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Articles by Donald M. Miller
Based on 4 articles published since 2010
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Between 2010 and 2020, Donald M. Miller wrote the following 4 articles about Melanoma.
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1 Clinical Trial Phase II trial of the regulatory T cell-depleting agent, denileukin diftitox, in patients with unresectable stage IV melanoma. 2011

Telang, Sucheta / Rasku, Mary Ann / Clem, Amy L / Carter, Karen / Klarer, Alden C / Badger, Wesley R / Milam, Rebecca A / Rai, Shesh N / Pan, Jianmin / Gragg, Hana / Clem, Brian F / McMasters, Kelly M / Miller, Donald M / Chesney, Jason. ·Molecular Targets Program, James Graham Brown Cancer Center, University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, KY, USA. ·BMC Cancer · Pubmed #22165955.

ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: We previously found that administration of an interleukin 2/diphtheria toxin conjugate (DAB/IL2; Denileukin Diftitox; ONTAK) to stage IV melanoma patients depleted CD4(+)CD25(HI)Foxp3(+) regulatory T cells and expanded melanoma-specific CD8(+) T cells. The goal of this study was to assess the clinical efficacy of DAB/IL2 in an expanded cohort of stage IV melanoma patients. METHODS: In a single-center, phase II trial, DAB/IL2 (12 μg/kg; 4 daily doses; 21 day cycles) was administered to 60 unresectable stage IV melanoma patients and response rates were assessed using a combination of 2-[(18)F]-fluoro-2-deoxy-glucose (FDG)-positron emission tomography (PET) and computed tomography (CT) imaging. RESULTS: After DAB/IL2 administration, 16.7% of the 60 patients had partial responses, 5% stable disease and 15% mixed responses. Importantly, 45.5% of the chemo/immuno-naïve sub-population (11/60 patients) experienced partial responses. One year survival was markedly higher in partial responders (80 ± 11.9%) relative to patients with progressive disease (23.7 ± 6.5%; p value < 0.001) and 40 ± 6.2% of the total DAB/IL2-treated population were alive at 1 year. CONCLUSIONS: These data support the development of multi-center, randomized trials of DAB/IL2 as a monotherapy and in combination with other immunotherapeutic agents for the treatment of stage IV melanoma. TRIAL REGISTRATION: NCT00299689.

2 Clinical Trial gp100 peptide vaccine and interleukin-2 in patients with advanced melanoma. 2011

Schwartzentruber, Douglas J / Lawson, David H / Richards, Jon M / Conry, Robert M / Miller, Donald M / Treisman, Jonathan / Gailani, Fawaz / Riley, Lee / Conlon, Kevin / Pockaj, Barbara / Kendra, Kari L / White, Richard L / Gonzalez, Rene / Kuzel, Timothy M / Curti, Brendan / Leming, Phillip D / Whitman, Eric D / Balkissoon, Jai / Reintgen, Douglas S / Kaufman, Howard / Marincola, Francesco M / Merino, Maria J / Rosenberg, Steven A / Choyke, Peter / Vena, Don / Hwu, Patrick. ·Indiana University Health Goshen Center for Cancer Care, Goshen, IN 46526, USA. dschwart@iuhealth.org ·N Engl J Med · Pubmed #21631324.

ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Stimulating an immune response against cancer with the use of vaccines remains a challenge. We hypothesized that combining a melanoma vaccine with interleukin-2, an immune activating agent, could improve outcomes. In a previous phase 2 study, patients with metastatic melanoma receiving high-dose interleukin-2 plus the gp100:209-217(210M) peptide vaccine had a higher rate of response than the rate that is expected among patients who are treated with interleukin-2 alone. METHODS: We conducted a randomized, phase 3 trial involving 185 patients at 21 centers. Eligibility criteria included stage IV or locally advanced stage III cutaneous melanoma, expression of HLA*A0201, an absence of brain metastases, and suitability for high-dose interleukin-2 therapy. Patients were randomly assigned to receive interleukin-2 alone (720,000 IU per kilogram of body weight per dose) or gp100:209-217(210M) plus incomplete Freund's adjuvant (Montanide ISA-51) once per cycle, followed by interleukin-2. The primary end point was clinical response. Secondary end points included toxic effects and progression-free survival. RESULTS: The treatment groups were well balanced with respect to baseline characteristics and received a similar amount of interleukin-2 per cycle. The toxic effects were consistent with those expected with interleukin-2 therapy. The vaccine-interleukin-2 group, as compared with the interleukin-2-only group, had a significant improvement in centrally verified overall clinical response (16% vs. 6%, P=0.03), as well as longer progression-free survival (2.2 months; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.7 to 3.9 vs. 1.6 months; 95% CI, 1.5 to 1.8; P=0.008). The median overall survival was also longer in the vaccine-interleukin-2 group than in the interleukin-2-only group (17.8 months; 95% CI, 11.9 to 25.8 vs. 11.1 months; 95% CI, 8.7 to 16.3; P=0.06). CONCLUSIONS: In patients with advanced melanoma, the response rate was higher and progression-free survival longer with vaccine and interleukin-2 than with interleukin-2 alone. (Funded by the National Cancer Institute and others; ClinicalTrials.gov number, NCT00019682.).

3 Article 5-(3,3-Dimethyle-1-Triazeno) Imidazole-4-Carboxamide and Interleukin-2 Adjuvant Therapy in Resected High-Risk Primary and Regionally Metastatic Melanoma. 2019

Gill, Amitoj / Gosain, Rahul / Gragg, Hana / Bycroft, Ryan / Rai, Shesh N / Pan, Jianmin / Chesney, Jason A / Miller, Donald M. ·University of Louisville, Department of Medicine, Division of Medical Oncology/Hematology, Louisville, Kentucky; James Graham Brown Cancer Center, Louisville, Kentucky. · University of Louisville, Department of Medicine, Division of Medical Oncology/Hematology, Louisville, Kentucky; Guthrie Corning Cancer Center, Corning, New York. · University of Louisville, Department of Medicine, Division of Medical Oncology/Hematology, Louisville, Kentucky; Harvard University-Brigham and Women's Hospital, Center of Excellence in Translational Research, Boston, Massachusetts. · James Graham Brown Cancer Center, Louisville, Kentucky. · University of Louisville, Department of Medicine, Division of Medical Oncology/Hematology, Louisville, Kentucky; University of Louisville, School of Public Health and Information Sciences, Louisville, Kentucky. · University of Louisville, Department of Medicine, Division of Medical Oncology/Hematology, Louisville, Kentucky; James Graham Brown Cancer Center, Louisville, Kentucky. Electronic address: donaldmi@ulh.org. ·Am J Med Sci · Pubmed #30611319.

ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: In the precheckpoint inhibitor era, high-dose interferon was the only approved adjuvant therapy for high-risk melanoma. In this manuscript, we analyze the recurrence-free survival, overall survival and toxicity profile of adjuvant treatment with interleukin-2 (IL-2) and 5-(3,3-dimethyle-1-triazeno) imidazole-4-carboxamide (DTIC) for resected high-risk melanoma patients. METHODS: All patients with stage IIB, IIC or stage III melanoma who were treated with DTIC/IL-2 combination therapy at a single institution from 2000 to 2010 were identified from the University of Louisville Hospital medical record. Patients received 6 months of subcutaneous IL-2 (12 × 10 RESULTS: Of the 112 patients treated, all underwent surgical resection and then received adjuvant treatment. A total of 58.7% of the patients were male, 42.2% female; 99% were Caucasian. A total of 79 (72.5%) of the patients were alive at the time of analysis and 57 (47.7%) patients were currently event free. A total of 69 (63.3%) patients completed all 6 months of adjuvant combination treatment with 13.8% of the patients requiring IL-2 and 21.1% of the patients requiring DTIC dose reduction. Five year overall survival was 75.57% with recurrence-free survival of 53.05%. CONCLUSIONS: For several decades, there has not been an ideal adjuvant treatment for patients with resected high risk melanoma. Our retrospective analysis suggests that combination therapy with DTIC/IL-2 is beneficial and relatively well tolerated as an alternative adjuvant treatment for patients with high-risk melanoma.

4 Article Pembrolizumab for Recurrent Conjunctival Melanoma. 2017

Kini, Ashwini / Fu, Roxana / Compton, Christopher / Miller, Donald M / Ramasubramanian, Aparna. ·University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky. ·JAMA Ophthalmol · Pubmed #28715523.

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