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T-APC Vaccine after CTL and Cyclophosphamide for Melanoma (2481)
Phase I Study To Evaluate The Use Of Autologous T- Antigen-Presenting Cells (T-APC) To Enhance The Persistence Of Adoptively Transferred CD8+ Antigen-Specific T Cells (CTL) Following Cyclophosphamide Conditioning For Patients With Metastatic Melanoma
Status Conditions Phase Study ID
Closed Recurrent Melanoma
Stage IV Melanoma
Phase I 2481.00

This phase I trial studies the side effects and best dose of autologous T-antigen-presenting cells (T-APC) vaccine following therapeutic autologous lymphocytes (CTL) and cyclophosphamide in treating patients with metastatic melanoma. Aldesleukin may stimulate lymphocytes, such as CTL, to kill melanoma cells. Treating lymphocytes with aldesleukin in the laboratory may help the lymphocytes kill more tumor cells when they are put back in the body. Vaccines made from melanoma antigen may help the body build an effective immune response to kill tumor cells and may boost the effect of the CTL. Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as cyclophosphamide, work in different ways to stop the growth of tumor cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. Giving T-APC vaccine after CTL and cyclophosphamide may be an effective treatment for melanoma

Sylvia Lee, MD
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance 800-804-8824  
Eligibility Criteria (must meet the following to participate in this study)
  • Histopathological documentation of melanoma concurrent with the diagnosis of metastatic disease
  • Tumor expression of melanocyte differentiation antigen (MDA: MART-1 = 2+ staining or > 25%) by immunohistochemistry (IHC)
  • Expression of human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-A201
  • Zubrod performance status of '0-1' at the time of treatment
  • Bi-dimensionally measurable disease by palpation on clinical exam, or radiographic imaging (X-ray, computed tomography [CT] scan)
  • Normal cardiac stress test will be required for all patients with any history of cardiac disease
  • Pulse > 45 and < 120
  • Weight >= 45 kg
  • Temperature =< 38C (=< 100.4 F)
  • White blood cell count (WBC) >= 3,000
  • Hematocrit (HCT) >= 30%
  • Platelets >= 100,000
Exclusions (conditions that would prevent participation in this study)
  • Pregnant women, nursing mothers, men or women of reproductive ability who are unwilling to use effective contraception or abstinence; women of childbearing potential must have a negative pregnancy test within two weeks prior to entry
  • Serum creatinine > 1.6 mg/dL or Creatinine clearance < 75 ml/min
  • Serum glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase (SGOT) > 150 IU or > 3x upper limit of normal
  • Bilirubin > 1.6 mg/dL
  • Prothrombin time > 1.5 x control
  • Clinically significant pulmonary dysfunction, as determined by medical history and physical exam; patients so identified will undergo pulmonary functions testing and those with forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1) < 2.0 L or carbon monoxide diffusing capacity (DLco) (corr for hemoglobin [Hgb]) < 75% will be excluded
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Clinically significant hypotension
  • Symptoms of coronary artery disease
  • Presence of cardiac arrhythmias on electrocardiograph (EKG) requiring drug therapy
  • Ejection fraction < 50 % (echocardiogram or multi gated acquisition scan [MUGA])
  • Symptomatic central nervous system metastases greater than 1 cm at time of therapy; patients with 1-2 asymptomatic, less than 1 cm brain/central nervous system (CNS) metastases without significant edema may be considered for treatment
  • Patients with active infections or oral temperature > 38.2 C within 72 hours of study entry or systemic infection requiring chronic maintenance or suppressive therapy
  • Chemotherapeutic agents (standard or experimental), radiation therapy, or other immunosuppressive therapies less than 3 weeks prior to T cell therapy; (patients with bulky disease may undergo cytoreductive chemotherapy but treatment will be discontinued at least 3 weeks prior to T cell therapy)
  • Clinically significant autoimmune disorders or conditions of immunosuppression; patients with acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-1 associated complex or known to HIV antibody seropositive or known to be recently polymerase chain reaction (PCR)+ for hepatitis are not eligible for this study; virology testing will be done within 6 months of T cell infusion; the severely depressed immune system found in these infected patients and the possibility of premature death would compromise study objectives
  • Chemotherapeutic agents (standard or experimental), radiation therapy, or other immunosuppressive therapies less than 3 weeks prior to T cell therapy
  • Current treatment with steroids
  • Patients must not be receiving any other experimental drugs within 3 weeks of the initiation of the protocol and must have recovered from all side effects of such therapy
Last Updated
March 13, 2013
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