High-Dose Interferon Alfa in Treating Patients With Stage II or Stage III Melanoma

Trial ID or NCT#



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RATIONALE: Interferon alfa may interfere with the growth of cancer cells. It is not yet known whether treatment with interferon alfa is more effective than observation alone for stage II or stage III melanoma that has been completely removed surgically. PURPOSE: This randomized phase III trial is studying high dose interferon alfa to see how well it works compared to observation only in treating patients with stage II or stage III melanoma that has been completely removed by surgery.

Official Title

Phase III Randomized Study of Four Weeks of High Dose Interferon Alfa-2b in Stage T2bN0, T3a-bN0, T4a-bN0, and T1-4, N1a,2a (Microscopic) Melanoma

Eligibility Criteria

Ages Eligible for Study: Older than 18 Years
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers: No
Inclusion Criteria:
  1. - Histologically confirmed primary melanoma of cutaneous origin - Stage II (T3 N0 M0 1.5-4.0 mm Breslow depth) - Clinically negative regional lymph node pathologic status unknown OR - Histologically negative regional lymph nodes - Stage III (T4 N0 M0) - Greater than 4.0 mm Breslow depth OR - Stage III (T1-4 N1) - One lymph node positive microscopically - Patients must meet at least 1 of the following criteria: - T2b N0 - primary melanoma 1.01-2.0 mm with ulceration, node negative - T3a-b N0 - primary melanoma 2.01-4.0 mm with and without ulceration, node negative - T4a-b N0 - primary melanoma > 4.0 mm with or without ulceration, node negative - T1a N1a-2a (microscopic) - primary melanoma of any thickness with microscopically positive lymph node (any number) - Patients with a positive sentinel node should undergo complete lymphadenectomy of the nodal basin prior to study - Must complete all primary therapy (wide excision with or without lymphadenectomy) and be randomized in this study within 84 days of wide excision - Must have undergone an adequate wide excision of the primary lesion - Age 18 and over (For ECOG patients only, patients must be >=10 years) - Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) Performance status of 0-1 - Adequate hematopoietic, hepatic, and renal function based on the following tests: - White blood cell (WBC) cout at least 3,000/mm^3 - Platelet count at least 125,000/mm^3 - Hematocrit at least 30% - Bilirubin no greater than 2 times upper limit of normal (ULN) - Aspartate aminotransferase (AST), lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), and alkaline phosphatase no greater than 2 times ULN - If lactate dehydrogenase or alkaline phosphatase is above normal, a contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CT) scan or Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the liver is required to document the absence of tumor - Blood urea nitrogen (BUN) no greater than 33 mg/dL OR Creatinine no greater than 1.8 mg/dL - No other concurrent or prior malignancies within the past 5 years except: - Cancer in situ - Lobular carcinoma in situ of the breast - Carcinoma in situ of the cervix - Atypical melanocytic hyperplasia or Clark 1 melanoma in situ - Basal or squamous cell skin cancer - Negative pregnancy test - Fertile patients must use effective contraception during and for 6 months after study
Exclusion Criteria:
  1. - Clinical, radiological/laboratory, or pathological evidence of incompletely resected melanoma or any distant metastatic disease - Clinically palpable lymphadenopathy - Evidence of organic brain syndrome or significant impairment of basal cognitive function or any psychiatric disorder that would preclude study participation - Other significant medical or surgical condition, or any medication or treatment regimens, that would interfere with study participation - Pregnant or nursing - Other history of invasive melanoma - Autoimmune disorders or conditions of immunosuppression - History of active ischemic heart disease - Cerebrovascular disease - Congestive heart failure (New York Heart Association class III or IV heart disease) - Prior or concurrent chemotherapy - Prior immunotherapy including tumor vaccines, interferon, interleukins, levamisole, or other biologic response modifiers for melanoma - Concurrent systemic corticosteroids including oral steroids (i.e., prednisone, dexamethasone), topical steroid creams or ointments, or any steroid-containing inhalers - Prior or concurrent radiotherapy - Other concurrent immunosuppressive medications


Harlan Pinto
Harlan Pinto
Medical oncologist, Head and neck specialist
Associate Professor of Medicine (Oncology) and of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery
Sunil Arani Reddy
Sunil Arani Reddy
Medical oncologist, Cutaneous oncology specialist
Clinical Associate Professor, Medicine - Oncology
George A. Fisher Jr.
George A. Fisher Jr.
Medical oncologist, Gastrointestinal specialist
Colleen Haas Chair in the School of Medicine

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