Cancer and Leukemia Group B 90206: A randomized phase III trial of interferon-alpha or interferon-alpha plus anti-vascular endothelial growth factor antibody (bevacizumab) in metastatic renal cell carcinoma.


Journal Article

The majority of sporadic clear cell renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is characterized by loss of heterozygosity of the von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) tumor suppressor gene and somatic inactivation of the remaining VHL allele. The resulting VHL gene silencing leads to induction of hypoxia-regulated genes including vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). Thus, therapeutic inhibition of VEGF holds promise for treatment of this historically refractory malignancy. An antibody to VEGF (bevacizumab, Avastin) has demonstrated a significant prolongation of time to disease progression compared with placebo in patients with metastatic RCC. Interferon-alpha (IFN-alpha) is a standard initial cytokine therapy in RCC with a modest response rate and a survival advantage demonstrated in randomized trials. We hypothesized that the addition of anti-VEGF therapy to IFN-alpha would prolong survival in untreated metastatic RCC patients. A Phase III trial is now being conducted randomizing untreated, metastatic clear cell RCC patients to IFN-alpha alone or IFN-alpha plus Avastin.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Rini, BI; Halabi, S; Taylor, J; Small, EJ; Schilsky, RL; Cancer and Leukemia Group B,

Published Date

  • April 15, 2004

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 10 / 8

Start / End Page

  • 2584 - 2586

PubMed ID

  • 15102658

Pubmed Central ID

  • 15102658

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1078-0432

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1158/1078-0432.ccr-03-0605


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States