Caspofungin Acetate in Treating Children With Fever and Neutropenia
RATIONALE: Giving caspofungin acetate may be effective in preventing or controlling fever and neutropenia caused by chemotherapy or bone marrow transplantation.
PURPOSE: Clinical trial to study the effectiveness of caspofungin acetate in treating children who have fever and neutropenia caused by a weakened immune system.
Fever, Sweats, and Hot Flashes
Drug: caspofungin acetate
|Study Design:||Primary Purpose: Supportive Care|
|Official Title:||A Multicenter, Open, Non-Comparative, Sequential Dose-Escalation Study to Investigate the Safety, Tolerability, and Pharmacokinetics of Two Separate Doses of MK-0991 in Children With New Onset Fever and Neutropenia|
|Study Start Date:||March 2001|
- Determine the pharmacokinetics and serum levels of caspofungin acetate in immunocompromised children with new-onset fever and neutropenia.
- Determine the safety and tolerability of this drug in this patient population.
OUTLINE: This is a dose-escalation, multicenter study. Patients are stratified according to age (2 to 11 vs 12 to 17).
Patients receive caspofungin acetate IV over 1 hour once daily for 4 to 28 days in the absence of the need to start standard empirical antifungal therapy, a breakthrough fungal infection, any deterioration of patient condition, or unacceptable toxicity.
Cohorts of 16 patients (8 per stratum) receive caspofungin acetate at 1 of 2 dose levels. Caspofungin acetate is escalated to dose level 2 if no more than 1 of 8 patients experiences dose-limiting toxicity at dose level 1.
Patients are followed at 14 days.
PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 32-64 patients (16 per dose level (cohort), 8 per stratum) will be accrued for this study.
|United States, District of Columbia|
|Children's National Medical Center|
|Washington, District of Columbia, United States, 20010-2970|
|Lombardi Cancer Center|
|Washington, District of Columbia, United States, 20007|
|United States, Maryland|
|Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins|
|Baltimore, Maryland, United States, 21231-2410|
|Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center - NCI Clinical Studies Support|
|Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892-1182|
|United States, Tennessee|
|St. Jude Children's Research Hospital|
|Memphis, Tennessee, United States, 38105-2794|
|Study Chair:||Thomas J. Walsh, MD||National Cancer Institute (NCI)|