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Houston, Texas 77055


Purpose:

Current therapies for advanced Head and Neck Cancer provide very limited benefit to the patient. The anti-cancer properties of Antineoplaston therapy suggest that it may prove beneficial in the treatment of advanced Head and Neck Cancer. PURPOSE: This study is being performed to determine the effects (good and bad) that Antineoplaston therapy has on patients with advanced Head and Neck Cancer.


Study summary:

Advanced Head and Neck Cancer patients receive gradually escalating doses of intravenous Antineoplaston therapy (Atengenal + Astugenal) until the maximum tolerated dose is reached. Treatment continues up to12 months in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. OBJECTIVES: - To determine the efficacy of Antineoplaston therapy in patients with advanced Head and Neck Cancer, as measured by an objective response to therapy (complete response, partial response or stable disease). - To determine the safety and tolerance of Antineoplaston therapy in patients with advanced Head and Neck Cancer. - To determine objective response, tumor size is measured utilizing MRI scans, which are performed every 8 weeks for the first two years, every 3 months for the third and fourth years, every 6 months for the 5th and sixth years, and annually thereafter.


Criteria:

DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: - Histologically confirmed cancer of the head and neck that is unlikely to respond to existing therapy and for which no curative therapy exists - Metastatic disease OR incurable with surgery or radiation - Measurable disease by CT scan or MRI - Tumor must be at least 2 cm for the lymph nodes located in the head, neck, axillary, inguinal or femoral areas and at least 0.5 cm for other areas PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age: - 16 and over Performance status: - Karnofsky 60-100% Life expectancy: - At least 2 months Hematopoietic: - WBC at least 2,000/mm^3 - Platelet count at least 50,000/mm^3 Hepatic: - No hepatic insufficiency - Bilirubin no greater than 2.5 mg/dL - SGOT and SGPT no greater than 2.5 mg/dL Renal: - No renal insufficiency - Creatinine no greater than 2.5 mg/dL - No renal conditions that contraindicate high dosages of sodium Cardiovascular: - No chronic heart failure - No uncontrolled hypertension - No history of congestive heart failure - No other cardiovascular conditions that contraindicate high dosages of sodium Pulmonary: - No serious lung disease (e.g., severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) Other: - Not pregnant or nursing - Fertile patients must use effective contraception during and for 4 weeks after study participation - No other serious medical or psychiatric conditions - No active infection PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: Biologic therapy: - At least 4 weeks since prior immunotherapy and recovered - No concurrent immunomodulatory agents Chemotherapy: - At least 4 weeks since prior chemotherapy (6 weeks for nitrosoureas) and recovered - No concurrent antineoplastic therapy Endocrine therapy: - Concurrent corticosteroids allowed Radiotherapy: - See Disease Characteristics - At least 8 weeks since prior radiotherapy (unless multiple tumors) and recovered Surgery: - See Disease Characteristics Other: - Prior cytodifferentiating agents allowed


NCT ID:

NCT00003489


Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Stanislaw R. Burzynski, MD, PhD
Burzynski Research Institute


Backup Contact:

N/A


Location Contact:

Houston, Texas 77055
United States



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Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: January 16, 2018

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