(ATTAC-II) A Phase II Randomized, Blinded, and Placebo-controlled Trial of CMV RNA-Pulsed Dendritic Cells with Tetanus-Diphtheria Toxoid Vaccine in Patients with Newly-Diagnosed Glioblastoma
The purpose of this research study is to determine if an investigational dendritic cell vaccine, called pp65 DC, is effective for the treatment of a specific type of brain tumor called glioblastoma (GBM) when given with stronger doses of routine chemotherapy.
Dendritic cells (DC) are involved in activating, or turning-on, your body's immune system. Your immune system helps guard your body from germs, viruses, and other threats. Although dendritic cells are very strong, the number of them in the body is not high enough to cause a powerful immune response; therefore, more DC are made in a laboratory with cells collected from an individual's blood.
In this study, we will make a vaccine that we hope will educate immune cells to target the pp65 antigen, a type of immune marker in GBM, thus resulting in what we call the pp65 DC vaccine. Use of a vaccine that activates your immune system is a type of immunotherapy. It is hoped that by giving the pp65 DC vaccine as a shot under the skin, the immune system will be activated to attack tumor cells in the brain while leaving normal cells alone.
To see if the pp65 DC vaccine is effective for the treatment of GBM, subjects will be assigned to different treatment groups. Two groups of subjects will receive the pp65 DC vaccine and one group will receive a placebo.
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KeywordsAnaplastic Astrocytoma, Saline
Principal InvestigatorMaryam Rahman, M.D.
Sponsoring GroupDepartment of Neurosurgery
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