This phase I trial is studying the side effects and best dose of oxaliplatin and etoposide
in treating young patients with recurrent or refractory solid tumors or lymphomas. Drugs
used in chemotherapy, such as oxaliplatin and etoposide, work in different ways to stop the
growth of cancer cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing.
Oxaliplatin may also help etoposide work better by making cancer cells more sensitive to the
drug. Giving oxaliplatin together with etoposide may kill more cancer cells.
I. Determine the maximum tolerated dose of oxaliplatin and etoposide in pediatric patients
with recurrent or refractory solid tumors or lymphoma.
II. Determine the dose-limiting toxic effects of this regimen in these patients.
I. Determine the pharmacokinetic profile of this regimen in these patients. II. Correlate
the extent of oxaliplatin and etoposide exposure with toxic effects and therapeutic effects
of this regimen in these patients.
III. Determine, preliminarily, the antitumor activity of this regimen in these patients.
OUTLINE: This is a dose-escalation study.
Patients receive oxaliplatin IV over 2 hours on day 1 and etoposide IV over 1 hour on days
1-3. Courses repeat every 21 days in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable
Cohorts of 3-6 patients receive escalating doses of oxaliplatin and etoposide until the
maximum tolerated dose (MTD) is determined. The MTD is defined as the dose preceding that at
which 2 of 3 or 2 of 6 patients experience dose-limiting toxicity.
- Life expectancy > 8 weeks
- Albumin > 2 g/dL
- Histologically confirmed diagnosis of 1 of the following: solid tumor; histologic
verification not required for brainstem tumors or optic pathway tumors; lymphoma;
recurrent or refractory to conventional therapy OR no known effective therapy exists;
bone marrow involvement allowed
- Performance Status: Karnofsky >= 50 % (patients > 10 years of age) OR Lansky >= 50%
(patients for =< 10 years of age)
- Absolute neutrophil count > 1,000/mm^3
- Platelet count > 100,000/mm^3 (transfusion independent)
- Hemoglobin > 8 g/dL (transfusion allowed)
- ALT < 5.0 times ULN
- Creatinine normal OR glomerular filtration rate >= 80 mL/min/1.73 m^2
- Calcium normal (electrolyte supplements allowed)
- Echocardiogram and EKG normal
- Shortening fraction >= 27% OR ejection fraction > 50%
- No evidence of dyspnea at rest
- No exercise intolerance
- Pulse oximetry > 94% on room air
- Neurologic deficits due to CNS tumor must be relatively stable for >= 2 weeks before
- Seizure disorder allowed provided well-controlled by non-enzyme-inducing
- No peripheral neurotoxicity > grade 1
- Sodium, potassium, and magnesium normal (electrolyte supplements allowed)
- At least 1 week since prior biologic agents
- More than 1 week since prior growth factors
- More than 6 months since prior allogeneic peripheral blood stem cell transplantation
AND no active graft-versus-host disease
- More than 3 weeks since prior myelosuppressive chemotherapy (6 weeks for
- More than 2 weeks since prior focal radiotherapy for symptomatic metastatic sites
- More than 6 weeks since prior substantial bone marrow radiotherapy
- More than 3 months since prior craniospinal (> 24 Gy), whole pelvis, or total-body
- Recovered from all prior therapy
- No concurrent enzyme-inducing anticonvulsants, including, but not limited to, the
following: Barbiturates; Phenytoin; Carbamazepine
- Not pregnant or nursing
- Negative pregnancy test
- Fertile patients must use effective contraception
- No uncontrolled infection
- No history of life-threatening hypersensitivity to platinum-containing agents
- No prior oxaliplatin
- No other concurrent investigational agents
- No other concurrent anticancer therapy
- Inability or unwillingness of research participant or legal guardian/representative
to give written informed consent.