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Dose Escalation Study of Gleevec and Chlorambucil in Previously Treated Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Patients

Information source: Jewish General Hospital
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Condition(s) targeted: Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

Intervention: Gleevec and Chlorambucil (Drug)

Phase: Phase 1/Phase 2

Status: Terminated

Sponsored by: Jewish General Hospital

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
Sarit Assouline, MD, Principal Investigator, Affiliation: Jewish General Hospital
Lawrence Panasci, MD, Study Director, Affiliation: Jewish General Hospital


The purpose of this study is to determine maximum tolerated dose of Gleevec in combination with Chlorambucil in previously treated CLL patients.

Clinical Details

Official title: A Phase I-II Trial of Gleevec (Imatinib Mesylate) in Combination With Chlorambucil in Previously Treated Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) Patients

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

Primary outcome: Measure number of patients at maximum tolerated dose of Gleevec in combination with chlorambucil

Secondary outcome:

Report adverse events as a measure of safety

Report response to treatment as a measure of efficacy

Report level of gleevec concentration at different doses as a measure of pharmacokinetics

Detailed description: A recent study by Aloyz et al demonstrated a synergistic effect of imatinib on chlorambucil-mediated cytotoxicity in CLL cells in vitro. Imatinib inhibits c-abl and sensitizes cells to chlorambucil. The Phase I component of the study will determine the maximum tolerated dose and recommended Phase II dose of Gleevec when used in combination with chlorambucil. Once the maximum tolerated dose has been determined, a total of 16 patients will be enrolled in the Phase II component of the study. This study will determine the dose limiting toxicities, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of Gleevec in combination with chlorambucil.


Minimum age: 18 Years. Maximum age: N/A. Gender(s): Both.


Inclusion Criteria:

- B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia (a) Rai stage 0-II with indication for treatment

by NCI Working Group Criteria: or (b) Rai stage III or IV.

- Received a minimum of one prior chemotherapy regimen. Prior treatment with

corticosteroids, immunotherapies, monoclonal antibodies or radiation therapy is permitted.

- White blood cell count > 25 x 10^9/L

- ECOG 0, 1,or 2.

- Adequate renal and hepatic function

- Platelets > 75 x 10^9/L, transfusion independent.

- Neutrophils > 1. 0 x 10^9/L, transfusion independent

Exclusion Criteria:

- Documented prolymphocytic leukemia (PLL; prolymphocytes, 55% in blood)

- Active cardiovascular disease as defined by NYHA class III-IV categorization.

- Intercurrent illness or medical condition precluding safe administration of


- Concurrent use of chronic steroids, except as replacement therapy for adrenal


- Known infection with HIV, Hepatitis B or C.

- Concurrent malignancy (other than resected basal or squamous cell skin cancers or

in-situ carcinoma).

- Received any previous therapy for CLL within 28 days prior to study entry.

Locations and Contacts

Charles Lemoyne Hospital, Greenfield Park, Quebec J4V 2H1, Canada

Jewish General Hospital, Montreal, Quebec H4T 1E2, Canada

Additional Information

Related publications:

Aloyz R, Grzywacz K, Xu ZY, Loignon M, Alaoui-Jamali MA, Panasci L. Imatinib sensitizes CLL lymphocytes to chlorambucil. Leukemia. 2004 Mar;18(3):409-14.

Starting date: October 2005
Last updated: April 14, 2010

Page last updated: August 23, 2015

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