Baltimore, Maryland 21231

  • Testicular Germ Cell Tumor


RATIONALE: Peripheral stem cell transplantation may be able to replace immune cells that were destroyed by chemotherapy used to kill tumor cells. Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. Combining chemotherapy with peripheral stem cell transplantation may allow the doctor to give higher doses of chemotherapy drugs and kill more tumor cells. PURPOSE: This phase I trial is studying the side effects and best dose of cyclophosphamide when given together with combination chemotherapy and a peripheral stem cell transplant in treating patients with malignant solid tumors.

Study summary:

OBJECTIVES: - Determine whether autologous transplantation of mobilized CD34+ peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC) can provide complete hematologic reconstitution after myeloablative chemotherapy comprising etoposide (VP-16) and carboplatin (CBDCA) in patients with metastatic or recurrent rhabdomyosarcoma, neuroblastoma, Ewing's sarcoma/primitive neuroectodermal tumor, germ cell tumors, childhood brain tumors, or hepatoblastoma. - Determine the frequency and yield of CD34+ PBSC and granulocyte-macrophage colony-forming units (GM-CFU) that are mobilized, harvested, and purified after a single priming course of high-dose cyclophosphamide (CTX) followed by filgrastim (G-CSF). - Correlate the number of CD34+ cells and GM-CFU in the autologous PBSC graft with time to engraftment of white blood cells, neutrophils, and platelets in these patients. - Determine the optimal day of PBSC harvest after a single priming course of high-dose CTX and G-CSF in these patients. - Determine whether CD34+ PBSC rescue and daily post-transplantation G-CSF decrease the time to hematopoietic recovery after high-dose VP-16 and CBDCA compared to historical results achieved in similar patients rescued with bone marrow. - Compare the tumor cell content of marrow, mobilized blood, and purified CD34+ PBSC graft preparations. - Determine the optimal timing of PBSC mobilization and harvest in relation to extent of prior chemotherapy in these patients. - Determine the feasibility of a single leukapheresis for PBSC harvest in children. - Determine the toxic effects of this regimen in these patients. - Determine the antitumor activity of this regimen in these patients. OUTLINE: This is a dose-escalation study of cyclophosphamide. Mobilization/harvest: Patients receive cyclophosphamide IV over 90 minutes on day 0 and filgrastim (G-CSF) subcutaneously or IV over 30 minutes on days 2-15 or until blood counts recover. Peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC) are harvested and selected for CD34+ cells on day 15. Bone marrow is also harvested in case insufficient PBSC are harvested. Preparative regimen/transplantation: Patients receive carboplatin IV over 1 hour and etoposide IV continuously on days -6 to -4. Cyclophosphamide is administered IV over 1 hour on days -3 and -2 or IV continuously on days -3 and -2, -4 to -2, -5 to -2, or -6 to -2. PBSC or bone marrow is reinfused on day 0. Cohorts of 3-10 patients receive escalating doses of cyclophosphamide until the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) is determined. The MTD is defined as the highest dose at which 20% of patients experience dose-limiting toxicity. At least 6 additional patients receive cyclophosphamide at the MTD. PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A minimum of 36 patients will be accrued for this study.


DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: - Histologically proven malignant solid tumor, including any of the following: - Rhabdomyosarcoma - Neuroblastoma - Ewing's sarcoma/primitive neuroectodermal tumor - Germ cell tumors - Childhood brain tumors - Hepatoblastoma - Metastatic disease OR has failed at least first-line therapy - Ineligible for higher priority protocols PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age: - Under 36 at transplantation Performance status: - Karnofsky 60-100% Life expectancy: - At least 8 weeks Hematopoietic: - Absolute neutrophil count at least 1,000/mm3 - Platelet count at least 75,000/mm3 Hepatic: - Bilirubin no greater than 1.5 mg/dL - Liver function tests no greater than 2 times normal OR - No active hepatitis on liver biopsy - No hepatitis B infection Renal: - Creatinine no greater than 1.5 mg/dL OR - Glomerular filtration rate (preferably measured) greater than 60% of normal Cardiovascular: - Left ventricular ejection fraction at least 45% - No active congestive heart failure - No active arrhythmia Pulmonary: - Age 8 and under: clinically normal pulmonary function - Over age 8: FEV1 and FVC at least 50% predicted - Arterial blood gases normal and DLCO at least 50% if spirograms difficult to - interpret due to poor patient effort, recent surgery, or pulmonary tumor - involvement Other: - No mucositis or mucosal infection prior to myeloablative chemotherapy - HIV negative - Not pregnant - Negative pregnancy test - Fertile patients must use effective contraception PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: - See Disease Characteristics



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Study Chair
Allen R. Chen, MD, PhD, MHS
Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins

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Baltimore, Maryland 21231
United States

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Date Processed: June 16, 2021

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