Vaccine Therapy in Treating Patients With Stage IV or Recurrent Melanoma

2014-08-27 03:57:04 | BioPortfolio


RATIONALE: Vaccines made from a person's cancer cells may make the body build an immune response to kill tumor cells.

PURPOSE: Phase I/II trial to study the effectiveness of vaccine therapy in treating patients who have stage IV or recurrent melanoma.



- Determine the safety of immunization with autologous in vitro-treated tumor cells and dendritic cells in combination with sargramostim (GM-CSF) in patients with stage IV or recurrent melanoma.

- Determine the frequency of conversion of delayed tumor hypersensitivity tests in patients treated with this regimen.

- Determine the progression-free and overall survival in patients treated with this regimen.

- Determine the objective tumor response rate in patients with measurable melanoma treated with this regimen.

OUTLINE: Patients are stratified according to presence of measurable disease at study initiation (yes vs no).

Patients undergo tumor cell harvest. Patients with multiple persistent sites of metastatic disease after harvest may receive systemic therapy (biologic therapy and/or chemotherapy) during tumor cell line expansion over approximately 4 months. The tumor cell line is expanded, irradiated, and treated with interferon gamma.

Patients undergo leukapheresis to collect peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) to obtain dendritic cells (DC). The PBMC are treated with sargramostim (GM-CSF) and interleukin-4 for 7 days to produce DC. The DC are then cultured with the treated tumor cells for 18 hours.

Patients undergo delayed tumor hypersensitivity tests intradermally 1 week prior to vaccination and again at week 4. Patients receive vaccine therapy comprising autologous treated tumor cells and dendritic cells suspended in GM-CSF subcutaneously weekly for 3 weeks. Vaccine therapy continues monthly for an additional 5 months in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

Patients are followed every 2 months for 1 year and then every 3 months for 4 years.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 30-80 patients will be accrued for this study.

Study Design

Primary Purpose: Treatment


Melanoma (Skin)


autologous tumor cell vaccine, therapeutic autologous dendritic cells


Hoag Cancer Center at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian
Newport Beach
United States


Active, not recruiting


National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Results (where available)

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