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Combination Chemotherapy and Peripheral Stem Cell Transplantation in Treating Older Patients With Refractory or Relapsed Intermediate-Grade Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00002982
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : January 27, 2003
Last Update Posted : July 3, 2013
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by:
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Brief Summary:

RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop cancer cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. Peripheral stem cell transplantation may allow doctors to give higher doses of chemotherapy drugs and kill more cancer cells.

PURPOSE: This phase II trial is studying how well giving combination chemotherapy together with peripheral stem cell transplantation works in treating older patients with refractory or relapsed intermediate-grade non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Lymphoma Biological: filgrastim Drug: carboplatin Drug: carmustine Drug: cytarabine Drug: etoposide Drug: ifosfamide Drug: melphalan Procedure: autologous bone marrow transplantation Procedure: peripheral blood stem cell transplantation Radiation: radiation therapy Phase 2

Detailed Description:


  • Assess the efficacy and toxic effects of carmustine/etoposide/melphalan (ICE) chemotherapy followed by peripheral blood progenitor cell transplantation in patients with refractory or relapsed intermediate grade non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
  • Assess the ability of the ICE chemotherapy regimen, in conjunction with filgrastim, to mobilize peripheral blood stem cells.

OUTLINE: This is a descriptive pilot study.

Patients receive 3 cycles of induction chemotherapy with ifosfamide, carboplatin, and etoposide (ICE). Each cycle is given at least 14 days apart. Patients receive etoposide IV on days 1 through 3. Carboplatin and ifosfamide with mercaptoethane sulfonate is given IV over 24 hours on day 2.

During cycles 1 and 2, patients receive filgrastim (G-CSF) SC every 6 hours beginning on day 1 and continuing until the desired absolute neutrophil count (ANC) is attained.

Patients receive at least 24 hours of rest before PBPC infusion on day 0.

Following cycle 3, G-CSF is given SC beginning on day 6 and continuing until completion of PBPC collection. However, bone marrow will be harvested if an insufficient number of stem cells are collected after 5 leukaphereses.

Patients with residual disease limited to 2 sites receive radiation therapy twice a day within 2 weeks prior to high dose BEAM chemotherapy with carmustine, etoposide, cytarabine, and melphalan.

Patients receive carmustine IV on day -7. Etoposide and cytarabine are given IV every 12 hours on days -6 through -3. Melphalan is given IV on day -2.

G-CSF is administered every 12 hours beginning on day 1 and continuing until the desired ANC is attained. If ANC is attenuated on day 21, patients undergo a repeat bone marrow biopsy and receive filgrastim SC.

Patients are followed for 2 years posttransplant, then for 3 to 5 years at 4 month intervals and every 6 months following the fifth posttransplant.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: This study will accrue 30 patients for the duration of 2 years.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase II Trial of ICE Chemotherapy Followed by High Dose BEAM Chemotherapy With Autologous Peripheral Blood Progenitor Cell Transplantation in Patients >= 60 Years Old With Refractory or Relapsed Intermediate Grade Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
Study Start Date : January 1997
Actual Primary Completion Date : October 2005
Actual Study Completion Date : October 2005

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Treatment-related toxicity

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Efficacy in terms of 2-year disease-free survival

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Ages Eligible for Study:   60 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Primary refractory intermediate grade non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) OR
  • Untreated relapsed intermediate grade NHL with no more than 1 extranodal site of disease
  • Biopsy proven relapse of diffuse large cell, diffuse mixed cell, diffuse small cleaved cell (excluding mantle cell lymphoma), follicular large cell, anaplastic large cell or immunoblastic NHL in recently attained complete response patients



  • 60 and over

Performance status:

  • Karnofsky at least 80%

Life expectancy:

  • Not specified


  • Not specified


  • Bilirubin no greater than 2.0 mg/dL unless there is a history of Gilbert's disease


  • No history of chronic renal insufficiency
  • Creatinine no greater than 1.5 mg/dL or if greater than 1.5 mg/dL, then creatinine clearance must be at least 60 mL/min


  • No myocardial infarction within the past 6 months
  • No unstable angina or cardiac arrhythmias other than chronic atrial fibrillation
  • Normal cardiac function required; MUGA scan or stress ECG ejection fraction at least 50% without significant wall motion abnormalities


  • Adequate pulmonary function defined as DLCO at least 50% of predicted value when corrected for patients hemoglobin and alveolar ventilation


  • No medical illness unrelated to intermediate grade Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
  • No uncontrolled infection
  • No history of malignancy other than curatively treated cutaneous basal cell carcinoma; carcinoma in situ of the cervix; axillary node negative breast cancer without prior chemotherapy and disease free for more than 2 years; or prostate cancer with surgery alone and disease free for more than 2 years
  • No lymphoblastic lymphoma, small noncleaved cell lymphoma, CNS lymphoma or CNS relapse of lymphoma
  • Not HIV, HBV, and HCV positive


  • Concurrent enrollment in MSKCC protocol 96-17a allowed

Biologic therapy:

  • Not specified


  • No more than 2 prior chemotherapy regimens

Endocrine therapy:

  • Not specified


  • Not specified


  • Not specified

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00002982

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United States, New York
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
New York, New York, United States, 10021
Sponsors and Collaborators
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
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Study Chair: Craig Moskowitz, MD Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Layout table for additonal information Identifier: NCT00002982    
Other Study ID Numbers: 97-004
CDR0000065505 ( Registry Identifier: PDQ (Physician Data Query) )
First Posted: January 27, 2003    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: July 3, 2013
Last Verified: July 2013
Keywords provided by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center:
recurrent grade 3 follicular lymphoma
recurrent adult diffuse small cleaved cell lymphoma
recurrent adult diffuse mixed cell lymphoma
recurrent adult diffuse large cell lymphoma
recurrent adult immunoblastic large cell lymphoma
anaplastic large cell lymphoma
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Lymphoproliferative Disorders
Lymphatic Diseases
Immunoproliferative Disorders
Immune System Diseases
Antineoplastic Agents
Antineoplastic Agents, Phytogenic
Topoisomerase II Inhibitors
Topoisomerase Inhibitors
Enzyme Inhibitors
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Antimetabolites, Antineoplastic
Antiviral Agents
Anti-Infective Agents
Immunosuppressive Agents
Antineoplastic Agents, Alkylating
Alkylating Agents
Myeloablative Agonists