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Oblimersen, Rituximab and Combination Chemotherapy in Treating Patients With Relapsed or Refractory Aggressive 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: NCT00086944
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : July 12, 2004
Last Update Posted : January 24, 2013
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Brief Summary:
This phase I/II trial is studying the side effects and best dose of oblimersen when given together with rituximab and combination chemotherapy and to see how well they work in treating patients with relapsed or refractory aggressive non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Monoclonal antibodies such as rituximab can locate cancer cells and either kill them or deliver cancer-killing substances to them without harming normal cells. Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as ifosfamide, carboplatin, and etoposide, work in different ways to stop cancer cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. Oblimersen may increase the effectiveness of chemotherapy by making cancer cells more sensitive to the drugs

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Recurrent Adult Diffuse Large Cell Lymphoma Recurrent Grade 3 Follicular Lymphoma Recurrent Mantle Cell Lymphoma Biological: oblimersen sodium Biological: rituximab Drug: ifosfamide Drug: carboplatin Drug: etoposide Biological: filgrastim Biological: pegfilgrastim Other: laboratory biomarker analysis Phase 1 Phase 2

Detailed Description:


I. Determine the maximum tolerated dose of oblimersen when given in combination with rituximab, ifosfamide, carboplatin, and etoposide in patients with relapsed or refractory aggressive B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

II. Determine the safety and toxicity of this regimen in these patients. III. Determine the complete and partial response rate in patients treated with this regimen.


I. Determine the duration of response, overall survival, and time to progression in patients treated with this regimen.

II. Determine the effect of this regimen on hematopoietic stem cell kinetics and yield from these patients.

OUTLINE: This is a multicenter, phase I, dose-escalation study of oblimersen followed by a phase II study.

Phase I: Patients receive GRICE comprising oblimersen IV continuously on days 1-5, rituximab IV, ifosfamide IV continuously over 24 hours, and carboplatin IV over 1 hour on day 4, and etoposide IV over 30 minutes once daily on days 4-6. Treatment repeats every 14 days for 3 courses. Patients also receive filgrastim (G-CSF) subcutaneously (SC) once daily beginning on day 7 and continuing until blood counts recover OR one dose of pegfilgrastim SC on day 7 of courses 1 and 2. For course 3, all patients receive G-CSF SC twice daily beginning on day 7 and continuing until stem cell collection is complete. Patients with responding disease who are not eligible for autologous SCT may receive up to 8 total courses of GRICE or 2 additional courses beyond maximal response. Patients with responding disease to GRICE who are eligible for autologous SCT are removed from the study and undergo autologous SCT off study. Cohorts of 3-6 patients receive escalating doses of oblimersen until the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) is determined. The MTD is defined as the dose preceding that at which 2 of 3 or 2 of 6 patients experience dose-limiting toxicity.

Phase II: Patients receive oblimersen at the MTD determined in phase I and rituximab, ifosfamide, carboplatin, and etoposide followed by G-CSF or pegfilgrastim as in phase I. In both phases, treatment continues in the absence of disease progression, unacceptable toxicity, or the patient becomes a candidate for autologous SCT. Patients are followed for survival.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 25 participants
Allocation: N/A
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase I/II Study of G3139 (Genasense) in Combination With RICE Chemotherapy in Relapsed B-Cell Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
Study Start Date : May 2004
Actual Primary Completion Date : July 2006

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Treatment (genase, combination chemotherapy)
See detailed description.
Biological: oblimersen sodium
Given IV
Other Names:
  • augmerosen
  • G3139
  • G3139 bcl-2 antisense oligodeoxynucleotide
  • Genasense

Biological: rituximab
Given IV
Other Names:
  • IDEC-C2B8
  • IDEC-C2B8 monoclonal antibody
  • Mabthera
  • Rituxan

Drug: ifosfamide
Given IV
Other Names:
  • Cyfos
  • Holoxan
  • IFF
  • IFX
  • IPP

Drug: carboplatin
Given IV
Other Names:
  • Carboplat
  • JM-8
  • Paraplat
  • Paraplatin

Drug: etoposide
Given IV
Other Names:
  • EPEG
  • VP-16
  • VP-16-213

Biological: filgrastim
Given SC
Other Names:
  • G-CSF
  • Neupogen

Biological: pegfilgrastim
Given SC
Other Names:
  • Filgrastim SD-01
  • GCSF-SD01
  • Neulasta
  • SD-01 sustained duration G-CSF

Other: laboratory biomarker analysis
Correlative studies

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Toxicity graded using the NCI CTCAE version 3.0 [ Time Frame: Up to 3 years ]
  2. Complete and partial response rate according to the International Workshop Criteria [ Time Frame: Up to 3 years ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Duration of response [ Time Frame: From the time measurement criteria are met for CR/CRu/PR until the first date that PD is objectively documented, assessed up to 3 years ]
  2. Overall survival [ Time Frame: From the first day of therapy to the date of death, assessed up to 3 years ]
  3. Time to progression [ Time Frame: From the first day of treatment until the date PD or death is first reported, assessed up to 3 years ]

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Histologically confirmed aggressive B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

    • Any 1 one of the following histological subtypes for phase I:

      • Grade 3 follicular center lymphoma
      • Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma
      • Transformed follicular lymphoma
      • Mantle cell lymphoma
      • Primary mediastinal B-cell lymphoma
    • Any 1 of the following histological subtypes for phase II:

      • Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma
      • Transformed follicular lymphoma
      • Primary mediastinal B-cell lymphoma
  • Measurable disease

    • At least 1 bidimensionally measurable lesion ≥ 10 mm in longest diameter by CT scan, MRI, x-ray, or clinical exam
  • Relapsed disease after 1, and only 1, prior anthracycline-based chemotherapy regimen
  • No known brain metastases
  • Performance status - ECOG 0-2
  • Performance status - Karnofsky 60-100%
  • More than 3 months
  • Absolute neutrophil count ≥ 1,000/mm^3*
  • Platelet count ≥ 100,000/mm^3*
  • Bilirubin normal**
  • AST and ALT ≤ 2.5 times upper limit of normal
  • PT and PTT normal
  • Creatinine normal
  • Creatinine clearance ≥ 60 mL/min
  • No symptomatic congestive heart failure
  • No unstable angina pectoris
  • No cardiac arrhythmia
  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Negative pregnancy test
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception
  • No history of allergic reactions attributed to compounds of similar chemical or biological composition to oblimersen or other study drugs
  • No currently active second malignancy except nonmelanoma skin cancer or carcinoma in situ of the cervix

    • Must have completed any prior therapy for a second malignancy and is considered to be at < 30% risk of relapse
  • No ongoing or active infection
  • No psychiatric illness or social situation that would preclude study compliance
  • No other concurrent uncontrolled illness
  • Prior rituximab allowed
  • No other concurrent immunotherapy
  • See Disease Characteristics
  • At least 4 weeks since prior cytotoxic chemotherapy (6 weeks for nitrosoureas or mitomycin) and recovered
  • No other concurrent chemotherapy
  • No concurrent hormonal therapy
  • At least 4 weeks since prior radiotherapy and recovered
  • No concurrent therapeutic radiotherapy
  • At least 4 weeks since prior surgery
  • No prior oblimersen or other antisense oligonucleotide therapy
  • No other concurrent anticancer agents or therapies
  • No concurrent combination antiretroviral therapy for HIV-positive patients
  • No other concurrent investigational agents

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00086944

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United States, Illinois
University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center
Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60637-1470
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
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Principal Investigator: Sonali Smith University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center
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Responsible Party: National Cancer Institute (NCI) Identifier: NCT00086944    
Other Study ID Numbers: NCI-2012-02600
N01CM62201 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
CDR0000371904 ( Registry Identifier: PDQ (Physician data Query) )
First Posted: July 12, 2004    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: January 24, 2013
Last Verified: January 2013
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin
Lymphoma, Mantle-Cell
Lymphoma, Large B-Cell, Diffuse
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Lymphoproliferative Disorders
Lymphatic Diseases
Immunoproliferative Disorders
Immune System Diseases
Lymphoma, B-Cell
Etoposide phosphate
Antineoplastic Agents, Immunological
Antineoplastic Agents
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Antirheumatic Agents
Antineoplastic Agents, Phytogenic
Topoisomerase II Inhibitors
Topoisomerase Inhibitors
Enzyme Inhibitors
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Adjuvants, Immunologic
Antineoplastic Agents, Alkylating