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Monoclonal Antibody Therapy in Treating Patients With Recurrent or Refractory Lymphoma

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
National Cancer Institute (NCI) Identifier:
First received: January 6, 2001
Last updated: April 29, 2015
Last verified: February 2002

RATIONALE: Monoclonal antibodies can locate cancer cells and either kill them or deliver cancer-killing substances to them without harming normal cells.

PURPOSE: Phase I trial to study the effectiveness of monoclonal antibody therapy in treating patients who have recurrent or refractory lymphoma.

Condition Intervention Phase
Biological: monoclonal antibody mono-dgA-RFB4
Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase I Study Of Therapy With Mono-dgA-RFB4 In Patients With Relapsed And Refractory CD22+ B-Cell Lymphoma

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

Study Start Date: November 2000
Detailed Description:


  • Determine the maximum tolerated dose and dose-limiting toxicity of monoclonal antibody mono-dgA-RFB4 in patients with recurrent or refractory B-cell lymphoma expressing CD22 antigen.
  • Determine the pharmacokinetic profile of this drug in these patients.
  • Correlate the pharmacokinetic parameters with the biologic effects and/or toxicity of this drug in these patients.
  • Determine whether clinical responses in these patients occur at lower, equal, or higher doses than historical responses induced by a similar drug.

OUTLINE: This is a dose-escalation study. Patients are stratified according to number of circulating tumor cells in peripheral blood (more than 50/mm3 vs 50/mm3 or less).

Patients receive monoclonal antibody Mono-dgA-RFB4 IV over 4 hours on days 1, 3, and 5. Patients achieving complete, partial, or minimal remission receive additional courses of therapy every 4 weeks in the absence of unacceptable toxicity.

Cohorts of 3-6 patients receive escalating doses of monoclonal antibody mono-dgA-RFB4 until the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) is determined. The MTD is defined as the dose at which 2 of 3 or 2 of 6 patients experience dose-limiting toxicity.

Patients achieving complete remission or stable partial remission are followed every 3 months for 1 year, every 6 months for 2 years, and then annually thereafter.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 20-25 patients will be accrued for this study within 12-18 months.


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


  • Histologically confirmed recurrent or refractory B-cell lymphoma after at least 1 standard chemotherapy regimen

    • Low, intermediate, or high grade
    • CD22 antigen on at least 30% of tumor cells by flow cytometry
  • No lymphoblastic lymphoma, B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia, B-cell or pre-B-cell acute lymphocytic leukemia, or hairy cell leukemia
  • Measurable disease

    • Positive bone marrow not considered measurable
    • Circulating tumor cells in peripheral blood considered measurable
  • No CNS disease (leptomeningeal or parenchymal)
  • No lymphomatous or infectious pulmonary parenchymal disease
  • No baseline/pleural effusion
  • Ineligible for or refused autologous or allogeneic bone marrow transplantation 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.



  • Over 18

Performance status:

  • ECOG 0-2

Life expectancy:

  • At least 3 months


  • Platelet count greater than 50,000/mm^3
  • Absolute granulocyte count greater than 750/mm^3


  • Bilirubin less than 1.5 mg/dL
  • SGPT less than 2 times upper limit of normal
  • Albumin greater than 75% lower limit of normal


  • Creatinine no greater than 1.4 mg/dL OR
  • Creatinine clearance at least 60 mL/min


  • Ejection fraction greater than 40% by MUGA or echocardiogram


  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Negative pregnancy test
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception
  • HIV negative
  • No human anti-mouse antibody (HAMA) levels greater than 1 microgram/mL
  • No condition that may require stenting of ureters, stabilization of impending pathological fractures, or relief of airway, bowel, or biliary tract obstruction
  • No other concurrent illness that would preclude study


Biologic therapy:

  • See Disease Characteristics


  • See Disease Characteristics
  • At least 2 weeks since prior chemotherapy and recovered
  • No concurrent chemotherapy

Endocrine therapy:

  • No concurrent corticosteroids unless receiving stable maintenance dose prior to therapy


  • No prior radiotherapy
  • No concurrent radiotherapy


  • Not specified


  • No other concurrent investigational agents
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00007956

United States, Maryland
Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center - NCI Clinical Studies Support
Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892-1182
Center for Cancer Research
Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Study Chair: Edward A. Sausville, MD, PhD National Cancer Institute (NCI)
  More Information Identifier: NCT00007956     History of Changes
Obsolete Identifiers: NCT00006423
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000068356
Study First Received: January 6, 2001
Last Updated: April 29, 2015

Keywords provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):
recurrent grade 1 follicular lymphoma
recurrent grade 2 follicular lymphoma
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
recurrent adult Burkitt lymphoma
recurrent mantle cell lymphoma
recurrent small lymphocytic lymphoma

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Lymphoproliferative Disorders
Lymphatic Diseases
Immunoproliferative Disorders
Immune System Diseases
Antibodies, Monoclonal
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs processed this record on April 25, 2017