine the clinical response of patients receiving DNA gp100 antigen alone or in combination with interleukin-2 for recurrent metastatic melanoma.

II. Identify the immunologic response in these patients prior to and after these treatments.

III. Determine the toxicity of these treatments in these patients.

PROTOCOL OUTLINE: Patients are accrued for the first three cohorts and the study proceeds to the final two cohorts if responses are observed.

Cohort I: Patients receive gp100 antigen intramuscularly (IM) into each of 2 proximal extremities once every 4 weeks for up to 4 doses. (Closed as of December, 1999) Cohort II: Patients receive gp100 antigen intradermally (ID) at 5 sites on each of 2 proximal extremities once every 4 weeks for up to 4 doses. (Closed as of December, 1999) Cohort III: Patients receive gp100 antigen IM into each of 2 proximal extremities once every 4 weeks for up to 4 doses. If patients do not exhibit immunologic response or dose-limiting toxicity, they may receive a higher dose of gp100 antigen on subsequent courses.

Cohort IV: If cohorts I, II, or III do not produce an immune response and do not experience dose-limiting toxicity, patients receive a higher dose of gp100 antigen IM into each of 2 proximal extremities every 4 weeks for up to 4 doses.

Cohort V: Patients receive gp100 antigen IM or ID at the dose found to produce immunization once every 4 weeks for up to 4 doses. Patients also receive interleukin-2 IV over 15 minutes every 8 hours for 5 days (15 doses), beginning within 24 hours after gp100 antigen.

Patients with minor, mixed, or partial response or stable disease may receive additional courses of treatment following 3-4 weeks of rest. Patients receive a maximum of 12 courses.

Patients are followed at 4-6 weeks.


A maximum of 65 patients will be accrued for this study within 1 year.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Phase II Study of DNA Encoding the gp100 Antigen Alone or in Combination With Interleukin-2 in Patients With Recurrent Metastatic Melanoma
Study Start Date : September 1998
Actual Study Completion Date : March 2007

Resource links provided by the National Library of Medicine

MedlinePlus Genetics related topics: Melanoma
MedlinePlus related topics: Melanoma

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Ages Eligible for Study:   16 Years and older   (Child, Adult, Older Adult)


--Disease Characteristics-- Diagnosis of metastatic melanoma that has failed standard therapy Measurable disease --Prior/Concurrent Therapy-- Biologic therapy: At least 3 weeks since prior biologic therapy Chemotherapy: At least 3 weeks since prior chemotherapy Endocrine therapy: At least 3 weeks since prior endocrine therapy No concurrent steroid therapy Radiotherapy: At least 3 weeks since prior radiotherapy Surgery: Prior surgery allowed --Patient Characteristics-- Age: 16 and over Performance status: ECOG 0 or 1 Life expectancy: More than 3 months Hematopoietic: WBC at least 3,000/mm3 Platelet count at least 90,000/mm3 No coagulation disorder Hepatic: Bilirubin no greater than 1.6 mg/dL ALT/AST less than 2 times normal Hepatitis B surface antigen negative Renal: Creatinine no greater than 2.0 mg/dL Cardiovascular: No major cardiovascular disease Pulmonary: No major respiratory disease Other: Not pregnant Negative pregnancy test Fertile patients must use effective contraception No active systemic infections No autoimmune disease No primary or secondary immunodeficiency HIV negative

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00019448

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United States, Maryland
Surgery Branch
Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
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Study Chair: Steven A. Rosenberg National Cancer Institute (NCI)
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00019448    
Obsolete Identifiers: NCT00001692
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000066215
First Posted: March 5, 2007    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: June 20, 2013
Last Verified: September 2001
Keywords provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):
adult solid tumor
body system/site cancer
recurrent melanoma
skin tumor
solid tumor
stage IV melanoma
stage, melanoma
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Disease Attributes
Pathologic Processes
Neuroendocrine Tumors
Neuroectodermal Tumors
Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms, Nerve Tissue
Nevi and Melanomas
Antineoplastic Agents
Analgesics, Non-Narcotic
Sensory System Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs