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Standard High-Dose Alpha Interferon Versus Intermittent High-Dose Alpha Interferon

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00226408
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified September 2005 by Dermatologic Cooperative Oncology Group.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
First Posted : September 27, 2005
Last Update Posted : June 21, 2006
Information provided by:
Dermatologic Cooperative Oncology Group

Brief Summary:
The study protocol is being conducted to compare intermittent high-dose i.v. administation of interferon alpha-2b with the standard high-dose treatment by Kirkwood with distant metastasis free survival (DMFI) as a primary endpoint.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Adjuvant Stage III Malignant Melanoma Interferon Alpha Therapy Drug: Interferon-alpha-2b Phase 3

Detailed Description:

Arm A: Interferon-alpha-2b 20 MIU/m2 for 4 weeks. 5 days a week i.v followed by 48 weeks of treatment with 3 x 10 MIU/m2 s.c Arm B: Interferon-alpha-2b 20 MIU/m2 for 4 weeks. 5 days a week i.v repeated 3 times with 12 treatment-free-weeks between the cycles

Secondary endpoints: Improved overall survival rate, Assess side effects of therapy in both treatment arms, Assess time spent on sick leave, Assess number of treatment-related days in hospital, Assess overall performance status, Assess blood MX protein levels

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Enrollment : 600 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Randomized, Multicenter Study for Adjuvant Treatment of Stage III Malignant Melanoma: Intermittent, High-Dose Intravenous Interferon Alpha-2b Versus Standard High-Dose Interferon Alpha-2b Therapy
Study Start Date : November 2003
Study Completion Date : September 2005

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. distant metastasis free survival/(DMFI )

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. overall survival
  2. time to progression
  3. toxicity

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 70 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Histological documentet cutaneous malognant melanoma
  • Stage IIIa, IIIb, IIIc (AJCC 2002)
  • R0 resection dating back no longer than 56 days
  • Performance status (ECOG o-1)
  • Bone marrow funktion: White cell count > 3000 cells/ul, platletts > 100000 cells/ul, hemoglobin > 10 g/dl
  • Liver and kidney funktion: Serum creatinin < 1.5 times upper limit of normal, AST and ALT < 2.5 times upper limit of normal, Serum bilirubin < 2 times upper limit of normal
  • Written inform consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Confirmed distant metastasis
  • Choroid or mucosal melanoma
  • Pregnant or lactating women and women of childbearing potential not using a reliable form of contraception
  • Active autoimmun disease
  • patients with history of neuropsychiatric disease requiring hospitalization
  • Severe medical condition such us:
  • Florid hepatitis
  • Severe acute infection
  • Myocardial infarction within the past year,symptomatic angina pectoris
  • Grade III to IV congestive heart failure
  • serious pulmonary disease
  • HIV-positive patients with an AIDS - defining condition
  • treatment in another clinical drug trial within the last 30 days
  • A history of hypersensitivity to interferon alfa
  • History of maignant disease during the past 5 years (except for curatively treated skin carcinoma or in situ carcinoma)
  • Prior high dose interferon alfa therapy.Prior adjuvant low dose or intermediate-dose interferon alfa therapy is allowed

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00226408

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Contact: Peter Mohr, MD 0049 41261 703 ext 6207
Contact: Michael Weichenthal, MD 0049 431 597 ext 1537

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Universitätshautklinik ,St.Josef- Hospital Recruiting
Bochum, Germany, 44791
Contact: Norbert Brockmeyer, MD    0049/234 ext 509-1      
Elbekliniken Buxtehude Recruiting
Buxtehude, Germany, 21614
Contact: Peter Miohr, MD    0049 4161 703 ext 6207   
Contact: michael weichenthal, MD    0049 431 597 ext 1537   
Universitätshautklinik Essen Recruiting
Essen, Germany, 45122
Contact: Carmen Loquai, MD    0049/201-723 ext 243      
Universitätsklinik Eppendorf Recruiting
Hamburg, Germany, 20246
Contact: Karsten Neuber, MD    0049/42803 ext 2632      
Praxis Recruiting
Hannover, Germany, 30159
Contact: Peter von Wussow, MD    0049/511 ext 3069998      
Universitätshautklinik Heidelberg Recruiting
Heidelberg, Germany, 69115
Contact: Alexander Enk, MD         
Universitätsklinikum des Saarlandes, Hautklinik Recruiting
Homburg/ Saar, Germany, 66421
Contact: Wolfgang Tilgen, MD    0049/6841-162 ext 3966      
Christian- Albrechts- Universität ,Hautklinik Recruiting
Kiel, Germany, 24105
Contact: Axel Hauschild, MD    0049/431-597 ext 15      
Universitätshautklinik Köln Recruiting
Köln, Germany, 50931
Contact: Cornelia Mauch, MD    0049/221478 ext 537      
Universitätshautklinik Mainz Recruiting
Mainz, Germany, 55131
Contact: Kerstin Steinbrink, MD    0049/61311771 ext 30      
universitätsklinikum Münster Recruiting
Münster, Germany, 48149
Contact: T. Luger, MD    0049/25183 ext 56501      
Städtische Kliniken Oldenburg Recruiting
Oldenburg, Germany, 261333
Contact: Erhard Hölzle, MD         
Universitätshautklinik Ulm Recruiting
Ulm, Germany, 89081
Contact: Cord Sunderkötter, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Dermatologic Cooperative Oncology Group
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Principal Investigator: Peter Mohr, MD Elbeklinikum, Buxtehude, Germany
Principal Investigator: Peter von Wussow, MD 30159 Hannover,Georgstr.46
Additional Information:
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Layout table for additonal information Identifier: NCT00226408    
Other Study ID Numbers: MM-ADJ-5
First Posted: September 27, 2005    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: June 21, 2006
Last Verified: September 2005
Keywords provided by Dermatologic Cooperative Oncology Group:
melanoma,adjuvant therapy,stageIII Interferon
high dose
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Neuroendocrine Tumors
Neuroectodermal Tumors
Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms, Nerve Tissue
Nevi and Melanomas
Interferon alpha-2
Antineoplastic Agents
Antiviral Agents
Anti-Infective Agents
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs