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Temozolomide Plus Thalidomide in Treating Patients With Recurrent or Progressive Brain Tumor

This study has been completed.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
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First received: October 4, 2000
Last updated: July 23, 2008
Last verified: October 2006

RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. Thalidomide may stop the growth of cancer by stopping blood flow to the tumor.

PURPOSE: Phase II trial to study the effectiveness of combining temozolomide and thalidomide in treating patients who have recurrent or progressive brain tumor.

Condition Intervention Phase
Brain and Central Nervous System Tumors
Drug: temozolomide
Drug: thalidomide
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Phase II Evaluation of Temozolomide (SCH52365) and Thalidomide for the Treatment of Recurrent and Progressive Glioblastoma Multiforme

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Further study details as provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):

Study Start Date: May 2000
Detailed Description:

OBJECTIVES: I. Determine the efficacy of temozolomide and thalidomide in patients with recurrent or progressive supratentorial glioblastoma multiforme or gliosarcoma. II. Determine the toxicity of this regimen in these patients.

OUTLINE: This is a multicenter study. Patients receive oral temozolomide once daily on days 1-5 and oral thalidomide daily on days 1-28. Treatment repeats every 28 days for a maximum of 24 courses in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. Patients are followed at 1 month and then for survival.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 40 patients will be accrued for this study within 4-5 months.


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

DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: Histologically confirmed supratentorial glioblastoma multiforme or gliosarcoma Must have evidence of tumor recurrence or progression by MRI scan after failing prior radiotherapy Bidimensionally measurable enhancing residual disease on MRI or CT scan Prior recent resection of recurrent or progressive tumor allowed if all of the following conditions apply: Recovered from surgery Residual evaluable disease present that is not artifactual postsurgical enhancement Baseline MRI or CT scan is performed within 14 days prior to study and while on a steroid dose that has been stable for at least 5-7 days

PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age: 18 and over Performance status: Karnofsky 60-100% Life expectancy: At least 8 weeks Hematopoietic: Absolute neutrophil count at least 1,500/mm3 Platelet count at least 100,000/mm3 Hepatic: SGPT less than 2 times normal Alkaline phosphatase less than 2 times normal Bilirubin less than 1.5 mg/dL Renal: BUN or creatinine less than 1.5 times normal Other: Not pregnant or nursing Negative pregnancy test Fertile patients must use one highly effective method of contraception, AND one additional effective method of contraception for at least 4 weeks before, during, and for 8 weeks after study No peripheral neuropathy greater than grade 1 No active infection No other illness that would obscure toxicity or alter drug metabolism No other concurrent serious medical illness No other prior cancer within the past 3 years except nonmelanoma skin cancer or carcinoma in situ of the cervix

PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: Biologic therapy: No prior thalidomide No other concurrent biologic therapy for cancer Chemotherapy: No more than 1 prior chemotherapy regimen At least 3 weeks since prior chemotherapy (2 weeks for vincristine and 6 weeks for nitrosoureas) No other concurrent chemotherapy for cancer Endocrine therapy: See Disease Characteristics No concurrent endocrine therapy for cancer Radiotherapy: See Disease Characteristics No concurrent radiotherapy for cancer Surgery: See Disease Characteristics No concurrent surgery for cancer Other: Recovered from prior therapy No other concurrent investigational drugs for cancer

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00006358

United States, California
Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, UCLA
Los Angeles, California, United States, 90095-1781
UCSF Cancer Center and Cancer Research Institute
San Francisco, California, United States, 94115-0128
United States, Maryland
Neuro-Oncology Branch
Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892
United States, Massachusetts
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02115
United States, Michigan
University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States, 48109-0752
United States, New York
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
New York, New York, United States, 10021
United States, Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, 15213
United States, Texas
Simmons Cancer Center - Dallas
Dallas, Texas, United States, 75235-9154
University of Texas - MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas, United States, 77030
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
San Antonio, Texas, United States, 78284-7811
United States, Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Center
Madison, Wisconsin, United States, 53792
Sponsors and Collaborators
North American Brain Tumor Consortium
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Study Chair: Morris D. Groves, MD, JD M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
  More Information

Publications: Identifier: NCT00006358     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000068227
Study First Received: October 4, 2000
Last Updated: July 23, 2008

Keywords provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):
recurrent adult brain tumor
adult glioblastoma
adult giant cell glioblastoma
adult gliosarcoma

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Nervous System Neoplasms
Central Nervous System Neoplasms
Neoplasms, Neuroepithelial
Neuroectodermal Tumors
Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Neoplasms, Nerve Tissue
Neoplasms by Site
Nervous System Diseases
Antineoplastic Agents, Alkylating
Alkylating Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Antineoplastic Agents
Immunosuppressive Agents
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Leprostatic Agents
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Anti-Infective Agents
Angiogenesis Inhibitors
Angiogenesis Modulating Agents
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