Ex Vivo-Expanded HER2-Specific T Cells and Cyclophosphamide After Vaccine Therapy in Treating Patients With HER2-Positive Stage IV Breast Cancer

Status:Not yet recruiting
Conditions:Breast Cancer, Cancer
Therapuetic Areas:Oncology
Age Range:Any
Start Date:June 2012

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Phase I Study of Adoptive T-Cell Therapy With HER-2/Neu (HER-2)-Specific Memory CD8+ T Lymphocytes Obtained Following In Vivo Priming With a Peptide Vaccine in Patients With Advanced Stage HER-2-Positive Breast Cancer

RATIONALE : Laboratory-treated T cells may stimulate the immune system in different ways and
stop tumor cells from growing. Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as cyclophosphamide, work in
different ways to stop the growth of tumor cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping
them from dividing. Vaccines made from HER2 peptides may help the body build an effective
immune response to kill tumor cells that express HER2. Giving laboratory-treated T cells and
cyclophosphamide after vaccine therapy may be an effective treatment for breast cancer.

PURPOSE: This phase I trial is studying the side effects and best dose of ex vivo-expanded
HER2-specific T cells when given together with cyclophosphamide after vaccine therapy in
treating patients with HER2-positive stage IV breast cancer.


I. To evaluate the feasibility of expanding HER-2-specific effector T cells (TE) ex vivo
from CD62L+ TCM and CD62L- TEM from patients immunized with a HER-2 peptide vaccine.

II. To evaluate the safety of infusing autologous ex vivo expanded HER-2-specific T cells
into patients with advanced HER-2+ breast cancer.


I. To evaluate the persistence, function, and phenotype of adoptively transferred
HER-2-specific TE cells derived from TCM or TEM precursors.

II. To investigate the potential anti-tumor effects of therapy with ex vivo expanded
HER-2-specific T cells in patients with advanced HER-2+ breast cancer.

OUTLINE : This is a dose-escalation study of ex vivo-expanded HER2-specific T cells.

VACCINE THERAPY: Patients receive HER2 peptide vaccine intradermally once weekly for 3

CHEMOTHERAPY: Patients receive cyclophosphamide IV on day -1.

IMMUNOTHERAPY: Patients receive ex vivo-expanded HER2 specific T-cell IV over 30 minutes on
days 1, 10, and 20.

After completion of study treatment, patients are followed up on days 28, 35, 49, 63 and
then monthly thereafter for 1 year.

Inclusion Criteria:

- Patients with HER-2+ Stage IV breast cancer that have been maximally treated and not
in a complete remission

- Subjects must be > 18 years old

- Extra skeletal disease that can be accurately measured in at least one dimension as
>= 20 mm with conventional CT techniques or >= 10 mm with spiral CT scan

- Skeletal or bone-only disease that is measurable by FDG PET imaging will also be

- Patients can be receiving trastuzumab and/or hormonal therapy and/or bisphosphonates

- HER2 overexpression in the primary tumor or metastasis by IHC of 2+ or 3+, or
documented gene amplification by FISH analysis; if over expression is 2+ by IHC,
patients must have HER2 gene amplification documented by FISH

- Performance Status Score (ECOG/Zubrod Scale) must be =< 2

- Patients must be off all immunosuppressive treatments such as chemotherapy or
systemic steroid therapy a minimum of 3 weeks prior to initiation of study (i.e.
first vaccination)

- Patients on trastuzumab must have a baseline LVEF measured by MUGA or echocardiogram
>= the lower limit of normal for the facility within 3 months of enrollment to study

- Subjects must be HLA-A2 (HLA A*0201) positive

- ANC >= 1000/mm^3

- Hgb >= 10 mg/dl

- Platelet count >= 75,000/mm^3

- Men and women of reproductive ability must agree to use contraceptives during the
entire study period

Exclusion Criteria:

- Serum creatinine > 2.0 mg/dl

- Serum bilirubin > 2.5 times the upper limit of normal

- Contraindication to receiving GM-CSF based vaccine products

- New York Heart Association functional class III-IV heart failure, symptomatic
pericardial effusion, or unstable angina

- History of disorders associated with immunosuppression such as HIV

- Pregnant or breast-feeding women

- ANC < 1000/mm^3

- Hgb < 10 mg/dl

- Platelet count < 75,000/mm^3

- Active brain metastasis
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1100 Fairview Avenue North
Seattle, Washington 98109
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center/University of Washington Cancer Consortium The Fred Hutchinson/University of Washington Cancer...
Seattle, WA
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