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Antineoplaston Therapy in Treating Patients With Stage IV Melanoma

This study has been terminated.
(Slow accrual)
Sponsor:
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00003509
First Posted: January 27, 2003
Last Update Posted: December 12, 2017
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Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Burzynski Research Institute
  Purpose

Current therapies for Stage IV Melanoma provide very limited benefit to the patient. The anti-cancer properties of Antineoplaston therapy suggest that it may prove beneficial in the treatment of Stage IV Melanoma.

PURPOSE: This study is being performed to determine the effects (good and bad) that Antineoplaston therapy has on patients with Stage IV Melanoma.


Condition Intervention Phase
Stage IV Melanoma Drug: Antineoplaston therapy (Atengenal + Astugenal) Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Phase II Study of Antineoplastons A10 and AS2-1 in Patients With Malignant Melanoma

Resource links provided by NLM:


Further study details as provided by Burzynski Research Institute:

Enrollment: 13
Actual Study Start Date: March 27, 1996
Study Completion Date: February 14, 2005
Primary Completion Date: February 14, 2005 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Antineoplaston therapy
Antineoplaston therapy (Atengenal + Astugenal) by IV infusion every four hours for at least 12 months. Study subjects receive increasing dosages of Atengenal and Astugenal until the maximum tolerated dose is reached.
Drug: Antineoplaston therapy (Atengenal + Astugenal)

Patients with Stage IV Melanoma will receive Antineoplaston therapy (Atengenal + Astugenal).

The daily doses of A10 and AS2-1 are divided into six infusions, which are given at 4-hourly intervals. Each infusion starts with infusion of A10 and is immediately followed by infusion of AS2-1.

Other Name: A10 (Atengenal); AS2-1 (Astugenal)

Detailed Description:

Stage IV Melanoma patients receive gradually escalating doses of intravenous Antineoplaston therapy (Atengenal + Astugenal) until the maximum tolerated dose is reached. Treatment continues up to 12 months in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

OBJECTIVES:

  • To determine the efficacy of Antineoplaston therapy in patients with Stage IV Melanoma, as measured by an objective response to therapy (complete response, partial response or stable disease).
  • To determine the safety and tolerance of Antineoplaston therapy in patients with Stage IV Melanoma.
  • To determine objective response, tumor size is measured utilizing MRI scans, which are performed every 8 weeks for the first two years, every 3 months for the third and fourth years, every 6 months for the 5th and sixth years, and annually thereafter.
  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 99 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS:

  • Histologically confirmed stage IV melanoma that is recurrent or progressing and unlikely to respond to existing therapy
  • Measurable disease by MRI or CT scan

    • Tumor must be at least 2 cm in the lymph nodes in the head, neck, axillary, inguinal, or femoral areas and at least 0.5 cm in other locations

PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS:

Age:

  • 18 and over

Performance status:

  • Karnofsky 60-100%

Life expectancy:

  • At least 2 months

Hematopoietic:

  • WBC at least 2,000/mm3
  • Platelet count at least 50,000/mm3

Hepatic:

  • Bilirubin no greater than 2.5 mg/dL
  • SGOT and SGPT no greater than 5 times the upper limit of normal
  • No hepatic insufficiency

Renal:

  • Creatinine no greater than 2.5 mg/dL
  • No renal insufficiency
  • No renal conditions that contraindicate high dosages of sodium

Cardiovascular:

  • No chronic heart failure
  • No uncontrolled hypertension
  • No history of congestive heart failure
  • No other cardiovascular conditions that contraindicate high dosages of sodium

Pulmonary:

  • No severe lung disease, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Other:

  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception during and for 4 weeks after study
  • No serious medical or psychiatric disorders
  • No active infection

PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY:

Biologic therapy:

  • At least 4 weeks since prior immunotherapy and recovered
  • No concurrent immunomodulating agents

Chemotherapy:

  • At least 4 weeks since prior chemotherapy (6 weeks for nitrosoureas) and recovered
  • No concurrent antineoplastic agents

Endocrine therapy:

  • Concurrent corticosteroids allowed

Radiotherapy:

  • At least 8 weeks since prior radiotherapy and recovered (patients with multiple tumors who have received radiotherapy to some, but not all, tumors may be admitted earlier than 8 weeks)

Surgery:

  • Recovered from prior surgery

Other:

  • Prior cytodifferentiating agent allowed
  • No prior antineoplaston therapy
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00003509


Locations
United States, Texas
Burzynski Clinic
Houston, Texas, United States, 77055-6330
Sponsors and Collaborators
Burzynski Research Institute
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Stanislaw R. Burzynski, MD, PhD Burzynski Research Institute
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: Burzynski Research Institute
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00003509     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000066552
BC-ME-2 ( Other Identifier: Burzynski Research Institute )
First Submitted: November 1, 1999
First Posted: January 27, 2003
Last Update Posted: December 12, 2017
Last Verified: December 2017
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: Yes
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No

Keywords provided by Burzynski Research Institute:
Stage IV melanoma of the skin

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Melanoma
Neuroendocrine Tumors
Neuroectodermal Tumors
Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms
Neoplasms, Nerve Tissue
Nevi and Melanomas