Cisplatin and Temozolomide in Treating Young Patients With Malignant Glioma

2014-08-27 03:43:09 | BioPortfolio


RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as cisplatin and temozolomide, work in different ways to stop the growth of tumor cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. Giving more than one drug (combination chemotherapy) may kill more tumor cells.

PURPOSE: This phase II trial is studying how well giving cisplatin together with temozolomide works in treating young patients with malignant glioma.




- Determine the objective response rate (complete and partial response) in pediatric patients with malignant gliomas treated with temozolomide and cisplatin.


- Identify genetic, metabolic, and proteomic profiles that will provide an insight into the molecular pathways involved in the pathogenesis of these tumors.

- Link genetic changes with clinical details, histopathology, and patient outcome, thereby developing a biological basis for diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment monitoring.

- Evaluate relapse-free survival at 1 and 2 years in patients treated at diagnosis.

- Evaluate the duration of clinical response in patients treated at relapse.

- Study the health status and quality of life of these patients.

- Evaluate long-term toxicity of this therapeutic combination.

- Evaluate the ability of magnetic resonance spectroscopy vs CT scan to predict response in patients with high-grade astrocytomas.

OUTLINE: This is a multicenter, open-label, nonrandomized, parallel-group study. Patients are stratified according to disease status (newly diagnosed vs relapsed). Patients with newly diagnosed disease are further stratified according to spread of disease (localized and measurable vs diffuse unmeasurable).

- Stratum I (newly diagnosed disease): Patients receive CISTEM chemotherapy comprising cisplatin IV over 3 hours on day 1 and oral temozolomide once daily on days 2-6. Treatment repeats every 28 days for up to 7 courses. Patients who achieve responsive or stable disease after 2 courses receive 2 more courses of CISTEM chemotherapy and then undergo radiotherapy 5 days a week for 6 weeks. After completion of radiotherapy, patients may receive up to 3 more courses of CISTEM chemotherapy for a total of 7 courses.

- Stratum II (relapsed disease): Patients receive CISTEM chemotherapy for up to 7 courses as in stratum I. Patients who reach the maximum dose allowed for cisplatin may receive oral temozolomide alone indefinitely.

Tissue and blood samples are obtained at baseline and examined by immunohistochemistry, fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH), and loss of heterozygosity. The tumor tissue is analyzed for p53, MSH2, MLH1, and MGMT.

After completion of study treatment, patients are followed periodically for 2 years.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 87 patients will be accrued for this study.

Study Design

Allocation: Non-Randomized, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment


Brain and Central Nervous System Tumors


cisplatin, temozolomide, fluorescence in situ hybridization, loss of heterozygosity analysis, immunohistochemistry staining method, laboratory biomarker analysis, radiation therapy


Institut Gustave Roussy


Active, not recruiting


National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Results (where available)

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