Interferon Alfa-2b in Treating Patients With Melanoma and Early Lymph Node Metastasis

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Alabama at Birmingham
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00004196
First received: January 21, 2000
Last updated: January 16, 2014
Last verified: April 2013
  Purpose

RATIONALE: Interferon alfa-2b may interfere with the growth of cancer cells.

PURPOSE: Randomized phase III trial to study the effectiveness of interferon alfa-2b in treating patients who have melanoma with early lymph node metastasis.


Condition Intervention Phase
Melanoma (Skin)
Biological: recombinant interferon alfa
Procedure: lymphangiography
Drug: Observation
Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Subject)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Multicenter Trial of Adjuvant Interferon Alfa-2b for Melanoma Patients With Early Lymph Node Metastasis Detected by Lymphatic Mapping and Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy

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Further study details as provided by University of Alabama at Birmingham:

Estimated Enrollment: 3000
Study Start Date: October 1999
Study Completion Date: November 2007
Primary Completion Date: October 2004 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: AI
Patients with metastasis in a single sentinel node with no evidence of extracapsular extension and no metastatic disease in nonsentinel nodes are randomized to 1 of 2 treatment arms. Patients receive adjuvant high-dose interferon alfa-2b IV 5 days a week for 4 weeks, then subcutaneously 3 times a week for 48 weeks
Biological: recombinant interferon alfa
Experimental: Arm AII
Patients with metastasis in a single sentinel node with no evidence of extracapsular extension and no metastatic disease in nonsentinel nodes are randomized to 1 of 2 treatment arms. Observational arm: Patients with metastases in more than one sentinel node with evidence of extracapsular extension or metastasis in any nonsentinel node receive adjuvant high-dose interferon alfa-2b as in arm AI.
Biological: recombinant interferon alfa Drug: Observation
Experimental: Arm BI
Patients with positive sentinel node(s) by PCR analysis are randomized to one of three treatment arms. Patients undergo observation. Patients are followed every 3 months for 2 years, every 4 months for 1 year, every 6 months for 2 years, and then annually thereafter.
Drug: Observation
Experimental: Arm B II
Patients with positive sentinel node(s) by PCR analysis are randomized to one of three treatment arms. Patients undergo lymph node dissection. Patients are followed every 3 months for 2 years, every 4 months for 1 year, every 6 months for 2 years, and then annually thereafter.
Procedure: lymphangiography
Experimental: Arm BIII

Patients with positive sentinel node(s) by PCR analysis are randomized to one of three treatment arms. Patients undergo lymph node dissection followed by adjuvant high-dose interferon alfa-2b IV 5 days a week for 4 weeks.

Patients are followed every 3 months for 2 years, every 4 months for 1 year, every 6 months for 2 years, and then annually thereafter.

Biological: recombinant interferon alfa Procedure: lymphangiography

Detailed Description:

OBJECTIVES:

  • Compare the efficacy of regional lymphadenectomy with or without adjuvant high-dose interferon alfa-2b on disease-free survival and overall survival of patients with invasive cutaneous melanoma with early or submicroscopic sentinel lymph node metastasis detected by histology or immunohistochemistry or by polymerase chain reaction (PCR).
  • Compare the effect of lymphadenectomy vs observation on disease-free survival and overall survival of patients with submicroscopic sentinel lymph node metastasis detected only by PCR.
  • Determine the recurrence rate and survival of patients with submicroscopic sentinel lymph node metastasis detected only by PCR.
  • Determine the positive and negative predictive value of reverse transcriptase PCR analysis of sentinel lymph nodes and peripheral blood to identify patients at risk for recurrence and death.

OUTLINE: This is a randomized, multicenter study. Patients in the randomized portions of Protocols A and B are stratified according to tumor thickness (1-2 mm vs 3-4 mm vs greater than 4 mm) and tumor ulceration (yes vs no).

All patients undergo wide local tumor excision with lymphatic mapping and sentinel node biopsy. Patients with tumors with ambiguous drainage patterns undergo lymphoscintigraphy prior to tumor excision. Patients with evidence of metastatic melanoma in the sentinel node(s) by routine histology, serial sectioning, or immunohistochemistry and who have undergone a prior regional lymph node dissection proceed to protocol A.

  • Protocol A: Patients with metastasis in a single sentinel node with no evidence of extracapsular extension and no metastatic disease in nonsentinel nodes are randomized to 1 of 2 treatment arms.

    • Arm I: Patients receive adjuvant high-dose interferon alfa-2b IV 5 days a week for 4 weeks, then subcutaneously 3 times a week for 48 weeks.
    • Arm II: Patients undergo observation. Patients with metastases in more than one sentinel node with evidence of extracapsular extension or metastasis in any nonsentinel node receive adjuvant high-dose interferon alfa-2b as in arm I.

Patients with no evidence of sentinel node(s) metastases by routine histology, serial sectioning, and immunohistochemistry and are negative by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) analysis are observed.

  • Protocol B: Patients with positive sentinel node(s) by PCR analysis are randomized to one of three treatment arms.

    • Arm I: Patients undergo observation.
    • Arm II: Patients undergo lymph node dissection.
    • Arm III: Patients undergo lymph node dissection followed by adjuvant high-dose interferon alfa-2b IV 5 days a week for 4 weeks.

Patients are followed every 3 months for 2 years, every 4 months for 1 year, every 6 months for 2 years, and then annually thereafter.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 3,000 patients will be accrued for this study within 5 years.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 70 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS:

  • Histologically confirmed invasive cutaneous melanoma

    • Breslow thickness at least 1.0 mm
    • Primary site must be on head, neck, trunk or extremity
    • No more than 90 days since biopsy
  • Protocol A:

    • One or more sentinel lymph nodes with histologic or immunohistochemical evidence of metastatic melanoma
    • Prior regional lymph node dissection
  • Protocol B:

    • Sentinel lymph nodes with no histologic or immunohistochemical evidence of metastatic melanoma
    • Sentinel lymph node positive by reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction
  • No prior wide local excision of the primary tumor with a margin greater than 1.5 cm
  • No primary melanoma involving the eye or mucous membranes
  • No clinical evidence of satellite lesions or intransit, regional nodal, or distant metastases
  • No second primary invasive melanoma
  • No prior surgery in the region of the primary draining nodal basin that would disrupt normal lymphatic drainage patterns (e.g., skin grafts, tissue transfers or flaps, or lymph node dissections)

PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS:

Age:

  • 18 to 70

Performance status:

  • Karnofsky 70-100%

Life expectancy:

  • At least 10 years

Hematopoietic:

  • WBC at least 3,000/mm^3
  • Absolute granulocyte count at least 1,500/mm^3
  • Platelet count at least 70,000/mm^3
  • Hemoglobin at least 10.0 g/dL

Hepatic:

  • Bilirubin less than 2.0 mg/dL
  • SGOT/SGPT less than 3 times upper limit of normal (ULN)
  • Alkaline phosphatase less than 3 times ULN
  • No severe decompensated liver disease (e.g., cirrhosis or autoimmune hepatitis)
  • No other significant liver disease that would preclude study participation

Renal:

  • Creatinine normal

Cardiovascular:

  • No cardiovascular disease (e.g., angina or congestive heart failure)
  • No myocardial infarction within the past year
  • No tachyarrhythmias

Pulmonary:

  • No severe debilitating pulmonary disease (e.g., chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)

Other:

  • No hypersensitivity to interferon alfa-2b or related compounds or any component of the injection
  • No major depression or other major psychiatric illness
  • No thyroid disorder with thyroid function that is not maintained within the normal range with medications
  • No autoimmune disease
  • No primary or secondary immunodeficiencies
  • No severe diabetes mellitus prone to ketoacidosis
  • No significant retinal abnormalities
  • No evidence of infection
  • No other malignancy within the past 5 years except basal cell or squamous cell skin cancer, carcinoma in situ of the cervix, or stage I laryngeal cancer
  • No other medical condition that would preclude study participation
  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Negative pregnancy test
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception during and for 6 months after the study

PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY:

Biologic therapy:

  • No prior immunotherapy

Chemotherapy:

  • No prior chemotherapy

Endocrine therapy:

  • At least 6 months since prior oral or parenteral steroids

Radiotherapy:

  • No prior radiotherapy

Surgery:

  • See Disease Characteristics
  • No prior organ transplantation

Other:

  • At least 6 months since prior immunosuppressants
  • No concurrent immunosuppressants resulting from prior organ transplantation
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00004196

Locations
United States, Alabama
University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center
Birmingham, Alabama, United States, 35294-3300
United States, Kentucky
James Graham Brown Cancer Center at University of Louisville
Louisville, Kentucky, United States, 40202
United States, New Jersey
Cancer Institute of New Jersey
New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States, 08903
United States, New York
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Buffalo, New York, United States, 14263-0001
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Investigators
Study Chair: Marshall M. Urist, MD University of Alabama at Birmingham
  More Information

Additional Information:
No publications provided

Responsible Party: University of Alabama at Birmingham
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00004196     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000067439, UAB-9735, UAB-F970925009, NCI-G99-1654, RPCI-DS-99-14
Study First Received: January 21, 2000
Last Updated: January 16, 2014
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by University of Alabama at Birmingham:
stage I melanoma
stage II melanoma
stage III melanoma

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Melanoma
Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal
Neoplasms, Nerve Tissue
Neuroectodermal Tumors
Neuroendocrine Tumors
Nevi and Melanomas
Interferon-alpha
Interferons
Anti-Infective Agents
Antineoplastic Agents
Antiviral Agents
Immunologic Factors
Pharmacologic Actions
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Therapeutic Uses

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