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Study of Pegylated Alfa Interferon, Sunitinib and Tarceva in Patients With Metastatic RCC

This study has been terminated.
(PI decision)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
The Methodist Hospital System Identifier:
First received: August 27, 2007
Last updated: March 15, 2016
Last verified: March 2016
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the combination of Pegylated Alfa Interferon (PEG-Intron), Sunitinib and Tarceva to see if this drug combination delays the disease progression of patients with metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma. The first phase of this study will determine the best dose of Peg-Intron, Sunitinib and Tarceva when given in combination. The safety of giving these drugs in combination and response to treatment will also be examined.

Condition Intervention Phase
Carcinoma, Renal Cell
Drug: Pegylated Alfa Interferon
Drug: sunitinib
Drug: erlotinib
Phase 1
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Study of Pegylated Alfa Interferon, Sunitinib and Tarceva in Patients With Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma

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Further study details as provided by The Methodist Hospital System:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Time to progression Objective response rate [ Time Frame: every 6 wks ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Overall survival [ Time Frame: every 6 weeks ]

Enrollment: 10
Study Start Date: May 2007
Study Completion Date: July 2008
Primary Completion Date: May 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: 1
One cycle of the combination therapy will be 42 days (6 weeks). All patients will receive PEG-Intron given subcutaneously on Day 1 each week. Patients will receive Sunitinib orally on Days 1-28 of each cycle. Patients will receive Tarceva orally on Days 1-42.
Drug: Pegylated Alfa Interferon
Each patient will receive PEG-Intron administered subcutaneously one day per week of each 6 week cycle. The dose of PEG-Intron is determined based on the patient's weight and the dose level.
Other Names:
  • Intron A
  • PEG Intron®
  • PEG-Intron Redipen®
Drug: sunitinib
Patients will receive sunitinib orally as a single daily dose on Days 1-28 of each 42-day cycle. The dose will depend on the dose level.
Other Name: Sutent®
Drug: erlotinib
Tarceva will be administered orally, 1-42 of each 42 day cycle. Dose will depend on dose level. Supplied as 150-mg, 100-mg and 25-mg strengths, white film-coated tablets for administration.
Other Name: Tarceva®

Detailed Description:
Over 75% of RCCs are highly vascularized tumors that overexpress a number of growth factors, including VEGF, PDGF, and bFGF. In addition, RCC tumors overexpress the receptors for these peptides. These ligands and receptors may be involved in the autocrine stimulation of tumor cell growth, or in the paracrine stimulation of neovascular or stromal fibroblast growth that supports tumor expansion. Novel treatment that specifically interrupts these signaling pathways may have significant anti-tumor activity. When taken together, these data provide a rationale for investigation of a combination therapy with PEG-Intron, Sunitinib and Tarceva for clear cell and papillary RCC patients.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Histologically or cytologically confirmed metastatic or unresectable RCC. Patients must have a component of conventional clear cell renal carcinoma or papillary renal carcinoma.
  • No more than three prior systemic therapies of any kind for RCC including: 1) Immunotherapy (Adjuvant vaccines, Interleukin-2, Interferon-α) 2) Chemotherapy 3) Molecular targeted agents (Nexavar [Sorafenib], Bevacizumab [Avastin]) 4) Investigational therapy
  • Patients with their primary tumor in place who are appropriate surgical candidates should be strongly encouraged (but not required) to undergo nephrectomy.
  • Prior palliative radiotherapy in metastatic lesion(s) is permitted, provided there is at least one measurable and/or evaluable lesion(s) that has not been irradiated.
  • All major surgery of any type and/or radiotherapy must be completed at least 4 weeks prior to registration. Patients must have recovered from surgery and/or radiotherapy toxicity prior to registration.
  • At the time of enrollment, patients must have evidence of metastatic or unresectable disease.
  • Paraffin RCC tissue blocks or unstained slides must be obtained for future chemistry staining or every effort made to obtain samples.
  • Karnofsky performance status > 70%.
  • Echocardiogram ejection fraction of ≥ 45%
  • Age >18.
  • Must meet required initial laboratory values

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with true chromophobe, oncocytoma, collecting duct tumor and transitional cell carcinoma are NOT eligible.
  • Patients who have received small molecule epithelial growth factor inhibitors (such as Irresa, Tarceva) are excluded.
  • Patients who have had prior exposure to sunitinib are excluded.
  • No ongoing hemoptysis, or cerebrovascular accident within 12 months, or peripheral vascular disease with claudication on less than 1 block, or history of clinically significant bleeding, because of the potential bleeding and/or clotting risk with this combination therapy.
  • No deep venous thrombosis or pulmonary embolus within 12 months of randomization and no ongoing need for full-dose oral or parenteral anticoagulation. Low dose coumadin (1 mg) for maintenance of catheter patency or daily prophylactic aspirin is allowed.
  • No evidence of current central nervous system (CNS) metastases. Any imaging abnormality indicative of CNS metastases will exclude the patient from the study.
  • No significant cardiovascular disease defined as congestive heart failure (New York Heart Association Class II, II or IV) angina pectoris requiring nitrate therapy, or recent myocardial infarction (within the last 6 months).
  • No active ischemia on electrocardiogram.
  • No patients with uncontrolled hypertension (defined as blood pressure of > 160 mmHg systolic and/or > 90 mmHg diastolic on medication).
  • - Any ongoing requirement for systemic corticosteroid therapy (except replacement therapy for adrenal insufficiency) is not permitted. Topical and/or inhaled steroids are allowed.
  • Patients with a pre-existing thyroid abnormality whose thyroid function cannot be maintained in the normal range by medication are ineligible.
  • No uncontrolled psychiatric disorder.
  • Patients with delayed healing of wounds, ulcers, and/or bone fractures are not eligible.
  • Patients with a 'currently active' second malignancy other than non-melanoma skin cancers are not eligible.
  • Pregnant women are excluded (negative urine or serum pregnancy test required) because of the potential for teratogenic or abortifacient effects of therapy.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00522249

United States, Texas
Baylor College of Medicine - Methodist Hospital
Houston, Texas, United States, 77030
Sponsors and Collaborators
The Methodist Hospital System
Principal Investigator: Robert J Amato, DO The Methodist Hospital Research Institute
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: The Methodist Hospital System Identifier: NCT00522249     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: PAC IRB#0806-0132
RCC-06-101 ( Other Identifier: Principal Investigator )
Study First Received: August 27, 2007
Last Updated: March 15, 2016
Individual Participant Data  
Plan to Share IPD: No

Keywords provided by The Methodist Hospital System:
Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma
Pegylated Alfa Interferon

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Carcinoma, Renal Cell
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Kidney Neoplasms
Urologic Neoplasms
Urogenital Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Kidney Diseases
Urologic Diseases
Erlotinib Hydrochloride
Peginterferon alfa-2b
Antineoplastic Agents
Antiviral Agents
Anti-Infective Agents
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Protein Kinase Inhibitors
Enzyme Inhibitors
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Angiogenesis Inhibitors
Angiogenesis Modulating Agents
Growth Substances
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