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RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as dacarbazine, use different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. Oblimersen may help dacarbazine kill more tumor cells by making them more sensitive to the drug. PURPOSE: This clinical trial is studying how well giving oblimersen together with dacarbazine works in treating patients with advanced malignant melanoma that previously responded to treatment with oblimersen and dacarbazine on clinical trial GENTA-GM301.

Study summary:

OBJECTIVES: Primary - Provide continuation therapy with oblimersen (G3139) and dacarbazine to patients with advanced malignant melanoma who obtained response or stabilization of disease after prior treatment with this therapy on GENTA-GM301. Secondary - Determine serious adverse events in patients treated with this regimen. OUTLINE: This is a nonrandomized, open-label, multicenter, continuation study. Patients receive oblimersen (G3139) IV continuously on days 1-5 and dacarbazine IV over 1 hour on day 5. Treatment repeats every 21 days for up to 8 courses in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. Patients who complete 8 courses of treatment may receive additional courses at the discretion of the physician. Patients are followed every 2 months for up to 2 years after initiation of GENTA-GM301 protocol. PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 375 patients will be accrued for this study.


DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: - Histologically confirmed advanced malignant melanoma - Unresectable or metastatic disease - Previously enrolled on GENTA-GM301 protocol - Complete or partial objective response or stable disease after completion of 8 courses of oblimersen (G3139) and dacarbazine on arm II of GENTA-GM301 - Measurable or evaluable disease - No uncontrolled brain metastases or leptomeningeal disease PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age - Any age Performance status - ECOG 0-2 Life expectancy - Not specified Hematopoietic - Absolute neutrophil count at least 1,500/mm^3* - Platelet count at least 100,000/mm^3* - Hemoglobin at least 8 g/dL* NOTE: *Hematopoietic growth factor or transfusion independent Hepatic - Bilirubin no greater than 1.5 times upper limit of normal (ULN) - AST and ALT no greater than 2.5 times ULN - Alkaline phosphatase no greater than 2.5 times ULN - Albumin at least 2.5 g/dL - PTT no greater than 1.5 times ULN - PT no greater than 1.5 times ULN OR - INR no greater than 1.3 - No history of chronic hepatitis or cirrhosis Renal - Creatinine no greater than 1.5 times ULN OR - Creatinine clearance at least 50 mL/min Cardiovascular - No uncontrolled congestive heart failure - No active symptoms of coronary artery disease, defined as uncontrolled arrhythmias or recurrent chest pain despite prophylactic medication - No New York Heart Association class III or IV heart disease - No cardiovascular signs and symptoms grade 2 or greater within the past 4 weeks Other - Not pregnant or nursing - Negative pregnancy test - Fertile patients must use effective contraception - No other significant medical disease - No uncontrolled seizure disorder - No active infection - No uncontrolled diabetes mellitus - No active autoimmune disease - No known hypersensitivity to phosphorothioate-containing oligonucleotides or dacarbazine - No intolerance to prior oblimersen and dacarbazine, including discontinuation of protocol therapy due to 1 or more adverse events - HIV negative - Satisfactory venous access for a 5-day continuous infusion - Intellectually, emotionally, and physically able to maintain an ambulatory infusion pump PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: Biologic therapy - At least 4 weeks since prior biologic therapy, immunotherapy, cytokine therapy, or vaccine therapy and recovered - No concurrent anticancer biologic therapy Chemotherapy - See Disease Characteristics - No other concurrent anticancer chemotherapy Endocrine therapy - No concurrent chronic corticosteroids (average dose of at least 20 mg/day of prednisone or equivalent) Radiotherapy - At least 4 weeks since prior radiotherapy and recovered - No concurrent anticancer radiotherapy Surgery - At least 4 weeks since prior major surgery and recovered Other - At least 4 weeks since other prior therapy and recovered - More than 3 weeks since prior experimental therapy (except for GENTA-GM301 protocol) - No intervening systemic therapy for melanoma since completion of GENTA-GM301 protocol therapy - No other concurrent anticancer therapy, including investigational therapy - No concurrent immunosuppressive drugs - No concurrent anticoagulation therapy - Concurrent warfarin (1 mg/day) for central line prophylaxis is allowed

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Brief Title:

Oblimersen and Dacarbazine in Treating Patients With Advanced Malignant Melanoma That Has Responded to Treatment on Clinical Trial GENTA-GM301

Official Title:

Continuation Protocol For G3139 (Bcl-2 Antisense Oligonucleotide) And Dacarbazine In Patients With Malignant Melanoma Who Responded To This Combination In Protocol GM301

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Active, not recruiting

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Quick Facts

Healthy Volunteers
Oversight Has DMC
Study Is FDA Regulated
Study Is Section 801
Has Expanded Access

Study Source:

National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Oversight Authority:

United States: Federal Government

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Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment

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Overall Contact Information

Official Name:John A. Glaspy, MD, MPH
Principal Investigator
Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center

Study Dates

Start Date:August 2003
Verification Date:November 2004
Last Changed Date:January 3, 2014
First Received Date:October 3, 2003

Study Outcomes

There are no available Study Outcomes

Study Interventions

Intervention Type:Biological
Name:oblimersen sodium
Intervention Type:Drug

Study Arms

There are no available Study Arms

Study Agencies

Agency Class:Other
Agency Type:Lead Sponsor
Agency Name:Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
Agency Class:NIH
Agency Type:Collaborator
Agency Name:National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Sample and Retention Information

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Study References

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Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: November 18, 2019

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