Vaccine Therapy Following Chemotherapy and Peripheral Stem Cell Transplantation in Treating Patients With Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

This study has been terminated.
(Genitope suspend development of MyVax in light of the decision made by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) March 6, 2008)
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University of Nebraska Identifier:
First received: November 6, 2000
Last updated: March 1, 2011
Last verified: March 2011

RATIONALE: Vaccines made from a person's cancer cells may make the body build an immune response to kill cancer cells. Vaccine therapy may be an effective treatment for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

PURPOSE: Phase II trial to study the effectiveness of vaccine therapy following chemotherapy and peripheral stem cell transplantation in treating patients who have non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Condition Intervention Phase
Biological: autologous tumor cell vaccine
Biological: keyhole limpet hemocyanin
Biological: sargramostim
Procedure: adjuvant therapy
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Pilot Trial to Evaluate Immune Response Using Idiotype Vaccines Following High-Dose Chemotherapy and Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation for Follicular Lymphoma

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Further study details as provided by University of Nebraska:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Number of Participants With Humoral and Cellular Immune Response [ Time Frame: immune responses will be obtained prior to first immunization (baseline), prior to the 5th, 6th, 7th immunization series and 2 weeks following administration of the 7th immunization series. And then obtained annually until disease progression ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    evaluate the humoral immune responses and cellular immune responses to idiotype vaccine with KLH and GM-CSF adjuvant given to patients with follicular lymphoma following high-dose chemotherapy and autologous stem cell transplantation

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Safety [ Time Frame: At each immunization and at study completion ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
    To evaluate the safety and toxicity of idiotype vaccine with KLH and GM-CSF adjuvant in the post-transplant setting

  • Toxicity [ Time Frame: At each immunization and at study completion ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
    To evaluate the safety and toxicity of idiotype vaccine with KLH and GM-CSF adjuvant in the post-transplant setting

  • Changes in Quantitative Bcl-2 [ Time Frame: 1 year post transplant evaluation and then annually until disease progression ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    To evaluate changes in quantitative bcl-2 of the blood and bone marrow prior to and at various time points following the series of idiotype vaccines.

Enrollment: 19
Study Start Date: September 2000
Study Completion Date: April 2008
Primary Completion Date: March 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:


  • Determine the humoral and cellular immune responses in patients with follicular non-Hodgkin's lymphoma treated with autologous lymphoma-derived idiotype vaccine with keyhole limpet hemocyanin plus sargramostim (GM-CSF).
  • Determine the safety and toxicity of this regimen in these patients in the post-transplant setting.
  • Determine the changes in quantitative bcl-2 in the blood and bone marrow of these patients before and at various times after the series of idiotype vaccines.

OUTLINE: Vaccinations begin at day 100 or up to 6 months after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Patients receive autologous lymphoma-derived idiotype vaccine plus keyhole limpet hemocyanin subcutaneously (SC) on day 1. Sargramostim (GM-CSF) SC is administered on days 1-4. Treatment repeats every 4 weeks for 4 doses, followed 12 weeks later by the fifth and final dose.

Patients are followed every 3 months for 2 years, every 6 months for 2 years, and then annually thereafter.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 20 patients will be accrued for this study.


Ages Eligible for Study:   19 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Histologically proven grade I, II, or III follicular non-Hodgkin's lymphoma that failed induction therapy
  • Previously received no more than 2 high-dose chemotherapies before hematopoietic stem cell transplantation
  • Minimal disease state at day 100 to 6 months post-transplantation

    • Lymph nodes smaller than 2 centimeters (cm)
    • Less than 20% bone marrow involvement with lymphoma
    • Uncertain complete remission, defined by greater than 75% reduction in the size of the pre-transplantation mass not representing active disease
  • Tissue sample safely accessible by biopsy, needle aspiration, or phlebotomy

    • Must have adequate circulating lymphoma cells



  • Over 19

Performance status:

  • Karnofsky greater than 70%

Life expectancy:

  • Not specified


  • See Disease Characteristics
  • Absolute neutrophil count greater than 1,000/mm^3*
  • CD4+ count greater than 200/microliter* NOTE: *No restrictions if study vaccine administered at 6 months after transplantation


  • Bilirubin less than 2.0 mg/dL (unless due to lymphomatous involvement)
  • Serum glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase (SGOT) and serum glutamic pyruvic transaminase (SGPT) less than 2 times normal (unless due to lymphomatous involvement)


  • Creatinine no greater than 2.0 mg/dL


  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Negative pregnancy test
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception during and for 6 months after study participation


Biologic therapy:

  • See Disease Characteristics


  • See Disease Characteristics

Endocrine therapy:

  • Not specified


  • Not specified


  • Not specified
  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00006478

United States, Nebraska
UNMC Eppley Cancer Center at the University of Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 68198-6805
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Nebraska
Study Chair: Julie M. Vose, MD University of Nebraska
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Julie M. Vose, UNMC Eppley Cancer Center at the University of Nebraska Medical Center Identifier: NCT00006478     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 260-00, P30CA036727, UNMC-260-00, GENITOPE-IND-8294
Study First Received: November 6, 2000
Results First Received: October 19, 2010
Last Updated: March 1, 2011
Health Authority: United States: Food and Drug Administration

Keywords provided by University of Nebraska:
recurrent grade 1 follicular lymphoma
recurrent grade 2 follicular lymphoma
recurrent grade 3 follicular lymphoma

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Lymphoma, Follicular
Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Lymphoproliferative Disorders
Lymphatic Diseases
Immunoproliferative Disorders
Immune System Diseases
Keyhole-limpet hemocyanin
Adjuvants, Immunologic
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs
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