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Interferon Alfa or No Further Therapy Following Surgery in Treating Patients With Stage II, Stage III, or Recurrent Melanoma

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: NCT00002892
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : May 13, 2004
Last Update Posted : December 19, 2013
Information provided by:
National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Tracking Information
First Submitted Date  ICMJE November 1, 1999
First Posted Date  ICMJE May 13, 2004
Last Update Posted Date December 19, 2013
Study Start Date  ICMJE October 1995
Primary Completion Date Not Provided
Current Primary Outcome Measures  ICMJE Not Provided
Original Primary Outcome Measures  ICMJE Not Provided
Change History
Current Secondary Outcome Measures  ICMJE Not Provided
Original Secondary Outcome Measures  ICMJE Not Provided
Current Other Pre-specified Outcome Measures Not Provided
Original Other Pre-specified Outcome Measures Not Provided
Descriptive Information
Brief Title  ICMJE Interferon Alfa or No Further Therapy Following Surgery in Treating Patients With Stage II, Stage III, or Recurrent Melanoma
Brief Summary

RATIONALE: Interferon alfa may interfere with the growth of the cancer cells. It is not yet known whether interferon alfa following surgery is more effective than surgery alone in treating patients with melanoma.

PURPOSE: Randomized phase III trial to compare the effectiveness of interferon alfa with no further therapy following surgery in treating patients with stage II, stage III, or recurrent melanoma.

Detailed Description

OBJECTIVES: I. Determine the effects of adjuvant low-dose extended-duration interferon alfa on disease-free and overall survival in patients with completely resected malignant melanoma at high risk of recurrence. II. Determine any correlation between patient age or sex and the effects of interferon therapy on disease-free and overall survival. III. Describe the toxic effects of this treatment. IV. Evaluate the economic implications of implementing effective interferon therapy in these patients.

OUTLINE: This is a randomized study. Patients will be stratified by age, sex, disease status at entry, and participating institution. Patients are randomized to observation only or to receive interferon alfa by subcutaneous injections 3 times weekly for 2 years, or until disease progression or toxicity intervenes. Patients are followed monthly for 6 months, quarterly for 18 months, and every 6 months thereafter.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 1,000 patients will be entered over 5 years.

Study Type  ICMJE Interventional
Study Phase  ICMJE Phase 3
Study Design  ICMJE Allocation: Randomized
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Condition  ICMJE Melanoma (Skin)
Intervention  ICMJE Biological: recombinant interferon alfa
Study Arms  ICMJE Not Provided
Publications * Hancock BW, Wheatley K, Harrison G, et al.: Aim high-adjuvant interferon In melanoma (high risk), A United Kingdom Co-Ordinating Committee On Cancer Research (UKCCCR) randomised study of observation versus adjuvant low dose extended duration interferon Alpha-2a In high risk resected malignant melanoma. [Abstract] Proceedings of the American Society of Clinical Oncology 20: A-1393, 2001.

*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
Recruitment Information
Recruitment Status  ICMJE Completed
Estimated Enrollment  ICMJE
 (submitted: February¬†8,¬†2007)
Original Enrollment  ICMJE Not Provided
Actual Study Completion Date  ICMJE December 2001
Primary Completion Date Not Provided
Eligibility Criteria  ICMJE

DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: Histologically confirmed malignant melanoma definitively resected within 12 weeks prior to entry One of the following categories: Stage II disease (greater than 4 mm Breslow thickness) Stage III disease (regional lymph node involvement) Recurrent non-nodal superficial regional disease (local or in transit) Recurrent regional nodal involvement

PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Able to tolerate interferon No second malignancy except curatively treated: Carcinoma of the cervix Nonmelanomatous skin cancer No pregnant or nursing women

PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: No prior immunosuppressive therapy, including systemic steroids No prior biologic therapy Recovered from surgery

Sex/Gender  ICMJE
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
Ages  ICMJE Child, Adult, Older Adult
Accepts Healthy Volunteers  ICMJE No
Contacts  ICMJE Contact information is only displayed when the study is recruiting subjects
Listed Location Countries  ICMJE United Kingdom
Removed Location Countries  
Administrative Information
NCT Number  ICMJE NCT00002892
Other Study ID Numbers  ICMJE CDR0000065215
Has Data Monitoring Committee Not Provided
U.S. FDA-regulated Product Not Provided
IPD Sharing Statement  ICMJE Not Provided
Responsible Party Not Provided
Study Sponsor  ICMJE Institute of Cancer Research, United Kingdom
Collaborators  ICMJE Not Provided
Investigators  ICMJE
Study Chair: Barry W. Hancock, MD Cancer Research Centre at Weston Park Hospital
PRS Account National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Verification Date May 2007

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