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PEG-Interferon Alfa-2b in Treating Patients With Metastatic Kidney Cancer

This study has been completed.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by:
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Identifier:
First received: September 6, 2002
Last updated: June 4, 2013
Last verified: June 2013

RATIONALE: PEG-interferon alfa-2b may stop the growth of kidney cancer by stopping blood flow to the tumor.

PURPOSE: Phase II trial to study the effectiveness of PEG-interferon alfa-2b in treating patients who have metastatic kidney cancer.

Condition Intervention Phase
Kidney Cancer
Biological: PEG-interferon alfa-2b
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Phase II Trial of PEG-Intron in Patients With Advanced Renal Cell Carcinoma

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Further study details as provided by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center:

Study Start Date: April 2002
Study Completion Date: September 2005
Primary Completion Date: September 2005 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:


  • Determine the efficacy of PEG-interferon alfa-2b in patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma.
  • Determine the time to disease progression in patients treated with this drug.
  • Determine the safety of this drug in these patients.
  • Determine the quality of life of patients treated with this drug.
  • Determine the effect of this drug on biological surrogates of antitumor activity (basic fibroblast growth factor, vascular endothelial growth factor, and interleukin-6 serum levels) in these patients.

OUTLINE: Patients receive PEG-interferon alfa-2b subcutaneously once weekly. Courses repeat every 4 weeks in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

Quality of life is assessed at baseline, at 2 weeks and at 2, 4, 8, and 12 months after initiation of study therapy, and then at completion of study therapy.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 45 patients will be accrued for this study within 15 months.


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


  • Histologically confirmed renal cell carcinoma

    • Metastatic disease
    • No prior therapy for advanced disease
  • Tumor sample available for molecular analysis with prior registration on MSKCC IRB # 89-076
  • Bidimensionally measurable disease
  • No brain metastases unless completely resected and without evidence of recurrence for at least six months



  • 18 and over

Performance status

  • Karnofsky 70-100%

Life expectancy

  • Not specified


  • WBC at least 3,000/mm3
  • Platelet count at least 100,000/mm3


  • Bilirubin no greater than 1.5 mg/dL
  • SGOT no greater than 2.5 times upper limit of normal (unless due to hepatic metastases)
  • Hepatitis B surface antigen negative
  • Hepatitis C negative


  • Creatinine no greater than 2 mg/dL


  • No severe cardiac disease
  • No New York Heart Association class III or IV cardiac disease
  • No myocardial infarction within the past 12 months
  • No ventricular tachyarrhythmias requiring ongoing treatment
  • No unstable angina


  • No severe asthma requiring chronic systemic steroids


  • HIV negative
  • Negative pregnancy test
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception
  • No malignancy within the past 2 years except basal cell or squamous cell skin cancer, superficial bladder cancer, or localized prostate cancer

    • Patients who have undergone potentially curative therapy and have been deemed to be at low risk for recurrence are eligible
  • No medically significant psychiatric disease (e.g., endogenous depression, psychosis, or bipolar disease) requiring hospitalization
  • No prior or active autoimmune disease
  • Medically controlled diabetes or thyroid dysfunction allowed
  • No clinically significant acute viral or bacterial infection that requires specific therapy


Biologic therapy

  • No prior interleukin-2
  • No prior interferon alfa
  • No concurrent cytokines or biological response modifiers except epoetin alfa in the case of hematologic compromise
  • No concurrent tumor vaccines
  • No concurrent monoclonal antibodies
  • No concurrent bone marrow/stem cell transplantation


  • No concurrent cytotoxic agents

Endocrine therapy

  • No concurrent high-dose systemic steroids
  • Concurrent low-dose corticosteroids (e.g., asthma inhalers, topical creams, or intra-articular injections) allowed
  • No concurrent hormonal therapy (including megestrol)
  • Concurrent hormone replacement therapy or oral contraceptives allowed


  • At least 4 weeks since prior radiotherapy
  • No concurrent radiotherapy


  • See Disease Characteristics
  • At least 4 weeks since prior major surgery
  • Concurrent nephrectomy allowed


  • At least 14 days since prior anti-infectious therapy
  • No other concurrent investigational drugs
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00045279

United States, New York
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
New York, New York, United States, 10021
Sponsors and Collaborators
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Study Chair: Robert J. Motzer, MD Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  More Information

Publications: Identifier: NCT00045279     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 01-143
CDR0000256464 ( Registry Identifier: PDQ (Physician Data Query) )
Study First Received: September 6, 2002
Last Updated: June 4, 2013

Keywords provided by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center:
stage IV renal cell cancer

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Kidney Neoplasms
Carcinoma, Renal Cell
Urologic Neoplasms
Urogenital Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Kidney Diseases
Urologic Diseases
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Peginterferon alfa-2b
Antineoplastic Agents
Antiviral Agents
Anti-Infective Agents
Immunologic Factors
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