Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104


RATIONALE: Sunitinib may stop the growth of tumor cells by blocking some of the enzymes needed for cell growth and by blocking blood flow to the tumor. Giving sunitinib before surgery may make the tumor smaller and reduce the amount of normal tissue that needs to be removed. Giving it after surgery may kill any tumor cells that remain after surgery. PURPOSE: This phase II trial is studying how well sunitinib works when given before and after surgery in treating patients with stage IV kidney cancer.

Study summary:

OBJECTIVES: - To correlate histologic measures of tumor angiogenesis and VHL mutation/methylation status with clinical outcome in patients with stage IV renal cell carcinoma treated with sunitinib malate. - To determine the effects of sunitinib malate on tumor vascular permeability by dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI and iodine I 124 chimeric monoclonal antibody G250 positron emission tomography (PET) after 2 weeks of therapy. - To correlate steady-state plasma concentrations of sunitinib malate and angiogenic growth factors in serum with clinical outcome in these patients. OUTLINE: - Neoadjuvant therapy:Patients receive oral sunitinib malate once daily on days 1-14. - Cytoreductive surgery: Patients undergo cytoreductive nephrectomy on day 16. - Adjuvant therapy:Beginning at least 4 weeks after surgery, patients receive oral sunitinib malate once daily on days 1-28. Treatment repeats every 42 days in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. Patients undergo dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI with motexafin gadolinium and positron emission tomography with iodine I 124 chimeric monoclonal antibody G250 at baseline and after completion of neoadjuvant sunitinib malate (prior to cytoreductive nephrectomy). Patients undergo tumor tissue and blood sample collection periodically for correlative laboratory studies. Tumor tissue samples are analyzed for VHL mutations and other somatic genetic mutations by mutation analysis; allelic loss or gain by comparative genomic amplification; microvessel density (MVD) by immunohistochemical staining for CD34 and CD105; pERK, SMA, Ki-67, HIF-1α, CAIX, macrophage migration inhibition factor (MIF), and CREB by multicolor analysis; and VEGF-R1 and -R2 and other relevant antigen expression by validated assays. Blood samples are analyzed for pharmacokinetics; angiogenic growth factor levels (e.g., free VEGF, basic FGF, and other markers); and polymorphisms in VEGF, VEGFR, VHL, and HIF. After completion of study treatment, patients are followed periodically.


DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: - Diagnosis of renal cell carcinoma - AJCC stage IV disease - Radiographic evidence of disease for which cytoreductive nephrectomy is deemed to be clinically indicated AND for which preoperative embolization is not deemed necessary by the surgeon - No history or clinical evidence of brain metastases PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: - ECOG performance status 0-1 - WBC ≥ 3,000/mm³ - Absolute granulocyte count ≥ 1,500/mm³ - Platelet count ≥ 100,000/mm³ - Serum creatinine ≤ 2.0 times upper limit of normal (ULN) OR serum creatinine clearance ≥ 40 mL/min - Total bilirubin ≤ 1.5 times ULN (< 3.0 times ULN in the presence of Gilbert's disease) - AST/ALT ≤ 2.5 times ULN (≤ 5.0 times ULN in the presence of liver metastases) - INR ≤ 1.5* - PTT normal* - Not pregnant or nursing - Negative pregnancy test - Fertile patients must use effective contraception - No pre-existing thyroid abnormality with thyroid-stimulating hormone that cannot be maintained in the normal range with medication - No hypertension that cannot be controlled by medications (i.e., diastolic BP ≥ 100 mm Hg despite optimal medical therapy) - No ongoing cardiac dysrhythmias ≥ grade 2 (according to NCI CTCAE v3.0) - No other concurrent malignancies - No concurrent serious illness including, but not limited to, any of the following: - Ongoing or active infection requiring parenteral antibiotics - Clinically significant cardiovascular disease (e.g., uncontrolled hypertension, myocardial infarction, or unstable angina) - New York Heart Association class II-IV congestive heart failure - Serious cardiac arrhythmia requiring medication - Peripheral vascular disease ≥ grade 2 within the past year - Psychiatric illness/social situation that would limit compliance with study requirements NOTE: *Patients who are taking warfarin must have documentation of an INR ≤ 1.5 and PTT normal prior to the initiation of anticoagulation to rule out a baseline coagulopathy PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: - At least 2 weeks since prior radiotherapy and recovered - Prior radiotherapy to a symptomatic site of metastatic disease is allowed - No prior systemic therapy - No concurrent cytochrome P450 enzyme-inducing antiepileptic drugs (e.g., phenytoin, carbamazepine, or phenobarbital), rifampin, or Hypericum perforatum (St. John's wort) - No other concurrent investigational agents



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Keith T. Flaherty, MD
Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania

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Location Contact:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
United States

Clinical Trials Office - Abramson Cancer Center of the Univers
Phone: 800-474-9892

Site Status: Recruiting

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Date Processed: October 09, 2019

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