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Adoptive Cell Therapy Following a Non-myeloablative, Lymphodepleting Induction Regimen in Metastatic Melanoma Patients

Study Purpose

Adoptive cell therapy (ACT) with tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) in combination with lymphodepletion and high-dose interleukin 2 (IL-2) has demonstrated reproducible objective response rates of approximately 50 percent in patients with highly advanced, refractory metastatic melanoma. Recent developments in theTIL ACT procedure facilitate the use of a reduced-intensity, non-myeloablative, lympho-depleting preparative regimen which is expected to be both less toxic and equally efficient compared to previous regimens.

Recruitment Criteria

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Study Type
Eligible Ages 18 Years - 80 Years
Gender All
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Inclusion Criteria:

1. Measurable metastatic Melanoma with at least one lesion that is resectable for TIL generation. 2. Refractory to standard treatment 3. Patients with one or more brain metastases less than 1 cm each, and any patients with 1 or 2 brain metastases greater than 1 cm must have been treated and stable for 6 weeks. 4. Greater than or equal to 18 years of age. 5. Willing to practice birth control from the start of chemotherapy until 120 days after release from the hospital. 6. Clinical performance status of ECOG 0 or 1 7. Hematology: Absolute neutrophil count greater than 1000/mm3 without support of filgrastim Normal WBC (greater than 3000/mm3). Hemoglobin greater than 8.0 g/dL Platelet count greater than 100,000/mm3 8. Serology: Seronegative for HIV antibody. Seronegative for Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C. 9. Chemistry: Serum ALT/AST less than three times the upper limit of normal (ULN). Serum creatinine less than or equal to 1.6 mg/dL Total bilirubin no more than 1.5 times the ULN, except in patients with Gilbert Syndrome who must have a total bilirubin less than 3 mg/dL. 10. Negative pregnancy test in women of child bearing potential because of the potentially dangerous effects of the preparative chemotherapy on the fetus. 11. More than four weeks must have elapsed since any prior systemic therapy at the time the patient receives the preparative regimen, and patients' toxicities must have recovered to a grade 1 or less (except for toxicities such as alopecia or vitiligo). Patients may have undergone minor surgical procedures with the past 3 weeks, as long as all toxicities have recovered to grade 1 or less.

Exclusion Criteria:

1. Women of child-bearing potential who are pregnant or breastfeeding because of the potentially dangerous effects of the non-myeloablative, lymphodepleting induction regimen on the fetus or infant. 2. Systemic steroid therapy required. 3. Active systemic infections, coagulation disorders or other active major medical illnesses of the cardiovascular, respiratory or immune system, as evidenced by a positive stress thallium or comparable test, myocardial infarction, cardiac arrhythmias, obstructive or restrictive pulmonary disease. 4. Any form of primary immunodeficiency (such as Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Disease and AIDS). 5. Opportunistic infections (the experimental treatment being evaluated in this protocol depends on an intact immune system. Patients who have decreased immune competence may be less responsive to the experimental treatment and more susceptible to its toxicities.) 6. History of severe immediate hypersensitivity reaction to any of the agents used in this study , including history of an anaphylactic reaction to penicillin or gentamicin 7. History of coronary revascularization or ischemic symptoms 8. Any patient known to have an LVEF less than or equal to 50 percent . 9. Documented LVEF of less than or equal to 50 percent tested in patients with clinically significant atrial and/or ventricular arrhythmias including but not limited to: atrial fibrillation, ventricular tachycardia, second or third degree heart block 10. Documented FEV1 and DLCO (relative to predicted) less than or equal to 60 percent

Trial Details

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Trial ID:

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Phase 2

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Lead Sponsor
Sheba Medical Center

Category of organization(s) involved as sponsor (and collaborator) supporting the trial.

Agency Class
Overall Status Recruiting
Countries Israel

The disease, disorder, syndrome, illness, or injury that is being studied.

Malignant Melanoma Stage IV
Additional Details

The Sponsor is developing the ex-vivo expanded autologous TIL as the Investigational Product (IP). Yet, the administration of the TIL cellular product can only be accomplished in the context of an autologous, Adoptive Cell Therapy (ACT) procedure which is composed of the following steps: 1. Reduced Intensity, non-myeloablative, lymphodepleting induction regimen using Fludarabine (25 mg/m2 for 3 days) followed by Total Body Radiation (TBR) (2 Gray as a single treatment) for 1 day 2. Bolus high-dose (720,000 IU/kg) IL-2, which will be administered to each patient every 8 hours, to tolerance. A maximum of 10 doses will be administered per patient. 3. Early-stage follow-up until 30 days post-discharge 4. Late-stage follow-up, such as CT scans, will be carried out four and twelve weeks after TIL administration, and then every 3 months thereafter for the first year after TIL therapy; for the second year and onwards, as clinically indicated.

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International Sites

Sheba Medical Center, Ramat Gan, Israel




Sheba Medical Center

Ramat Gan, , 5262100

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