Patricia A Fintak

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PURPOSE The primary objectives of this phase I/II study were to evaluate the safety and immunogenicity of combination therapy consisting of concurrent trastuzumab and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)/neu-specific vaccination in patients with HER2/neu-overexpressing metastatic breast cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS Twenty-two patients with(More)
We questioned whether the incidence or magnitude of the humoral or cellular immune response to the self-tumor antigen HER-2/neu is influenced by the level of HER-2/neu protein overexpression as defined by immunohistochemical staining of tumors in breast cancer patients. We obtained peripheral blood from 104 women with stage II, III, and IV pathologically(More)
This phase I study evaluated the feasibility of expanding HER-2/neu (HER2) vaccine-primed peripheral blood T-cells ex vivo and assessed the safety of T-cell infusions. Eight patients with HER2(+) treatment refractory metastatic cancers were enrolled. T-cells could be expanded to predefined parameters in seven patients (88%). Ninety-two percent of adverse(More)
2528 Background: HER2 is a tumor antigen in breast and ovarian cancer. Vaccines targeting both Class I and II epitopes of HER2 can elicit long-lived cellular immunity. Trastuzumab increases the activity of HER2-specific T cells in vitro. This study examines the safety and immunogenicity of a HER2 peptide vaccine given with trastuzumab to augment(More)
Cancer vaccines may have the most potential for clinical impact when used in the adjuvant setting when tumor burden is at its lowest. Application of cancer vaccines in the adjuvant setting, however, requires integration of immunization with more standard cytotoxic or cytostatic therapies. Common adjuvant therapies for breast cancer patients, i.e.(More)
5020 Background: Ovarian cancer patients who mount an anti-tumor immune response enjoy a prolonged survival, suggesting that augmenting anti-tumor immunity may be therapeutic. We hypothesized that weekly nab paclitaxel (nabP) followed by the immune stimulant, GM-CSF may enhance anti tumor immunity and prolong time to progression (TTP). METHODS Eligible(More)
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