This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition head and neck cancer
Treatment interleukin-12 gene
Phase phase 1/phase 2
Sponsor Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Collaborator National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Start date July 1999
Trial size 34 participants
Trial identifier NCT00004070, CDR0000067274, DFCI-99081, NCI-G99-1578, VALENTIS-DFCI-99081


RATIONALE: Inserting the gene for interleukin-12 into a person's cancer cells may make the body build an immune response to kill more tumor cells.

PURPOSE: Phase I/II trial to study the effectiveness of gene therapy in treating patients who have unresectable, recurrent, or refractory head and neck cancer.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Primary purpose treatment

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants at least 18 years old.

DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: Histologically proven unresectable, recurrent, or refractory squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck Primarily stage III or IV Tumor accessible to direct injection No tumor involving major blood vessels or obstructing airway PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age: 18 and over Performance status: Karnofsky 70-100% Life expectancy: At least 3 months Hematopoietic: WBC at least 3,000/mm3 Platelet count at least 50,000/mm3 Hepatic: No prior or concurrent active liver disease SGOT and SGPT no greater than 3 times upper limit of normal (ULN) Renal: Creatinine no greater than 1.5 times ULN Cardiovascular: No New York Heart Association class III or IV heart disease Pulmonary: No respiratory disease that sufficiently influences oxygenation of arterial blood Other: At least 2 weeks since prior infection No concurrent infection No active or clinically relevant viral illness No other malignancies requiring treatment during this study No prior autoimmune disease (e.g., rheumatic disease, Crohn's disease) No allergy to polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) or related products No prior psychiatric disability No prior seizures Not pregnant or nursing Negative pregnancy test Fertile patients must use effective contraception PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: Biologic therapy: No prior viral based gene therapy, recombinant DNA products, or bacterial plasmids Chemotherapy: At least 28 days since prior chemotherapy No concurrent chemotherapy No chemotherapy during follow up period Endocrine therapy: No concurrent corticosteroids Radiotherapy: At least 28 days since prior radiotherapy No concurrent radiotherapy No radiotherapy during follow up period Surgery: At least 28 days since prior surgery No concurrent surgery No surgery during follow up period Other: At least 30 days since prior investigational drugs No concurrent high dose nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs No concurrent immunosuppressive drugs

Additional Information

Official title A Multi-Center, Open-Label, Multiple Administration, Rising Dose Study of the Safety, Tolerability, and Efficacy of IL-12 Gene Medicine in Patients With Unresectable or Recurrent/Refractory Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Head and Neck (SCCHN)
Description OBJECTIVES: I. Determine the safety and tolerability of interleukin-12 gene in patients with unresectable, recurrent, or refractory squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck. II. Evaluate the efficacy of this regimen in these patients. OUTLINE: This is a multicenter study. Patients receive interleukin-12 gene by intratumoral injection twice during week 1 and once weekly during weeks 2-7 in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 28-34 patients will be accrued for this study.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in February 2009.
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