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Vaccine Therapy in Treating Patients With Stage IIB, Stage III, or Stage IV Colorectal Cancer

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified October 2007 by National Cancer Institute (NCI).
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
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National Cancer Institute (NCI) Identifier:
First received: September 7, 2004
Last updated: November 13, 2010
Last verified: October 2007

RATIONALE: Vaccines made from peptides may make the body build an immune response to kill tumor cells.

PURPOSE: This clinical trial is studying how well vaccine therapy works in treating patients with stage IIB, stage III, or stage IV colorectal cancer.

Condition Intervention
Colorectal Cancer Biological: HER-2-neu, CEA peptides, GM-CSF, Montanide ISA-51 vaccine

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Evaluation of the Immunogenicity of Vaccination With HER-2/Neu and CEA Derived Synthetic Peptides With GM-CSF-in-Adjuvant, in Patients With Stage IIB, III, or IV Colorectal Cancer

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

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Safety of the 4-peptide mixture if fewer than 33% of patients experience a dose-limiting toxicity at day 22
  • Immunogenicity of the peptide mixture by Elispot assay at day 22

Estimated Enrollment: 15
Study Start Date: March 2003
Estimated Primary Completion Date: April 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:


  • Determine whether vaccination comprising HER-2-neu and carcinoembryonic antigen synthetic peptides, sargramostim (GM-CSF), and Montanide ISA-51 causes an immune response in patients with stage IIB, III, or IV colorectal cancer.
  • Determine the safety of this regimen in these patients.

OUTLINE: Patients receive vaccination comprising HER-2-neu and carcinoembryonic antigen synthetic peptides, sargramostim (GM-CSF), and Montanide ISA-51 on days 1, 8, and 15. On day 22, patients undergo removal of the lymph node into which the vaccination site drains to determine whether the immune system is responding to the vaccine.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A maximum of 15 patients will be accrued for this study.


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


  • Diagnosis of colorectal cancer

    • Stage IIB, III, or IV disease
  • HLA-A2- or -A3-positive



  • 18 and over

Performance status

  • ECOG 0-1

Life expectancy

  • Not specified


  • Absolute neutrophil count > 1,000/mm^3
  • Hemoglobin > 9 g/dL
  • Platelet count > 100,000/mm^3


  • Liver function tests ≤ 2.5 times upper limit of normal (ULN)


  • Creatinine ≤ 1.5 times ULN


  • No New York Heart Association class III or IV heart disease


  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Negative pregnancy test
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception
  • No known or suspected allergies to any component of the study drug
  • No active connective tissue disease requiring medications
  • No systemic autoimmune disease with visceral involvement
  • No uncontrolled diabetes
  • No other severe autoimmune disease
  • No medical contraindication or potential problem that would preclude study compliance


Biologic therapy

  • More than 30 days since prior immunotherapy
  • More than 30 days since prior growth factors
  • More than 30 days since prior allergy shots
  • No prior vaccination with any study peptides for malignancy


  • More than 30 days since prior chemotherapy

Endocrine therapy

  • More than 30 days since prior steroids


  • More than 30 days since prior radiotherapy


  • More than 30 days since prior surgery


  • At least 30 days, but ≤ 24 months, since prior therapy for colorectal cancer
  • No concurrent illegal drug use
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00091286

United States, Virginia
University of Virginia Cancer Center
Charlottesville, Virginia, United States, 22908
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Virginia
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Study Chair: Charles M. Friel, MD University of Virginia
  More Information Identifier: NCT00091286     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000386177
Study First Received: September 7, 2004
Last Updated: November 13, 2010

Keywords provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):
recurrent colon cancer
stage IIB colon cancer
stage IIIA colon cancer
stage IIIB colon cancer
stage IIIC colon cancer
stage IVA colon cancer
stage IVB colon cancer
recurrent rectal cancer
stage IIB rectal cancer
stage IIIA rectal cancer
stage IIIB rectal cancer
stage IIIC rectal cancer
stage IVA rectal cancer
stage IVB rectal cancer

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Colorectal Neoplasms
Intestinal Neoplasms
Gastrointestinal Neoplasms
Digestive System Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Digestive System Diseases
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Colonic Diseases
Intestinal Diseases
Rectal Diseases
Immunologic Factors
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