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Phase II Study of Lucanix™ in Patients With Stages II-IV Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT01058785
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : January 29, 2010
Last Update Posted : July 29, 2010
Information provided by:
NovaRx Corporation

Brief Summary:
In this Phase II clinical trial the investigators will use four human non-small cell lung cancer cell lines that have been previously established in tissue culture laboratory. The investigators will gene modify these tumor cells in the laboratory to block their TGF-beta secretion. The investigators will inject the genetically engineered cells as vaccines in patients with stages II to IV non-small cell lung cancer. Our rationale for using other people's tumor cells is that lung tumor cell lines belonging to different people have been shown to share common characteristics that are recognized by non-self immune systems.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Lung Neoplasm Carcinoma, Bronchogenic Biological: Lucanix Phase 2

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 75 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Phase II Study of Lucanix™ (TGF-beta2 Antisense Gene Modified Allogeneic Tumor Cell Vaccine) in Patients With Stages II-IV Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
Study Start Date : March 2003
Actual Primary Completion Date : December 2005
Actual Study Completion Date : December 2005

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Lucanix
Patients will receive injections of Lucanix for each dose cohort.
Biological: Lucanix
Monthly intradermal injections of four irradiated allogeneic TGF-beta2 antisense gene modified NSCLC cell lines. Patients are randomized to receive either 12,500,000, 25,000,000 or 50,000,000 cells per injection for up to 16 injections.
Other Name: belagenpumatucel-L

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Evaluate the ability of increasing doses of Lucanix™, a gene-modified tumor cell vaccine, to induce tumor response in patients with non-curable NSCLC [ Time Frame: Week 16, quarterly during treatment and first year of post-intervention follow-up ]

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Signed informed consent
  • 18 years
  • Histologically confirmed non-curable NSCLC with an estimated total tumor burden volume of less than or equal to 125 cc, confirmed to be stage II, III, or IV.
  • Must have completed or refused conventional therapy
  • Performance status (ECOG) less than 2.
  • Absolute granulocyte count greater than or equal to 1,500/mm3
  • Platelet count greater than or equal to 100,000/mm3
  • Total Bilirubin less than or equal to 2 mg/dL
  • AST and ALT less than or equal to 2x Upper Limit of Normal
  • Creatinine less than or equal to 1.5 mg/Dl

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Concurrent systemic steroids greater than 2 mg prednisone/day
  • Prior splenectomy
  • Any surgery involving general anesthesia, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, steroid therapy or immunotherapy less than 4 weeks of study entry
  • Brain metastases or meningeal lymphomatosis unless treated and stable for ≥ 2 months
  • Known HIV positive
  • Serious non-malignant disease (e.g., congestive heart failure, or active uncontrolled bacterial, viral, or fungal infections), or other conditions which, in the opinion of the investigator would compromise protocol objectives.
  • Prior malignancy (excluding nonmelanoma carcinomas of the skin) unless in remission for greater than or equal to 2 years
  • Treatment with an investigational drug within 30 days prior to study entry
  • History of psychiatric disorder that would impede adherence to protocol
  • Pregnant or nursing women or refusal to practice contraception if of reproductive potential

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01058785

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United States, California
Hoag Cancer Center
Newport Beach, California, United States, 92658
United States, Louisiana
Jayne Gurtler MD, Laura Brinz MD, Angelo Russo MD, and Janet Burroff MD APM
Metairie, Louisiana, United States, 70006
United States, Texas
Mary Crowley Medical Research Center
Dallas, Texas, United States, 75201
Sponsors and Collaborators
NovaRx Corporation
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Study Director: Habib Fakhrai, PhD NovaRx Corporation
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Responsible Party: Habib Fakhrai, Ph.D., NovaRx Corporation Identifier: NCT01058785    
Other Study ID Numbers: BB-IND 8868
First Posted: January 29, 2010    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: July 29, 2010
Last Verified: January 2010
Keywords provided by NovaRx Corporation:
Gene therapy
Flow cytometry
Immunoenzyme technique
Laboratory biomarker analysis
Tumor cell-derivative vaccine therapy
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Lung Neoplasms
Carcinoma, Bronchogenic
Bronchial Neoplasms
Respiratory Tract Neoplasms
Thoracic Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Lung Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases