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Peginterferon Alfa-2b in Younger Patients With Craniopharyngioma That is Recurrent or Cannot Be Removed By Surgery

This phase II trial studies how well peginterferon alfa-2b works in treating younger patients with craniopharyngioma that is recurrent or cannot be removed by surgery. Peginterferon alfa-2b may interfere with the growth of tumor cells and slow the growth of craniopharyngioma.

Stanford is currently not accepting patients for this trial.

Lead Sponsor:

Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium

Collaborator: National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Stanford Investigator(s):


  • Biological: peginterferon alfa-2b
  • Other: laboratory biomarker analysis


Phase 2


Inclusion Criteria:

   - Patient must have a histologically verified diagnosis of craniopharyngioma

      - Stratum 1: patients with progressive unresectable or recurrent craniopharyngiomas
      treated with surgery alone, who have not received radiation therapy; patients
      with unresectable craniopharyngiomas, (i.e. residual measurable disease following
      surgical resection) will be enrolled at the time of progression

      - Stratum 2: patients with progressive or recurrent craniopharyngiomas following
      radiation therapy

   - All patients must have measurable residual disease defined as tumor measurable in two
   perpendicular diameters on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

      - Please note: measurements are required for both the solid and cystic components

   - Subjects must have recovered from the acute toxicities of all prior therapy before
   entering this study; for those acute baseline adverse events attributable to prior
   therapy, recovery is defined as a toxicity grade =< 2, using Common Terminology
   Criterial for Adverse Events (CTCAE) version (v.) 4.0, unless otherwise specified in
   the inclusion and exclusion criteria

   - Myelosuppressive chemotherapy (includes intra-cystic bleomycin):

      - Subjects must have received their last dose of known myelosuppressive anticancer
      chemotherapy at least three (3) weeks prior to study registration or at least six
      (6) weeks if nitrosourea

   - Subjects must have received their last dose of investigational or biologic agent >= 7
   days prior to study registration

      - In the event that a subject has received an investigational or biologic agent and
      has experienced >= grade 2 myelosuppression, then at least three (3) weeks must
      have elapsed prior to registration

      - If the investigational or biologic agent has a prolonged half-life (>= 7 days)
      then at least three (3) weeks must have elapsed prior to registration

   - Subjects must have completed at least 3 half-life periods from the last dose of
   monoclonal antibody prior to registration

      - Note: a list of half-lives of commonly used monoclonal antibodies is available on
      the Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium (PBTC) website under Generic Forms and

   - Stratum 1: patients must not have received radiation therapy

   - Stratum 2: patients must have received radiation therapy, including gamma knife or
   phosphorus-32 (P32)

      - More than 6 months from the time of enrollment if the recurrence is predominantly

      - More than 12 months from the time of enrollment if the recurrence is
      predominantly cystic

   - At least 7 days since the completion of therapy with a hematopoietic growth agent
   (filgrastim, sargramostim, and erythropoietin) and 14 days for long-acting

   - Karnofsky performance scale (KPS for > 16 years [yrs] of age) or Lansky performance
   score (LPS for =< 16 years of age) >= 60 assessed within two weeks prior to

   - Age: 18 months - 25 years (Minimum weight 20 Kilogram is required to be eligible for
   the study, since the minimum injection volume of SYLATRON is 0.05 ml, 20 mcg,
   subcutaneously (SQ) as suggested by Merck)

   - Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) >= 1000/ul (unsupported)

   - Platelets >= 100,000/ul (unsupported)

   - Hemoglobin (Hg) >= 8g/dL (unsupported)

   - Alanine aminotransferase (ALT) =< 2.5 x the upper limit of institutional normal

   - Total bilirubin =< x 1.5 upper limit of institutional normal

   - Serum creatinine =< 1.5 x the upper limit of normal for age, or calculated creatinine
   clearance or nuclear glomerular filtration rate (GFR) >= 70 ml/min/1.73 m^2

      - =< 0.6 mg/dL (1 to < 2 years of age)

      - =< 0.8 mg/dL (2 to < 6 years of age)

      - =< 1.0 mg/dL (6 to < 10 years of age)

      - =< 1.2 mg/dL (10 to < 13 years of age)

      - =< 1.4 mg/dL (females >= 13 years of age)

      - =< 1.5 mg/dL (males 13 to < 16 years of age)

      - =< 1.7 mg/dL (males >= 16 years of age)

   - All patients must have undergone at least one surgical procedure to verify the

   - Patients must have evidence of radiographic progression as defined below:

      - Stratum 1: defined as >= 25% increase in the product of the greatest
      perpendicular diameters of the tumor as a whole (solid and cystic component) AND
      >= 0.4 cm increase in each of at least two dimensions of the tumor as a whole OR
      any new or worsening neurologic/vision deficit in conjunction with a lesser
      change in the solid or cystic component

      - Stratum 2:

         - For patients more than 6 months following radiation therapy (RT) (including
         radiosurgery or P32), progression is defined as a >= 25% increase in the
         product of the greatest perpendicular diameters of the solid component AND
         >= 0.4 cm increase in each of at least two dimensions of the solid component

         - For patients more than 12 months following RT (including radiosurgery or
         P32), progression is defined as >= 25% increase in each of the product of
         the greatest perpendicular diameters of the solid tumor AND >= 0.4 cm
         increase in each of at least two dimensions of the solid tumor; patients
         demonstrating isolated cyst progression more than 12 months after RT must
         show a continued increase in the cystic component on two serial MRI scans
         performed at least 4 weeks apart OR re-accumulation of the cyst following
         one or more cyst aspirations; patients with progressive neurologic signs
         and/or symptoms associated with isolated cyst formation or progression are
         eligible if the neurologic signs and/or symptoms do not improve within 4
         weeks of cyst aspiration

   - Female subjects of childbearing potential must not be pregnant or breast-feeding;
   female subjects of childbearing potential must have a negative serum or urine
   pregnancy test; (pregnancy test must be repeated within 72 hours prior to the start of

   - Subjects of childbearing or child fathering potential must be willing to use a
   medically acceptable form of birth control, which includes abstinence, while being
   treated on this study

   - Ability to understand and the willingness to sign a written informed consent document

Exclusion Criteria:

   - Stratum 1 patients: must not have had > 3 surgical debulking procedures/resections

   - Patients may not have received prior interferon, either systemic or intra-cystic

   - Patients must not have evidence of metastatic tumor

   - Patients must not be on steroids other than for physiologic replacement

   - Patients must not have a severe psychiatric illness, including major depression or any
   previous suicide attempts

   - Patients must not be on phenytoin, warfarin or methadone due to potential drug

   - Patients must not have known hypersensitivity reactions, such as urticaria,
   angioedema, bronchoconstriction, anaphylaxis, Steven-Johnson syndrome, and toxic
   epidermal necrolysis to interferon alpha or any other products component

   - Subjects with inability to return for follow-up visits or obtain follow-up studies
   required to assess toxicity to therapy

Ages Eligible for Study

18 Months - 25 Years

Genders Eligible for Study


Not currently accepting new patients for this trial

Contact Information

Stanford University
School of Medicine
300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305
Not Recruiting