17-N-Allylamino-17-Demethoxygeldanamycin in Treating Patients With Metastatic Malignant Melanoma

This study has been completed.
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First received: March 3, 2005
Last updated: June 25, 2013
Last verified: March 2008

RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as 17-N-allylamino-17-demethoxygeldanamycin, work in different ways to stop the growth of tumor cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing.

PURPOSE: This phase II trial is studying how well 17-N-allylamino-17-demethoxygeldanamycin works in treating patients with metastatic malignant melanoma.

Condition Intervention Phase
Melanoma (Skin)
Drug: tanespimycin
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase II Trial to Assess the Activity of 17-allylamino, 17-demethoxygeldanamycin (17-AAG) in Patients With Metastatic (M1, M1b & M1c) Malignant Melanoma

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

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Disease stabilization at 6 months [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Toxicity profile as measured by NCI CTCAE version 3 [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
  • Response duration [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Survival [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Pharmacodynamic effects as measured by western blot, magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) during course 1 [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • B-RAF and RAS mutation status at baseline [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 25
Study Start Date: March 2005
Study Completion Date: November 2010
Primary Completion Date: November 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:



  • Determine the antitumor activity of 17-N-allylamino-17-demethoxygeldanamycin (17-AAG) in patients with metastatic malignant melanoma.
  • Determine the progression-free rate in patients treated with this drug.


  • Determine the toxicity profile of this drug in these patients.
  • Determine the duration of response in patients treated with this drug.
  • Determine the survival of patients treated with this drug.

OUTLINE: This is a nonrandomized, open-label, multicenter study.

Patients receive 17-N-allylamino-17-demethoxygeldanamycin (17-AAG) IV over 1 hour on days 1, 8, 15, and 22. Treatment repeats every 28 days for 3 courses in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. After 3 courses of treatment, disease response is assessed. Patients with stable or responding disease receive additional courses of treatment.

After completion of study treatment, patients are followed at 28 days and then every 3 months thereafter.

Peer Reviewed and Funded or Endorsed by Cancer Research UK

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 15-25 patients will be accrued for this study within 12-18 months.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Histologically or cytologically confirmed malignant melanoma

    • Metastatic (M1a, M1b, or M1c) disease
  • Measurable disease by clinical exam, x-ray, CT scan, or MRI
  • Must have documented disease progression at 2 time points separated by ≥ 6 months

    • Pre-existing visceral lesions or the appearance of new visceral lesions allowed
    • New skin disease amenable to surgery not allowed
  • No primary brain tumors or brain metastases



  • 18 and over

Performance status

  • ECOG 0-1

Life expectancy

  • More than 3 months


  • WBC ≥ 3,000/mm^3
  • Platelet count ≥ 100,000/mm^3
  • Absolute neutrophil count ≥ 1,500/mm^3
  • Hemoglobin ≥ 9.0 g/dL


  • Bilirubin normal
  • ALT and AST ≤ 1.5 times upper limit of normal
  • No chronic liver disease
  • No known hepatitis B or C positivity


  • Creatinine < 130 mmol/L OR
  • Creatinine clearance > 60 mL/min


  • No symptomatic congestive heart failure
  • No myocardial infarction within the past 6 months
  • No unstable angina pectoris
  • No cardiac arrhythmia
  • No transient ischemic attack
  • No stroke or peripheral vascular disease


  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Negative pregnancy test
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception for 4 weeks before, during, and for 6 months after study participation
  • No ongoing or active infection
  • No diabetes mellitus with evidence of severe peripheral vascular disease or ulcers
  • No history of allergy to eggs
  • No known HIV positivity
  • No psychiatric illness or social situation that would preclude study compliance
  • No other uncontrolled illness
  • No other malignancy except adequately treated cone-biopsied carcinoma in situ of the cervix or basal cell or squamous cell skin cancer


Biologic therapy

  • More than 4 weeks since prior immunotherapy


  • More than 4 weeks since prior chemotherapy (6 weeks for nitrosoureas or mitomycin)

Endocrine therapy

  • More than 4 weeks since prior endocrine therapy
  • Concurrent steroids allowed provided they are given at the lowest possible maintenance dose


  • More than 4 weeks since prior radiotherapy unless administered for palliative care
  • Concurrent radiotherapy allowed provided it is administered as a single fraction for bone pain OR as indicated for palliative care


  • Not specified


  • Recovered from all prior therapy

    • Alopecia allowed
  • No concurrent therapeutic anticoagulation with warfarin

    • Concurrent prophylactic warfarin for central line maintenance allowed provided INR is checked regularly until stable
    • Concurrent low-molecular weight heparin allowed
  • No other concurrent anticancer therapy
  • No other concurrent investigational drugs
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00104897

United Kingdom
Addenbrooke's Hospital at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Cambridge, England, United Kingdom, CB2 2QQ
Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust - Surrey
Sutton, England, United Kingdom, SM2 5PT
Sponsors and Collaborators
Cancer Research UK
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Study Chair: Timothy Eisen Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  More Information

ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00104897     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CRUK-PH2/049  CDR0000415352  NCI-6500 
Study First Received: March 3, 2005
Last Updated: June 25, 2013
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):
recurrent melanoma
stage IV melanoma

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal
Neoplasms, Nerve Tissue
Neuroectodermal Tumors
Neuroendocrine Tumors
Nevi and Melanomas

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