Allogeneic Epstein Barr Virus-Specific Cytotoxic T-Lymphocytes in Treating Patients With Progressive, Relapsed, or Refractory Hodgkin's Lymphoma

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Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified May 2005 by National Cancer Institute (NCI).
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
First Posted : January 27, 2003
Last Update Posted : December 18, 2013
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Brief Summary:

RATIONALE: Biological therapies use different ways to stimulate the immune system and stop cancer cells from growing. Donor white blood cells that are treated in the laboratory with Epstein-Barr virus may be effective treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma.

PURPOSE: Phase I trial to study the effectiveness of allogeneic Epstein-Barr virus-specific cytotoxic T cells in treating patients who have progressive, relapsed, or refractory Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Lymphoma Biological: aldesleukin Biological: allogeneic Epstein-Barr virus-specific cytotoxic T lymphocytes Drug: fludarabine phosphate Procedure: peripheral blood stem cell transplantation Phase 1

Detailed Description:


  • Determine the toxicity of allogeneic Epstein Barr virus (EBV)-specific cytotoxic T-lymphocytes (EBV CTL) in patients with progressive, relapsed, or refractory EBV-positive Hodgkin's lymphoma.
  • Detect alterations in the anti-EBV cellular immunity of patients treated with EBV CTL.

OUTLINE: Donors undergo leukapheresis. Epstein Barr virus-specific cytotoxic T lymphocytes (EBV CTL) are cultured in vitro.

Patients receive an infusion of EBV CTL over 10 minutes on day 0. The EBV CTL infusion is preceded by 3 doses of fludarabine. Patients then receive interleukin-2 injections for 12 days after the EBV CTL infusion.

Patients are followed weekly for 1.5 months, twice a month for 1.5 months, and then monthly for 3 months.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 9 patients will be accrued for this study.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase I Pilot Trial to Evaluate the Toxicity of Epstein-Barr Virus Specific T-Lymphocytes or Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells for the Treatment of Relapsed/Refractory Hodgkin's Disease
Study Start Date : April 2000

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 75 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Histologically proven Hodgkin's lymphoma

    • Progressive, relapsed, or refractory disease after prior chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and/or stem cell transplantation
    • Epstein Barr virus (EBV) positive by immunohistochemical staining for LMP-1 or 2 OR the presence of EBV RNA (EBER)
  • Availability of an HLA identical or haploidentical donor for cytotoxic T-lymphocytes, meeting the following criteria:

    • EBV seropositive
    • HIV negative
    • HTLV-1 negative
    • Hepatitis B surface antigen and hepatitis B core antibody IgM negative
    • Hepatitis C antibody negative
    • Must share at least 1 HLA haplotype with donor



  • 18 to 75

Performance status:

  • Not specified

Life expectancy:

  • At least 8 weeks


  • Not specified


  • Bilirubin less than 2.0 mg/dL
  • SGOT/SGPT less than 2.5 times normal (unless liver metastases are present)

    • If there is liver involvement by disease, an obvious relationship between SGOT/SGPT and disease activity is required
  • No hepatic dysfunction causing moribundity


  • Creatinine clearance greater than 50 mL/min
  • No renal dysfunction causing moribundity


  • No cardiac dysfunction causing moribundity


  • No pulmonary dysfunction causing moribundity


  • No neurologic dysfunction causing moribundity
  • No history of severe transfusion reactions with blood products (including fetal calf serum)
  • Not pregnant


Biologic therapy:

  • See Disease Characteristics


  • See Disease Characteristics
  • No concurrent antimetabolites

Endocrine therapy:

  • Not specified


  • See Disease Characteristics


  • Not specified

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00006100

United States, Pennsylvania
Penn State Cancer Institute at Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States, 17033-0850
Sponsors and Collaborators
Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Study Chair: Kenneth G. Lucas, MD Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Publications of Results: Identifier: NCT00006100     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000068109
First Posted: January 27, 2003    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: December 18, 2013
Last Verified: May 2005

Keywords provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):
recurrent adult Hodgkin lymphoma

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Lymphoproliferative Disorders
Lymphatic Diseases
Immunoproliferative Disorders
Immune System Diseases
Fludarabine phosphate
Antineoplastic Agents
Anti-HIV Agents
Anti-Retroviral Agents
Antiviral Agents
Anti-Infective Agents
Antimetabolites, Antineoplastic
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Immunosuppressive Agents
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs