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Immunogenicity and Safety of DCs in Breast Cancer (TEBICA)

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : March 1, 2018
Last Update Posted : February 5, 2020
Universidad Nacional de Colombia
Instituto Colombiano para el Desarrollo de la Ciencia y la Tecnología (COLCIENCIAS)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Fundación Salud de los Andes

Brief Summary:

This study aims to evaluate for the first time in Colombia the immunogenicity and safety of autologous DCs as enhancers of the immune response in patients with ductal breast cancer who, prior to surgical resection of the tumor, will receive neo-adjuvant chemotherapy with Doxorubicin and Cyclophosphamide. concomitantly with the transfer of autologous DCs. This clinical trial is based on the concept proposed in countries like France more than a decade ago, that chemotherapy or radiotherapy cause the tumor cells to release certain signals that favor the activation of the immune system against cancer. Therefore, the combined use of chemotherapy with vaccination with dendritic cells would provide the immune system with greater antitumor response capacity, taking advantage of the release of said signals to initiate a series of processes that would be reflected in the activation of T lymphocytes capable of destroying the remaining cells of the tumor. To determine the specificity of the response evoked by the adoptive transfer of autologous DCs, in each patient the degree of recognition of the tumor by the immune system before and after said procedure will be evaluated. These results will be compared with those of patients who participated in a control group.

Hypothesis Adoptive transfer of autologous DCs generated in vitro, in patients with stage IIA-IV breast cancer who receive neoadjuvant therapy with Doxorubicin and Cyclophosphamide, is a safe procedure that stimulates anti-tumor immune responses in treated patients.

Principal aim:

To evaluate the safety and immunogenicity of the use of DCs when used in patients with stage IIA-IV breast cancer in association with neo-adjuvant chemotherapy with Doxorubicin/Cyclophosphamide.

Specific aims:

  • Generate immuno-competent dendritic cells in conditions of Good Clinical Practice and Good Laboratory Practices.
  • Determine in each patient the immunological status of specific T lymphocytes against tumor antigens, before and after chemotherapy, in order to demonstrate whether the adoptive transfer of DCs favors the anti-tumor immune response.
  • Register in patients with breast cancer in neo-adjuvant chemotherapy the class and frequency of adverse effects that could be generated as a result of the adoptive transfer of autologous DCs.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Breast Cancer Female Biological: Dendritic cells Phase 1 Phase 2

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 15 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Immunogenicity and Safety of Autologous Dendritic Cells in Patients With Breast Cancer Treated With Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy.
Actual Study Start Date : January 2014
Actual Primary Completion Date : July 2018
Actual Study Completion Date : August 2018

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MedlinePlus related topics: Breast Cancer

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Vaccinated
Transfer of autologous dendritic cells interspersed with chemotherapy doses
Biological: Dendritic cells
Adoptive transfer of autologous DCs

No Intervention: Control
Control patients who follow their basic treatment with chemotherapy with the A/C scheme

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Adverse effects [ Time Frame: One year after innoculation ]
    Number of participants with treatment-related adverse events as associated with DCs inoculation assessed by CTCAE v4.0

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Ages Eligible for Study:   30 Years to 65 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion criteria:

  • Women between 30 and 65 years old.
  • Patients who have histologically confirmed primary invasive ductal carcinoma of the breast.
  • Patients who, at the time of their evaluation, present a breast cancer with TNM classification: IIA, IIB, IIIA, IIIB, IIIC or IV; in whom the breast-tumor relationship is not satisfactory for the surgical procedure, so that they will receive neo-adjuvant chemotherapy with Doxorubicin and Cyclophosphamide for at least 3 cycles.
  • Patients who voluntarily agree to enter the proposed immunotherapy scheme.
  • Absence of second malignant disease with the exception of a cervical carcinoma or a treated basal cell carcinoma.
  • Normal blood, kidney function and hepatic function (neutrophil count 1000 / mm3, lymphocyte count 500 / mm3, hemoglobin 8mg / dl, and platelet count 150,000 / mm3, serum creatinine 1.5mg / dl, BUN 50mg / dl, aminotransferases 2 times of normal value and bilirubin 2.0mg / dl).
  • Karnofsky higher than 70% or ECOG 0 to 1.
  • Life expectancy greater than three months.
  • Ability to understand informed consent.
  • Have a weight greater than 50 Kilos at the time of apheresis.

Exclusion criteria:

  • Patients who are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • Patients who have received some type of therapy as treatment for their tumor pathology in the breast, prior to the start of the trial (radiotherapy, chemotherapy, immunotherapy or gene therapy).
  • Metastasis to the central nervous system at the time of inclusion in the study.
  • Active autoimmune disease requiring treatment or history of autoimmune disease, which could be exacerbated by treatment. Patients with endocrine disease controlled by replacement therapy may be included, including thyroid disease, adrenal disease and vitiligo.
  • Presence of a chronic or acute infection, such as HIV, viral hepatitis or tuberculosis, before or after the signing of the informed consent.
  • Use of immunosuppressant within 4 weeks prior to the trial (eg corticosteroids), such as azathioprine, prednisone or cyclosporine A. The use of local steroids (topical, nasal or inhaled) may be acceptable.
  • Patients with eczema, history of eczema or other eczematous skin disorders or those with acute or chronic exfoliative skin condition (eg atopic dermatitis, burns, impetigo, varicella zoster, severe acne or open wounds).
  • Any disease that could interfere with the patient's ability to carry out the treatment (eg, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis or active diverticulitis, severe respiratory, cardiovascular, neurological, infectious disease or uncontrolled metabolic disease), including diseases of the psychiatric type.
  • Clinically significant cardiomyopathy, which requires treatment.
  • Splenectomized patients.
  • Patients who do not receive the neo-adjuvant chemotherapy regimen with Doxorubicin and Cyclophosphamide for three cycles.
  • Patients who have had an excisional biopsy.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT03450044

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Fundación Salud de los Andes
Bogota, Cundinamarca, Colombia, 111321
Sponsors and Collaborators
Fundación Salud de los Andes
Universidad Nacional de Colombia
Instituto Colombiano para el Desarrollo de la Ciencia y la Tecnología (COLCIENCIAS)
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Study Chair: Fabio Méndez, MD CEO
Publications of Results:
Other Publications:

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Responsible Party: Fundación Salud de los Andes Identifier: NCT03450044    
Other Study ID Numbers: TEBICA-001
First Posted: March 1, 2018    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: February 5, 2020
Last Verified: February 2020
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
Keywords provided by Fundación Salud de los Andes:
Breast Cancer
Dendritic cells
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Breast Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Breast Diseases
Skin Diseases