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Memphis, Tennessee 38105


RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. Radiation therapy uses high-energy x-rays to damage tumor cells. Combining chemotherapy with radiation therapy may kill more tumor cells. PURPOSE: Phase II trial to study the effectiveness of irinotecan followed by radiation therapy and temozolomide in treating children who have newly diagnosed brain tumor.

Study summary:

OBJECTIVES: - Evaluate the efficacy of adjuvant irinotecan in children with newly diagnosed high grade gliomas, brain stem glioma, or high risk grade II astrocytomas in terms of complete and partial response rate in patients with postoperative measurable disease, and in terms of the rate of freedom from recurrence in patients with no postoperative measurable disease. - Determine the 3 year overall and progression free survival rates in this patient population when treated with adjuvant irinotecan followed by radiotherapy and temozolomide. - Assess the hematopoietic toxicity of temozolomide following local radiotherapy in this patient population. OUTLINE: Patients receive postoperative irinotecan IV over 60 minutes daily for 5 days on weeks 1-2. Treatment repeats every 3 weeks for 2 courses. Following completion of irinotecan and if appropriate, patients may undergo a second surgical resection. Within 2 weeks following completion of chemotherapy or within 4 weeks of following a second resection, patients receive image guided external beam radiotherapy 5 days per week for 6 weeks. Patients with residual tumor less than 3.5 cm in maximal diameter may undergo boost radiosurgery. At 4 weeks following completion of radiotherapy, patients receive oral temozolomide for 5 days. Treatment repeats every 3 weeks for 6 courses. Patients are followed every 3 months for 2 years, then every 4 months for 3 years. PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 50 patients will be accrued for this study within 5 years.


DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: - Histologically confirmed newly diagnosed brain tumors - Grade III or IV disease: - Glioblastoma multiforme - Anaplastic astrocytoma - Anaplastic oligodendroglioma - Anaplastic pleomorphic xanthoastrocytoma - Anaplastic or malignant oligoastrocytoma - Gemistocytic astrocytoma - Malignant glioma - Grade II glial tumors in unfavorable locations (i.e., imaging evidence of gliomatosis cerebri and/or bithalamic involvement) - Diffuse pontine gliomas with greater than 2/3 involvement of the pon PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age: - 3 to 21 Performance status: - Not specified Life expectancy: - Not specified Hematopoietic: - WBC greater than 2,500/mm^3 - Platelet count greater than 100,000/mm^3 - Hemoglobin greater than 8.0 g/dL Hepatic: - Bilirubin no greater than 2.5 mg/dL - SGOT/SGPT less than 5 times normal Renal: - Creatinine no greater than 2.0 mg/dL Other: - Not pregnant - Negative pregnancy test - Fertile patients must use effective contraception - HIV negative PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: Biologic therapy: - Not specified Chemotherapy: - No prior chemotherapy Endocrine therapy: - Prior corticosteroids allowed Radiotherapy: - No prior radiotherapy Surgery: - No more than 28 days since prior definitive surgery for brain tumor Other: - Concurrent anticonvulsants allowed



Primary Contact:

Study Chair
Amar Gajjar, MD
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

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Location Contact:

Memphis, Tennessee 38105
United States

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Site Status: N/A

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: February 04, 2019

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