Current Research Studies

Cancer - ARST1431: Combination Chemotherapy With or Without Temsirolimus in Treating Patients with Intermediate Risk Rhabdomyosarcoma

Condition or Therapy:

Rhabdomyosarcoma, Combination Chemotherapy

Category:

Cancer and Blood Disorders
Study Number: ARST1431

What is the goal of this study?

This randomized phase III trial studies how well combination chemotherapy works compared to combination chemotherapy plus temsirolimus in treating patients with rhabdomyosarcoma (cancer that forms in the soft tissues, such as muscle), and has an intermediate chance of coming back after treatment (intermediate risk). Drugs used in chemotherapy work in different ways to stop the growth of tumor cells, either by killing the cells, by stopping them from dividing, or by stopping them from spreading. Combination chemotherapy and temsirolimus may stop the growth of tumor cells by blocking some of the enzymes needed for cell growth. It is not yet known whether combination chemotherapy or combination chemotherapy plus temsirolimus is more effective in treating patients with intermediate-risk rhabdomyosarcoma.

Who can join the study?

This study may be a good fit for children and young adults who:

  • Up to 40 years old at the time of enrollment
  • Are newly diagnosed with RMS of any subtype, except adult-type pleomorphic, based upon institutional histopathologic classification, are eligible to enroll on the study based upon stage, group, and age, as below:
    • RMS types included under embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma (ERMS) include those classified in the 1995 International Classification of Rhabdomyosarcoma (ICR) as ERMS (classic, spindle cell, and botryoid variants), which are reclassified in the 2013 World Health Organization (WHO) classification as ERMS (classic, dense and botryoid variants) and spindle cell/sclerosing RMS (encompassing the historical spindle cell ERMS variant and the newly recognized sclerosing RMS variant); classification of alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma (ARMS) in the 2013 WHO classification is the same as in the ICR and includes classic and solid variants

What will happen if my child takes part in this study?

You can read more about this study on clinicaltrials.gov.

Who can I contact for more information?

To learn more, call 206-987-2106 or email the study coordinator.


Study Location(s):

Seattle Children's Main Hospital Campus

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Doug Hawkins
Research Center: Center for Clinical and Translational Research