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Involved-Field Radiation Therapy in Treating Patients With Previously Untreated Stage I or Stage II Low-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: NCT00014326
Recruitment Status : Terminated (low accrual)
First Posted : January 27, 2003
Last Update Posted : July 16, 2012
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer - EORTC

Brief Summary:

RATIONALE: Radiation therapy uses high-energy x-rays to damage tumor cells. Giving radiation therapy in different ways may kill more tumor cells. It is not yet known which regimen of radiation therapy is more effective for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

PURPOSE: Randomized phase III trial to compare the effectiveness of radiation therapy to the involved area with or without total-body irradiation in treating patients who have low-grade stage I or stage II non-Hodgkin's lymphoma that has not previously been treated.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Lymphoma Radiation: radiation therapy Phase 3

Detailed Description:


  • Determine if the addition of low-dose total body irradiation (TBI) to involved-field radiotherapy improves the disease-free survival of patients with previously untreated, stage I or II low-grade non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
  • Determine the response of patients treated with low-dose TBI.
  • Compare the overall survival and quality of life of patients treated with these regimens.

OUTLINE: This is a randomized, multicenter study. Patients are stratified according to participating center, stage (I vs II), performance status (0-1 vs 2), lactate dehydrogenase elevation (yes vs no), histological subtype (small lymphocytic lymphoma vs lymphoplasmacytoid lymphoma vs follicular lymphoma), and, for stage I patients, presence of measurable mass (yes vs no). Patients are randomized to 1 of 2 treatment arms.

  • Arm I: Patients undergo involved-field radiotherapy daily five days a week for 2.5-4 weeks.
  • Arm II: Patients undergo low-dose total body irradiation (TBI) daily 5 days a week on weeks 1 and 4. At 4 weeks after completion of TBI, patients undergo involved-field radiotherapy as in arm I.

Quality of life is assessed before treatment, at 4 weeks after completion of involved-field radiotherapy, every 6 months for 5 years, and then annually thereafter.

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

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 344 patients will be accrued for this study within 6 years.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 204 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase III Randomized Study On Low-Dose Total Body Irradiation And Involved Field Radiotherapy In Patients With Localized, Stages I and II, Low Grade Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
Study Start Date : January 2001
Actual Primary Completion Date : March 2009

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Disease-free survival

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Overall survival
  2. Quality of life as assessed by European Organization of Research for the Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) Quality of Life Questionnaire (QoLQ) C30
  3. Response as assessed by Cheson criteria

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Histologically confirmed stage I or II, low-grade, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

    • Follicular lymphoma grade I, II, or III
    • Small lymphocytic lymphoma
    • Lymphoplasmacytoid lymphoma
    • Nodal marginal zone lymphoma
  • Previously untreated disease
  • At least 1 measurable or evaluable mass at least 1.1 cm (except for patients with stage I disease where the entire mass was removed for diagnostic purposes) NOTE: A new classification scheme for adult non-Hodgkin's lymphoma has been adopted by PDQ. The terminology of "indolent" or "aggressive" lymphoma will replace the former terminology of "low", "intermediate", or "high" grade lymphoma. However, this protocol uses the former terminology.



  • 18 and over

Performance status:

  • WHO 0-2

Life expectancy:

  • Not specified


  • WBC greater than 2,000/mm ^3
  • Platelet count greater than 100,000/mm^3


  • Not specified


  • Not specified


  • No other prior or concurrent malignancy except basal cell skin cancer or carcinoma in situ of the cervix
  • No psychological, familial, sociological, or geographical condition that would preclude study participation
  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception
  • HIV negative


Biologic therapy

  • Not specified


  • Not specified

Endocrine therapy

  • Not specified


  • Not specified


  • Not specified


  • No other concurrent anticancer therapy

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00014326

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U.Z. Gasthuisberg
Leuven, Belgium, B-3000
Universitair Medisch Centrum St. Radboud - Nijmegen
Leuven, Belgium, B-3000
University Hospital Rebro
Zagreb, Croatia, 41000
Rigshospitalet - Copenhagen University Hospital
Copenhagen, Denmark, 2100
National Cancer Institute of Egypt
Cairo, Egypt
Centre D'Oncologie Du Pays-Basque
Bayonne, France, F-64100
Institut Bergonie
Bordeaux, France, 33076
Centre Hospitalier de Dax
Dax, France, 40107
Hopital Robert Boulin
Libourne, France, 33500
Polyclinique Francheville
Perigueux, France, 24004
Medisch Spectrum Twente
Enschede, Netherlands, 7500 KA
University Medical Center Groningen
Groningen, Netherlands, 9700 RB
Maastro Clinic - Locatie Maastricht
Maastricht, Netherlands, NL-6229 ET
Daniel Den Hoed Cancer Center at Erasmus Medical Center
Rotterdam, Netherlands, 3008 AE
Dr. Bernard Verbeeten Instituut
Tilburg, Netherlands, 5042 SB
Sponsors and Collaborators
European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer - EORTC
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Study Chair: Pierre Richaud, MD Institut Bergonié
Study Chair: Marten Beijert, MD University Medical Center Groningen, Groningen
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Responsible Party: European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer - EORTC Identifier: NCT00014326    
Other Study ID Numbers: EORTC-20971-22997
First Posted: January 27, 2003    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: July 16, 2012
Last Verified: July 2012
Keywords provided by European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer - EORTC:
stage I grade 1 follicular lymphoma
stage I grade 2 follicular lymphoma
stage I grade 3 follicular lymphoma
contiguous stage II grade 1 follicular lymphoma
contiguous stage II grade 2 follicular lymphoma
contiguous stage II grade 3 follicular lymphoma
noncontiguous stage II grade 1 follicular lymphoma
noncontiguous stage II grade 2 follicular lymphoma
noncontiguous stage II grade 3 follicular lymphoma
contiguous stage II small lymphocytic lymphoma
contiguous stage II marginal zone lymphoma
noncontiguous stage II small lymphocytic lymphoma
noncontiguous stage II marginal zone lymphoma
nodal marginal zone B-cell lymphoma
stage I marginal zone lymphoma
stage I small lymphocytic 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