Acetylcysteine, Mannitol, Combination Chemotherapy, and Sodium Thiosulfate in Treating Children With Malignant Brain Tumors
RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as cyclophosphamide, etoposide phosphate, and carboplatin, work in different ways to stop the growth of tumor cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. Giving more than one drug (combination chemotherapy) may kill more tumor cells. Mannitol may help chemotherapy work better by making it easier for these drugs to get to the tumor. Chemoprotective drugs, such as acetylcysteine and sodium thiosulfate, may protect normal cells from the side effects of chemotherapy. Giving acetylcysteine together with mannitol, combination chemotherapy, and sodium thiosulfate may be an effective treatment for malignant brain tumors.
PURPOSE: This phase I trial is studying the side effects and best dose of acetylcysteine when given together with mannitol, combination chemotherapy, and sodium thiosulfate in treating children with malignant brain tumors.
Bone Marrow Suppression
Brain and Central Nervous System Tumors
Drug/Agent Toxicity by Tissue/Organ
Long-term Effects Secondary to Cancer Therapy in Children
Drug: etoposide phosphate
Drug: sodium thiosulfate
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: No masking
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Phase I Dose Escalation Study of N-Acetylcysteine Administered in Conjunction With Carboplatin, Cyclophosphamide, and Etoposide Phosphate BBBD, in Children With Malignant Brain Tumors|
- To assess toxicity and the maximally tolerated dose of N-acetylcysteine administered in conjunction with carboplatin, cyclophosphamide and etoposide phosphate BBBD, and delayed high dose sodium thiosulfate, in children with malignant brain tumors.
|Study Start Date:||December 2004|
|Study Completion Date:||February 17, 2006|
|Primary Completion Date:||February 17, 2006 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
- Determine the toxicity and maximum tolerated dose of acetylcysteine when given in combination with blood-brain barrier disruption treatment with mannitol, combination chemotherapy comprising cyclophosphamide, etoposide phosphate, and carboplatin, and delayed high-dose sodium thiosulfate in pediatric patients with malignant brain tumors.
- Determine the blood/bone marrow toxicity of this regimen in these patients.
- Determine tumor response in patients treated with this regimen.
OUTLINE: This is a dose-escalation study of acetylcysteine.
Patients receive acetylcysteine IV over 30-60 minutes followed, at least 15 minutes later, by x-ray-guided femoral artery catheterization under general anesthesia on days 1 and 2. After placement of the catheter, patients receive cyclophosphamide IV over 10 minutes, etoposide phosphate IV over 10 minutes, mannitol intra-arterially (IA) over 30 seconds, and carboplatin IA over 10 minutes also on days 1 and 2. Patients then receive high-dose sodium thiosulfate IV over 15 minutes 4 hours after completion of carboplatin. Some patients may receive a second dose of sodium thiosulfate 8 hours after completion of carboplatin. Beginning 48 hours after the last dose of chemotherapy on day 2, patients receive filgrastim (G-CSF) subcutaneously once daily for 7-10 days or until blood counts recover. Treatment repeats every 4 weeks for up to 12 courses in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.
Cohorts of 3-6 patients receive escalating doses of acetylcysteine until the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) is determined. The MTD is defined as the dose preceding that at which 2 of 6 patients experience dose-limiting toxicity. An additional 3 patients are treated at the MTD.
After completion of study treatment, patients are followed periodically.
PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 30 patients will be accrued for this study.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00238173
|United States, Oregon|
|OHSU Knight Cancer Institute|
|Portland, Oregon, United States, 97239-3098|
|Principal Investigator:||Edward A. Neuwelt, MD||OHSU Knight Cancer Institute|