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Safety Study of Specific Tumor Target Drug Plus Immune System Therapy in Patients With Kidney Cancer

This study has been terminated.
(contract issues)
Genentech, Inc.
Information provided by:
The Methodist Hospital System Identifier:
First received: February 23, 2007
Last updated: August 21, 2008
Last verified: August 2008

The purpose of this study is to determine if the combination of therapy to strengthen the immune system (Interleukin - 2) plus a specific tumor target therapy (Bevacizumab) can prolong the time between the start of treatment and disease progression, decrease tumor size, as well as determine if the combination therapy is safer and less toxic than the standard treatment for renal cell carcinoma.

Condition Intervention Phase
Carcinoma, Renal Cell
Drug: Bevacizumab
Drug: Interleukin-2
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Phase II Study of Interleukin- 2 and Bevacizumab in Patients With Progressive Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma

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Further study details as provided by The Methodist Hospital System:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • time to progression

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Collect data on tumor responses produced by interleukin-2 and Bevacizumab
  • Evaluate safety and toxicity of the combination of interleukin-2 and Bevacizumab for patients with progressive metastatic renal cell carcinoma.

Enrollment: 6
Study Start Date: October 2006
Study Completion Date: November 2007
Primary Completion Date: October 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:

The standard first-line treatment for patients with metastatic RCC is IL-2 at higher doses, but associated with higher frequency of toxicities. IL-2 given at lower doses have demonstrated similar results than higher doses but it requires further study. RCC is highly vascular and expresses high levels of VEGF. Bevacizumab is a monoclonal antibody directed against the Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) responsible for angiogenesis.

The study is designed to evaluate a response defined as time to progression, safety and toxicity in patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma. Tissue correlation to evaluate the impact of vascular VEGF on clinical outcome will be retrospectively performed


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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Pathological proof of clear cell carcinoma (or mixed tumors ≥ 75% clear cell component)
  • Evidence of measurable metastatic disease, no progression diseases or the patient's condition will not need radiotherapy in the next 4 weeks.
  • Previous definitive radiotherapy to 1 metastatic site is acceptable
  • At least 4 weeks have elapsed since radiation therapy
  • Patients must be free of serious co-morbidity and have a life expectancy of ≥24 weeks
  • Patients should have adequate physiologic reserves as evidence of adequate performance status, blood parameters, hepatic and kidney function, no evidence of active cardiac diseases and showing an acceptable function and adequate coagulation profile.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • History of central nervous System metastases
  • Known HIV positive
  • Recent history of brain's vascular disease within 6 months; patients requiring regular antianginal therapy (coronary disease) or insufficient circulation in lower extremities are not eligible
  • Active autoimmune disease
  • Patients who have had steroid therapy in the past three weeks
  • Patients taking concurrent anticancer drugs
  • Biphosphonates (Zometa) are not allowed, unless started 4 weeks prior to participation in the study
  • Female patients pregnant or breast-feeding
  • The patient has an unstable medical condition, such as uncontrolled Diabetes mellitus or Hypertension; active infections requiring systemic antibiotics, antivirals, or antifungal; clinical evidence of cardiac or pulmonary dysfunction including, uncontrolled arrhythmias, unstable coagulation disorders; or recent myocardial infarction (within 6 months)
  • Any condition including abnormal laboratory results, that in the opinion of the investigator places the patient at an unacceptable risk if he/she participate in the study
  • Prior malignancy (within the last 3 years), except for adequately treated basal cell or squamous cell skin cancer, in situ cervical cancer or other cancer for which the patient has been - free for at least 3 years
  • Uncontrolled Blood pressure > 150/100
  • Major surgical procedure, open biopsy, or significant traumatic injury within 28 days prior to Day 0, anticipation of need for major surgical procedure during the course of the study
  • Minor surgery 7 days before day 0
  • Serious, non healing wound, ulcer, or bone fracture; and,inability to accomplish the treatment
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00440973

United States, Texas
The Methodist Hospital Research Institute
Houston, Texas, United States, 77030
Sponsors and Collaborators
The Methodist Hospital System
Genentech, Inc.
Principal Investigator: Robert J. Amato, D.O. The Methodist Hospital Research Institute
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Robert J. Amato, DO, The Methodist Hospital Physician Organization Identifier: NCT00440973     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 16117, 03-0194-05
Study First Received: February 23, 2007
Last Updated: August 21, 2008
Health Authority: United States: Food and Drug Administration

Keywords provided by The Methodist Hospital System:
kidney cancer

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Carcinoma, Renal Cell
Kidney Diseases
Kidney Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms by Site
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Urogenital Neoplasms
Urologic Diseases
Urologic Neoplasms
Analgesics, Non-Narcotic
Antineoplastic Agents
Central Nervous System Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Pharmacologic Actions
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Sensory System Agents
Therapeutic Uses processed this record on March 03, 2015