Bethesda, Maryland 20892

  • Melanoma


Randomized study. Initially, 3 patients will be entered on Arm I as a pilot feasibility study and to standardize the technical aspects of the study. Subsequently, all patients are randomized to Arms I and II. Arm I: Regional Hyperthermia plus Regional Single-Agent Chemotherapy. Hyperthermic intravenous limb perfusion, HILP; plus Melphalan, L-PAM, NSC-8806. Arm II: Regional Hyperthermia plus Regional Single-Agent Chemotherapy and Biological Response Modifier Therapy. HILP as in Arm I; plus L-PAM; and Tumor Necrosis Factor (Knoll), TNF, NSC-635257; Interferon gamma (Genentech), IFN-G, NSC-600662.

Study summary:

Patients with locally advanced melanoma confined to an extremity (Stage IIIA or Stage IIIAB) will be treated in a randomized Phase III study with hyperthermic isolated limb perfusion. One arm of the study will be a standard 60 minute perfusion with melphalan as a single agent. The second arm of the study will combine melphalan, tumor necrosis factor, and interferon-gamma in the isolated limb perfusion reproducing a regimen shown to have 100% response rates in a Phase II European trial. Patients will be followed for local response rates, duration of response, treatment toxicity, and disease-free survival.


DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: Biopsy-proven Stage IIIA or IIIAB melanoma (M.D. Anderson staging system) of an extremity, as follows: Advanced local disease indicated by 2 or more satellite or in-transit metastases. Lower limb regional metastases must be distal to the apex of the femoral triangle except inguinal lymph node metastases. Upper limb regional metastases must be distal to the deltoid insertion except axillary lymph node metastases. No evidence of systemic disease outside the involved extremity. Recurrent disease subsequent to prior successful limb perfusion allowed. Bidimensional directly measurable dermal or subcutaneous lesion required. PRIOR/CONCURRENT THERAPY: No prior isolated limb perfusion. Biologic Therapy: At least 1 month since Biologic Therapy. At least 3 months since regional therapy of the extremity. Chemotherapy: At least 1 month since chemotherap.y At least 3 months since regional therapy of the extremity. Endocrine Therapy: Not specified. Radiotherapy: At least 1 month since radiotherapy. Surgery: Not specified. PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age: 18 and over. Performance status: ECOG 0 or 1. Hematopoietic: Platelets greater than 150,000. Hepatic: Bilirubin less than 1.5 mg/dl; Coagulation profile normal. Renal: Creatinine less than 2.0 mg/dl. Cardiovascular: No evidence of peripheral vascular disease, e.g.: No history of claudication. OTHER: HIV negative. No pregnant or nursing women.



Primary Contact:


Backup Contact:


Location Contact:

Bethesda, Maryland 20892
United States

There is no listed contact information for this specific location.

Site Status: N/A

Data Source:

Date Processed: June 24, 2021

Modifications to this listing: Only selected fields are shown, please use the link below to view all information about this clinical trial.

Click to view Full Listing

This study is not currently recruiting Study Participants on The form below is not enabled.