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5-Azacytidine (Azacytidine; Vidaza) in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00413478
Recruitment Status : Terminated (Slow accrual.)
First Posted : December 19, 2006
Results First Posted : June 30, 2015
Last Update Posted : June 30, 2015
Celgene Corporation
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Brief Summary:
The objective of this study is to determine the safety and efficacy of Azacytidine in fludarabine-resistant chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), Richter's transformation, and T-cell prolymphocytic leukemia (T-PLL).

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Leukemia Drug: 5-Azacytidine Phase 2

Detailed Description:

Azacytidine is designed to block certain genes in cancer cells whose job is to stop the function of the tumor-fighting genes. By blocking the "bad" genes, the tumor-fighting genes may be able to work better.

Before you can start treatment on this study, you will have "screening tests." These tests will help the doctor decide if you are eligible to take part in this study. You will have blood drawn (about 3 teaspoons) to check your kidney and liver function (routine blood tests). You may have a bone marrow aspiration performed (if you have not had one in recent weeks). To collect a bone marrow aspirate, an area of the hip or chest bone is numbed with anesthetic, and a small amount of bone marrow is withdrawn through a large needle. Women who are able to have children must have a negative urine pregnancy test.

If you agree to take part in this study, you will receive azacytidine by subcutaneous (just under the skin) injection every day for 7 days. This course of treatment will be repeated every 3-8 weeks, depending on the results of your routine blood tests.

Your doctor may increase or decrease your dose of azacytidine, depending on if you experience any side effects. You will continue to receive treatment on this study unless the disease gets worse or you experience any intolerable side effects. If the disease gets worse or you experience any intolerable side effects, you will be taken off this study.

This is an investigational study. This is an investigational study. Azacytidine has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of myelodysplastic syndrome. Up to 37 patients will take part in this study. All will be enrolled at M. D. Anderson.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 9 participants
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Phase II Study of 5-Azacytidine (Azacytidine; Vidaza) in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
Study Start Date : September 2006
Actual Primary Completion Date : November 2014
Actual Study Completion Date : November 2014

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: 5-Azacytidine
5-Azacytidine 75mg/m^2 subcutaneously daily for seven days. Treatment cycles will be repeated every 3-8 weeks.
Drug: 5-Azacytidine
Starting dose level: 75mg/m^2 subcutaneously daily for seven days. Treatment cycles will be repeated every 3-8 weeks.
Other Names:
  • Azacytidine
  • Vidaza
  • 5-aza
  • 5-AZC
  • AZA-CR
  • Ladakamycin
  • NSC-102816

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Tumor Response Rate (Complete, Partial) of Azacytidine [ Time Frame: 3 to 8 weeks treatment cycles, continuation up to 1 year ]
    Overall response rate includes percentage of participants with complete response (CR) plus partial response (PR) responses using the National Cancer Institute (NCI) International Workshop on Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (IWCLL) criteria for response: Complete response defined as no palpable lymph nodes, liver or spleen and absence of symptoms. Neutrophil count > 15,00/Mic L, and platelet count more than 100,000/MicL. Hemoglobin should be > 11g/dl without transfusions. Lymphocyte count <4000/micL. On bone marrow aspirate lymphocyte % should be <30%, and biopsy showing no lymphocyte infiltrate. A partial response was defined as more than or equal to 50% decrease in lymph nodes and liver and spleen size. Neutrophils > 1500/ micL or >50 % improvement from baseline, platelet count >100,000/micL or >50 % improvement from baseline. Hemoglobin >11g/dl or >50% improvement from baseline. A reduction of >50% in Leukocyte count or <30 % lymphocytes with residual disease on biopsy for nodular PR.

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), prolymphocytic leukemia, Richter's transformation or T-PLL who have previously been treated with fludarabine or another regime are eligible.
  2. Patients with histologically or cytologically confirmed Richter's transformation.
  3. Serum glutamic-oxaloacetic transaminase (SGOT) or serum glutamic-pyruvic transaminase (SGPT) less than x 2 normal levels.
  4. Women of childbearing potential who have a negative pregnancy test prior to azacytidine treatment.
  5. Women of childbearing potential who agreed not to become pregnant and men agreed not to father a child while on azacytidine treatment.
  6. Performance 0-2 (ECOG). Adequate liver function (bilirubin of less than2mg/dl) and renal function (creatinine less than 2mg/dl). Adequate cardiac functions (NYHA cardiac III-IV excluded).
  7. Signed informed consent.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Breast feeding or pregnant females. Patients of (male and female) childbearing potential should practice effective methods of contraception; otherwise, they will be excluded. Should a woman become pregnant or suspect she is pregnant while participating in this study, she should inform her treating physician immediately.
  2. Known or suspected hypersensitivity to azacytidine or Mannitol.
  3. Active and uncontrolled infections.
  4. Patients with advanced malignant hepatic tumors.
  5. Uncontrolled intercurrent illness including, but not limited to, symptomatic congestive heart failure, unstable angina pectoris, or psychiatric illness/social situations that would limit compliance with study requirements.

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To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00413478

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United States, Texas
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas, United States, 77030
Sponsors and Collaborators
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Celgene Corporation
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Principal Investigator: Zeev Estrov, MD M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Additional Information:
Publications of Results:
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Responsible Party: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Identifier: NCT00413478     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2006-0428
NCI-2010-00552 ( Registry Identifier: NCI CTRP )
First Posted: December 19, 2006    Key Record Dates
Results First Posted: June 30, 2015
Last Update Posted: June 30, 2015
Last Verified: June 2015

Keywords provided by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center:
Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
Richter's transformation

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Leukemia, Lymphoid
Leukemia, Lymphocytic, Chronic, B-Cell
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Lymphoproliferative Disorders
Lymphatic Diseases
Immunoproliferative Disorders
Immune System Diseases
Leukemia, B-Cell
Antimetabolites, Antineoplastic
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Antineoplastic Agents
Enzyme Inhibitors