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Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131


RATIONALE: Biological therapies use different ways to stimulate the immune system and stop cancer cells from growing. Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. Combining biological therapy with chemotherapy may kill more tumor cells. PURPOSE: Phase I/II trial to study the effectiveness of biological therapy plus chemotherapy in treating patients with metastatic or recurrent kidney cancer.

Study summary:

OBJECTIVES: I. Evaluate the toxic effects, patient tolerance, and practicality of administering interferon alfa-2b, fluorouracil, interleukin-2, and isotretinoin (FUNIL-cRa) in patients with metastatic and/or recurrent renal cell carcinoma. II. Obtain a pilot indication of responsiveness of these patients to this regimen. III. Evaluate the measurement of tumor thymidylate synthetase as a prediction of response of these patients to this and other fluorouracil based regimens. OUTLINE: Patients are stratified by performance status (0 vs 1), nephrectomy (yes vs no), site of disease (pulmonary or lymph node metastases only vs other disease site), radiotherapy (yes vs no), and prior adjuvant biologic or hormone therapy (yes vs no). Patients receive intravenous fluorouracil daily for 14 days, and subcutaneous interferon alfa-2b 3 times a week for 6 weeks. Beginning on day 15, patients receive intravenous interleukin-2, 5 days a week and oral isotretinoin 2 times a day for 4 weeks. Treatment courses are 6 weeks, followed by a 2 week rest period. Treatment continues for up to 4 courses in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. Patients with partial or complete response may undergo surgical resection. Patients are followed every 2 months for 1 year and then every 6 months thereafter. PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 35 patients will be accrued to this study.


DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: Histologically proven metastatic and/or recurrent renal cell carcinoma Bidimensionally measurable disease No concurrent brain metastases Patients with prior brain metastases who have undergone radiation and/or surgery, with stable response, confirmed by MRI, and off corticosteroids are eligible PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age: Not specified Performance status: SWOG 0-1 Life expectancy: Not specified Hematopoietic: Not specified Hepatic: Not specified Renal: Not specified Other: Not pregnant or nursing Fertile patients must use effective contraception No other serious illness or active infection requiring antibiotics Not HIV positive No active substance abuse PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: Biologic therapy: At least 6 months since prior interleukin-2 therapy At least 6 months since prior interferon alfa therapy At least 1 month since other prior biologic therapy No other concurrent biologic therapy (e.g., filgrastim or sargramostim) Chemotherapy: At least 6 months since prior fluorouracil therapy At least 1 month since prior chemotherapy No other concurrent chemotherapy Endocrine therapy: At least 1 month since prior endocrine therapy No concurrent hormone therapy No concurrent corticosteroids except if inhaled or topical Radiotherapy: At least 1 month since prior radiotherapy (to less than 25% of the bone marrow only, and there must be measurable disease outside of radiation field) No concurrent radiotherapy Surgery: At least 3 weeks since prior surgery Other: No concurrent ongoing therapy with investigational drugs



Primary Contact:

Study Chair
Laurence Elias, MD
University of New Mexico Cancer Center

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Location Contact:

Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131
United States

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Site Status: N/A

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: October 09, 2019

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