Sunitinib Before and After Surgery in Treating Patients With Stage IV Kidney Cancer
Kidney Cancer
Conditions: official terms
Carcinoma, Renal Cell - Kidney Neoplasms
Conditions: Keywords
stage IV renal cell cancer, recurrent renal cell cancer
Study Type
Study Phase
Phase 2
Study Design
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Name: motexafin gadolinium Type: Drug
Name: sunitinib malate Type: Drug
Name: comparative genomic hybridization Type: Genetic
Name: gene expression analysis Type: Genetic
Name: mutation analysis Type: Genetic
Name: polymorphism analysis Type: Genetic
Name: immunohistochemistry staining method Type: Other
Name: iodine I-124 girentuximab Type: Other
Name: laboratory biomarker analysis Type: Other
Name: pharmacological study Type: Other
Name: adjuvant therapy Type: Procedure
Name: neoadjuvant therapy Type: Procedure
Name: therapeutic conventional surgery Type: Procedure
Overall Status
RATIONALE: Sunitinib may stop the growth of tumor cells by blocking some of the enzymes needed for cell growth and by blocking blood flow to the tumor. Giving sunitinib before surgery may make the tumor smaller and reduce the amount of normal tissue that needs to be removed. Giving it after surgery may kill any tumor cells that remain after surgery.

PURPOSE: This phase II trial is studying how well sunitinib works when given before and after surgery in treating patients with stage IV kidney cancer.
Detailed Description

- To correlate histologic measures of tumor angiogenesis and VHL mutation/methylation status with clinical outcome in patients with stage IV renal cell carcinoma treated with sunitinib malate.

- To determine the effects of sunitinib malate on tumor vascular permeability by dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI and iodine I 124 chimeric monoclonal antibody G250 positron emission tomography (PET) after 2 weeks of therapy.

- To correlate steady-state plasma concentrations of sunitinib malate and angiogenic growth factors in serum with clinical outcome in these patients.


- Neoadjuvant therapy:Patients receive oral sunitinib malate once daily on days 1-14.

- Cytoreductive surgery: Patients undergo cytoreductive nephrectomy on day 16.

- Adjuvant therapy:Beginning at least 4 weeks after surgery, patients receive oral sunitinib malate once daily on days 1-28. Treatment repeats every 42 days in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

Patients undergo dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI with motexafin gadolinium and positron emission tomography with iodine I 124 chimeric monoclonal antibody G250 at baseline and after completion of neoadjuvant sunitinib malate (prior to cytoreductive nephrectomy).

Patients undergo tumor tissue and blood sample collection periodically for correlative laboratory studies. Tumor tissue samples are analyzed for VHL mutations and other somatic genetic mutations by mutation analysis; allelic loss or gain by comparative genomic amplification; microvessel density (MVD) by immunohistochemical staining for CD34 and CD105; pERK, SMA, Ki-67, HIF-1α, CAIX, macrophage migration inhibition factor (MIF), and CREB by multicolor analysis; and VEGF-R1 and -R2 and other relevant antigen expression by validated assays. Blood samples are analyzed for pharmacokinetics; angiogenic growth factor levels (e.g., free VEGF, basic FGF, and other markers); and polymorphisms in VEGF, VEGFR, VHL, and HIF.

After completion of study treatment, patients are followed periodically.
Criteria for eligibility
Healthy Volunteers: No
Maximum Age: N/A
Minimum Age: 18 Years
Gender: Both

- Diagnosis of renal cell carcinoma

- AJCC stage IV disease

- Radiographic evidence of disease for which cytoreductive nephrectomy is deemed to be clinically indicated AND for which preoperative embolization is not deemed necessary by the surgeon

- No history or clinical evidence of brain metastases


- ECOG performance status 0-1

- WBC ≥ 3,000/mm³

- Absolute granulocyte count ≥ 1,500/mm³

- Platelet count ≥ 100,000/mm³

- Serum creatinine ≤ 2.0 times upper limit of normal (ULN) OR serum creatinine clearance ≥ 40 mL/min

- Total bilirubin ≤ 1.5 times ULN (< 3.0 times ULN in the presence of Gilbert's disease)

- AST/ALT ≤ 2.5 times ULN (≤ 5.0 times ULN in the presence of liver metastases)

- INR ≤ 1.5*

- PTT normal*

- Not pregnant or nursing

- Negative pregnancy test

- Fertile patients must use effective contraception

- No pre-existing thyroid abnormality with thyroid-stimulating hormone that cannot be maintained in the normal range with medication

- No hypertension that cannot be controlled by medications (i.e., diastolic BP ≥ 100 mm Hg despite optimal medical therapy)

- No ongoing cardiac dysrhythmias ≥ grade 2 (according to NCI CTCAE v3.0)

- No other concurrent malignancies

- No concurrent serious illness including, but not limited to, any of the following:

- Ongoing or active infection requiring parenteral antibiotics

- Clinically significant cardiovascular disease (e.g., uncontrolled hypertension, myocardial infarction, or unstable angina)

- New York Heart Association class II-IV congestive heart failure

- Serious cardiac arrhythmia requiring medication

- Peripheral vascular disease ≥ grade 2 within the past year

- Psychiatric illness/social situation that would limit compliance with study requirements NOTE: *Patients who are taking warfarin must have documentation of an INR ≤ 1.5 and PTT normal prior to the initiation of anticoagulation to rule out a baseline coagulopathy


- At least 2 weeks since prior radiotherapy and recovered

- Prior radiotherapy to a symptomatic site of metastatic disease is allowed

- No prior systemic therapy

- No concurrent cytochrome P450 enzyme-inducing antiepileptic drugs (e.g., phenytoin, carbamazepine, or phenobarbital), rifampin, or Hypericum perforatum (St. John's wort)

- No other concurrent investigational agents
Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Status: Recruiting
Contact: Clinical Trials Office - Abramson Cancer Center of the Univers - 800-474-9892
Start Date
June 2008
Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Record processing date processed this data on July 28, 2015 page