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Therapy of Early Chronic Phase CML With Gleevec

This study has been completed.
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First Posted: November 6, 2002
Last Update Posted: January 20, 2016
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Novartis Pharmaceuticals
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

The goal of this clinical research study is to see if imatinib mesylate (Gleevec, STI571) can improve CML in chronic phase.


Primary Objective:

To increase the proportion of patients achieving a complete cytogenetic response in patients with Ph-positive early chronic phase CML using initial Gleevec therapy.

Secondary Objective:

To evaluate the duration of cytogenetic response, duration of hematologic response and survival.

Condition Intervention Phase
Leukemia, Myeloid, Chronic-Phase Drug: Gleevec Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Therapy of Early Chronic Phase Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML) With Gleevec (STI571)

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Further study details as provided by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Number of patients achieving complete cytogenetic response using initial Gleevec therapy [ Time Frame: Baseline to 12 Months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Duration of cytogenic response, hematologic response and survival [ Time Frame: Baseline, 12 Months, 2 Years or until disease progression ]

Enrollment: 50
Study Start Date: March 2001
Study Completion Date: August 2013
Primary Completion Date: November 2002 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Gleevec
Gleevec 400 mg orally daily. Dose adjustments made at discretion of treating physician within these guidelines: The highest dose acceptable is 800 mg daily. The lowest dose acceptable is 300 mg. No dose adjustment of more than 200 mg at one time is allowed. Dose adjustments to less than 300 mg may be approved after consultation with the principal investigator.
Drug: Gleevec
Starting dose of 400 mg orally daily.
Other Names:
  • Imatinib Mesylate
  • STI-571

Detailed Description:

Before treatment starts, patients will have a physical exam including medical history and documentation of disease, blood tests, and a bone marrow study. The bone marrow will be removed with a large needle.

Patients on this study will take 400 mg of imatinib daily (morning or evening). If you have side effects, the dose may be lowered. If the response is not good, the dose of imatinib mesylate will be increased to 800 mg daily (400 mg in the morning and 400 mg in the evening) or may be decreased to 300 mg daily based on how the drug is tolerated. Imatinib mesylate should be taken with a large glass of water. Bottles containing the tablets will be given to the patient every 6 months. Unused supplies must be returned at the end of the study.

After completing 3 to 12 months of therapy, response to imatinib mesylate will be evaluated. If the response is good, treatment with imatinib mesylate alone will be continued. Treatment may be continued for up to 20 years, or as long as it is judged best to control the leukemia.

Update: June 2010:

Blood tests are recommended 2 times per year. Your doctor will discuss with you how often you should have blood tests. Bone marrow will be done if your doctor thinks it is necessary to check your disease. You must return to MD Anderson at least once every year. You may not need a bone marrow test every visit, but you will have blood drawn to measure the amount of disease you have. If the leukemia cannot be found for 2 years or longer on the blood test called PCR which is done to measure the amount of disease you have, your doctor may talk to you about stopping treatment with imatinib. If you and your doctor decide to stop your therapy, you will have a blood test for PCR done every 3 to 6 months. You do not need to return to MD Anderson to have this blood test done. You may have the blood taken by your local doctor and mailed to MD Anderson. If the leukemia is found again by the PCR blood test, your doctor may recommend that you restart treatment with imatinib. You may decide to stay on treatment with imatinib even if your PCR blood test does not show any sign of leukemia for 2 years or longer.

This is an investigational study. Imatinib mesylate has been approved in CML. A total of 50 patients will take part in this study. All will be enrolled at MD Anderson.


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Ages Eligible for Study:   15 Years and older   (Child, Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Diagnosis of Philadelphia chromosome (Ph)- positive or breakpoint cluster region (bcr)-positive CML in early chronic (diagnosis < 12 months).
  2. Age 15 years or above
  3. Adequate renal, hepatic, cardiac and performance status (ECOG 0-2) - no psychiatric disability (psychosis)
  4. Signed informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Grade 3-4 cardiac
  2. Psychiatric problem
  3. Pregnant or lactating
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00048672

United States, Texas
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas, United States, 77030
Sponsors and Collaborators
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Novartis Pharmaceuticals
Principal Investigator: Jorge E Cortes, MD M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
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Additional Information:
Publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00048672     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: ID01-015
First Submitted: November 5, 2002
First Posted: November 6, 2002
Last Update Posted: January 20, 2016
Last Verified: January 2016

Keywords provided by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center:
Early Chronic Phase Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia
Imatinib mesylate

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Leukemia, Myelogenous, Chronic, BCR-ABL Positive
Leukemia, Myeloid, Chronic-Phase
Leukemia, Myeloid
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Myeloproliferative Disorders
Bone Marrow Diseases
Hematologic Diseases
Imatinib Mesylate
Antineoplastic Agents
Protein Kinase Inhibitors
Enzyme Inhibitors
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action