for people ages 18 years and up (full criteria)
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The primary purpose of this phase II clinical trial is to determine the safety and effect on survival of patients autologous dendritic cells pulsed with autologous tumor lysate as a treatment for low-grade glioma patients. Other goals of this study are to determine if the vaccine can cause an immune response against patients' cancer cells and slow the growth of their brain tumors

Official Title

A Phase II Clinical Trial Evaluating Autologous Dendritic Cells Pulsed With Tumor Lysate Antigen for the Treatment of Low-grade Glioma



  1. To determine the 5-year progression-free survival (PFS), using intradermal injections of autologous dendritic cells harvested from peripheral blood precursors and pulsed (co-cultured) with tumor lysate derived from surgical tissues in patients with low-grade gliomas.


  1. To monitor overall survival (OS), and cellular immune responses in brain tumor patients injected with tumor lysate-pulsed dendritic cells.


Patients receive tumor lysate-pulsed autologous dendritic cell vaccine intradermally (ID) on days 0, 14, and 28.


Adult Diffuse Astrocytoma Adult Mixed Glioma Adult Oligodendroglioma Recurrent Adult Brain Tumor Adult Oligoastrocytoma Glioma Astrocytoma Oligodendroglioma Vaccines tumor lysate-pulsed autologous dendritic cell vaccine laboratory biomarker analysis


You can join if…

Open to people ages 18 years and up

  • Patients with newly diagnosed or recurrent glioma of World Health Organization (WHO) grade II (astrocytoma, oligodendroglioma, and/or oligoastrocytoma) will be eligible for this protocol
  • Patients must have had surgical resection at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), for which a separate informed consent was signed for the collection of their tumor prior to surgery
  • After surgery, a pathological diagnosis of low-grade glioma (WHO grade II) will need to be established
  • Patients must be able to read and understand the informed consent document; patients must sign the informed consent indicating that they are aware of the investigational nature of this study.
  • Patients must have a Karnofsky performance status (KPS) rating of >= 60 prior to initiating treatment; patients may be enrolled at a KPS of < 60 if it is felt that the patient will have adequate opportunity to recover to a KPS of >= 60 by the initiation of treatment
  • Hemoglobin >= 9 gm%
  • Absolute granulocyte count >= 1,500
  • Platelet count >= 100K
  • Serum glutamic pyruvate transaminase (SGPT), serum glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase (SGOT) =< 2.5 times institutional normals
  • Bilirubin =< 1.5mg%
  • Blood urea nitrogen (BUN) or creatinine =< 1.5 times institutional normals

You CAN'T join if...

  • Subjects with an active infection
  • Inability to obtain informed consent because of psychiatric or complicating medical problems
  • Unstable or severe intercurrent medical or psychiatric conditions as determined by the Investigator
  • Females of child-bearing potential who are pregnant or lactating or who are not using approved contraception
  • History of immunodeficiency (e.g., human immunodeficiency virus [HIV]) or autoimmune disease (e.g., rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, vasculitis, polymyositis-dermatomyositis, scleroderma, multiple sclerosis, or juvenile-onset insulin-dependent diabetes) that may be exacerbated by immunotherapy
  • Subjects with organ allografts
  • Inability or unwillingness to return for required visits and follow-up exams
  • Subjects who have an uncontrolled systemic malignancy that is not in remission


  • Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
    Los Angeles California 90095 United States


in progress, not accepting new patients
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Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
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