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Combination Chemotherapy in Treating Children With Newly Diagnosed Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

Information source: Children's Oncology Group
ClinicalTrials.gov processed this data on August 23, 2015
Link to the current ClinicalTrials.gov record.

Condition(s) targeted: Leukemia

Intervention: cyclophosphamide (Drug); cytarabine (Drug); daunorubicin hydrochloride (Drug); dexamethasone (Drug); leucovorin calcium (Drug); mercaptopurine (Drug); methotrexate (Drug); pegaspargase (Drug); thioguanine (Drug); vincristine sulfate (Drug)

Phase: Phase 3

Status: Active, not recruiting

Sponsored by: Children's Oncology Group

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
Naomi J. Winick, MD, Study Chair, Affiliation: Simmons Cancer Center


RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop cancer cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. Combining more than one drug may kill more cancer cells. It is not yet known which regimen of chemotherapy is more effective for acute lymphoblastic leukemia. PURPOSE: This randomized phase III trial is comparing four regimens of combination chemotherapy to see how well they work in treating children with newly diagnosed acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Clinical Details

Official title: ALinC 17: Protocol for Patients With Newly Diagnosed Standard Risk Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL): A Phase III Study

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

Primary outcome: Improvement in outcome in children receiving multidrug delayed-intensification therapy

Secondary outcome:

Event-free survival, minimal residual disease, and early response

Occurrence of anticipated failures

Total grade 3+ central nervous system (CNS) toxicity rates based on the National Cancer Institute Common Toxicity Criteria (NCI CTC) v2.0

Detailed description: OBJECTIVES:

- Determine if multidrug delayed-intensification therapy improves outcome in children

with newly diagnosed standard-risk acute lymphocytic leukemia.

- Compare the efficacy and toxicity of methotrexate administered over 4 hours vs

methotrexate administered over 24 hours in this patient population.

- Determine the correlation between event-free survival, minimal residual disease, and

early response in this patient population treated with this multiple drug regimen. OUTLINE: This is a randomized, multicenter study.

- Induction (weeks 1-4): Patients receive induction therapy on POG 9900.

- Consolidation (weeks 5-32): Patients are randomized to one of four treatment arms.

Patients with t(1;19) are randomized to either arm III or arm IV.

- Arm I (weeks 5-24): Patients receive IT methotrexate (MTX) on day 1 followed by

MTX IV over 20 minutes followed by MTX continuously over 23. 6 hours on weeks 7, 10, 13, 16,19, and 22. At 42 hours after the beginning of the MTX infusion, patients receive oral leucovorin calcium every 6 hours for a total of 3 doses. Patients also receive oral mercaptopurine daily beginning on week 5 and continuing until the completion of consolidation therapy; oral dexamethasone twice daily on days 1-7 of weeks 8 and 17; and vincristine IV on day 1 of weeks 8, 9, 17, and 18.

- Arm II (weeks 5-24): Patients receive MTX IV over 4 hours on weeks 7, 10, 13, 16,

19, and 22. At 42 hours after the beginning of the MTX infusion, patients receive oral leucovorin calcium as in arm I. Patients also receive mercaptopurine, dexamethasone, vincristine, and IT MTX as in arm I.

- Arm III (weeks 5-32): Patients receive MTX IV as in arm I on weeks 7, 10, 13, 24,

27, and 30; leucovorin calcium as in arm I; pegaspargase IM on day 2, 3, OR 4 of week 16; and oral mercaptopurine daily on weeks 5-13, and from week 24 until the completion of consolidation therapy. Patients also receive IT MTX as in arm I on weeks 7, 10, 13, 16, 20, 21, and 30; oral dexamethasone twice daily on weeks 8, 16-18, and 28 for a total of 35 days; vincristine IV on day 1 of weeks 8, 9, 16, 17, 18, 28, and 29; daunorubicin IV on day 1 of weeks 16-18; cyclophosphamide IV over 30 minutes on day 1 of week 20; cytarabine IV or subcutaneously daily on days 2-5 of weeks 20 and 21; and oral thioguanine daily on weeks 20-21.

- Arm IV (weeks 5-32): Patients receive MTX IV as in arm II on weeks 7, 10, 13, 24,

27, and 30; leucovorin calcium as in arm I; and pegaspargase, mercaptopurine, IT MTX, dexamethasone, vincristine, daunorubicin, cyclophosphamide, cytarabine, and thioguanine as in arm III.

- Intensive continuation (weeks 25-80): At weeks 25-72 for arms I and II, and at weeks

33-80 for arms III and IV, patients receive oral MTX every 6 hours for 4 doses on weeks 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11; oral mercaptopurine daily; oral leucovorin calcium every 12 hours for 2 doses beginning 48 hours after the start of MTX; IT MTX and vincristine IV on day 1 of week 12; and oral dexamethasone twice daily on days 1-7, beginning with the administration of vincristine. Treatment repeats every 12 weeks for 4 courses.

- Additional continuation (weeks 73-130): At weeks 73-130 for arms I and II, and at weeks

81-130 for arms III and IV, patients receive oral MTX weekly; oral mercaptopurine daily; vincristine IV on day 1 every 12 weeks; oral dexamethasone as during intensive continuation therapy; and IT MTX on day 1 every 12 weeks, beginning with the last week of the first course (in place of oral MTX). Patients are followed monthly for 1 year, every 2 months for 1 year, every 3 months for 1 year, every 6 months for 1 year, and then every 6-12 months for 1 year. PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 1,014 patients will be accrued for this study within 3. 22 years.


Minimum age: 1 Year. Maximum age: 21 Years. Gender(s): Both.



- Confirmed diagnosis of newly diagnosed B-precursor acute lymphocytic leukemia

- Standard risk (not low, high, or very high risk)

- Prior registration and treatment on POG 9900 Classification Study


- 1 to 21 at diagnosis

Performance status:

- Not specified

Life expectancy:

- Not specified


- Not specified


- Not specified


- Not specified


- Not pregnant or nursing

- Fertile patients must use effective contraception


- Not specified


- Not specified

Endocrine therapy

- Not specified


- Not specified


- Not specified

Locations and Contacts

University Medical Center Groningen, Groningen 9700 RB, Netherlands

San Jorge Children's Hospital, Santurce 00912, Puerto Rico

Swiss Pediatric Oncology Group Bern, Bern CH 3010, Switzerland

Swiss Pediatric Oncology Group Geneva, Geneva CH 1211, Switzerland

Comprehensive Cancer Center at University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama 35233, United States

University of South Alabama Cancer Research Institute, Mobile, Alabama 36604, United States

Alberta Children's Hospital, Calgary, Alberta T2T 5C7, Canada

Cross Cancer Institute, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 1Z2, Canada

Arizona Cancer Center at University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, Tucson, Arizona 85724, United States

Arkansas Cancer Research Center at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas 72205, United States

Rebecca and John Moores UCSD Cancer Center, La Jolla, California 92093-0658, United States

Stanford Cancer Center at Stanford University Medical Center, Palo Alto, California 94304-1812, United States

Sutter Cancer Center, Sacramento, California 95816, United States

University of California Davis Cancer Center, Sacramento, California 95817, United States

Children's Hospital and Health Center, San Diego, San Diego, California 92123-4282, United States

Kaiser Permanente Medical Center/Kaiser Foundation Hospital - San Diego, San Diego, California 92120, United States

Kaiser Permanente Medical Center - Santa Clara, Santa Clara, California 95051-5386, United States

Yale Comprehensive Cancer Center, New Haven, Connecticut 06520-8064, United States

Broward General Medical Center, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316, United States

Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida, Fort Myers, Florida 33908, United States

University of Florida Shands Cancer Center, Gainesville, Florida 32610-0296, United States

Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital at Memorial, Hollywood, Florida 33021, United States

Nemours Children's Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida 32207, United States

Baptist-South Miami Regional Cancer Program, Miami, Florida 33176-2197, United States

Miami Children's Hospital, Miami, Florida 33155, United States

University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Miami, Florida 30101, United States

Florida Hospital Cancer Institute, Orlando, Florida 32804, United States

Nemours Children's Clinic-Orlando, Orlando, Florida 32806, United States

Sacred Heart Children's Hospital, Pensacola, Florida 32504, United States

All Children's Hospital, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701, United States

St. Joseph's Children's Hospital, Tampa, Florida 33677-4227, United States

Kaplan Cancer Center at St. Mary's Medical Center, West Palm Beach, Florida 33407, United States

AFLAC Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Service of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta - Scottish Rite Campus, Atlanta, Georgia 30342, United States

MBCCOP-Medical College of Georgia Cancer Center, Augusta, Georgia 30912-4000, United States

Cancer Research Center of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813, United States

Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii 96859-5000, United States

Children's Memorial Hospital - Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 60614, United States

Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois 60612, United States

Advocate Hope Children's Hospital, Oak Lawn, Illinois 60453, United States

Saint Jude Midwest Affiliate, Peoria, Illinois 61637, United States

Kansas Masonic Cancer Research Institute at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas 66160-7357, United States

CCOP - Wichita, Wichita, Kansas 67214-3882, United States

Via Christi Cancer Center at Via Christi Regional Medical Center, Wichita, Kansas 67214, United States

Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, Kansas 67214, United States

Children's Hospital of New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana 70118, United States

MBCCOP - LSU Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, Louisiana 70112, United States

Ochsner Cancer Institute at Ochsner Clinic Foundation, New Orleans, Louisiana 70121, United States

Tulane Cancer Center at Tulane University Hospital and Clinic, New Orleans, Louisiana 70112, United States

Pediatric Specialty Clinic at Eastern Maine Medical Center, Bangor, Maine 04401, United States

Maine Children's Cancer Program, Scarborough, Maine 04074-9308, United States

Greenebaum Cancer Center at University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland 21201-1595, United States

Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, Maryland 21231-2410, United States

Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910, United States

Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center at Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, United States

Floating Hospital for Children, Boston, Massachusetts 02111, United States

Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, Boston, Massachusetts 02114-2696, United States

UMASS Memorial Cancer Center - University Campus, Worcester, Massachusetts 01655, United States

Children's Hospital of Michigan, Detroit, Michigan 48201, United States

Van Elslander Cancer Center at St. John Hospital and Medical Center, Detroit, Michigan 48236, United States

Hurley Medical Center, Flint, Michigan 48503, United States

University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, Mississippi 39216-4505, United States

Keesler Medical Center - Keesler Air Force Base, Keesler AFB, Mississippi 39534-2511, United States

University of Missouri - Columbia, Columbia, Missouri 65203, United States

Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital, Saint Louis, Missouri 63104, United States

St. Louis Children's Hospital, Saint Louis, Missouri 63110, United States

Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, New Hampshire 03756, United States

Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, New Jersey 07601, United States

University of New Mexico Cancer Research and Treatment Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131, United States

Children's Hospital at Westmead, Westmead, New South Wales 2145, Australia

Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, New York 14263-0001, United States

Schneider Children's Hospital, New Hyde Park, New York 11042, United States

Beth Israel Medical Center - Singer Division, New York, New York 10128, United States

Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, New York 10029, United States

James P. Wilmot Cancer Center at University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, New York 14642, United States

Long Island Cancer Center at Stony Brook University Hospital, Stony Brook, New York 11794, United States

SUNY Upstate Medical University Hospital, Syracuse, New York 13210, United States

Mission Hospitals - Memorial Campus, Asheville, North Carolina 28801, United States

Blumenthal Cancer Center at Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, North Carolina 28232-2861, United States

Presbyterian Cancer Center at Presbyterian Hospital, Charlotte, North Carolina 28233, United States

Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center, Durham, North Carolina 27710, United States

Leo W. Jenkins Cancer Center at Pitt County Memorial Hospital, Greenville, North Carolina 27858-4354, United States

Comprehensive Cancer Center at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27157-1081, United States

Oklahoma University Medical Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73104, United States

Natalie Warren Bryant Cancer Center at St. Francis Hospital, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74136, United States

McMaster Children's Hospital at Hamilton Health Sciences, Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4J9, Canada

Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Ottawa, Ontario K1H 8L1, Canada

Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1X8, Canada

CCOP - Columbia River Oncology Program, Portland, Oregon 97225, United States

Legacy Emanuel Hospital and Health Center & Children's Hospital, Portland, Oregon 97227, United States

St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19134-1095, United States

Hopital Sainte Justine, Montreal, Quebec H3T 1C5, Canada

Montreal Children's Hospital at McGill University Health Center, Montreal, Quebec H3G 1A4, Canada

Centre de Recherche du Centre Hospitalier de l'Universite Laval, Sainte Foy, Quebec GIV 4G2, Canada

Royal Children's Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland 4029, Australia

Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, Rhode Island 02903, United States

Hollings Cancer Center at Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina 29425-0721, United States

Children's Hospital of Greenville Hospital System, Greenville, South Carolina 29605, United States

East Tennessee State University Cancer Center at Johnson City Medical Center, Johnson City, Tennessee 37614-0622, United States

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee 38105, United States

Driscoll Children's Hospital, Corpus Christi, Texas 78466, United States

Medical City Dallas Hospital, Dallas, Texas 75230, United States

Simmons Cancer Center at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center - Dallas, Dallas, Texas 75390-9063, United States

Cook Children's Medical Center - Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Texas 76104, United States

University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas 77555-0209, United States

Texas Children's Cancer Center and Hematology Service at Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, Texas 77030-2399, United States

San Antonio Military Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas 78236, United States

MBCCOP - South Texas Pediatrics, San Antonio, Texas 78229-3900, United States

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas 78207, United States

CCOP - Scott and White Hospital, Temple, Texas 76508, United States

Center for Cancer Prevention and Care at Scott and White Clinic, Temple, Texas 76508, United States

Vermont Cancer Center at University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont 05401-3498, United States

Royal Children's Hospital, Parkville, Victoria 3052, Australia

Cancer Center at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia 22908, United States

INOVA Fairfax Hospital, Falls Church, Virginia 22042-3300, United States

Naval Medical Center - Portsmouth, Portsmouth, Virginia 23708-5100, United States

Massey Cancer Center at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia 23298-0212, United States

Carilion Medical Center for Children at Roanoke Community Hospital, Roanoke, Virginia 24029, United States

Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, Washington 98431-0001, United States

West Virginia University - Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center - Charleston Division, Charleston, West Virginia 25302, United States

Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center at West Virginia University Hospitals, Morgantown, West Virginia 26506-9300, United States

St. Vincent Hospital, Green Bay, Wisconsin 54307-9070, United States

CCOP - Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation, Marshfield, Wisconsin 54449, United States

Midwest Children's Cancer Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53226, United States

Additional Information

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

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