This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition breast cancer
Treatments allogeneic gm-csf-secreting breast cancer vaccine, trastuzumab, cyclophosphamide, flow cytometry, immunoenzyme technique, immunohistochemistry staining method, laboratory biomarker analysis, pharmacological study, biopsy
Phase phase 2
Target HER2
Sponsor Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center
Collaborator National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Start date December 2008
End date June 2013
Trial size 20 participants
Trial identifier NCT00847171, J0885 CDR0000634155, JHOC-J0885, JHOC-NA_00021048, P30CA006973


RATIONALE: Monoclonal antibodies, such as trastuzumab, can block tumor growth in different ways. Some block the ability of tumor cells to grow and spread. Others find tumor cells and help kill them or carry tumor-killing substances to them. Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as cyclophosphamide, work in different ways to stop the growth of tumor cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. Vaccines made from gene-modified tumor cells may help the body build an immune response to kill tumor cells. Giving trastuzumab together with cyclophosphamide and vaccine therapy may kill more tumor cells.

PURPOSE: This phase II trial is studying the side effects of giving trastuzumab together with cyclophosphamide and vaccine therapy in treating patients with high-risk or metastatic breast cancer.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Intervention model single group assignment
Masking open label
Primary purpose treatment

Primary Outcomes

Safety (local and systemic toxicity) as assessed by NCI CTCAE v3.0
time frame: 4 years
Immunologic response (HER2/neu-specific immune response and delayed-type hypersensitivity response to HER2/neu-derived peptides)
time frame: 4 years

Secondary Outcomes

Clinical benefit as assessed by rate of progression-free survival
time frame: 4 years

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants at least 18 years old.

DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: - Histologically confirmed adenocarcinoma of the breast, meeting one of the following criteria: - Metastatic disease - High-risk disease, defined as early-stage disease with pathologic involvement of locoregional lymph nodes - Patients who are/will be receiving standard adjuvant trastuzumab [Herceptin®] for high-risk disease will participate in this study during the single-agent trastuzumab portion of their therapy - No clinical or radiographical evidence of active disease - Not eligible for therapy of known curative potential for metastatic breast cancer - HER2/neu-overexpressing disease, defined as HER2/neu positive by IHC 3+ staining or by FISH+ amplification - Stable CNS disease allowed provided it has been adequately treated and is not under active treatment - Hormone receptor status not specified PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: - Menopausal status not specified - ECOG performance status 0-1 - ANC > 1,000/mm^3 - Platelet count > 100,000/mm^3 - Serum creatinine < 2.0 mg/dL - Serum bilirubin ≤ 2.0 mg/dL (unless elevation is due to known Gilbert's syndrome) - AST/ALT ≤ 2 times upper limit of normal (ULN) - Alkaline phosphatase ≤ 5 times ULN - Not pregnant or nursing - Negative pregnancy test - Fertile patients must use effective contraception - Cardiac ejection fraction normal by MUGA OR ≥ 45% by ECHO - No other malignancies within the past 5 years, except for carcinoma in situ of the cervix, superficial nonmelanoma skin cancer, or superficial bladder cancer - No prior or currently active autoimmune disease* requiring management with systemic immunosuppression, including any of the following: - Inflammatory bowel disease - Systemic vasculitis - Scleroderma - Psoriasis - Multiple sclerosis - Hemolytic anemia or immune-mediated thrombocytopenia - Rheumatoid arthritis - Systemic lupus erythematosus - Sjögren syndrome - Sarcoidosis - Other rheumatologic disease - No symptomatic intrinsic lung disease or extensive tumor involvement of the lungs resulting in dyspnea at rest - HIV-negative - No evidence of active acute or chronic infection - No uncontrolled medical problems - No active major medical or psychosocial problems that could be complicated by study participation - No corn allergy - No known severe hypersensitivity to trastuzumab (except for mild to moderate infusion reactions that are easily managed and do not recur) NOTE: *Asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease that does not require daily systemic corticosteroids allowed PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: - Any number of prior chemotherapy regimens for metastatic breast cancer allowed - Prior or concurrent trastuzumab in the adjuvant or metastatic setting allowed - More than 28 days since prior and no concurrent systemic oral steroids - Topical, ocular, or nasal steroids allowed - More than 28 days since prior and no concurrent chemotherapy, radiotherapy, or biologic therapy (except trastuzumab) - More than 28 days since prior and no concurrent participation in another investigational clinical trial involving a new drug - Concurrent endocrine therapy or bisphosphonates allowed

Additional Information

Official title A Safety and Bioactivity Study of Combination Therapy With Trastuzumab, Cyclophosphamide, and an Allogeneic GM-CSF-Secreting Breast Tumor Vaccine for the Treatment of Patients With High Risk/ Metastatic HER-2/Neu- Overexpressing Breast Cancer With No Evidence of Disease
Principal investigator Leisha A. Emens, MD, PhD
Description OBJECTIVES: Primary - To evaluate the safety of allogeneic sargramostim (GM-CSF)-secreting breast cancer vaccine in combination with trastuzumab (Herceptin®) and cyclophosphamide in patients with high-risk or metastatic HER2/neu-overexpressing breast cancer. - To measure the HER2/neu-specific CD4+ T-cell response by delayed-type hypersensitivity. - To measure the magnitude of HER2/neu-specific CD8+ T-cell responses by ELISPOT. Secondary - To assess the impact of trastuzumab on immune priming in vivo by IHC. - To measure the impact of cyclophosphamide pretreatment on CD4+CD25+ regulatory T cells by flow cytometry. - To determine the time to disease progression. Tertiary - To develop the tandem tetramer/CD107a cytotoxicity assay for HER2/neu-specific CD8+ T cells. - To measure novel T-cell responses induced by trastuzumab and cyclophosphamide-modulated vaccination. OUTLINE: Patients receive trastuzumab (Herceptin®) IV over 30-90 minutes once weekly beginning on day -1 of the first course of vaccination and continuing until the completion of the last course of vaccination. Patients also receive cyclophosphamide IV over 30 minutes on day -1 and allogeneic sargramostim (GM-CSF)-secreting breast cancer vaccine intradermally on day 0. Treatment with cyclophosphamide and the vaccine repeats every 27-42 days for up to 3 courses in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. Patients then receive a fourth course of cyclophosphamide and vaccine approximately 6-8 months after the first course. Patients undergo delayed-type hypersensitivity testing and blood sample collection at baseline and periodically during study for immunologic laboratory studies. Blood samples are analyzed for serum GM-CSF levels by pharmacokinetic studies and for immune monitoring by ELISPOT and flow cytometry. Skin punch biopsies are also performed periodically and analyzed by IHC. After completion of study treatment, patients are followed periodically.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in May 2013.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center.