Antineoplaston Therapy in Treating Patients With Ependymoma
This trial is active, not recruiting.
|Condition||brain and central nervous system tumors|
|Treatments||antineoplaston a10, antineoplaston as2-1|
|Sponsor||Burzynski Research Institute|
|Start date||August 1998|
|Trial size||40 participants|
|Trial identifier||NCT00003479, BC-BT-24, CDR0000066516|
RATIONALE: Antineoplastons are naturally-occurring substances that may also be made in the laboratory. Antineoplastons may inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
PURPOSE: This phase II trial is studying how well antineoplaston therapy works in treating patients with ependymoma.
Male or female participants of any age.
DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: - Histologically confirmed ependymoma that is unlikely to respond to existing therapy and for which no curative therapy exists - Evidence of tumor by MRI or CT scan - Tumor must be at least 5 mm - No brain stem tumors PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age: - 6 months and over Performance status: - Karnofsky 60-100% Life expectancy: - At least 2 months Hematopoietic: - WBC at least 2,000/mm3 - Platelet count greater than 50,000/mm3 Hepatic: - Bilirubin no greater than 2.5 mg/dL - SGOT/SGPT no greater than 5 times upper limit of normal - No hepatic failure Renal: - Creatinine no greater than 2.5 mg/dL - No renal failure - No history of renal conditions that contraindicate high dosages of sodium Cardiovascular: - No severe heart disease - No uncontrolled hypertension - No history of congestive heart failure - No history of other cardiovascular conditions that contraindicate high dosages of sodium Pulmonary: - No severe lung disease Other: - Not pregnant or nursing - Fertile patients must use effective contraception during and for 4 weeks after study - No serious active infections or fever - No other serious concurrent disease PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: Biologic therapy: - At least 4 weeks since prior immunotherapy and recovered - No concurrent immunomodulating agents Chemotherapy: - At least 4 weeks since prior chemotherapy and recovered (6 weeks for nitrosoureas) - No concurrent antineoplastic agents Endocrine therapy: - Concurrent corticosteroids for cerebral edema allowed (must be on stable dose for at least 1 week prior to study) Radiotherapy: - At least 8 weeks since prior radiotherapy and recovered Surgery: - Not specified Other: - No prior antineoplaston therapy
|Official title||Phase II Study of Antineoplastons A10 and AS2-1 Infusions in Patients With Ependymoma|
|Description||OBJECTIVES: - Determine the antitumor activity of antineoplastons A10 and AS2-1 in patients with ependymoma by determining the proportion of patients who experience an objective tumor response. - Evaluate the adverse side effects and tolerance to this regimen in these patients. OUTLINE: This is an open label study. Patients receive gradually escalating doses of antineoplaston A10 and antineoplaston AS2-1 by intravenous injection 6 times daily until the maximum tolerated dose is reached. Treatment continues for at least 12 months in the absence of disease progression and unacceptable toxicity. After 12 months, patients with stable disease may continue treatment. Tumors are measured at least every 8 weeks during the first 2 years, every 3 months during the third and fourth years, every 6 months during the fifth and sixth years, and yearly thereafter. PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 20-40 patients will be accrued for this study.|
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