PEG-Interferon Alfa-2b in Treating Patients With Stage IV Melanoma

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Basic Trial Information

PhaseTypeStatusAgeSponsorProtocol IDs
Phase IITreatmentClosed18 and overNCI, OtherCDR0000258114
E2602, U10CA021115, ECOG-2602, NCT00049530

Trial Description


RATIONALE: Peginterferon (PEG-interferon) alfa-2b may stop the growth of cancer by stopping blood flow to the tumor.

PURPOSE: Phase II trial to study the effectiveness of PEG-interferon alfa-2b in treating patients who have stage IV melanoma.

Further Study Information


  • Determine the ability of low-dose PEG-interferon alfa-2b to suppress plasma basic fibroblast growth factor (b-FGF) levels to normal in patients with metastatic melanoma over-expressing b-FGF.
  • Determine the antitumor effect of this drug, in terms of progression-free and overall survival and tumor response, in these patients.
  • Correlate tumor activity of this drug with b-FGF and vascular endothelial growth factor levels in the plasma and urine of these patients.
  • Determine the safety profile of this drug in these patients.

OUTLINE: This is a multicenter study.

Patients receive PEG-interferon alfa-2b subcutaneously (SC) once weekly. Treatment continues until basic fibroblast growth factor level is suppressed to normal or until a maximum weekly dose is reached. If there is disease progression, patients then discontinue treatment. If there is no disease progression, patients receive PEG-interferon alfa-2b SC weekly for up to 1 year in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

Patients are followed every 3 months for 2 years and then every 6 months for 1 year.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 32 patients will be accrued for this study within 2 years.

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion criteria:

  • Histologically confirmed stage IV melanoma
  • Stage M1a, M1b, or M1c
  • Mucosal, ocular, or unknown primary melanoma
  • Previously untreated OR received up to 3 prior systemic therapy regimens (excluding vaccine therapy) for metastatic disease
  • Plasma basic fibroblast growth factor level at least 15 pg/mL
  • Measurable or evaluable disease
  • Central nervous system (CNS) involvement allowed provided CNS directed therapy has been given and disease has been clinically stable for ≥ 3 months
  • Brain computed tomography (CT) scan or Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to confirm stable disease required ≤ 4 weeks prior to study entry
  • Age: 18 and over
  • ECOG Performance status of 0-2
  • Life expectancy at least 6 months
  • Absolute neutrophil count at least 1,500/mm^3
  • Platelet count at least 100,000/mm^3
  • Hemoglobin at least 8 g/dL (transfusions allowed)
  • Bilirubin no greater than 2 times upper limit of normal (ULN)
  • Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT) no greater than 2 times ULN
  • Creatinine no greater than 1.5 mg/dL OR Creatinine clearance at least 60 mL/min
  • At least 4 weeks since prior interferon in the adjuvant or metastatic setting
  • At least 4 weeks since prior chemotherapy in the adjuvant or metastatic setting
  • At least 4 weeks since prior endocrine therapy in the adjuvant or metastatic setting
  • At least 4 weeks since prior radiotherapy in the adjuvant or metastatic setting
  • At least 4 weeks since prior surgery in the adjuvant or metastatic setting
  • At least 4 weeks since other prior therapy in the adjuvant or metastatic setting
  • Negative pregnancy test
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception

Exclusion criteria:

  • Myocardial infarction within the past 6 months
  • Other active malignancy within the past 5 years except curatively treated basal cell or squamous cell skin cancer or carcinoma in situ of the cervix
  • Other concurrent illness that would preclude study participation
  • History of severe depression
  • Pregnant or nursing

Trial Contact Information

Trial Lead Organizations/Sponsors

Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group

  • National Cancer Institute
Ronald S. Go, Study Chair

Link to the current record.
NLM Identifier NCT00049530 processed this data on April 09, 2015

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