Vinblastine, Celecoxib, and Combination Chemotherapy in Treating Patients With Newly-Diagnosed Metastatic Ewing's Sarcoma Family of Tumors

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Children's Oncology Group Identifier:
First received: June 5, 2003
Last updated: February 7, 2013
Last verified: January 2013

RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as vinblastine, work in different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. Celecoxib may stop the growth of Ewing's sarcoma by stopping blood flow to the tumor. Combining more than one chemotherapy drug with celecoxib may kill more tumor cells.

PURPOSE: Phase II trial to study the effectiveness of combining low-dose vinblastine and celecoxib with standard regimens of combination chemotherapy in treating patients who have newly-diagnosed metastatic Ewing's sarcoma family of tumors.

Condition Intervention Phase
Drug: celecoxib
Drug: cyclophosphamide
Drug: doxorubicin hydrochloride
Drug: etoposide
Drug: ifosfamide
Drug: vinblastine sulfate
Drug: vincristine sulfate
Procedure: conventional surgery
Radiation: radiation therapy
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Pilot Study of Low-Dose Antiangiogenic Chemotherapy in Combination With Standard Multiagent Chemotherapy for Patients With Newly Diagnosed Metastatic Ewing Sarcoma Family of Tumors

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Further study details as provided by Children's Oncology Group:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Occurrence of Severe Toxicity [ Time Frame: Duration of Protocol Therapy ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
    An incidence of severe toxicity is defined to be the occurrence of grade 3 or higher infection or grade 3 or higher sensory neuropathy during cycles 1-2 of protocol therapy. If 12 or more patients experience grade 3 or higher infection or five or more patients experience grade 3 or higher sensory neuropathy during cycles 1-2 of protocol therapy, the regimen will be flagged as being associated with an excessive rate of severe toxicity.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Event Free Survival [ Time Frame: 24 months after start of protocol therapy ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 38
Study Start Date: April 2004
Study Completion Date: April 2008
Primary Completion Date: April 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Combination chemotherapy
Metastatic Ewing Sarcoma - 14-cycle study building on conventional tx (cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin hydrochloride, vincristine sulfate, ifosfamide, etoposide) and adding two antiangiogenic agents: the vinca alkaloid vinblastine and the cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitor celecoxib. Angiogenesis may be a suitable target for cancer therapy because tumor growth is partially dependent upon neovascularization. Vinblastine sulfate has been shown to have antiangiogenic activity and in preclinical studies, celecoxib has demonstrated antiangiogenic activity as well as inducing apoptosis in tumor vessel endothelial cells. The feasibility and safety of adding antiangiogenic agents to conventional chemotherapy will be assessed by imaging studies (DeMRI, PET, Thallium scintigraphy). Local control with conventional surgery, radiation therapy or both will be tailored for each patient to optimally treat all sites of disease.
Drug: celecoxib
Given orally
Drug: cyclophosphamide
Given IV
Drug: doxorubicin hydrochloride
Given IV
Drug: etoposide
Given IV
Drug: ifosfamide
Given IV
Drug: vinblastine sulfate
Given IV
Drug: vincristine sulfate
Given IV
Procedure: conventional surgery
Surgery on week 13
Radiation: radiation therapy
Radiotherapy 5 days a weeks for approximately 6 weeks.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   up to 50 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Newly diagnosed Ewing's sarcoma family of tumors of the bone or soft tissues

    • Paraspinal tumors of extra-dural origin and Askin's tumor of the chest wall are eligible
  • Metastatic disease, defined by the following criteria:

    • Lesions are discontinuous from the primary tumor, are not regional lymph nodes, and do not share a body cavity with the primary tumor
    • A single pulmonary or pleural nodule greater than 1 cm OR multiple nodules greater than 0.5 cm are considered evidence of pulmonary or pleural metastases (unless there is another clear medical explanation for these lesions)
    • Contralateral pleural effusions are considered metastatic disease
  • No CNS involvement



  • 50 and under (at diagnosis)

Performance status

  • Lansky 50-100% (under 17 years of age)
  • Karnofsky 50-100% (age 17 and over)

    • Patients whose performance status is affected by a pathological fracture are allowed provided they are able to undergo treatment

Life expectancy

  • Not specified


  • Not specified


  • Bilirubin no greater than 1.5 times upper limit of normal (ULN)
  • AST or ALT less than 5 times ULN


  • Creatinine adjusted according to age as follows*:

    • No greater than 0.4 mg/dL (≤ 5 months)
    • No greater than 0.5 mg/dL (6 months -11 months)
    • No greater than 0.6 mg/dL (1 year-23 months)
    • No greater than 0.8 mg/dL (2 years-5 years)
    • No greater than 1.0 mg/dL (6 years-9 years)
    • No greater than 1.2 mg/dL (10 years-12 years)
    • No greater than 1.4 mg/dL (13 years and over [female])
    • No greater than 1.5 mg/dL (13 years to 15 years [male])
    • No greater than 1.7 mg/dL (16 years and over [male]) OR
  • Creatinine clearance or radioisotope glomerular filtration rate at least 70 mL/min* NOTE: *Unless these values are related to renal insufficiency secondary to tumor involvement that is expected to improve once the tumor mass is smaller (e.g., pelvic mass causing obstructive hydronephrosis)


  • Shortening fraction at least 27% by echocardiogram OR
  • Ejection fraction at least 50% by MUGA


  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception
  • Body surface area at least 0.4 m^2
  • No allergy to sulfa
  • No aspirin hypersensitivity
  • No asthma triad (asthma with nasal polyps, and urticaria)
  • No other prior cancer, including nonmelanoma skin cancer


Biologic therapy

  • No prior bone marrow or stem cell transplantation


  • No prior chemotherapy

Endocrine therapy

  • Not specified


  • No prior radiotherapy


  • Not specified


  • No other concurrent nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, including salicylates
  • No concurrent dexrazoxane unless approved by the study investigator
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00061893

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Sponsors and Collaborators
Children's Oncology Group
Study Chair: Judy L. Felgenhauer, MD, PS Sacred Heart Children's Hospital
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Additional Information:
Responsible Party: Children's Oncology Group Identifier: NCT00061893     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: AEWS02P1, CDR0000302409
Study First Received: June 5, 2003
Results First Received: January 17, 2013
Last Updated: February 7, 2013
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by Children's Oncology Group:
metastatic Ewing sarcoma/peripheral primitive neuroectodermal tumor

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Sarcoma, Ewing
Neoplasms, Connective and Soft Tissue
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms, Bone Tissue
Neoplasms, Connective Tissue
Liposomal doxorubicin
Angiogenesis Inhibitors
Immunosuppressive Agents
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Pharmacologic Actions
Antirheumatic Agents
Therapeutic Uses
Antineoplastic Agents, Alkylating
Alkylating Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Antineoplastic Agents
Myeloablative Agonists
Antineoplastic Agents, Phytogenic
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