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Vaccine Therapy in Treating Young Patients Who Are Undergoing Surgery for Malignant Glioma

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00107185
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : April 6, 2005
Last Update Posted : August 5, 2020
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center

Brief Summary:

RATIONALE: Vaccines made from a person's white blood cells and tumor cells may help the body build an effective immune response to kill tumor cells. Giving vaccine therapy after surgery may be a more effective treatment for malignant glioma.

PURPOSE: This phase I trial is studying the side effects and best dose of vaccine therapy in treating young patients who are undergoing surgery for malignant glioma.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Brain and Central Nervous System Tumors Biological: therapeutic autologous dendritic cells Phase 1

Detailed Description:



  • Determine the dose-limiting toxicity of adjuvant vaccination with autologous tumor lysate-pulsed dendritic cells after surgical resection in pediatric patients with malignant glioma.
  • Determine the maximum tolerated dose of this vaccine in these patients.


  • Determine, preliminarily, the survival of patients treated with this vaccine.
  • Determine, preliminarily, the time to tumor progression in patients treated with this vaccine.
  • Determine cellular immune response in patients treated with this vaccine.
  • Determine age-dependent differences in response to this vaccine, in terms of immunocompetence, in these patients.

OUTLINE: This is a dose-escalation study.

Patients undergo surgical resection to obtain tumor tissue for production of tumor lysate. Patients then undergo leukapheresis to obtain peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) for generation of dendritic cells (DC). DC are pulsed with tumor lysate to produce an autologous dendritic cell vaccine. Approximately 10-30 days after leukapheresis, patients receive vaccination with autologous tumor lysate-pulsed dendritic cells intradermally on days 0, 14, and 28 in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

Cohorts of 3-6 patients receive escalating doses of vaccine until the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) is determined. The MTD is defined as the dose preceding that at which 2 of 3 or 2 of 6 patients experience dose-limiting toxicity.

After completion of study treatment, patients are followed at 2 weeks and then every 2 months for 1 year.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 3-18 patients will be accrued for this study within 2-4.5 years.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 7 participants
Allocation: N/A
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Phase I Dose Escalation Study of Autologous Tumor Lysate-Pulsed Dendritic Cell Immunotherapy for Malignant Gliomas in Pediatric Patients
Study Start Date : January 2005
Actual Primary Completion Date : October 2009
Actual Study Completion Date : March 2010

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Vaccine Biological: therapeutic autologous dendritic cells

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Dose-limiting toxicity of adjuvant vaccination with autologous tumor lysate-pulsed dendritic cells after surgical resection in pediatric patients with malignant glioma. [ Time Frame: 1 year ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. survival [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
    survival with this vaccine

Other Outcome Measures:
  1. time to progression [ Time Frame: 1 year ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   1 Year to 18 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Histologically confirmed* WHO grade III or IV malignant glioma of 1 of the following subtypes:
  • Anaplastic astrocytoma
  • Anaplastic oligodendroglioma
  • Glioblastoma multiforme NOTE: *Must be confirmed after surgery
  • Newly diagnosed OR recurrent disease
  • Bidimensionally measurable disease by contrast-enhancing pre-operative MRI
  • Surgically accessible tumor for which surgical resection is indicated at the time of initial pre-operative evaluation
  • Must have undergone standard surgery* AND either radiotherapy* or chemoradiotherapy*
  • Objective evidence of disease by contrast-enhanced brain MRI after completion of standard therapy NOTE: *Completed after study entry but before assignment to study treatment cohorts
  • Age 1 to 18
  • Performance status Karnofsky 60-100%
  • Hematopoietic

    • Hemoglobin ≥ 10 g/dL
    • Absolute granulocyte count ≥ 1,500/mm^3
    • Platelet count ≥ 100,000/mm^3
  • Hepatic

    • SGPT and SGOT ≤ 2 times normal
    • Alkaline phosphatase ≤ 2 times normal
    • Bilirubin ≤ 1.5 mg/dL
    • Hepatitis B and C negative
  • Renal

    • BUN ≤ 1.5 times normal OR
    • Creatinine ≤ 1.5 times normal
  • Immunologic

    • HIV negative
    • Syphilis negative
  • At least 2 weeks since prior radiotherapy and recovered
  • Negative pregnancy test
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception
  • More than 4 weeks since prior chemotherapy (6 weeks for nitrosoureas) and recovered
  • No chemotherapy during and for 4 weeks* after the final dose of study vaccine
  • No corticosteroids for at least 10 days before leukapheresis
  • No concurrent corticosteroids
  • More than 72 hours since prior systemic antibiotics
  • No antihistamines for 5 days before and for 5 days after administration of study vaccine

Exclusion Criteria:

  • history of immunodeficiency or autoimmune disease that may be exacerbated by immunotherapy, including any of the following:
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Vasculitis
  • Polymyositis
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Scleroderma
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Juvenile-onset insulin-dependent diabetes
  • active infection
  • fever
  • allergy to study reagents
  • pregnant or nursing
  • other malignancy within the past 5 years except adequately treated basal cell or squamous cell skin cancer, localized prostate cancer, or carcinoma in situ of the cervix
  • unstable or severe medical or psychiatric condition, as determined by the investigator
  • underlying condition that would preclude study participation
  • concurrent radiotherapy
  • prior organ allograft
  • concurrent strong painkillers
  • other concurrent immune-suppressing medications
  • other concurrent investigational agents
  • other adjuvant treatment for 4 weeks* after the final dose of study vaccine NOTE: *Unless there is evidence of tumor progression necessitating additional clinically-indicated treatment; patients requiring treatment due to tumor progression are removed from the study

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00107185

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United States, California
Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center at UCLA
Los Angeles, California, United States, 90095-1781
Sponsors and Collaborators
Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
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Principal Investigator: Joseph L. Lasky, MD Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
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Responsible Party: Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00107185    
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000420930
First Posted: April 6, 2005    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: August 5, 2020
Last Verified: August 2012
Keywords provided by Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center:
childhood high-grade cerebral astrocytoma
recurrent childhood cerebral astrocytoma
childhood oligodendroglioma
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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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