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Alefacept in Treating Patients With Relapsed or Refractory Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma or Peripheral T-Cell Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
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First received: February 20, 2007
Last updated: June 23, 2015
Last verified: June 2015

RATIONALE: Combinations of biological substances in alefacept may be able to carry cancer-killing substances directly to cancer cells.

PURPOSE: This phase I trial is studying the side effects and best dose of alefacept in treating patients with relapsed or refractory cutaneous T-cell lymphoma or peripheral T-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Condition Intervention Phase
Lymphoma Drug: Alefacept Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase I Study of Alefacept (AmeviveTM) in the Treatment of Cutaneous T-cell Lymphoma and Peripheral T-cell NHL

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Further study details as provided by Mayo Clinic:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Tolerability [ Time Frame: 9/21/2006 - 7/06/2010 ]
  • Immunostimulation [ Time Frame: 9/22/2006 - 6/08/2010 ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Clinical response [ Time Frame: 1/05/2007 - 2/25/2011 ]

Estimated Enrollment: 24
Study Start Date: March 2006
Estimated Study Completion Date: May 2018
Primary Completion Date: July 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: alefacept
Determine both the maximum tolerated dose level as well as the optimal immunologic dose and toxicity.
Drug: Alefacept
Dose escalation theme. 0.075mg/kg by IV Weekly x 8 to 0.30mg/kg IV Weekly x 8
Other Name: Amevive

Detailed Description:



  • Determine the maximum tolerated dose or the optimal immunologic dose of alefacept in patients with relapsed or refractory cutaneous T-cell lymphoma or peripheral T-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.


  • Determine if antitumor activity of this drug exists in these patients.

OUTLINE: This is a multicenter, dose-escalation study.

  • Induction therapy: Patients receive alefacept IV over 2-5 minutes once weekly for up to 8 weeks in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. Patients with stable disease or complete or partial response after induction therapy proceed to maintenance therapy.

Cohorts of 6 patients receive escalating doses of alefacept until the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) is determined. The MTD is defined as the dose preceding that at which 2 of 6 patients experience dose-limiting toxicity. The optimal immunologic dose is defined as the dose that does not exceed the MTD, has the highest alefacept level, and achieves saturation of CD2 receptors.

  • Maintenance therapy: Patients receive alefacept IV on day 1. Treatment repeats every 4 weeks for 10-12 courses in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

Patients who experience disease progression during maintenance therapy may receive reinduction therapy* comprising 4 weekly doses of alefacept. The patient then proceeds to a second maintenance phase in the absence of disease progression.

NOTE: *Only 1 reinduction allowed.

Patients undergo blood and tissue collection periodically for pharmacological studies. Blood serum is analyzed for alefacept concentration, cytokine concentration, CD16 polymorphisms, and CD2 saturation via flow cytometry.

After completion of study treatment, patients are followed every 3 months for up to 3 years and then periodically thereafter.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 24 patients will be accrued for this study.


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


  • Histologically confirmed cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL) or peripheral T-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

    • Diagnostic biopsies must have been obtained within the past 6 months
  • Relapsed or refractory disease

    • Patients with CTCL must have failed ≥ 2 skin-directed therapies

      • No limit on the number of prior therapies
  • Measurable disease, defined as at least 1 bidimensionally measurable lesion > 2 cm by CT scan, MRI, physical exam, or photograph with appended ruler

    • At least 2 bidimensionally measurable target lesions required for patients with skin lesions only
  • No CNS lymphoma


  • ECOG performance status 0-2
  • Absolute neutrophil count ≥ 1,000/mm^3
  • Platelet count ≥ 75,000/mm^3
  • Hemoglobin ≥ 9 g/dL
  • Total bilirubin ≤ 2 times upper limit of normal (ULN) OR direct bilirubin ≤ 1.5 times ULN
  • AST ≤ 3 times ULN (≤ 5 times ULN if liver involvement)
  • Creatinine ≤ 2 times ULN
  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Negative pregnancy test
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception
  • Willing to provide all research blood samples as required by the protocol
  • Willing to undergo repeat biopsy of either an accessible skin lesion or lymph node, if there are no circulating sezary cells, for the purpose of research studies (patients without easily accessible lesions are not required to have a repeat biopsy solely for research purposes but must be willing to provide a portion of the on-study biopsy or a previous lymphoma biopsy, if available)
  • No known congenital or acquired immunodeficiency syndromes, including HIV
  • No known active viral hepatitis or tuberculosis infection
  • No uncontrolled infection
  • No other uncontrolled serious medical condition unrelated to lymphoma (e.g., cardiac arrhythmia or diabetes)
  • No other active malignancies
  • No history of serious allergic reaction to citrate or glycine


  • See Disease Characteristics
  • More than 3 weeks since prior cytotoxic chemotherapy
  • More than 3 weeks since prior denileukin diftitox
  • More than 3 weeks since prior radiotherapy (less than 3 weeks if the acute side effects of this therapy are resolved)
  • More than 2 weeks since prior oral corticosteroids (unless being used to treat adrenal insufficiency)
  • More than 2 weeks since prior phototherapy, including ultraviolet B and psoralen with ultraviolet A
  • More than 1 week since prior biologic therapy
  • No concurrent chemotherapy, other immunotherapy, or radiotherapy
  • No other concurrent investigational agents
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00438802

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, 52242-1002
United States, Minnesota
Mayo Clinic Cancer Center
Rochester, Minnesota, United States, 55905
Sponsors and Collaborators
Mayo Clinic
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Study Chair: Thomas E. Witzig, MD Mayo Clinic
  More Information

Responsible Party: Mayo Clinic Identifier: NCT00438802     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000530071
P50CA097274 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
P30CA015083 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
LS058C ( Other Identifier: Mayo Clinic Cancer Center )
06-002246 ( Other Identifier: Mayo Clinic IRB )
Study First Received: February 20, 2007
Last Updated: June 23, 2015

Keywords provided by Mayo Clinic:
recurrent cutaneous T-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma
angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma
anaplastic large cell lymphoma
adult nasal type extranodal NK/T-cell lymphoma
recurrent mycosis fungoides/Sezary syndrome

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Lymphoma, T-Cell
Lymphoma, T-Cell, Cutaneous
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Lymphoproliferative Disorders
Lymphatic Diseases
Immunoproliferative Disorders
Immune System Diseases
Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin
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