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Combination Chemotherapy in Treating Children With Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified April 2001 by National Cancer Institute (NCI).
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
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National Cancer Institute (NCI) Identifier:
First received: November 1, 1999
Last updated: December 18, 2013
Last verified: April 2001

RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop cancer cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. Combining more than one drug may kill more cancer cells. It is not yet known which combination chemotherapy regimen is more effective for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

PURPOSE: Randomized phase III trial to compare the effectiveness of different regimens of combination chemotherapy in treating children who have newly diagnosed non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Condition Intervention Phase
Lymphoma Drug: asparaginase Drug: cyclophosphamide Drug: cytarabine Drug: daunorubicin hydrochloride Drug: dexamethasone Drug: etoposide Drug: mercaptopurine Drug: methotrexate Drug: prednisolone Drug: thioguanine Drug: vincristine sulfate Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma T Cell Protocol

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Further study details as provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):

Estimated Enrollment: 100
Study Start Date: May 1995
Detailed Description:

OBJECTIVES: I. Determine whether event-free survival for children with T-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) can be improved by the addition of a third intensification block at 35 weeks. II. Determine biology and treatment response of T-cell NHL and T-cell acute lymphocytic leukemia when both are treated with an identical leukemia type protocol and receive a third intensification block. III. Improve the outcome for the 25% of children who are not in remission at eight weeks by the addition of a block of sustained intensification before high dose methotrexate and continuing treatment.

OUTLINE: Patients receive induction therapy on days 1-28. Patients receive supportive oral prednisolone daily for three doses during weeks 1-4, vincristine IV weekly for 5 weeks starting on day 1, asparaginase intramuscularly or subcutaneously three times a week beginning on day 4, and methotrexate intrathecally on days 1 and 8. Patients who meet certain criteria are given first intensification therapy beginning on day 29. Patients receive three doses of oral prednisolone, vincristine IV on day 1, daunorubicin IV over 6 hours on days 1 and 2, etoposide IV over 4 hours on days 1-5, cytarabine IV every 12 hours by bolus injection on days 1-5, oral thioguanine daily on days 1-5, and methotrexate intrathecally as in induction therapy. Patients are followed at 8 weeks. Those patients who experience remission receive a third intensification block at 35 weeks. All patients receive three methotrexate infusions followed by continuation therapy beginning at week 14. As continuation therapy, patients receive oral mercaptopurine daily, oral methotrexate weekly, vincristine IV every 4 weeks, oral prednisolone for 5 days every 4 weeks, and intrathecal methotrexate every 12 weeks beginning at week 23 until 100 weeks from the start of treatment. Continuation therapy will be interrupted at about week 20 for the second intensification therapy. For second intensification therapy, patients receive oral prednisolone daily for 5 days, a single dose of vincristine on day 1, daunorubicin IV over 6 hours on days 1 and 2, etoposide IV over 4 hours on days 1-5, bolus injections of cytarabine every 12 hours on days 1-5, oral thioguanine daily on days 1-5, and intrathecal methotrexate as in induction therapy. Continuation therapy re-starts at week 23. Patients who receive the third intensification therapy will begin at week 35. For the third intensification therapy, patients receive three doses of oral dexamethasone, IV vincristine on day 1 of weeks 35-38, subcutaneous asparaginase for 9 days during weeks 35-38, intrathecal methotrexate on day 1 of weeks 35 and 39, IV cyclophosphamide on day 1 of weeks 39 and 41, subcutaneous or IV cytarabine daily on days 1-4 of weeks 39- 42, and oral thioguanine daily during weeks 39-42. Continuation therapy re-starts at week 42/43. Some patients may receive radiotherapy during chemotherapy. Patients are followed every month for 1 year, every 2 months for the next year, every 6 months for the next 3 years, then annually thereafter.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: Approximately 100 patients will be accrued for this study within 5 years.


Ages Eligible for Study:   up to 14 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: Newly diagnosed stage I, II, III, or IV T-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma No T-cell large anaplastic, peripheral T-cell lymphomas, or T-cell lymphoblastic leukemia No greater than 25% blasts in the bone marrow

PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age: Under 15 Performance status: Not specified Life expectancy: Not specified Hematopoietic: Not specified Hepatic: Not specified Renal: Not specified


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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00003423

United Kingdom
Hospital for Sick Children NHS Trust
London, England, United Kingdom, WC1N 3JH
Sponsors and Collaborators
United Kingdom Children's Cancer Study Group
Study Chair: Judith M. Chessells, MD Institute of Child Health
  More Information Identifier: NCT00003423     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000066443
Study First Received: November 1, 1999
Last Updated: December 18, 2013

Keywords provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):
stage I childhood lymphoblastic lymphoma
stage II childhood lymphoblastic lymphoma
stage III childhood lymphoblastic lymphoma
stage IV childhood lymphoblastic lymphoma
stage I childhood large cell lymphoma
stage II childhood large cell lymphoma
stage III childhood large cell lymphoma
stage IV childhood large cell lymphoma

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Lymphoproliferative Disorders
Lymphatic Diseases
Immunoproliferative Disorders
Immune System Diseases
Anti-Inflammatory Agents
Autonomic Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Gastrointestinal Agents
Hormones, Hormone Substitutes, and Hormone Antagonists
Antineoplastic Agents, Hormonal
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