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Flavopiridol in Treating Patients With Previously Treated Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia or Lymphocytic Lymphoma

This study has been completed.
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National Cancer Institute (NCI) Identifier:
First received: April 7, 2003
Last updated: June 6, 2014
Last verified: November 2012
This phase I/II trial studies the side effects and best dose of flavopiridol in treating patients with previously treated chronic lymphocytic leukemia or lymphocytic lymphoma. Drugs used in chemotherapy such as flavopiridol work in different ways to stop cancer cells from dividing so they stop growing or die.

Condition Intervention Phase
B-cell Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
Recurrent Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma
Refractory Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
Waldenström Macroglobulinemia
Drug: alvocidib
Phase 1
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Dose-Escalation Study of Flavopiridol (NSC 649890) Administered as a 30 Minute Loading Dose Followed by a 4-Hour Infusion in Patients With Previously Treated B-Cell Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL)/Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma (SLL)

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

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Maximum tolerated dose of flavopiridol determined by dose-limiting toxicities graded assessed utilizing the NCI Common Toxicity Criteria 2.0 [ Time Frame: 6 weeks ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Overall response rate (CR + PR) of flavopiridol in patients evaluated utilizing the Revised National Cancer Institute-sponsored Working Group Guidelines [ Time Frame: Up to 2 years ]
    Descriptive data will be computed and compared using analysis of variance and non-parametric rank equivalents for continuous data and chi-square or Fisher's exact test for discrete data.

Enrollment: 84
Study Start Date: April 2003
Study Completion Date: February 2009
Primary Completion Date: February 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Arm I
Patients receive a loading dose of flavopiridol IV over 30 minutes followed by a 4-hour infusion on days 1, 8, 15, and 22. Treatment repeats every 6 weeks for up to 6 courses in the absence of unacceptable toxicity or disease progression.
Drug: alvocidib
Given IV
Other Names:
  • flavopiridol
  • HMR 1275
  • L-868275

Detailed Description:


I. To determine the toxicity profile, dose-limiting toxicity, and maximum tolerated dose of flavopiridol administered as a 30 minute loading dose followed by a 4-hour infusion once weekly for 4 consecutive weeks every 6 weeks.

II. To determine the safety and feasibility of performing dose escalation to 80 mg/m2 (30 mg/m2 30-minute IV bolus followed by 50 mg/m2 4-hour IV infusion) beginning dose 2 in patients who do not experience severe tumor lysis requiring hemodialysis during dose 1.

III. To determine the pharmacokinetics and cellular pharmacodynamics of flavopiridol administered in this schedule.


I. To determine the complete response (CR) and overall response rate (CR + PR) of flavopiridol in patients with previously-treated CLL administered as a 30 minute loading dose followed by a 4 hour infusion once weekly for 4 consecutive weeks every 6 weeks.

OUTLINE: This is a dose-escalation study.

Patients receive a loading dose of flavopiridol IV over 30 minutes followed by a 4-hour infusion on days 1, 8, 15, and 22. Treatment repeats every 6 weeks for up to 6 courses in the absence of unacceptable toxicity or disease progression.

Cohorts of 3-6 patients receive escalating doses of flavopiridol 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. After the MTD is determined, 12 additional patients are accrued and treated as above at the recommended phase II dose.

After completion of study treatment, patients are followed at 2 months and then every 3 months for 2 years.


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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Diagnosis of B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) or small lymphocytic lymphoma, including Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia, as indicated by the following:

    • Massive or progressive splenomegaly and/or lymphadenopathy
    • Anemia (hemoglobin less than 11 g/dL) or thrombocytopenia (platelet count less than 100,000/mm^3)
    • Weight loss of more than 10% within the past 6 months
    • Grade 2 or 3 fatigue
    • Fevers greater than 100.5º C or night sweats for more than 2 weeks with no evidence of infection
    • Progressive lymphocytosis with an increase of more than 50% over a 2-month period or anticipated doubling time of less than 6 months
  • Received at least 1 prior therapy for CLL
  • Performance status - ECOG 0-2
  • See Disease Characteristics
  • WBC less than 200,000/mm^3
  • Bilirubin no greater than 1.5 times normal (unless due to Gilbert's disease or any of the conditions stated below)*
  • AST no greater than 2 times normal*
  • Creatinine no greater than 2.0 mg/dL
  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Negative pregnancy test
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception
  • No other malignancy that would limit survival to less than 2 years
  • No history of inflammatory bowel disease (e.g., Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis) unless inactive for more than 2 years
  • No psychiatric condition that would preclude compliance with treatment or giving informed consent
  • No other concurrent chemotherapy
  • No concurrent chronic corticosteroids
  • No concurrent hormonal therapy except steroids for new adrenal failure or hormonal agents for nondisease-related conditions (e.g., insulin for diabetes)
  • No concurrent dexamethasone or other corticosteroid-based antiemetics
  • No concurrent radiotherapy
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00058240

United States, Ohio
Ohio State University Medical Center
Columbus, Ohio, United States, 43210
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Principal Investigator: John Byrd Ohio State University
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: National Cancer Institute (NCI) Identifier: NCT00058240     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: NCI-2012-01435
NCI-2012-01435 ( Registry Identifier: CTRP (Clinical Trial Reporting Program) )
OSU 0055 ( Other Identifier: Ohio State University Medical Center )
5746 ( Other Identifier: CTEP )
R21CA112947 ( US NIH Grant/Contract Award Number )
P30CA016058 ( US NIH Grant/Contract Award Number )
U01CA076576 ( US NIH Grant/Contract Award Number )
Study First Received: April 7, 2003
Last Updated: June 6, 2014

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Leukemia, Lymphocytic, Chronic, B-Cell
Leukemia, Lymphoid
Waldenstrom Macroglobulinemia
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Lymphoproliferative Disorders
Lymphatic Diseases
Immunoproliferative Disorders
Immune System Diseases
Leukemia, B-Cell
Neoplasms, Plasma Cell
Hemostatic Disorders
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Blood Protein Disorders
Hematologic Diseases
Hemorrhagic Disorders
Antineoplastic Agents
Growth Inhibitors
Growth Substances
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Protein Kinase Inhibitors
Enzyme Inhibitors
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action processed this record on May 25, 2017