Regimen is considered appropriate as part of the standard care of patients; meaningfully improves outcomes (survival, quality of life), tolerability or costs compared to alternatives (recommended by the Disease Site Team and national consensus body e.g. pan-Canadian Oncology Drug Review, pCODR). Recommendation is based on an appropriately conducted phase III clinical trial relevant to the Canadian context OR (where phase III trials are not feasible) an appropriately sized phase II trial. Regimens where one or more drugs are not approved by Health Canada for any indication will be identified under Rationale and Use.
For the treatment of in-transit metastases from melanoma in patients who have failed or are not candidates for surgery or other treatments.
This recommendation is based on phase II studies that showed improvements in complete response; an overall survival benefit has not be demonstrated.
The amount injected depends on the number and size of in-transit metastases. Doses should not exceed 1 vial (22 million IU) per cycle.
|aldesleukin||up to 22 million IU||Intralesional|
REPEAT EVERY 7 TO 14 DAYS
Curative: For a total of 8 cycles
Palliative: Until disease progression or lesion regression
Other Supportive Care:
Also refer to CCO Antiemetic Recommendations.
Doses should be modified according to the protocol by which the patient is being treated.
Dosage with toxicity
Aldesleukin is generally well-tolerated. In one study, the drug was discontinued if lesions were enlarging despite injection or if there was no visible response by the fourth injection (Boyd et al. 2011).
Do not start treatment if serum creatinine > 130 µmol/L.
Refer to aldesleukin drug monograph(s) for additional details of adverse effects
|Most Common Side Effects||
Less Common Side Effects, but may be
Refer to aldesleukin drug monograph(s) for additional details
Glucocorticoids may reduce the anti-tumour effect of aldesleukin.
Refer to aldesleukin drug monograph(s) for additional details
- Reconstitute vial with 1.2 mL of SWFI and swirl gently to mix. DO NOT shake.
- Dilute with D5W to desired concentration.
- Withdraw into syringes for intralesional administration per local protocol.
- Store reconstituted drug between 2 to 8oC for up to 48 hours. DO NOT freeze.
- hypersensitivity to aldesleukin, interleukin-2, or any other components of the product
Treating physicians may decide to monitor more or less frequently for individual patients but should always consider recommendations from the product monograph.
Recommended Clinical Monitoring
- CBC; baseline and as clinically indicated
- CT scan of brain to exclude CNS metastases; baseline
- Electrolytes; baseline and as clinically indicated
- Liver and renal function tests; baseline and as clinically indicated
- Clinical toxicity assessment for flu-like symptoms, injection site reactions, hypersensitivity; at each visit
Grade toxicity using the current NCI-CTCAE (Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events) version
Aldesleukin drug monograph, Cancer Care Ontario.
Boyd KU, Wehrli BM, Temple CL. Intra-lesional interleukin-2 for the treatment of in-transit melanoma. J Surg Oncol. 2011 Dec;104(7):711-7.
Hassan S, Petrella TM, Zhang T, et al. Pathologic complete response to intralesional interleukin-2 therapy associated with improved survival in melanoma patients with in-transit disease. Ann Surg Oncol 2015;22(6):1950-8.
pCODR Expert review committee final recommendation. Aldesleukin for in-transit melanoma. May 2015.
Weide B, Derhovanessian E, Pflugfelder A, et al. High response rate after intratumoral treatment with interleukin-2: results from a phase 2 study in 51 patients with metastasized melanoma. Cancer. 2010 Sep 1;116(17):4139-46.
May 2019 Updated emetic risk category
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