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Combination Chemotherapy in Treating Patients With Lymphoma

Information source: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
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Condition(s) targeted: Lymphoma

Intervention: Bleomycin Sulfate (BLM) (Biological); Filgrastim (G-CSF) (Biological); Recombinant Interferon Alfa (Biological); Carmustine (Drug); Cisplatin (CDDP) (Drug); Cyclophosphamide (Drug); Cytarabine (ARA-C) (Drug); Etoposide (VP-16) (Drug); Idarubicin (Drug); Ifosfamide (Drug); Leucovorin Calcium (Drug); Melphalan (Drug); Methotrexate (Drug); Methylprednisolone (Drug); mitoxantrone hydrochloride (DHAD) (Drug); Vincristine Sulfate (Drug); Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Transplantation (Procedure); Radiation Therapy (Radiation)

Phase: Phase 3

Status: Completed

Sponsored by: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
Richard E. Champlin, MD, Study Chair, Affiliation: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center


RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop cancer cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. Combining chemotherapy with peripheral stem cell transplantation may allow the doctor to give higher doses of chemotherapy drugs and kill more cancer cells. PURPOSE: Randomized phase III trial to compare the effectiveness of two regimens of combination chemotherapy in treating patients who have intermediate-grade or immunoblastic lymphoma.

Clinical Details

Official title: A Randomized Prospective Study of Early Intensification Versus Alternating Triple Therapy for Patients With Poor Prognosis Lymphoma

Study design: Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment

Primary outcome: Efficacy of Early Intensification vs. Alternating Triple Chemotherapy

Detailed description: OBJECTIVES:

- Compare the efficacy of early intensification vs alternating triple chemotherapy in

patients with intermediate-grade or immunoblastic lymphoma with poor prognostic features.

- Compare, in a prospective manner, the cost/benefit ratio of these regimens in these


- Determine the value of monitoring minimal residual disease detection via in vitro

culture methods and polymerase chain reaction analysis of peripheral stem cell apheresis products and by longitudinal monitoring of blood and bone marrow samples in these patients treated with these regimens. OUTLINE: This is a randomized study. Patients are stratified according to tumor score (3 or 4 vs 5 or 6). During the first course of induction, patients receive IDSHAP comprising idarubicin (IDA) and cisplatin IV continuously on days 1-4, cytarabine (ARA-C) IV over 2 hours on day 5, and methylprednisolone (MePRDL) IV over 15 minutes on days 1-5. During the second course of induction, patients receive MBIDCOS comprising vincristine, bleomycin, and cyclophosphamide IV over 15 minutes on day 1, IDA IV continuously and MePRDL IV over 15 minutes on days 1-3, methotrexate (MTX) IV over 2 hours on day 10, and oral leucovorin calcium every 6 hours on days 11 and 12. Each course lasts 3 weeks in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. Patients with stable or responding disease after induction are randomized to 1 of 2 treatment arms. Arm I

- Patients receive the following 3 courses of early intensification.

- First course: Patients receive ifosfamide (IFF) IV continuously and etoposide

(VP-16) IV over 2 hours every 12 hours on days 1-3. Filgrastim (G-CSF) is administered subcutaneously (SC) beginning on day 5 and continuing until blood counts recover and then autologous peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC) are harvested, selected for CD34 positive cells, and purged in vitro. If more than 5% of the WBC contains lymphoma cells after induction, then 2 courses of IFF and VP-16 are administered before PBSC harvest.

- Second course: Patients receive IFF IV continuously on days 1-3, mitoxantrone

(DHAD) IV on day 1, and G-CSF SC as in the first course.

- Third course: Patients receive carmustine IV over 1 hour on day -6, ARA-C and

VP-16 IV every 12 hours on days - 5 to -2, and melphalan IV on day -1. PBSC are

reinfused on day 0. G-CSF is administered SC beginning on day 0 and continuing until blood counts recover. Each course lasts 3 weeks in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. Arm II

- Patients receive IDSHAP during courses 2 and 5, MBIDCOS during courses 3 and 6, and IFF

and VP-16 IV over 1 hour on days 1-3 and DHAD IV over 15 minutes on day 1 during courses 1, 4, and 7. Each course lasts 4 weeks in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. Patients with residual disease after completion of arm I or II treatment undergo radiotherapy to areas of bulk disease if feasible. Patients on both arms with meningeal involvement receive ARA-C intrathecally (IT) alternated with MTX every other day until 1 week after clearing of CNS disease and then 2 IT injections during every course of chemotherapy thereafter. Patients with divergent histology who achieve complete response after completion of arm I or II treatment receive interferon alfa 3 times a week for 1 year. Patients are followed at 1 month, every 3 months for 1 year, every 6 months for 1 year, and then annually for 2 years. PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A maximum of 136 patients will be accrued for this study within 4 years.


Minimum age: 15 Years. Maximum age: 59 Years. Gender(s): Both.



- Diagnosis of previously untreated intermediate-grade or immunoblastic lymphoma

- Tumor score of 3 or greater, defined by the presence of 3 or more of the

following criteria :

- Ann Arbor stage III or IV disease

- B symptoms (fever, sweats, and weight loss greater than 10%)

- At least 1 tumor mass greater than 7 cm or mediastinal mass visible on

plain chest x-ray

- Beta-2 microglobulin at least 3. 0

- Lactic dehydrogenase at least 1. 1 times the upper limit of normal

- T- and B-cell lymphomas allowed if intermediate grade or immunoblastic

- Divergent histologies, including bone marrow involvement, allowed

- CNS involvement allowed NOTE: A new classification scheme for adult non-Hodgkin's

lymphoma has been adopted by PDQ. The terminology of "indolent" or "aggressive" lymphoma will replace the former terminology of "low", "intermediate", or "high" grade lymphoma. However, this protocol uses the former terminology. PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age:

- 15 to 59

Performance status:

- Not specified

Life expectancy:

- Not specified


- Not specified


- Bilirubin less than 2. 0 mg/dL (unless elevation due to lymphoma)


- Creatinine no greater than 1. 5 mg/dL (unless elevation due to lymphoma)


- LVEF greater than 50% by echocardiogram if over age 45

- No congestive heart failure, angina, history of myocardial infarction, or arrhythmia

unless cleared by principal investigator after cardiology consultation Pulmonary:

- No history of chronic obstructive or restrictive lung disease

- Pulmonary consultation required for smokers or patients with questionable lung

function Other:

- HIV negative

- Not pregnant or nursing

- Fertile patients must use effective contraception

- No prior malignancy with poor prognosis (less than 90% probability of surviving for 5


- No geographic, economic, emotional, or social condition that would preclude study


- No prior biologic therapy


- No prior chemotherapy

Endocrine therapy

- No prior endocrine therapy


- No prior radiotherapy


- Not specified

Locations and Contacts

University of Texas - MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas 77030-4009, United States
Additional Information

Clinical trial summary from the National Cancer Institute's PDQ® database

UT MD Anderson Cancer Center Website

Starting date: July 1995
Last updated: July 27, 2012

Page last updated: August 20, 2015

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