Rituximab and Combination Chemotherapy in Treating Patients With Newly Diagnosed Stage II, Stage III, or Stage IV Hodgkin's Lymphoma

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center
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First received: August 24, 2006
Last updated: June 16, 2014
Last verified: June 2014

RATIONALE: Monoclonal antibodies, such as rituximab, can block cancer growth in different ways. Some block the ability of cancer cells to grow and spread. Others find cancer cells and help kill them or carry cancer-killing substances to them. Drugs used in chemotherapy work in different ways to stop the growth of cancer cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. Giving rituximab together with combination chemotherapy may kill more cancer cells.

PURPOSE: This phase II trial is studying how well giving rituximab together with combination chemotherapy works in treating patients with newly diagnosed stage II, stage III, or stage IV Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Condition Intervention Phase
Biological: bleomycin sulfate
Biological: rituximab
Drug: ABVD regimen
Drug: dacarbazine
Drug: doxorubicin hydrochloride
Drug: vinblastine
Genetic: DNA methylation analysis
Other: laboratory biomarker analysis
Radiation: fludeoxyglucose F 18
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Phase II Trial of Rituximab -ABVD for Classical Hodgkin's Disease

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Impact of rituximab on plasma DNA biomarkers [ Time Frame: 5 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Relationship between marker detection and clinical outcome [ Time Frame: 5 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Event-free survival [ Time Frame: until death ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Addition of information to fludeoxyglucose F 18 positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) by plasma DNA biomarkers [ Time Frame: 5 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 50
Study Start Date: May 2006
Estimated Primary Completion Date: May 2016 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:



  • Investigate plasma DNA biomarkers, including plasma clonal immunoglobulin DNA, tumor suppressor gene methylation, and Epstein-Barr virus DNA, in patients receiving rituximab and doxorubicin hydrochloride, bleomycin, vinblastine, and dacarbazine (ABVD) for newly diagnosed stage II-IV classical Hodgkin's lymphoma.
  • Characterize the impact of rituximab on these markers.
  • Characterize the relationship between marker detection and clinical outcome.


  • Estimate the event-free survival of patients with newly diagnosed Hodgkin's lymphoma treated with rituximab and ABVD.
  • Assess the presence of Hodgkin's lymphoma stem cells in peripheral blood mononuclear cells at baseline, after treatment with rituximab, and after treatment with ABVD.
  • Assess whether plasma DNA biomarkers add information to fludeoxyglucose F 18 positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) in assessing tumor response.

OUTLINE: Patients receive doxorubicin hydrochloride IV, vinblastine IV, bleomycin IV, and dacarbazine IV (ABVD) on days 1 and 15 of all courses. Patients also receive rituximab IV on days -6, 1, 8, 15, and 22 of ABVD course 1 and on day 1 only of ABVD courses 2, 4, and 6. Treatment repeats every 28 days for 6-8 courses in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

Patients with bulky disease may undergo radiotherapy.

Plasma samples are obtained during treatment for investigation of tumor markers (e.g., immunoglobulin rearrangement, patterns of DNA methylation, and the presence of Epstein-Barr virus DNA). Patients undergo fludeoxyglucose F18 positron emission tomography periodically during the study.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 35 patients will be accrued for this study.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Histologically confirmed classical Hodgkin's lymphoma

    • No lymphocyte-predominant histology
    • Stage II, III, or IV disease
    • Newly diagnosed disease


  • Performance status 0-2
  • Creatinine < 2.0 mg/dL
  • Bilirubin < 5 mg/dL
  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • No HIV positivity
  • Hepatitis B surface antigen negative
  • No active concurrent malignancy except for superficial nonmelanoma skin cancer or cervical carcinoma in situ


  • No prior chemotherapy or radiotherapy for Hodgkin's lymphoma
  • Steroids allowed if medically required before chemotherapy initiation
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00369681

United States, California
City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center
Duarte, California, United States, 91010-3000
United States, Iowa
Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa, United States, 52242-1009
United States, Maryland
Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins
Baltimore, Maryland, United States, 21231-2410
United States, Minnesota
Mayo Clinic Cancer Center
Rochester, Minnesota, United States, 55905
Sponsors and Collaborators
Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center
Study Chair: Yvette L. Kasamon, MD Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center
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Additional Information:
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Additional publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00369681     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: J0615 CDR0000492792, P30CA006973, JHOC-J0615, JHOC-NA_00002473
Study First Received: August 24, 2006
Last Updated: June 16, 2014
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center:
stage II adult Hodgkin lymphoma
stage III adult Hodgkin lymphoma
stage IV adult Hodgkin lymphoma
adult lymphocyte depletion Hodgkin lymphoma
adult mixed cellularity Hodgkin lymphoma
adult nodular sclerosis Hodgkin lymphoma

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on March 26, 2015