Antineoplaston Therapy in Treating Patients With Advanced Head and Neck Cancer
This trial is active, not recruiting.
|Condition||head and neck cancer|
|Treatments||antineoplaston a10, antineoplaston as2-1|
|Sponsor||Burzynski Research Institute|
|Start date||August 1998|
|Trial size||40 participants|
|Trial identifier||NCT00003489, BC-HN-2, CDR0000066527|
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 studies the effectiveness of antineoplaston therapy in treating patients who have advanced head and neck cancer.
Male or female participants at least 16 years old.
DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: - Histologically confirmed cancer of the head and neck that is unlikely to respond to existing therapy and for which no curative therapy exists - Metastatic disease OR incurable with surgery or radiation - Measurable disease by CT scan or MRI - Tumor must be at least 2 cm for the lymph nodes located in the head, neck, axillary, inguinal or femoral areas and at least 0.5 cm for other areas PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age: - 16 and over Performance status: - Karnofsky 60-100% Life expectancy: - At least 2 months Hematopoietic: - WBC at least 2,000/mm^3 - Platelet count at least 50,000/mm^3 Hepatic: - No hepatic insufficiency - Bilirubin no greater than 2.5 mg/dL - SGOT and SGPT no greater than 2.5 mg/dL Renal: - No renal insufficiency - Creatinine no greater than 2.5 mg/dL - No renal conditions that contraindicate high dosages of sodium Cardiovascular: - No chronic heart failure - No uncontrolled hypertension - No history of congestive heart failure - No other cardiovascular conditions that contraindicate high dosages of sodium Pulmonary: - No serious lung disease (e.g., severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) Other: - Not pregnant or nursing - Fertile patients must use effective contraception during and for 4 weeks after study participation - No other serious medical or psychiatric conditions - No active infection PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: Biologic therapy: - At least 4 weeks since prior immunotherapy and recovered - No concurrent immunomodulatory agents Chemotherapy: - At least 4 weeks since prior chemotherapy (6 weeks for nitrosoureas) and recovered - No concurrent antineoplastic therapy Endocrine therapy: - Concurrent corticosteroids allowed Radiotherapy: - See Disease Characteristics - At least 8 weeks since prior radiotherapy (unless multiple tumors) and recovered Surgery: - See Disease Characteristics Other: - Prior cytodifferentiating agents allowed
|Official title||Phase II Study of Antineoplastons A10 and AS2-1 In Patients With Carcinoma of the Head and Neck|
|Description||OBJECTIVES: - Provide treatment with antineoplastons A10 and AS2-1 to patients with incurable cancer of the head and neck. - Describe response to, tolerance to, and side effects of 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 six times per day until the maximum tolerated dose is reached. Treatment continues for at least 2 months in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. After 2 months, patients with stable or responding disease may continue treatment. Patients achieving complete response (CR) continue treatment for 8 months beyond CR. Tumors are measured every 2 months for 1 year and then every 3 months for 1 year. PROJECTED ACCRUAL: Approximately 20-40 patients will be accrued for this study.|
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