Poly-ICLC in Treating Patients With Recurrent or Progressive Anaplastic Glioma

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : April 9, 2003
Last Update Posted : August 12, 2014
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins

Brief Summary:

RATIONALE: Biological therapies such as poly-ICLC use different ways to stimulate the immune system and stop tumor cells from growing.

PURPOSE: This phase II trial is studying how poly-ICLC works in treating patients with recurrent, progressive, or relapsed anaplastic glioma.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Brain and Central Nervous System Tumors Drug: poly ICLC Phase 2

Detailed Description:


  • Determine the objective response rate in patients with recurrent or progressive anaplastic glioma treated with poly ICLC.
  • Determine the efficacy of this drug, in terms of 6-month progression-free survival, in these patients.
  • Determine the safety profile of this drug in these patients.
  • Determine the survival of patients treated with this drug.
  • Determine the tumor response rate in patients treated with this drug.
  • Determine the biological effects of this drug in these patients.

OUTLINE: This is a multicenter study.

Patients receive poly ICLC intramuscularly 3 times a week for 4 weeks. Courses repeat every 4 weeks in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

Patients are followed every 3 months.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 22-46 patients will be accrued for this study.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 46 participants
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase II Trial of Poly ICLC in Patients With Recurrent Anaplastic Glioma
Study Start Date : March 2003
Actual Primary Completion Date : September 2009
Actual Study Completion Date : November 2009

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Progression within 6 months [ Time Frame: continous, 6 months ]

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


  • Histologically confirmed intracranial anaplastic glioma, including any of the following subtypes:

    • Anaplastic astrocytoma
    • Anaplastic oligodendroglioma
    • Anaplastic mixed oligoastrocytoma
    • Other anaplastic gliomas NOTE: Patients with an original histology of low-grade glioma are allowed provided a subsequent histological diagnosis of an anaplastic glioma is made
  • Must have evidence of tumor recurrence or progression by MRI or CT scan* NOTE: *Steroid dose must be stable for at least 5 days before scan
  • Prior radiotherapy required

    • Patients who have had prior interstitial brachytherapy or stereotactic radiosurgery must have confirmation of true progressive disease rather than radiation necrosis by positron-emission tomography, thallium scanning, magnetic resonance spectroscopy, or surgical documentation of disease
  • Relapsed disease

    • Progression after initial therapy (e.g., radiotherapy with or without chemotherapy)
    • No more than 3 prior therapies (initial therapy and treatment for no more than 2 prior relapses)
    • Surgical resection for relapsed disease with no anticancer therapy for up to 12 weeks followed by another surgical resection is considered 1 relapse
    • For patients who have had prior therapy for a low-grade glioma, the surgical diagnosis of high-grade glioma is considered the first relapse
  • Must be registered in the North American Brain Tumor Consortium Data Management Center database



  • 18 and over

Performance status

  • Karnofsky 60-100%

Life expectancy

  • More than 8 weeks


  • WBC at least 3,000/mm^3
  • Absolute neutrophil count at least 1,500/mm^3
  • Platelet count at least 100,000/mm^3
  • Hemoglobin at least 10 g/dL (transfusion allowed)


  • Bilirubin less than 2 times upper limit of normal (ULN)
  • SGOT less than 2 times ULN


  • Creatinine less than 1.5 mg/dL


  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Negative pregnancy test
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception
  • No other cancer within the past 3 years except nonmelanoma skin cancer or carcinoma in situ of the cervix
  • No active infection
  • No concurrent serious medical illness
  • No significant medical illness that cannot be adequately controlled with therapy or that would preclude tolerability of study drug
  • No disease that would obscure toxicity or dangerously alter drug metabolism


Biologic therapy

  • At least 1 week since prior interferon or thalidomide
  • No prior poly ICLC


  • See Disease Characteristics
  • At least 2 weeks since prior vincristine
  • At least 3 weeks since prior procarbazine
  • At least 6 weeks since prior nitrosoureas
  • No concurrent chemotherapy

Endocrine therapy

  • See Disease Characteristics
  • At least 1 week since prior tamoxifen


  • See Disease Characteristics
  • At least 4 weeks since prior radiotherapy


  • See Disease Characteristics


  • Recovered from all prior therapy
  • At least 1 week since other prior noncytotoxic agents (e.g., isotretinoin), excluding radiosensitizers
  • At least 4 weeks since prior cytotoxic therapy
  • At least 4 weeks since prior investigational agents

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00058123

United States, California
Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center at UCLA
Los Angeles, California, United States, 90095-1781
UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center
San Francisco, California, United States, 94115
United States, Massachusetts
Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center at Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02115
United States, New York
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
New York, New York, United States, 10021
United States, Pennsylvania
Hillman Cancer Center at University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, 15232
United States, Texas
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center at University of Texas
Houston, Texas, United States, 77030-4009
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
San Antonio, Texas, United States, 78284-6220
United States, Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Center
Madison, Wisconsin, United States, 53792-6164
Sponsors and Collaborators
Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Study Chair: Susan M. Chang, MD University of California, San Francisco

Publications of Results:
Responsible Party: Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins Identifier: NCT00058123     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: ABTC-0106 CDR0000287012
U01CA062399 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: April 9, 2003    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: August 12, 2014
Last Verified: August 2014

Keywords provided by Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins:
adult anaplastic astrocytoma
adult mixed glioma
adult anaplastic oligodendroglioma
recurrent adult brain tumor
adult anaplastic ependymoma

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Nervous System Neoplasms
Central Nervous System Neoplasms
Neoplasms, Neuroepithelial
Neuroectodermal Tumors
Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Neoplasms, Nerve Tissue
Neoplasms by Site
Nervous System Diseases
Poly I-C
Carboxymethylcellulose Sodium
Interferon Inducers
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Gastrointestinal Agents
Antiviral Agents
Anti-Infective Agents