Prospective Randomized Comparative Study of Cell Transfer Therapy Using CD8+-Enriched Short-Term Cultured Anti-Tumor Autologous Lymphocytes Following a Non-Myeloablative Lymphocyte Depleting Chemotherapy Regimen Compared to High-Dose Aldesleukin in M...
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Condition(s) targeted: Skin Cancer; Melanoma; Metastatic Melanoma
Intervention: Aldesleukin (Biological); CD8 enriched Young TIL (Biological)
Phase: Phase 2
Sponsored by: National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
Ramaprasad Srinivasan, M.D., Principal Investigator, Affiliation: National Cancer Institute (NCI)
- Adoptive cell therapy involves taking white blood cells called lymphocytes from patients'
tumors, growing them in the laboratory in large numbers, and then giving the cells back to
the patient to allow the cells to attack the tumor. Because this process is lengthy and
difficult to perform, researchers have been developing improved means of performing adoptive
cell therapy. Researchers are now interested in comparing adoptive cell therapy with the
standard treatment for metastatic melanoma (skin cancer).
- To compare the effectiveness of adoptive cell therapy with standard high-dose aldesleukin
as a treatment for metastatic melanoma.
- Individuals 18 years of age or older who have been diagnosed with metastatic melanoma
and have not previously received aldesleukin therapy or cell therapy for their disease.
- Participants must have at least one tumor that can be easily removed as part of the
- Participants will be screened with a full medical history, physical examination, blood
and urine tests, and imaging scans to evaluate tumor size and treatment options.
- Participants will be separated into two groups, in which one group will have adoptive
cell therapy and one will have aldesleukin treatment.
- Adoptive Cell Therapy
- Participants will have a tumor sample taken in order to collect white blood cells
for treatment. Participants whose tumors do not provide sufficient white blood
cells may be switched to the aldesleukin-only treatment group.
- The white blood cells will be grown in the laboratory for several weeks.
- Prior to receiving cell therapy, participants will receive chemotherapy for 7 days
to improve the chances of successful treatment.
- Participants will have cell therapy followed by high-dose aldesleukin treatment
every 8 hours for up to 5 days. This treatment will be followed by 1 to 2 weeks of
recovery time as an inpatient at the clinical center.
- Participants will be evaluated at 12 weeks following the start of the study, every
2 to 3 months for the first year, every 6 months for the next 5years, and then
- Standard Aldesleukin Treatment
- Participants will have high-dose aldesleukin treatment every 8 hours for up to 5
days (one cycle of treatment), and will have a second cycle of treatment 7 to 10
days after the first cycle.
- If tests show that the tumors have grown, participants will be offered the chance
to have additional cycles of aldesleukin, or begin a cell therapy treatment.
- Participants will be evaluated at 12 weeks following the start of the study, every 2 to
3 months for the first year, every 6 months for the next 5years, and then yearly
Official title: Prospective Randomized Comparative Study of Cell Transfer Therapy Using Short-Term Cultured Anti-Tumor Autologous Lymphocytes Following a Non-Myeloablative Lymphocyte Depleting Chemotherapy Regimen Compared to High-dose Aldesleukin in Metastatic Melanoma
Study design: Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment
Progression Free Survival
Secondary outcome: Toxicity
- Tumor Infiltrating Lymphocytes (TIL) can mediate the regression of bulky metastatic
melanoma when administered to the autologous patient along with high-dose aldesleukin
(IL-2) following a non-myeloablative lymphodepleting chemotherapy preparative regimen.
- Although this adoptive cell therapy (ACT) has been shown capable of mediating objective
clinical responses in patients with metastatic melanoma, including patients who have
previously been treated with aldesleukin or chemotherapy, the treatment is only
available in the Surgery Branch, National Cancer Institute (NCI) and in just one or two
other institutions in the United States.
- Despite our reports of the objective regressions in patients receiving adoptive cell
therapy (ACT), doubts have been raised concerning the possible influence of patient
selection bias that may have accounted for the increase in survival using ACT compared
to historical controls.
- ACT is a cumbersome and labor intensive procedure which has discouraged many from
applying it. We have recently developed simplifications in the technique for generating
TIL that are also capable of mediating objective responses.
- To evaluate the efficacy of ACT we are now proposing a prospective randomized trial to
compare this form of therapy with standard available treatment for patients with
- To determine, in a prospective randomized trial, the response rate and progression free
survival of patients with metastatic melanoma receiving either ACT or standard
high-dose aldesleukin treatment.
- Survival rate will be evaluated as a secondary endpoint.
- To determine the toxicity of these two treatment regimens.
Patients who are 18 years of age or older must have:
- Evaluable metastatic melanoma;
- No prior treatment with high-dose aldesleukin (greater than or equal to 600,000 IU IL-2
q8h or the equivalent)
- No contraindications to high-dose aldesleukin administration;
- No concurrent major medical illnesses or any form of immunodeficiency;
- Lesions of at least 2cm in diameter that can be surgically removed with minimal
- Prior to amendment D, patients with metastatic melanoma lesions that can be resected
with minimal morbidity will be prospectively randomized to receive either ACT using
CD8+ young TIL (arm 2) and aldesleukin (arm 1) following a non-myeloablative
chemotherapy preparative regimen, or will receive standard high-dose aldesleukin
- With the approval of amendment D, arm 1 and 2 will be closed, and two new arms will be
opened. Patients with metastatic melanoma lesions that can be resected with minimal
morbidity will be prospectively randomized to receive either ACT using young TIL (arm
4) and aldesleukin (arm 3) following a non-myeloablative chemotherapy preparative
regimen, or will receive standard high-dose aldesleukin therapy.
- Response rate and time to progression will be evaluated for all patients on an
- Patients may crossover to the other treatment arm after progressive disease is
documented by Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors (RECIST) criteria, if still
Minimum age: 18 Years.
Maximum age: N/A.
- INCLUSION CRITERIA:
1. Measurable metastatic melanoma with at least one lesion that is resectable for
tumor infiltrating lymphocytes (TIL) generation. The lesion must be of at least
2cm in diameter that can be surgically removed with minimal morbidity (defined
as any operation for which expected hospitalization is less than or equal to 7
2. Patients with 3 or less brain metastases are eligible. Note: If lesions are
symptomatic or greater than or equal to 1 cm each, these lesions must have been
treated and stable for 3 months for the patient to be eligible.
3. No prior high-dose aldesleukin therapy at a dose of greater than or equal to
4. Greater than or equal to 18 years of age.
5. Willing to practice birth control during treatment and for four months after
receiving all protocol related therapy.
6. Life expectancy of greater than three months.
7. Willing to sign a durable power of attorney.
8. Able to understand and sign the Informed Consent Document.
9. Clinical performance status of Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) 0 or 1.
- Absolute neutrophil count greater than 1000/mm^3 without support of filgrastim
- Normal White blood cell (WBC) (> 3000/mm^3).
- Hemoglobin greater than 8. 0 g/dl
- Platelet count greater than 100,000/mm^3
- Seronegative for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) antibody. (The experimental
treatment being evaluated in this protocol depends on an intact immune system.
Patients who are HIV seropositive can have decreased immune competence and thus be
less responsive to the experimental treatment and more susceptible to its
- Seronegative for hepatitis B antigen, or hepatitis C antibody or antigen.
- Serum alanine aminotransferase (ALT)/aspartate aminotransferase (AST) less than three
times the upper limit of normal.
- Calculated creatinine clearance estimated glomerular filtration rate(eGFR) > 50
- Total bilirubin less than or equal to 2 mg/dl, except in patients with Gilbert's
Syndrome who must have a total bilirubin less than 3 mg/dl.
m. More than four weeks must have elapsed since any prior systemic therapy at the
time the time of randomization, and patients' toxicities must have recovered to a
grade 1 or less (except for alopecia or vitiligo). Patients must have stable or
progressing disease after prior treatment. Patients may have undergone minor surgical
procedures within the past 3 weeks, as long as all toxicities have recovered to grade
1 or less or as specified in the eligibility criteria.
n. Six weeks must have elapsed since any prior anti-CTLA4 antibody therapy to allow
antibody levels to decline.
o. Patients who have previously received any cytotoxic T-lymphocyte antigen 4
(anti-CTLA4) antibody and have documented gastrointestinal (GI) toxicity must have a
normal colonoscopy with normal colonic biopsies.
1. Prior cell transfer therapy which included a non-myeloablative or myeloablative
2. Women of child-bearing potential who are pregnant or breastfeeding because of the
potentially dangerous effects of the preparative chemotherapy on the fetus or infant.
3. Systemic steroid therapy requirement.
4. Active systemic infections, coagulation disorders or other active major medical
illnesses of the cardiovascular, respiratory or immune system, as evidenced by a
positive stress thallium or comparable test, myocardial infarction, cardiac
arrhythmias, obstructive or restrictive pulmonary disease.
5. Any form of primary immunodeficiency (such as Severe Combined Immunodeficiency
Disease and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS)).
6. Opportunistic infections (The experimental treatment being evaluated in this protocol
depends on an intact immune system. Patients who have decreased immune competence may
be less responsive to the experimental treatment and more susceptible to its
7. History of severe immediate hypersensitivity reaction to any of the agents used in
8. History of coronary revascularization or ischemic symptoms.
9. Any patient known to have an left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) less than or
equal to 45%.
10. In patients > 60 years old, documented LVEF of less than or equal to 45%.
11. Documented forced expiratory volume 1 (FEV1) less than or equal to 60% predicted
tested in patients with:
- A prolonged history of cigarette smoking
- Symptoms of respiratory dysfunction
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