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Nordic Adjuvant IFN Melanoma Trial

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: NCT01259934
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : December 14, 2010
Last Update Posted : December 14, 2010
Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.
Information provided by:
Karolinska Institutet

Brief Summary:
The aim of this study is to evaluate the effect of giving adjuvant treatment with intermediate doses of interferon-alpha2b to patients operated for high risk melanoma. Patients are randomly assigned to either observation only or interferon treatment for 2 different durations. The outcome with respect to overall survival, relapse-free survival, side effects and quality of life is analysed.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Melanoma Adjuvant Therapy Drug: Interferon-alpha2b - 1 year Drug: Interferon-alpha2b - 2 years Phase 3

Detailed Description:

This is an open multicenter, prospective randomised phase III trial evaluating the efficacy of two different schedules of Interferon-alpha2b (IFN-alpha2b) administered in an adjuvant setting after adequate surgery in high risk cutaneous melanoma patients (T4N0M0/TxN1-2M0). The patients have been operated for either a thick primary melanoma (> 4 mm) without evidence of distant metastasis or have undergone surgery for regional lymph node metastases.

The study consists of a control arm (A) and two treatment arms, B and C. The outcome in arms B and C with adjuvant treatment with IFN-alpha2b will be compared to the outcome of arm A in which the patients will only be observed after the surgery. The primary endpoint is overall survival. Secondary endpoints are relapse-free survival, safety-toxicity and health-related quality of life.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 855 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Nordic Randomized Phase III Trial of Two Different Durations of Adjuvant Therapy With Intermediate-dose Interferon Alfa-2b in Patients With High-risk Melanoma
Study Start Date : November 1996
Actual Primary Completion Date : June 2008
Actual Study Completion Date : June 2008

Arm Intervention/treatment
No Intervention: Arm A
Observation only - no therapy
Experimental: Arm B Interferon 1 year
Interferon Therapy: Induction: IFN-alfa2b, 10 MU (flat dose), SC, 5 days/week, 4 weeks Maintenance: IFN-alfa2b, 10 MU (flat dose), 3 days/week, SC, 12 months
Drug: Interferon-alpha2b - 1 year
Induction: IFN-alpha2b, 10 MU (flat dose), SC, 5 days/week, 4 weeks Maintenance: IFN-alpha2b, 10 MU (flat dose), 3 days/week, SC, 12 months
Other Name: Intron-A

Experimental: Arm C Interferon 2 years
"Two year arm" Induction: IFN-alfa2b, 10 MU (flat dose), SC, 5 days/week, 4 weeks Maintenance: IFN-alfa2b, 10 MU (flat dose), 3 days/week, SC, 24 months
Drug: Interferon-alpha2b - 2 years
Induction: IFN-alfa2b, 10 MU (flat dose), SC, 5 days/week, 4 weeks Maintenance: IFN-alfa2b, 10 MU (flat dose), 3 days/week, SC, 24 months
Other Name: Intron-A

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Overall survival [ Time Frame: Evaluated at regular intervals: every 3 months for 2 years, every 6 months up to 5 years and yearly up to 10 years following randomization. Actual median follow-up is 72.4 months ]
    All registered deaths, not only melanoma-specific.

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Relapse free survival [ Time Frame: Evaluated at regular intervals ]
    Time from randomization to date of first reported melanoma recurrence or death

  2. Safety-toxicity [ Time Frame: Regular evaluations ]
    All toxicities and SAEs are recorded and classified according to CTC v2.0 criteria

  3. Health related quality of life [ Time Frame: Regular evaluations ]
    Recorded by using the EORTC QLQ-C30 questionnaire at nine time points during treatment and follow-up

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • T4 N0 M0 - Thick primary melanoma: > 4.0 mm Breslow depth, without lymph node involvement, or
  • Tx N1-2 M0 Primary melanoma of any thickness with regional lymph node metastases confirmed by lymphadenectomy, or
  • Tx N1-2 M0 Recurrent melanoma in regional lymph node(s) confirmed by lymphadenectomy.
  • ECOG performance status of 0-1
  • No active medical or psychiatric disorder requiring therapy that would prevent completion of protocol
  • Written informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with unknown primary site of melanoma or primary melanoma originating apart from the skin, except subungual melanoma
  • Patients who have clinical, radiological/laboratory or pathological evidence of incompletely resected melanoma or distant metastatic disease
  • Patients who have had prior adjuvant radiotherapy, chemotherapy, immunotherapy including preoperative infusion or perfusion therapy
  • Female patients who are pregnant or lactating

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01259934

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Karolinska Institutet, Karolinska University Hospital,
Stockholm, Sweden, S-171 76
Sponsors and Collaborators
Karolinska Institutet
Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.
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Study Chair: Johan Hansson, MD,PhD Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
Principal Investigator: Steinar Aamdal, MD. PhD Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway
Principal Investigator: Lars Bastholt, MD,PhD Odense University Hospital, Odense, Denmark
Principal Investigator: Micaela Hernberg, MD, PhD Helsinki University Central Hospital, Helsinki, Finland
Principal Investigator: Ulrika Stierner, MD PhD Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden
Principal Investigator: Hans von der Maase, MD PhD Copenhagen University Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
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Responsible Party: Johan Hansson, PI, Department of Oncology-Pathology, Karolinska Institutet Identifier: NCT01259934    
Other Study ID Numbers: Nordic-IFN-melanoma trial
First Posted: December 14, 2010    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: December 14, 2010
Last Verified: December 2010
Keywords provided by Karolinska Institutet:
Randomized Phase III trial
Adjuvant therapy
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