Vaccine Therapy in Treating Patients With Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia

This study has been completed.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by:
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Identifier:
First received: December 10, 1999
Last updated: June 24, 2013
Last verified: June 2013

RATIONALE: Vaccines may make the body build an immune response to kill cancer cells.

PURPOSE: Phase II trial to study the effectiveness of vaccine therapy in treating patients who have chronic myelogenous leukemia.

Condition Intervention Phase
Biological: QS21
Biological: bcr-abl peptide vaccine
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Phase II, Multicenter Vaccination of Patients With Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia With a Multivalent Tumor Specific Breakpoint Peptide Vaccine

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Further study details as provided by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center:

Estimated Enrollment: 24
Study Start Date: March 1999
Study Completion Date: August 2005
Primary Completion Date: August 2005 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:


  • Determine the safety and immunogenicity of a multivalent tumor-specific breakpoint peptide vaccine in patients with chronic myelogenous leukemia.
  • Determine the antileukemic effects of vaccination with these peptides in these patients.

OUTLINE: Patients receive bcr/abl breakpoint peptide vaccine in QS21 adjuvant subcutaneously at rotated sites every 1-3 weeks (on or about days 0, 7, 21, 35, and 56) over 8 weeks. Treatment continues in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. Patients demonstrating a response by week 10 may receive 3 additional monthly vaccinations initiated within 8 weeks of the fifth dose. Patients demonstrating a response by vaccination 8 may receive 3 additional vaccinations administered at two-month intervals.

Patients are followed at 2 weeks.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 24 patients will be accrued for this study within 2 years.


Ages Eligible for Study:   16 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Histologically proven chronic myelogenous leukemia

    • Must have (9;22) translocation or bcr/abl transcript, and b3a2 breakpoint
    • No accelerated or blastic phase
  • Must be in hematologic remission with peripheral WBC less than 20,000/mm^3



  • Over 16

Performance status:

  • Karnofsky 70-100%

Life expectancy:

  • Not specified


  • See Disease Characteristics
  • Absolute granulocyte count greater than 1,200/mm^3
  • Platelet count greater than 70,000/mm^3
  • Hemoglobin greater than 9.0 g/dL
  • No active bleeding


  • Bilirubin less than 2.0 mg/dL
  • Lactate dehydrogenase less than 2 times normal


  • Creatinine less than 2.0 mg/dL


  • No New York Heart Association class III or IV heart disease


  • No uncontrolled active infection requiring antibiotics
  • No other serious illness
  • No immunodeficiency other than from prior bone marrow transplantation
  • Not pregnant or nursing


Biologic therapy:

  • At least 6 months since prior allogeneic or autologous bone marrow transplantation
  • Prior vaccination with pentavalent peptide at less than study dose level allowed
  • At least 4 weeks since prior immunotherapy other than interferon, donor lymphocyte infusion, or pentavalent vaccine
  • Concurrent interferon allowed


  • At least 2 weeks since prior low-dose subcutaneous cytarabine
  • At least 4 weeks since prior chemotherapy other than hydroxyurea
  • No concurrent chemotherapy except hydroxyurea

Endocrine therapy:

  • No concurrent corticosteroids


  • At least 4 weeks since prior radiotherapy
  • No concurrent radiotherapy


  • No concurrent surgery


  • Concurrent imatinib mesylate allowed
  • No other concurrent systemic therapy
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00004052

United States, New York
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
New York, New York, United States, 10021
United States, Texas
University of Texas - MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas, United States, 77030-4009
Sponsors and Collaborators
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Study Chair: Kathleen Cathcart, MD Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  More Information

Additional Information:
No publications provided Identifier: NCT00004052     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 99-012, CDR0000067247, NCI-H99-0036
Study First Received: December 10, 1999
Last Updated: June 24, 2013
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center:
relapsing chronic myelogenous leukemia
chronic phase chronic myelogenous leukemia

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Leukemia, Myelogenous, Chronic, BCR-ABL Positive
Leukemia, Myeloid
Bone Marrow Diseases
Hematologic Diseases
Myeloproliferative Disorders
Neoplasms by Histologic Type processed this record on November 24, 2015