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Clinical Trials

We're committed to providing the most advanced treatments available for patients with brain and spine tumors, and to developing clinical research that will lead to tomorrow’s standard of care.

For best results, use specific search terms (e.g., "glioblastoma" instead of "brain tumor"). We do our best to keep these listings up-to-date, but we may sometimes have trials available that are not yet listed. To inquire about other clinical trials or to learn more about the clinical trials listed here, please contact cancertrials@northwestern.edu or call 312-695-1102. You can also view a list of open Lurie Cancer Center clinical trials for all types of cancer.

Trials
DRUG ATI001-102: A Phase I Study of Ad-RTS-hIL-12, an Inducible Adenoviral Vector Engineered to Express hIL-12 in the Presence of the Activator Ligand Veledimex in Subjects with Recurrent or Progressive Glioblastoma or Grade III Malignant Glioma
This research study involves two investigational drugs…
This research study involves two investigational drugs, veledimex, an activator ligand (INXN-1001) in combination with an Adenovirus Vector Engineered to Express hIL-12 (INXN-2001). IL-12 is a protein that may improve the body's natural response to disease by enhancing the ability of the immune system to kill tumor cells and may interfere with blood flow to the tumor. The main purpose of this study is to evaluate the safety and tolerability of a single tumor injection of INXN-2001 given in combination with oral veledimex.
Inclusion Criteria: 1. Male or female subjects ≥ 18 and ≤ 75 years of age. 2. Histologically confirmed supratentorial glioblastoma or other WHO grade III or IV malignant glioma from archival tissue. 3. Evidence of tumor recurrence/progression by MRI (RANO criteria) post standard initial therapy. 4. Previous standard of care anti-tumor treatment including surgery and/or biopsy and chemoradiation. 5. Able to undergo standard MRI scans with contrast agent. 6. Karnofsky Performance Status ≥ 70. 7. Adequate bone marrow reserves and liver and kidney function. 8.Male and female subjects must agree to use a highly reliable method of birth control. Exclusion Criteria: 1. Radiotherapy within 4 weeks or less prior to starting first veledimex dose. 2. Subjects with clinically significant increased intracranial pressure or uncontrolled seizures. 3. Known immunosuppressive disease, autoimmune conditions, and /or chronic viral infections. 4. Use of systemic antibacterials, antifungals or antivirals for the treatment of acute clinically significant infection. 5. Use of enzyme-inducing anti-epileptic drugs (EIAED) within 7 days prior to the first dose of study drug. 6. Other concurrent clinically active malignant disease requiring treatment. 7. Nursing or pregnant females. 8. Prior exposure to veledimex. 9. Presence of any contra-indication for a neurosurgical procedure.
Lesniak, MaciejLesniak, Maciej
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NCT02026271 STU00094296
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Alliance A071401: Phase II Trial Of SMO/AKT/NF2 Inhibitors in Progressive Meningiomas with SMO/AKT/NF2 Mutations

This phase II trial studies how well two drugs, vismodegib and GSK2256098, work in treating patients with meningiomas that may have gotten bigger or grew back after treatment. Vismodegi…

This phase II trial studies how well two drugs, vismodegib and GSK2256098, work in treating patients with meningiomas that may have gotten bigger or grew back after treatment. Vismodegib and GSK2256098 may stop the growth of tumor cells by blocking some of the enzymes needed for cell growth.  

The purpose of this study is to test good and bad effects of these two different drugs against meningioma tumors with altered (or mutated) genes. Altered genes can cause a tumor to grow. The study drugs, vismodegib and GSK2256098, target these genes. The study drugs could shrink the cancer, or the cancer could stay the same size or grow. They may cause side effects. Researchers hope to learn if the study drugs will shrink the cancer by at least one-half compared to its present size. 

Today, therapy for meningioma is the same for all patients, and is not based on tumor genetic testing. This trial is trying to see if tumor genetic testing would be helpful at guiding treatment in meningioma patients.

You may be eligible for this research study if you have a meningioma which has gotten bigger or grew back after treatment. 

Kumthekar, PriyaKumthekar, Priya
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NCT02523014 STU00202953
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A Phase 2, single arm, multi-center, open label trial Combining Optune with concurrent Bevacizumab in the setting of Recurrent or Progressive Meningioma
Purpose The purpose of this research study is to determine the effects (good and bad) bevacizumab (the study drug) combined with Optune (the stud…
Purpose The purpose of this research study is to determine the effects (good and bad) bevacizumab (the study drug) combined with Optune (the study device) tumor treatment field therapy has on meningiomas. Overview Bevacizumab (the study drug) is considered investigational because the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved its use for the treatment of meningiomas. The study drug is a medication that blocks the growth of new blood vessels. In order for tumors to grow they need to have a blood supply. Tumor cells have been shown to produce substances that stimulate the abnormal growth of new blood vessels that allow the tumor to grow. It is thought that the study drug may interfere with the growth of new blood vessels and therefore might stop tumor growth, and possibly shrink the tumor by keeping it from receiving nutrients and oxygen supplied by the blood vessels. Optune (the study device) is also considered investigational because the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved its use for the treatment of meningiomas. The study device, Optune is a device that the patient will wear and use for at least 18 hours of each day. It delivers alternating electrical current to the patient‰Ûªs brain tumor and by doing so interrupts a process called mitosis. Mitosis needs to occur in order for cell division to occur and allows tumors to grow. By slowing this process, we hypothesize that meningioma growth may also be slowed. Description of Treatment Tumor treatment field therapy with Optune will be initiated at the same time as bevacizumab, with both treatments to start within a one-week period of each other. Bevacizumab will be given at current standard central nervous system (CNS) dosing of 10mg/kg q2 weeks in an outpatient setting. After 4 cycles (1 cycle=28days) of therapy (Cycle 5 day 1) patients may choose to switch to bevacizumab at a dose of 15 mg/kg q3 weeks. For patients who chose to make this switch, they have to do it on Day1 of a new cycle. Tumor treatment fields with Optune will be delivered for at least 18 hours a day at a frequency of 200 KHz and intensity of 1-3V/cm. Treatment will be continued until disease progression or up to 1 year.
"Some of the eligibility criteria include:

- Patients must be age = 18 years. Both males and females and patients from all

ethnic backgrounds are eligible.
- Patients must have a histologic diagnosis of meningioma, WHO grade 2 or 3 (atypical or anaplastic).
- All patients must have developed recurrent disease/progression after receiving all standard treatments.

Note: This is only a partial list of eligibility criteria. Please contact the Lurie Cancer Center for complete screening information if you are interested in this clinical trial."
Kumthekar, PriyaKumthekar, Priya
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NCT02847559 STU00203030
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OT-15-001: A Phase 3, Randomized, Open-Label Study To Evaluate the Efficacy and Safety of Eflornithine with Lomustine Compared to Lomustine Alone in Patients with Anaplastic Astrocytoma That Progress/Recur After Irradiation and Adjuvant Temozolomide Chemotherapy
Purpose The purpose of this study i…
Purpose The purpose of this study is to measure how well and how safe eflornithine is in combination with lomustine, compared to lomustine taken alone, in treating patients whose anaplastic astrocytoma has come back after radiation and chemotherapy. Overview Elfornithine is an experimental drug. An experimental drug means that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved it for use. This drug will be used with another drug called Lomustine that is approved by the FDA in the United States for patients with anaplastic astrocytoma. Description of Treatment This study has two study groups. Patients will be randomly placed in one of the 2 groups.
Some of the eligibility criteria include:

- Participants must be 18 years of age or older.

- Patients must have surgical or biopsy proven diagnosis of WHO grade 3 Anaplastic Astrocytoma

Note: This is only a partial list of eligibility criteria. Please contact the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University for complete screening information if you are interested in this clinical trial.
Kumthekar, PriyaKumthekar, Priya
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NCT02796261 STU00203957
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NU 16C01: A Phase 0 first-in-human study using NU-0129: a spherical nucleic acid (SNA) gold nanoparticle targeting BCL2L12 in recurrent glioblastoma multiforme or gliosarcoma patients
Purpose The purpose of this research study is to evaluate the safety of NU-0129 SNA gold nanoparticle infusion in …
Purpose The purpose of this research study is to evaluate the safety of NU-0129 SNA gold nanoparticle infusion in patients with recurrent glioblastoma multiforme or gliosarcoma Overview This is a first-in-human trial to determine the safety of NU-0129. The study drug is composed of a small gold nanoparticle that has spherical nucleic acid attached to it. This small particle allows NU-0129 to cross the blood brain barrier (a filtering mechanism that carry blood to the brain). Once within the tumor, the nucleic acid component is able to target a gene called Bcl2L12 that is present in glioblastoma multiforme, and is associated with tumor growth. This gene prevents tumor cells from apoptosis, which is the process of programmed cell death, thus promoting tumor growth. Researchers think that targeting the Bcl2L12 gene with NU-0129 will help stop cancer cells from growing. Description of Treatment All study participants will receive the same study drug, NU-0129, given through vein one time over 20 minutes as an inpatient. Within two days of getting this drug, participants will have a tumor resection surgery, recommended by their doctor. The study team will continue to watch for any side effects for at least 4 weeks with clinic visits and lab tests done each week. The study team will also continue to check how the subjects are doing with a clinic visit at least every 3 months for up to 2 years or until their disease comes back.
Some of the eligibility criteria include:

- Patients should have a diagnosis of recurrent glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) or gliosarcoma (GS) after failing prior therapy.
- Eligible patients must be surgical candidates where surgery is felt to be an appropriate treatment option.
- Patients must be 18 or older.

Note: This is only a partial list of eligibility criteria. Please contact the Lurie Cancer Center for complete screening information if you are interested in this clinical trial.
Kumthekar, PriyaKumthekar, Priya
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NCT03020017 STU00203790
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A PHASE I STUDY OF NEURAL STEM CELL BASED VIROTHERAPY IN COMBINATION WITH STANDARD RADIATION AND CHEMOTHERAPY FOR MALIGNANT GLIOMA
Malignant gliomas have a very poor prognosis with median survival measured in months rather than years. It is a disease in great need of novel therapeutic approaches. Bas…
Malignant gliomas have a very poor prognosis with median survival measured in months rather than years. It is a disease in great need of novel therapeutic approaches. Based on the encouraging results of our preclinical studies which demonstrate improved efficacy without added toxicity, the paradigm of delivering a novel oncolytic adenovirus via a neural stem cell line in combination with radiation and chemotherapy is well-suited for evaluation in newly diganosed malignant gliomas. The standard-of-care allows application of virotherapy as neoadjuvant therapy and assessment of the cooperative effects with radiation/chemotherapy without altering the standard treatment.
Inclusion Criteria:
•Patients must have presumed malignant glioma based on clinical and radiologic evaluation (pathologic confirmation of malignant glioma must be made at the time of stereotactic biopsy or resection prior to NSC-CRAd-S-pk7 injection; if this is not possible, the injection will not be performed and the subject will no longer be eligible for the study).
•Tumor must be accessible for injection and must not be located in the brainstem, or contained within the ventricular system.
•Planning to undergo standard radiation/chemotherapy
•18 years of age or older.
•Performance status must be KPS ≥ 70
•SGOT (AST) < 3x upper limit of normal
•Serum creatinine < 2mg/dl
•Platelets > 100,000/mm3 and WBC > 3000/mm3

Exclusion Criteria:
•Prior or ongoing liver disease including known cirrhosis, hepatitis B or C infection but not to exclude patients with a distant history of resolved hepatitis A infection.
•Immunosuppressive drugs (with exception of corticosteroid).
•Known HIV+ patients.
•Acute infections (viral, bacterial or fungal infections requiring therapy).
•Pregnant or breast-feeding patients.
•Evidence of metastatic disease or other malignancy (except squamous or basal cell skin cancers).
•Prior radiation therapy to the brain or prior treatment for brain tumor Other serious co-morbid illness or compromised organ function
Lesniak, MaciejLesniak, Maciej
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NCT03072134 STU00203933
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DRUG 2401BT-002P: A Phase II, Multi-center, Open-label Study of a Conditionally Replicative Adenovirus (DNX-2401) with Pembrolizumab (KEYTRUDA®) for Recurrent Glioblastoma or Gliosarcoma

In this study, there are two study drugs: DNX-2401 and pembrolizumab. The study drug (DNX-2401), when injected…

In this study, there are two study drugs: DNX-2401 and pembrolizumab. The study drug (DNX-2401), when injected into a brain tumor, may shrink or slow the growth of the tumor. The addition of the study drug intravenous (IV) pembrolizumab may also shrink or slow the growth of the tumor and could allow DNX-2401 to work better inside the tumor. They will both act against cancer in ways that involve the body's immune defense system. 

The purpose of this research study is to:

  • find out how much DNX-2401 is best to give once into the brain tumor when followed by intravenous (IV) pembrolizumab infusions;
  • learn whether or not the study drug (DNX-2401) followed by IV pembrolizumab will shrink brain tumors compared to their present size as assessed by regular MRI (magnetic resonance imaging);
  • find out whether DNX-2401 given into the brain tumor followed by IV pembrolizumab infusions every 3 weeks will change the way the virus DNX-2401 behaves in the brain tumor cells as it is attacking the tumor;
  • find out what effects DNX-2401 and pembrolizumab, used together, have on general health over time by testing urine and blood.

This is an investigational study. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has allowed DNX2401 to be used for research purposes only, so it is considered experimental. Pembrolizumab (KEYTRUDA®) is approved for other types of cancer but it has not been approved for use in people with brain cancer, and is considered experimental when used as it is used in this study. Using them together in the same study is a new experimental approach. It is not possible to predict whether the anticancer effects will be stronger when these two experimental study drugs are used together.

You may be eligible for this research study if youhave a malignant brain tumor called glioblastoma or gliosarcoma that is recurrent, or has comeback following initial surgery and treatment. 

Kumthekar, PriyaKumthekar, Priya
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NCT02798406 STU00204494
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