RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing
so they stop growing or die.
PURPOSE: This phase I trial is studying the side effects and best dose of
17-N-allylamino-17-demethoxygeldanamycin in treating patients with solid tumors that cannot
be removed by surgery.
- Determine the maximum tolerated dose and dose-limiting toxicity of
17-N-allylamino-17-demethoxygeldanamycin (17-AAG), administered at 2 different dosing
schedules, in patients with unresectable solid tumors.
- Determine the pharmacokinetics of this drug in these patients.
- Assess the effect of this drug on heat shock protein chaperone complex components and
client proteins in lymphoma tissue obtained pre- and post-treatment in patients with
- Determine any response to this drug in these patients.
OUTLINE: This is a dose-escalation study. Patients are assigned to 1 of 2 treatment groups.
- Group I: Patients receive 17-N-allylamino-17-demethoxygeldanamycin (17-AAG) IV over 1
hour on days 1, 8, and 15. Courses repeat every 28 days in the absence of disease
progression or unacceptable toxicity.
- Group II: Patients receive 17-AAG IV over 1 hour on days 1, 4, 8, and 11. Courses
repeat every 21 days in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.
Cohorts of 1-6 solid tumor patients receive escalating doses of 17-AAG until the maximum
tolerated dose (MTD) is determined. The MTD is defined as the dose preceding that at which 2
of 6 patients experience dose-limiting toxicity.
Once the MTD is determined, 10 patients with either lymphoma or superficial solid tumors
accessible for biopsy are treated as in group II at the MTD.
Patients are followed for 3 months.
PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 58-130 patients (30-72 for group I and 28-58 for group II)
will be accrued for this study within 2 years.
- One of the following diagnoses:
- Histologically or cytologically confirmed solid tumor*
- Unresectable disease
- Hodgkin's or non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
- Relapsed disease
- Failed at least 1 prior therapy
- Neoplastic cells are accessible through biopsy NOTE: *Only patients with
biopsy-accessible superficial tumors or lymphoma are eligible once the
maximum tolerated dose has been determined
- No known standard therapy that is potentially curative or definitely capable of
extending life expectancy exists
- No CNS metastases
- 18 and over
- ECOG 0-2
- At least 12 weeks
- Absolute neutrophil count at least 1,500/mm^3
- Platelet count at least 100,000/mm^3
- Hemoglobin at least 9 g/dL
- Bilirubin no greater than 2 times upper limit of normal (ULN)
- AST no greater than 2.5 times ULN
- Alkaline phosphatase no greater than 2 times ULN (5 times ULN if liver involvement)
- Creatinine no greater than 1.25 times ULN OR
- Creatinine clearance at least 60 mL/min
- No New York Heart Association class III or IV heart disease
- Not pregnant or nursing
- Negative pregnancy test
- Fertile patients must use effective nonhormonal contraception
- No uncontrolled infection
- No seizure disorder
- No history of serious allergic reaction to eggs
PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY:
- More than 4 weeks since prior immunotherapy
- More than 4 weeks since prior biologic therapy
- No concurrent immunotherapy
- No concurrent routine or prophylactic use of a colony-stimulating factor (e.g.,
filgrastim [G-CSF] or sargramostim [GM-CSF])
- More than 4 weeks since prior chemotherapy (6 weeks for mitomycin or nitrosoureas)
and recovered from acute and reversible toxic effects
- No other concurrent chemotherapy
- No concurrent birth control pills
- No concurrent steroids as anti-emetics
- More than 4 weeks since prior radiotherapy
- No prior radiotherapy to more than 25% of the bone marrow
- No prior radiopharmaceuticals
- No concurrent radiotherapy
- Not specified
- No concurrent 3A4 enzyme inhibitors (e.g., verapamil, erythromycin, miconazole, or
- No concurrent investigational ancillary therapy
- No concurrent enrollment in another study involving a pharmacologic agent (e.g.,
drugs, biologics, immunotherapy approaches, or gene therapy) for symptom control or