New York, New York 10021

  • Prostate Cancer


RATIONALE: Vaccines may make the body build an immune response to kill tumor cells. PURPOSE: Phase I trial to study the effectiveness of vaccine therapy given with QS21 in treating patients who have progressive prostate cancer.

Study summary:

OBJECTIVES: I. Determine the optimal dose of Thompson-Friedenreich [TF(c)]-keyhole limpet hemocyanin (KLH) conjugate plus adjuvant QS21 that induces an antibody response in patients with prostate cancer. II. Determine the safety of the TF(c)-KLH conjugate prepared using an MBS heterobifunctional linker plus QS21. III. Assess postimmunization changes in prostate specific antigen levels and other objective parameters of disease in these patients. OUTLINE: This is a dose escalation study. Patients receive TF(c)-KLH conjugate with adjuvant QS21 subcutaneously weekly for 3 weeks, then once during weeks 7 and 19. Cohorts of 5 patients each receive escalating doses of TF(c)-KLH vaccine until the optimal dose, based on antibody response, is reached. Patients are followed monthly for 6 months, then every 3 months for 1 year.


DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: Histologically proven progressive prostate cancer after primary therapy Radiographic changes OR PSA at least 1.0 ng/mL and rising after prostatectomy OR PSA at least 2.0 ng/mL and rising after radiotherapy OR PSA rising 50% during intermittent hormonal therapy No metastatic disease by radiography No active CNS or epidural tumor Registered on MSKCC-9040 PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age: 18 and over Performance status: Karnofsky 70-100% Life expectancy: At least 6 months Hematopoietic: WBC at least 3500/mm3 Platelet count at least 100,000/mm3 Hepatic: Bilirubin less than 2.0 mg/dL OR SGOT less than 3.0 times upper limit of normal Renal: Creatinine no greater than 2.0 mg/dL OR Creatinine clearance at least 40 mL/min Cardiovascular: No New York Heart Association class III/IV cardiac disease Pulmonary: No severe debilitating pulmonary disease Other: No other active malignancy within 5 years except nonmelanomatous skin cancer No infection requiring antibiotics No narcotic dependent pain No positive stool guaiac excluding hemorrhoids No radiation induced proctitis No allergy to seafood PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: Biologic therapy: Not specified Chemotherapy: At least 4 weeks since prior chemotherapy and recovered No concurrent chemotherapy Endocrine therapy: See Disease Characteristics At least 2 weeks since change in hormonal therapy (except to maintain castrate levels of testosterone), including prednisone or dexamethasone At least 8 weeks since prior suramin and/or serum concentration of suramin must be less than 50 micrograms/mL (replacement hydrocortisone allowed) Radiotherapy: See Disease Characteristics At least 4 weeks since prior radiotherapy and recovered No concurrent therapy to only measurable lesion Surgery: See Disease Characteristics No concurrent surgery



Primary Contact:

Study Chair
Susan Slovin, MD, PhD
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

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Location Contact:

New York, New York 10021
United States

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Date Processed: June 20, 2021

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