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Combination Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy in Treating Younger Patients Who Are Undergoing an Autologous Stem Cell Transplant for Newly Diagnosed Gliomas

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : November 15, 2005
Last Update Posted : January 6, 2014
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Brief Summary:

RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as temozolomide, busulfan, and O6-benzylguanine, 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. O6-benzylguanine may also help temozolomide work better by making tumor cells more sensitive to the drug. Radiation therapy uses high-energy x-rays to kill tumor cells. Giving chemotherapy with a peripheral stem cell transplant or bone marrow transplant, using stem cells from the patient that are genetically-modified in the laboratory to protect them from the side effects of chemotherapy, may allow more chemotherapy to be given so that more tumor cells are killed. Giving combination chemotherapy and radiation therapy together with a peripheral stem cell transplant or bone marrow transplant may kill more tumor cells.

PURPOSE: This clinical trial is studying how well giving combination chemotherapy together with radiation therapy works in treating younger patients who are undergoing an autologous stem cell transplant for newly diagnosed gliomas.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Brain and Central Nervous System Tumors Drug: O6-benzylguanine Drug: busulfan Drug: temozolomide Procedure: adjuvant therapy Procedure: autologous bone marrow transplantation Procedure: conventional surgery Procedure: peripheral blood stem cell transplantation Radiation: radiation therapy Not Applicable

Detailed Description:



  • Determine the safety and feasibility of a conditioning regimen comprising temozolomide, radiotherapy, and busulfan followed by an infusion of autologous stem cells genetically modified with the MGMT gene and temozolomide and O6-benzylguanine in younger patients with newly diagnosed high-grade gliomas.


  • Determine the tolerability of intrapatient dose escalation of temozolomide, in terms of transgene expression, in patients treated with this regimen.
  • Determine, preliminarily, the antitumor activity of this regimen in these patients.

OUTLINE: This is a pilot study.

  • Surgery: Patients undergo biopsy or surgical debulking of the tumor. Two to six weeks later, patients proceed to stem cell mobilization and apheresis.
  • Autologous stem cell mobilization and apheresis: Patients receive filgrastim (G-CSF) subcutaneously or IV once daily for at least 4 days before apheresis and continuing until apheresis is complete. Patients undergo apheresis for up to 4 consecutive days until a target number of 5 X 10^6 CD34-positive peripheral blood stem cells (PBSCs) are collected. Patients with insufficient numbers of PBSCs either undergo bone marrow harvest to collect a sufficient number of cells or are removed from the study. The cells are selected for CD34-positive cells which are cryopreserved for later use. Patients then proceed to chemoradiotherapy.
  • Chemoradiotherapy: Patients receive oral temozolomide once daily on days 1-42 and undergo radiotherapy once daily, 5 days a week, for 6 weeks. Four to eight weeks later, patients proceed to the low-intensity, nonmyeloablative conditioning regimen.
  • Autologous PBSC or bone marrow transduction: Peripheral blood or bone marrow CD34-positive stem cells are transduced with the MGMT gene on day -4.
  • Low-intensity, nonmyeloablative conditioning regimen: Patients receive busulfan IV over 2 hours on days -3 and -2. Patients then proceed to autologous PBSC or bone marrow infusion.
  • Autologous PBSC or bone marrow infusion: Patients undergo autologous stem cell infusion using transduced PBSCs or bone marrow on day 0. Three to six weeks later, patients proceed to chemotherapy.
  • Chemotherapy: Patients receive O6-benzylguanine IV over 1 hour followed by oral temozolomide once daily on days 1-5. Treatment repeats every 4 weeks for up to 6 courses in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. Patients experiencing unacceptable toxicity due to O6-benzylguanine may receive temozolomide alone. Patients not experiencing dose-limiting toxicity and who have at least 5% transduced neutrophils by peripheral blood analysis after course 1 receive escalating doses (intrapatient) of temozolomide during courses 2-6. Some patients undergo second-look surgery after the first course of chemotherapy.

After completion of study therapy, patients are followed monthly for 3 months, every 3 months for 3 years, every 6 months for 4 years, and then annually thereafter.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 10 patients will be accrued for this study within 1-2 years.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Pilot Study of Temozolomide and O-Benzylguanine for Treatment of High-Grade Glioma, Using Autologous Peripheral Blood Stem Cells Genetically Modified for Chemoprotection
Study Start Date : August 2005
Actual Primary Completion Date : August 2012
Actual Study Completion Date : August 2012

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Ages Eligible for Study:   5 Years to 55 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Histologically confirmed newly diagnosed high-grade glioma of 1 of the following types:

    • Glioblastoma multiforme

      • WHO grade IV disease
    • Anaplastic astrocytoma

      • WHO grade III disease
  • No low-grade disease (i.e., WHO grade I-II disease)
  • No WHO grade III oligodendroglioma or oligoastrocytoma
  • Patients > 30 years of age who have undergone a gross total resection and have nonmeasurable disease as seen on postoperative MRI are eligible
  • Measurable disease, as assessed by postoperative MRI, is required in patients ≤ 30 years of age
  • No tumor arising in the spine or brainstem
  • No metastatic disease in the spine



  • 5 to 55

Performance status

  • Karnofsky 50-100% (for patients 11-30 years of age) OR
  • Lansky 50-100% (for patients 5-10 years of age)

Life expectancy

  • At least 9 months


  • Absolute neutrophil count ≥ 1,000/mm^3
  • Platelet count ≥ 75,000/mm^3 (transfusion independent)


  • Bilirubin ≤ 2.0 mg/dL
  • ALT and AST ≤ 2.5 times upper limit of normal
  • Albumin ≥ 2.0 g/dL
  • Hepatitis B surface antigen and core antibody negative
  • Hepatitis C antibody negative


  • Creatinine normal OR
  • Glomerular filtration rate ≥ 70 mL/min


  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Negative pregnancy test
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception
  • Neurologic deficits must be stable or decreasing
  • No active infection
  • HIV negative
  • No other serious illness or medical condition that would preclude study participation



  • No prior chemotherapy

Endocrine therapy

  • Concurrent corticosteroids allowed provided dose is stable or decreasing


  • No prior radiotherapy


  • See Disease Characteristics


  • No other concurrent investigational anticancer agents

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00253487

Sponsors and Collaborators
Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
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Principal Investigator: Lars M. Wagner, MD Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati
Layout table for additonal information Identifier: NCT00253487    
Other Study ID Numbers: CCHMC-04660
CDR0000446082 ( Registry Identifier: PDQ (Physician Data Query) )
First Posted: November 15, 2005    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: January 6, 2014
Last Verified: January 2006
Keywords provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):
adult glioblastoma
adult anaplastic astrocytoma
childhood high-grade cerebral astrocytoma
adult giant cell glioblastoma
adult gliosarcoma
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Nervous System Neoplasms
Central Nervous System Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Nervous System Diseases
Antineoplastic Agents, Alkylating
Alkylating Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Antineoplastic Agents
Immunosuppressive Agents
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Myeloablative Agonists
Enzyme Inhibitors