Gemcitabine Hydrochloride, Cyclophosphamide, Vincristine Sulfate, Prednisolone, and Rituximab in Treating Patients With Newly Diagnosed Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified September 2009 by National Cancer Institute (NCI).
Recruitment status was  Recruiting
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First received: September 3, 2009
Last updated: September 9, 2009
Last verified: September 2009

RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as gemcitabine hydrochloride, cyclophosphamide, vincristine sulfate, and prednisolone, work in different ways to stop the growth of cancer cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. Monoclonal antibodies, such as rituximab, can block cancer growth in different ways. Some block the ability of cancer cells to grow and spread. Others find cancer cells and help kill them or carry cancer-killing substances to them. Giving more than one drug (combination chemotherapy) together with rituximab may kill more cancer cells.

PURPOSE: This phase II trial is studying giving gemcitabine hydrochloride, cyclophosphamide, vincristine sulfate, and prednisolone together with rituximab to see how well it works in treating patients with newly diagnosed diffuse large B-cell lymphoma.

Condition Intervention Phase
Biological: rituximab
Drug: cyclophosphamide
Drug: gemcitabine hydrochloride
Drug: prednisolone
Drug: vincristine sulfate
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase II Multicentre Trial of Gemcitabine, CVP, and Rituximab (R-GCVP) for the Treatment of Patients With Newly Diagnosed Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma, Considered Unsuitable for R-CHOP Chemotherapy

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Overall response rate [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Toxicity [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
  • Progression-free survival [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Overall survival [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 60
Study Start Date: March 2006
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:


  • To determine whether rituximab, in combination with non-cardiotoxic chemotherapy comprising gemcitabine hydrochloride, cyclophosphamide, vincristine sulfate, and prednisolone, is efficacious in a group of patients who are unfit for CHOP chemotherapy.

OUTLINE: This is a multicenter study.

Patients receive gemcitabine hydrochloride IV over 30 minutes on days 1 and 8; cyclophosphamide IV, vincristine sulfate IV, and rituximab IV on day 1; and oral prednisolone once daily on days 1-5. Treatment repeats every 21 days for up to 6 courses in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

After completion of study treatment, patients are followed every 3 months for 1 year, every 4 months for 1 year, and then every 6 months for 1 year.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Histologically confirmed CD20-positive diffuse large B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (DLBCL) according to the current WHO classification, including all morphological variants

    • Newly diagnosed disease
    • Bulky stage IA-IV disease

      • No non-bulky stage IA disease
  • Measurable disease
  • Not eligible for CHOP chemotherapy due to impaired cardiac function

    • Cardiac status that does not allow the administration of 8 courses of R-CHOP chemotherapy, as defined by 1 of the following criteria:

      • Ejection fraction less than 50% as assessed by either ECHO or MUGA scan
      • NYHA class III-IV
  • No high-grade transformation of low-grade lymphoma
  • No symptomatic central nervous system or meningeal involvement by the lymphoma
  • No AIDS-related lymphoma


  • ECOG performance status 0-3
  • Life expectancy > 3 months
  • Platelet count > 100 x 10^9/L
  • WBC > 3 x 10^9/L
  • Neutrophils > 1.5 x 10^9/L (unless elevated level attributed to bone marrow infiltration by lymphoma)
  • Serum bilirubin < 50 μmol/L
  • Transaminases < 2.5 times upper limit of normal (unless elevated level attributed to lymphoma)
  • Glomerular filtration rate > 30 mL/min
  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception
  • No other concurrent uncontrolled medical condition
  • No active malignant disease, other than non-melanotic skin cancer or carcinoma in situ of the uterine cervix, within the past 10 years
  • No positive serology for HIV
  • No medical or psychiatric conditions that compromise the patient's ability to give informed consent


  • No prior chemotherapy, radiotherapy, or other investigational drug for this indication
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00971763

United Kingdom
Sussex Cancer Centre at Royal Sussex County Hospital Recruiting
Brighton, England, United Kingdom, BN2 5BE
Contact: Contact Person    44-127-369-6955      
Leeds Cancer Centre at St. James's University Hospital Recruiting
Leeds, England, United Kingdom, LS9 7TF
Contact: Contact Person    44-113-206-7995      
Leeds General Infirmary Recruiting
Leeds, England, United Kingdom, LS1 3EX
Contact: Contact Person    44-113-206-7851      
Cancer Research UK and University College London Cancer Trials Centre Recruiting
London, England, United Kingdom, SE1 9RT
Contact: Paul Fields, MD    44-207-188-0141      
Sponsors and Collaborators
Cancer Research UK
Principal Investigator: Paul Fields, MD Cancer Research UK
  More Information

Additional Information:
No publications provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Additional publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number): Identifier: NCT00971763     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000644293, UCL-CRUK-R-GCVP, EUDRACT-2005-003888-23, EU-20951
Study First Received: September 3, 2009
Last Updated: September 9, 2009
Health Authority: Unspecified

Keywords provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):
stage I adult diffuse large cell lymphoma
contiguous stage II adult diffuse large cell lymphoma
noncontiguous stage II adult diffuse large cell lymphoma
stage III adult diffuse large cell lymphoma
stage IV adult diffuse large cell lymphoma

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Lymphoma, B-Cell
Lymphoma, Large B-Cell, Diffuse
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Lymphoproliferative Disorders
Lymphatic Diseases
Immunoproliferative Disorders
Immune System Diseases
Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin
Methylprednisolone Hemisuccinate
Methylprednisolone acetate
Prednisolone acetate
Prednisolone hemisuccinate
Prednisolone phosphate
Immunosuppressive Agents
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Pharmacologic Actions
Antirheumatic Agents
Therapeutic Uses
Antineoplastic Agents, Alkylating
Alkylating Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action processed this record on September 15, 2014