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New York, New York 10032


RATIONALE: Thalidomide may stop the growth of cancer by stopping blood flow to the tumor. Interferon alfa may interfere with the growth of cancer cells. Combining interferon alfa and thalidomide may kill more tumor cells. PURPOSE: Phase II trial to study the effectiveness of combining interferon alfa and thalidomide in treating patients who have undergone surgery for soft tissue sarcoma or bone sarcoma.

Study summary:

OBJECTIVES: - Determine the efficacy of interferon alfa and thalidomide, in terms of time to disease progression, in patients with surgically resected high-risk soft tissue sarcoma or bone sarcoma. - Determine the incidence of metastatic disease and overall survival in patients treated with this regimen. - Determine the clinical and laboratory toxic effects and the tolerability of this regimen in these patients. OUTLINE: Patients receive interferon alfa subcutaneously three times a week on weeks 1-60 and oral thalidomide once daily on weeks 13-60 in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. Patients are followed every 6 weeks for at least 2 years. PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 20-48 patients will be accrued for this study.


DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: - Histologically confirmed primary or metastatic soft tissue sarcoma or bone sarcoma at high risk of recurrence - Grade III-IV tumor greater than 8 cm - Grade III-IV primary tumor greater than 5 cm with positive surgical margins - Grade III-IV primary tumor greater than 5 cm with distant metastases resected within 1 year of primary surgery - No more than 8 weeks since prior surgical resection of primary or metastatic disease - Ineligible for other high priority national or institutional study PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age: - 18 and over Performance status: - SWOG 0-2 Life expectancy: - More than 2 months Hematopoietic: - WBC greater than 3,000/mm^3 - Neutrophil count at least 1,500/mm^3 - Platelet count greater than 70,000/mm^3 - Hemoglobin at least 10.0 g/dL Hepatic: - Bilirubin less than 2.0 mg/dL - SGOT or SGPT less than 3 times upper limit of normal (ULN)* - Alkaline phosphatase less than 3 times ULN* - No decompensated liver disease - No autoimmune hepatitis - No coagulation disorders NOTE: * Unless due to metastatic disease Renal: - Creatinine normal Cardiovascular: - No history of severely debilitating cardiovascular disease - No unstable angina - No uncontrolled congestive heart failure - No thrombophlebitis Pulmonary: - No history of severely debilitating pulmonary disease - No chronic obstructive pulmonary disease - No pulmonary embolism Other: - Not pregnant or nursing - Negative pregnancy test - Fertile patients must use 2 forms of effective contraception for 4 weeks before, during, and for 4 weeks after study - No acute infection requiring systemic antibiotics - No prior hypersensitivity to interferon alfa or any component of the injection - No diabetes mellitus prone to ketoacidosis - No severe myelosuppression - No history of autoimmune disease - No pre-existing thyroid abnormalities with thyroid function that cannot be maintained in the normal range - No clinically significant retinal abnormalities - No other serious medical or psychiatric illness that would preclude study - No prior malignancy except curatively treated carcinoma in situ of the cervix or skin cancer PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: Biologic therapy: - Not specified Chemotherapy: - Prior systemic chemotherapy allowed Endocrine therapy: - Not specified Radiotherapy: - Prior radiotherapy allowed Surgery: - See Disease Characteristics



Primary Contact:

Study Chair
Robert N. Taub, MD, PhD
Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center

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Location Contact:

New York, New York 10032
United States

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Site Status: N/A

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: October 09, 2019

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