Combination Chemotherapy Plus Radiation Therapy in Treating Patients With Newly Diagnosed Brain Stem Glioma

This study has been completed.
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National Cancer Institute (NCI) Identifier:
First received: November 1, 1999
Last updated: February 6, 2009
Last verified: April 2001

RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. Radiation therapy uses high-energy x-rays to damage tumor cells. Combining more than one chemotherapy drug with radiation therapy may kill more tumor cells.

PURPOSE: Phase I trial to study the effectiveness of combination chemotherapy plus radiation therapy in treating patients with newly diagnosed brain stem glioma.

Condition Intervention Phase
Brain and Central Nervous System Tumors
Drug: cyclosporine
Drug: etoposide
Drug: vincristine sulfate
Radiation: radiation therapy
Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Vincristine, Etoposide and Cyclosporine A in Concert With Standard Dose Radiation Therapy in Diffuse Intrinsic Brain Stem Glioma - A Phase I Study of Dose Escalation of Vincristine

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Study Start Date: December 1998
Detailed Description:

OBJECTIVES: I. Determine the maximum tolerated dose and dose limiting toxicity of vincristine given as an IV push dose in combination with continuous infusion cyclosporine and oral etoposide concurrent with and prior to radiotherapy in children with newly diagnosed primary intrinsic brain stem glioma. II. Determine the incidence and severity of other toxicities of vincristine in this regimen in these patients. III. Determine a safe and tolerable dose of vincristine under these conditions to be used in phase II studies. IV. Seek preliminary evidence of antitumor activity in this setting in these patients.

OUTLINE: This is dose escalation study of vincristine. Patients receive radiotherapy daily for 6 weeks with concurrent induction chemotherapy. Induction chemotherapy consists of vincristine IV push weekly for 6 weeks, oral etoposide daily on days 1-21 and 29-49 and cyclosporine IV over 2 hours prior to vincristine followed by a continuous 36 hour infusion. Cohorts of 3-6 patients receive escalating doses of vincristine. If dose limiting toxicity (DLT) occurs in 2 or more of 3-6 patients, the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) has been exceeded and the preceding dose is declared the MTD. Maintenance therapy consists of 6 monthly courses of cyclosporine IV over 36 hours beginning on day 1, vincristine IV push on day 1, and oral etoposide daily for days 1-21. Patients are followed every 6 months for 4 years and then annually thereafter.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: At least 6 patients will be accrued into this study at a rate of 12 patients per year.


Ages Eligible for Study:   3 Years to 21 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: Newly diagnosed diffuse intrinsic brain stem glioma by MRI Biopsy is neither necessary nor encouraged A least two-thirds of the tumor is in the pons Origin of the tumor is clearly in the pons Must be registered within 28 days of diagnosis Clinical history less than 6 months duration (cranial nerve deficit, long tract signs, or ataxia) No diffuse leptomeningeal disease

PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age: 3 to 21 Performance status: Karnofsky or Lansky 50-100% Life expectancy: At least 6 weeks Hematopoietic: Absolute neutrophil count at least 1,000/mm3 Platelet count at least 75,000/mm3 Hepatic: SGPT less than 2 times normal Renal: Creatinine normal for age OR Creatinine clearance greater than 70 mL/min

PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: Biologic therapy: No prior biologic therapy Chemotherapy: No prior chemotherapy No other concurrent chemotherapy Endocrine therapy: Prior steroids at stable or decreasing doses allowed Radiotherapy: No prior radiotherapy Surgery: Not specified Other: No other concurrent investigational agents

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00003625

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Pediatric Oncology Group
Study Chair: Mark L. Greenberg, MD The Hospital for Sick Children
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Additional Information:
No publications provided Identifier: NCT00003625     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000066706, POG-9879
Study First Received: November 1, 1999
Last Updated: February 6, 2009
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):
untreated childhood brain stem glioma

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Nervous System Neoplasms
Central Nervous System Neoplasms
Neoplasms, Neuroepithelial
Neuroectodermal Tumors
Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Neoplasms, Nerve Tissue
Neoplasms by Site
Nervous System Diseases
Etoposide phosphate
Enzyme Inhibitors
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Pharmacologic Actions
Immunosuppressive Agents
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Antifungal Agents
Anti-Infective Agents
Therapeutic Uses
Dermatologic Agents
Antirheumatic Agents
Antineoplastic Agents, Phytogenic
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