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Combination Chemotherapy in Treating Infants With Newly Diagnosed Neuroblastoma Who Are Undergoing Surgery With or Without Autologous Bone Marrow or Peripheral Stem Cell Transplant

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 December 2006 by National Cancer Institute (NCI).
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
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National Cancer Institute (NCI) Identifier:
First received: December 27, 2006
Last updated: August 1, 2013
Last verified: December 2006

RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy 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. Giving combination chemotherapy before surgery may make the tumor smaller and reduce the amount of normal tissue that needs to be removed. Sometimes, after surgery, the tumor may not need more treatment until it progresses. In this case, observation may be sufficient. It is not yet known which combination chemotherapy regimen given together with surgery, with or without autologous bone marrow or peripheral stem cell transplant, is more effective in treating newly diagnosed neuroblastoma.

PURPOSE: This phase III trial is studying combination chemotherapy to see which regimen given together with surgery, with or without autologous bone marrow or peripheral stem cell transplant, works in treating infants with newly diagnosed neuroblastoma.

Condition Intervention Phase
Neuroblastoma Biological: filgrastim Drug: busulfan Drug: carboplatin Drug: cyclophosphamide Drug: doxorubicin hydrochloride Drug: etoposide phosphate Drug: melphalan Drug: vincristine sulfate Procedure: autologous bone marrow transplantation Procedure: bone marrow ablation with stem cell support Procedure: conventional surgery Procedure: peripheral blood stem cell transplantation Radiation: radiation therapy Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: European Infant Neuroblastoma Study Final Protocol

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


Ages Eligible for Study:   up to 1 Year   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Histologically confirmed neuroblastoma or ganglioblastoma

    • Newly diagnosed disease
  • MYCN status known
  • Patients are assigned to different study treatment regimens* according to the following disease criteria:

    • Regimen NB 99.1

      • Localized unresectable tumor

        • If open surgery is considered too hazardous due to the site of the tumor or condition of the infant, then cytological confirmation is allowed, provided adequate material is obtained for study procedures
      • No MYCN amplification (i.e., < 10 copies)
      • No metastatic deposits in the bone marrow
      • No MIBG or technetium uptake or radiological bone lesions in the skeleton
      • No liver disease by ultrasound
    • Regimen NB 99.2

      • Stage 4 or 4S with metastases confined to the skin, marrow, nodes, or liver

        • No bone involvement by radiographs
        • No pleural or lung involvement
        • No CNS involvement
      • No MYCN amplification (i.e., < 10 copies)
    • Regimen NB 99.3

      • Stage 4 disease, metastases must meet ≥ 1 of the following criteria:

        • Skeletal bone metastases by plain x-ray or CT scan
        • Pleural or lung metastases
        • CNS involvement
      • No MYCN amplification (i.e., < 10 copies)
    • Regimen NB 99.4

      • Stage 2-4 disease
      • MYCN amplification (i.e., ≥ 10 copies) NOTE: *Patients with stage 1 or resectable stage 2 disease with no MYCN amplification ( i.e., < 10 copies) are not eligible for a study treatment regimen but may be enrolled on the study for observation only


  • Not specified


  • No prior therapy
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00417053

Sponsors and Collaborators
Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group
Study Chair: Mary P. Gerrard, MBChB, FRCP, FRCPCH Children's Hospital - Sheffield
  More Information Identifier: NCT00417053     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CCLG-NB-1999-03
CDR0000454507 ( Registry Identifier: PDQ (Physician Data Query) )
Study First Received: December 27, 2006
Last Updated: August 1, 2013

Keywords provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):
disseminated neuroblastoma
localized resectable neuroblastoma
localized unresectable neuroblastoma
regional neuroblastoma
stage 4S neuroblastoma

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Neuroectodermal Tumors, Primitive, Peripheral
Neuroectodermal Tumors, Primitive
Neoplasms, Neuroepithelial
Neuroectodermal Tumors
Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Neoplasms, Nerve Tissue
Liposomal doxorubicin
Etoposide phosphate
Immunosuppressive Agents
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Antirheumatic Agents
Antineoplastic Agents, Alkylating
Alkylating Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Antineoplastic Agents
Myeloablative Agonists
Antibiotics, Antineoplastic
Topoisomerase II Inhibitors processed this record on August 23, 2017