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Cyclophosphamide and IRX-2 in Treating Women with Cervical Squamous Intraepithelial Neoplasia 3 or Squamous Vulvar Intraepithelial Neoplasia 3

Trial Status: Active

This randomized phase II trial studies how well cyclophosphamide and IRX-2 work in treating women with cervical squamous intraepithelial neoplasia 3 or squamous vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia 3. Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as cyclophosphamide, work in different ways to stop the growth of tumor cells, either by killing the cells, by stopping them from dividing, or by stopping them from spreading. IRX-2 may act as an immune booster to stimulate the immune system. Giving cyclophosphamide and IRX-2 may work better at treating cervical squamous intraepithelial neoplasia or squamous vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia.

Inclusion Criteria

  • Histologically confirmed squamous CIN 3, or VIN 3 (usual type only)
  • The subject is either surgically sterile, postmenopausal, or agrees to practice an effective method of birth control as determined by the investigator (to be continued for one year following last dose of study medication), except that subjects with CIN 3 are not permitted to use a cervical cap or diaphragm for contraception
  • White blood cell > 2,500/ mcL (> 2.5 x 10^9/L)
  • Absolute neutrophil count > 1,000/ mcL (> 1 x 10^9/L)
  • Platelet count > 75,000/ mcL (> 75 x 10^9/L)
  • Hemoglobin >= 8 g/dL (>= 80 g/L) (subjects who have received a transfusion or erythropoietin up to one week prior to receiving the first dose of cyclophosphamide are eligible for the study)
  • International normalized ration (INR) or prothrombin time (PT) =< 1.5 x ULN (upper limit of normal)
  • Activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT) =< 1.5 x ULN
  • Serum creatinine =< 1.5 x ULN
  • Total bilirubin =< 2.0 x ULN unless thought to be related to inherited bilirubin conjugation disorder (ie Gilbert’s disease)
  • Alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and aspartate aminotransferase (AST) =< 2.5 x ULN
  • The subject is geographically accessible for ongoing follow-up and is committed to comply with the designated visits
  • The subject is capable of understanding and complying with the protocol and has signed the enrollment informed consent form at screening

Exclusion Criteria

  • For subjects with cervical dysplasia: evidence of atypical glandular cells or adenocarcinoma in situ (ACIS) based on cervical cytology, colposcopy or biopsy
  • For subjects with either cervical or vulvar squamous dysplasia: evidence of microinvasive squamous carcinoma based on cytology, colposcopy or biopsy
  • Pregnancy or lactation
  • Allergy to ciprofloxacin or other quinolones (because ciprofloxacin is used in preparation of IRX-2)
  • Allergy to indomethacin (a necessary component of the regimen) or to acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin) due to likely allergy cross-reaction
  • Aldara (imiquimod) for the topical treatment of lower genital tract warts or dysplasia within 3 months of study enrollment
  • Known to be positive for human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV-1) antibody, human immunodeficiency virus-2 (HIV-2) antibody, hepatitis B surface antigen, or hepatitis C virus antibody
  • Known to have other immunodeficiency diseases, including cellular immunodeficiencies, hypogammaglobulinemia, or dysgammaglobulinemia
  • Immunotherapy (eg, interferons, tumor necrosis factor, interleukins) or biological response modifiers (granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor, granulocyte colony-stimulating factor, macrophage colony-stimulating factor) or any investigational drug within 3 months of study enrollment
  • Concurrent treatment with systemic corticosteroids at a dose of >= 5 mg/day of prednisone (or equivalent)
  • Subjects should not take aspirin (except for low-dose aspirin as prescribed for vascular disease) or other non-prescribed, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents from randomization to surgery
  • An infectious process or any other significant illness such as an autoimmune disease or advanced age that in the opinion of the investigator would compromise the subject’s ability to mount an immune response
  • Impaired hepatic, renal or hematological function, evidenced by: * Alanine aminotransferase (ALT), aspartate aminotransferase (AST), or total bilirubin > 2 times upper limit of normal (ULN), * Serum creatinine > 2 times ULN, or
  • Clinically significant active cardiovascular disease, including a history of myocardial infarction within the past 6 months, heart failure as defined by New York Heart Association classes III or IV, and/or blood pressure greater than 160/90 mm Hg (1 repeat measure allowed no more than 5 minutes after the first measurement)
  • History of severe allergic reaction to insect bites or stings, or to any biologic pharmaceutical product, including compounds similar to the test article
  • Any medical contraindications, allergies or previous therapy that would preclude treatment with the components of the IRX-2 regimen, i.e., cyclophosphamide, indomethacin, zinc-containing multivitamins or omeprazole
  • Donation or loss of > 450 mL of blood or plasma within 30 days of randomization


Los Angeles
Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center
Status: ACTIVE
Contact: Grace M Facio
Phone: 323-409-7027
USC / Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
Status: ACTIVE
Contact: Grace M Facio
Phone: 323-409-7027


Oklahoma City
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Status: ACTIVE
Contact: Kathleen N. Moore
Phone: 405-271-8707


I. To compare the proportion of subjects who achieve a pathologic complete response (CR) or partial response (PR) in regimen 1 versus regimen 2 at week 25, based on the resected surgical specimen.


I. To evaluate the toxicity and feasibility of administration of IRX-2 in subjects with confirmed cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) 3 or vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia (VIN) 3.

II. To evaluate multiple parameters to assess the activity of the IRX-2 regimen for the treatment of CIN 3 or VIN 3: IIa. The occurrence of clinical CRs or PRs at weeks 6, 13 and 25.

IIb. Frequency of elimination of human papillomavirus (HPV) in cervical or vulvar tissue using a commercial HPV genotyping assay and viral load determination by quantitative polymerase chain reaction (PCR).

IIc. Analysis of the immune infiltrates in the resected surgical specimens.

IId. Immunophenotypic analysis of peripheral blood lymphocytes.

IIe. Frequency of serum antibodies to HPV E6, E7 and L1 proteins by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA).

IIf. Ribonucleic acid (RNA) expression profiling of immune-inflammatory markers from post-treatment resected surgical specimens.

OUTLINE: Patients are randomized to 1 of 2 arms.

ARM I: Patients receive cyclophosphamide intravenously (IV) over 60 minutes on day 1 and IRX-2 via submucosal injections in the cervix or subcutaneously (SC) for vulvar lesions on days 4-7. Patients also receive indomethacin orally (PO) three times daily (TID), zinc-containing multivitamins (PO) once daily (QD) and omeprazole orally (PO) on days 1-21.

ARM II: Patients receive cyclophosphamide IV over 60 minutes on day 1 and placebo via submucosal injections in the cervix or SC for vulvar lesions on days 4-7. Patients also receive indomethacin PO TID, zinc-containing multivitamins PO QD and omeprazole PO on days 1-21.

In both arms, treatment repeats every 6 weeks for up to 2 courses in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. Beginning week 25, patients undergo surgical resection.

After completion of study treatment, patients are followed up at 1-8 weeks after surgery.

Trial Phase Phase II

Trial Type Treatment

Lead Organization
USC / Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

Principal Investigator
Lynda Diane Roman

  • Primary ID 5GYN-16-2
  • Secondary IDs NCI-2017-01402
  • ID NCT03267680