Condition: Metastatic Kidney Cancer
Study Type: Interventional
Sponsor: Loma Linda University
The current study will test single agent IL-2 in stage IV melanoma and kidney cancer.
The current study will test single agent IL-2 given daily for 4 doses every 3 weeks for a total of 12 doses in an outpatient setting in stage IV melanoma and kidney cancer to attempt to determine the response rate, how long the responses last, and median survival of this regimen in these two diseases. Responding patients and those with absence of disease progression may receive additional cycles of therapy every 3 weeks.
Patients must have a histologic diagnosis of metastatic kidney cancer or malignant melanoma Patients may be either newly diagnosed with metastatic disease or may have received prior treatment for metastatic kidney cancer.
Patients must have measurable disease on physical exam or radiologic studies.
ECOG performance status of 0 or 1 and estimated survival of at least 3 months.
White blood count of > 3500/mm3, platelet count > 100,000/mm3, hemoglobin > 9.0 gm/dl; bilirubin, ALT, AST < 2 x upper limit of normal; serum creatinine 100.5 F must have sources of occult infection excluded.
Patients must be felt to have recovered from effects of prior therapy, such as > 2 weeks after prior chemotherapy.
Medical illness requiring corticosteroids or other immunosuppressive agents (such as cyclosporin or methotrexate).
Autoimmune disease such as inflammatory arthritis, which could be exacerbated by immune-based therapy.
Prior history of psychiatric disorder, which could be exacerbated by interleukin-2.
Lactation or pregnancy.
Evidence of significant cardiovascular disease including history of recent (< 6 months prior) myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure, primary cardiac arrhythmias (not due to electrolyte disorder or drug toxicity, for example) beyond occasional PVC's, angina, positive low-level stress test, or cerebrovascular accident.
Current brain metastasis.
Healthy Volunteers: No
Min Age: 18 Years
Loma Linda University Cancer Center