RATIONALE: Vaccines made from a person's cancer cells may make the body build an immune
response to kill the tumor cells.
PURPOSE: Phase I trial to study the effectiveness of vaccine therapy in treating patients
who have ovarian, fallopian tube, or peritoneal cancer.
OBJECTIVES: I. Determine the safety of immunization with glycosylated MUC-1-KLH vaccine plus
adjuvant QS21 in patients with ovarian, fallopian tube, or peritoneal epithelial cancer. II.
Determine the dose of this treatment regimen for optimal antibody response in these
patients. III. Determine the effect of immunization with this treatment regimen on the
T-cell response in these patients.
OUTLINE: This is a dose escalation study of glycosylated MUC-1-KLH vaccine. Patients receive
glycosylated MUC-1-KLH vaccine and QS21 subcutaneously once a week on weeks 1-3, 7, and 19.
Cohorts of 6 patients receive escalating doses of glycosylated MUC-1-KLH until the dose for
optimal antibody response without unacceptable toxicity is determined. Patients are followed
at 2 and 12 weeks, and then every 3 months thereafter as long as detectable immunity against
PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 18-24 patients will be accrued for this study.
DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: Histologically confirmed ovarian, fallopian tube, or peritoneal
epithelial cancer (any stage at diagnosis) Prior cytoreductive surgery required Refractory
or recurrent after at least one prior regimen of platinum based chemotherapy No evidence
of disease following salvage chemotherapy, defined as: CA125 less than 35 units Negative
physical examination No evidence of disease on CT scan of abdomen and pelvis
PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age: 18 and over Performance status: Karnofsky 70-100% Life
expectancy: Not specified Hematopoietic: WBC at least 3,000/mm3 Platelet count at least
100,000/mm3 Hepatic: Bilirubin, SGOT, and alkaline phosphatase less than 2 times normal
Renal: Creatinine less than 1.6 mg/dL Creatinine clearance at least 50 mL/min Other: No
other concurrent active invasive malignancy No seafood allergy No positive stool guaiac
PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: Biologic therapy: Not specified Chemotherapy: See Disease
Characteristics Endocrine therapy: Not specified Radiotherapy: Not specified Surgery: Not