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Bronx, New York 10461


Phase I trial to study the effectiveness of gene therapy with the p53 gene in treating patients who have cancer of the liver that cannot be surgically removed. Inserting the p53 gene into a person's tumor may improve the body's ability to fight liver cancer.

Study summary:

OBJECTIVES: I. Determine the safety of adenovirus p53 construct (adeno-p53) in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma. II. Investigate the potential effects of intralesional adeno-p53 given by monthly percutaneous injections in these patients. OUTLINE: This is a dose escalation, multicenter study. Patients receive adenovirus p53 construct by percutaneous injection to a maximum of two lesions on day 1. Treatment is repeated every 28 days for up to 6 courses. In the absence of dose-limiting toxicity (DLT) in the first cohort of 6 patients treated, subsequent cohorts of 6 patients each receive escalating doses of the drug on the same schedule. If DLT occurs in 2 of 6 patients at a given dose level, then dose escalation ceases and that dose is declared the maximum tolerated dose. Study treatment may continue in the absence of disease progression and unacceptable adverse events.


DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: - Histologically confirmed unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) or highly suspicious for HCC based on CT scan and elevated alfafetoprotein - Measurable disease by abdominal CT scan Accessible (peripheral) lesions - No metastatic disease PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: - Age: Over 18 - Performance status: ECOG 0-2 - Life expectancy: At least 12 weeks - Platelet count at least 60,000/mm3 - Absolute neutrophil count greater than 1,500/mm3 - Prothrombin time of no greater than 16 seconds after administration of fresh frozen plasma - Bilirubin no greater than 3.0 mg/dL - Creatinine less than 1.5 mg/dL - Child's class A or B cirrhosis eligible - No uncontrolled infection Not pregnant or breast feeding - No unstable or severe intercurrent medical condition PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: - At least 4 weeks since prior chemotherapy - At least 4 weeks since prior radiation therapy - No prior hepatic transplantation - No more than 1 prior systemic regimen for hepatocellular carcinoma allowed - No concurrent therapy with other investigational agents - No prior gene therapy - No prior intralesional therapy



Primary Contact:

Study Chair
Chandra P. Belani, MD
University of Pittsburgh

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Location Contact:

Bronx, New York 10461
United States

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Site Status: N/A

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: January 21, 2020

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