Durham, North Carolina 27710

  • Metastatic Cancer


RATIONALE: Monoclonal antibodies can locate tumor cells and either kill them or deliver tumor-killing substances to them without harming normal cells. PURPOSE: Phase I/II trial to determine the effectiveness of monoclonal antibody therapy in treating patients who have primary or metastatic melanoma or brain tumors.

Study summary:

OBJECTIVES: I. Determine the toxicity and maximum tolerated dose of iodine-131-labeled monoclonal antibody fragment ME1-14 F(ab')2 administered intracystically in patients with recurrent or newly diagnosed primary or metastatic malignant melanoma or other brain tumors. II. Identify any objective therapeutic responses to this treatment. OUTLINE: All patients receive a fixed dose of monoclonal antibody fragment ME1-14 F(ab')2 via an intralesional catheter; cohorts of 3-6 patients receive escalating doses of isotope conjugated to the antibody until the maximum tolerated dose is determined. Patients with newly diagnosed disease at entry may receive additional therapy with external-beam radiotherapy beginning 4 months after radioimmunotherapy (or sooner if disease progression occurs). Patients with recurrent disease at entry are followed without further therapy for at least 4 months after radioimmunotherapy; alternative therapy may be offered upon progression. All patients are followed at 4, 8, 16, and 24 weeks after treatment, then every 12 weeks for 1 year. PROJECTED ACCRUAL: Three to six patients will be entered at each dose studied.


DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: Histologically confirmed primary or metastatic malignant melanoma OR Histologically confirmed supratentorial malignant brain tumor Newly diagnosed or recurrent primary or metastatic tumor Eligible primary histologies, including but not limited to: Glioblastoma multiforme Mixed anaplastic glioma Anaplastic astrocytoma Other astrocytoma Gliosarcoma Anaplastic oligodendroglioma The following excluded: Diffusely infiltrating tumors Multifocal tumors Infratentorial tumors Subependymal spread No measurable enhancing lesion extending more than 1 cm beyond margins of surgical cavity on contrast-enhanced CT or MRI performed within 72 hours after resection Intralesional catheter placed at resection Patency of catheter demonstrated by radiolabeled albumin flow Reactivity of neoplastic cells with intact Me1-14 IgG2a or Me1-14 F(ab')2 demonstrated by immunohistology with polyclonal rabbit antibody or monoclonal mouse antibody PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age: 3 and over Performance status: Karnofsky 50%-100% Hematopoietic: Absolute neutrophil count greater than 1,000/mm3 Platelet count greater than 100,000/mm3 Hepatic: Bilirubin less than 1.5 mg/dL AST less than 1.5 times normal Alkaline phosphatase less than 1.5 times normal Renal: Creatinine less than 1.2 mg/dL Other: Not pregnant PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: Biologic therapy: Not specified Chemotherapy: At least 6 weeks since antineoplastic chemotherapy unless unequivocal tumor progression Endocrine therapy: Concurrent corticosteroids allowed at lowest possible dose and stable for at least 10 days prior to entry Radiotherapy: At least 3 months since radiotherapy to site of measurable disease within the nervous system unless unequivocal tumor progression Surgery: See Disease Characteristics



Primary Contact:

Study Chair
Darell D. Bigner, MD, PhD
Duke Cancer Institute

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Location Contact:

Durham, North Carolina 27710
United States

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Site Status: N/A

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: June 19, 2021

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