Phase 2 Study of Weekly Vinorelbine in Children With Progressive or Recurrent Low-Grade Gliomas


Rochester, Minn.

Trial status:

Open for Enrollment

Why is this study being done?

Different treatments exist for children with progressive or recurrent low-grade glioma. Each has variable efficacy at slowing or reversing growth, and exploration continues into finding better-tolerated, more effective treatments. Vinorelbine has recently generated interest in stabilizing some pediatric low-grade gliomas. It has been fairly well tolerated in both adult and pediatric studies that have examined its use in other tumors. In addition, the quality of life for children with low-grade gliomas is important and requires further study. This trial will incorporate an optional assessment using validated neuropsychological testing throughout treatment to evaluate the quality of life of the child being treated. Objective: To test the efficacy of Vinorelbine in a larger number of children with pediatric low-grade glioma that has returned or continues to grow. In this trial, Vinorelbine will be given intravenously once a week for 6 weeks followed by a 2 week rest. This cycle can then be repeated for up to 1-2 years if providing clinical benefit.

Who is eligible to participate?

Inclusion Criteria: - Age: < 18 years - Tumor: Progressive or recurrent low grade glioma, WHO grade 1 or 2 who have failed at least one form of 'conventional' non-surgical therapy - Histologic confirmation is required with the exception of optic pathway and brain stem gliomas. Patients are not required to have a re-operation at time of recurrence. - Patients with disseminated disease are eligible. - Children with neuro-fibromatosis and optic pathway or brainstem tumors are eligible but must have definitive radiologic or clinical evidence of progression - Patients must have evidence of measureable disease - Performance status: Karnofsky or Lansky performance status of >50% - Organ Function: - Adequate bone marrow function (ANC>1000/mm3, platelet count of >75,000/mm3, and hemoglobin > 8gm/dL) prior to starting therapy. Hemoglobin may be supported by transfusion - Adequate liver function (SGPT/ALT<2.5 times ULN and bilirubin < 1.5 times ULN) prior to starting therapy - Prior therapy: - May have had treatment including surgery, chemotherapy, or radiotherapy for any number of relapses prior to enrollment - Patients must have received their last fraction of radiotherapy >12 weeks prior to starting therapy - Previous Vincristine or Vinblastine exposure is allowable. Exclusion Criteria: - No other significant medical illness that in the investigators' opinion cannot be adequately controlled with appropriate therapy or would compromise the patient's ability to tolerate this therapy - Any other cancer (except non-melanoma skin cancer), unless in complete remission and off of all therapy for that disease for a minimum of 3 years. - Patients of childbearing potential must not be pregnant or breast-feeding (vinorelbine is a pregnancy category D, no data on excretion in breastmilk) - Patients of childbearing or fathering potential must practice adequate contraception

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