This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition kidney cancer
Treatments recombinant interferon alfa, thalidomide
Phase phase 2
Sponsor Cancer Research UK
Start date February 2001
Trial size 90 participants
Trial identifier NCT00027664, CDR0000069055, EU-20129, ICRF-C00.204


RATIONALE: Interferon alfa may interfere with the growth of cancer cells. Thalidomide may stop the growth of cancer by stopping blood flow to the tumor. It is not yet known if interferon alfa is more effective with or without thalidomide in treating metastatic kidney cancer.

PURPOSE: Randomized phase II trial to compare the effectiveness of interferon alfa with or without thalidomide in treating patients who have metastatic kidney cancer.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Primary purpose treatment

Primary Outcomes

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Response rate
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Anti-angiogenic effect
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Quality of life
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Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants at least 18 years old.

DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: - Histologically confirmed metastatic renal cell carcinoma - Measurable progressive disease, defined as non-irradiated marker lesions greater than 1 cm PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age: - Over 18 Performance status: - WHO 0-2 Life expectancy: - More than 12 weeks Hematopoietic: - Neutrophil count greater than 1,500/mm^3 - Platelet count greater than 100,000/mm^3 - Hemoglobin greater than 10 g/dL Hepatic: - Bilirubin no greater than 1.5 times upper limit of normal (ULN) - AST/ALT less than 5 times ULN Renal: - Creatinine clearance greater than 50 mL/min OR - Edetic acid clearance greater than 40 mL/min Cardiovascular: - No unstable angina or myocardial infarction within the past 6 months Other: - No other prior invasive malignancy except cervical intraepithelial neoplasia or nonmelanomatous skin cancer - No chronic neurological disease causing peripheral neuropathy - No diabetes mellitus - Not pregnant or nursing - Negative pregnancy test - Fertile patients must use at least one highly effective method and at least one additional effective method of contraception for female patients and barrier contraception for male patients for at least 2 weeks before and during study PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: Biologic therapy: - No prior interferon alfa for metastatic renal cell carcinoma Chemotherapy: - No prior systemic chemotherapy for metastatic renal cell carcinoma - No concurrent cytotoxic therapy Endocrine therapy: - No concurrent corticosteroids Radiotherapy: - See Disease Characteristics - Concurrent local radiotherapy for symptomatic secondary sites of disease allowed if these sites are not being used as markers of disease response Surgery: - Not specified Other: - No other prior systemic treatment for metastatic renal cell carcinoma - No concurrent chronic medication known to cause peripheral neuropathy

Additional Information

Official title Interferon Alpha In Combination With Thalidomide In The Treatment Of Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma A Randomized Phase II Study
Description OBJECTIVES: - Determine the safety of interferon alfa and thalidomide in patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma. - Compare the relative toxicity of interferon alfa with or without thalidomide in these patients. - Assess the antiangiogenic effect of thalidomide by monitoring the angiogenesis-associated factors in these patients. - Compare, in a preliminary manner, the efficacy of interferon alfa with or without thalidomide in these patients. - Compare the quality of life of patients treated with these regimens. OUTLINE: This is a randomized, multicenter study. Patients are randomized to one of two treatment arms. - Arm I: Patients receive interferon alfa subcutaneously 3 times a week and oral thalidomide once daily for 12 weeks. - Arm II: Patients receive interferon alfa only as in arm I. Treatment in both arms repeats every 12 weeks in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. Patients in arm II who develop disease progression discontinue interferon alfa and receive thalidomide only as in arm I. Quality of life is assessed at baseline and then every 3 weeks during each study course. PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 90 patients will be accrued for this study.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in August 2013.
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