Fludarabine, Cyclophosphamide, and Rituximab - High Dose Frontline

This study has been completed.
Genentech, Inc.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First received: November 18, 2008
Last updated: December 19, 2014
Last verified: December 2014

Primary Objective:

  • To evaluate the efficacy (combined morphologic and flow remissions) of a combination of fludarabine, cyclophosphamide and multiple dose rituximab as frontline therapy for CLL.

Secondary Objective:

  • To evaluate remission duration and survival.

Condition Intervention Phase
Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
Drug: Fludarabine Phosphate
Drug: Cyclophosphamide
Drug: Rituximab
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Fludarabine, Cyclophosphamide, and Multiple Dose Rituximab as Frontline Therapy in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL)

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

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Efficacy (combined morphologic and flow remissions) of a combination of fludarabine, cyclophosphamide and multiple dose rituximab as frontline therapy for CLL. [ Time Frame: 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Remission Duration and Survival [ Time Frame: 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 66
Study Start Date: December 2003
Study Completion Date: December 2014
Primary Completion Date: December 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: FCR-Multiple Dose Rituximab
Fludarabine phosphate + Cyclophosphamide + Rituximab
Drug: Fludarabine Phosphate
25 mg/m^2 by vein over 5-30 minutes daily for 3 days (days 2-4)
Other Names:
  • Fludara®
  • Fludarabine
Drug: Cyclophosphamide
250 mg/m^2 by vein over 60 minutes daily for 3 days (days 2-4)
Other Names:
  • Cytoxan®
  • Neosar®
Drug: Rituximab
375 mg/m^2 by vein for dose 1 (given 1 day prior to chemotherapy) and then 500 mg/m^2 on days 2-3
Other Name: Rituxan®

Detailed Description:


Fludarabine and cyclophosphamide are chemotherapy drugs that are used in the treatment of CLL. Rituximab is a monoclonal antibody that binds to lymphoma cells and causes cell death.

Before treatment starts, you will have a complete physical exam and routine blood tests (about 2 teaspoons). A bone marrow sample will be collected. To collect a bone marrow sample, 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 blood or urine pregnancy test.

Rituximab will be given through a needle (IV) in a vein on Days 1, 2, and 3. One day after the first dose of rituximab (Day 2), fludarabine and cyclophosphamide will be given through a needle (IV) in a vein daily for 3 days (Days 2, 3, 4). After the first month, all the drugs will be given on Days 1, 2, 3. Other IV fluids such as saline will be given on all of the treatment days for hydration, which means that the daily visit will take about six hours. The combination will be repeated once every 4 to 6 weeks for a total of 6 courses.

The drugs acetaminophen (Tylenol) and diphenhydramine hydrochloride (Benadryl) will be given before the dose of rituximab. This will be done to decrease the risk of side effects. If side effects do occur during rituximab treatment, the drug may have to be stopped until the side effects go away and then restarted so the time in the outpatient area may be longer.

The first treatment will be given at M. D. Anderson. The other 5 courses can be performed ether at M. D. Anderson or at home with your regular physician.

The same doses of all three drugs will be used throughout the study unless side effects become severe. In that case, the dose may be lowered or the treatment may be stopped. You will be taken off study if the disease gets worse.

During treatments, patients will have blood samples (about 1 teaspoon each) taken once every 1-2 weeks. Bone marrow studies will be done at the end of the 3rd and 6th chemotherapy courses.

After treatment is completed, you will have blood tests (about 2 teaspoons each) done every 3 months for as long as you are in remission.

This is an investigational study. The FDA has approved all of the drugs used in this study and they are commercially available. However, their use in this study is investigational. As many as 64 patients will take part in the study. All will be enrolled at M. D. Anderson.


Ages Eligible for Study:   16 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. 16 years or older
  2. Untreated CLL with indication for therapy or minimally treated (e.g. less than 1 month of steroids or chemotherapy) are eligible
  3. Performance status of 3 or better (Appendix A)
  4. Adequate renal and hepatic function (creatinine <2 mg%, bilirubin <2mg%). Patient with renal or liver dysfunction due to organ infiltration by lymphocytes may be eligible after discussion with the study chairman but upper limits for creatinine even under these circumstances would be creatinine < 3 mg% and bilirubin < 6 mg%. Patients with Gilbert's Syndrome may be entered on study with bilirubin 2-7 mg%..
  5. A signed informed consent in keeping with policies of the hospital

Exclusion Criteria:

1) None

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00794820

United States, Texas
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas, United States, 77030
Sponsors and Collaborators
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Genentech, Inc.
Principal Investigator: Susan O'Brien, M.D. M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00794820     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2003-0591  NCI-2010-01220 
Study First Received: November 18, 2008
Last Updated: December 19, 2014
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center:
Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
Fludarabine phosphate

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Leukemia, Lymphocytic, Chronic, B-Cell
Leukemia, Lymphoid
Immune System Diseases
Immunoproliferative Disorders
Leukemia, B-Cell
Lymphatic Diseases
Lymphoproliferative Disorders
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Fludarabine phosphate
Alkylating Agents
Anti-Infective Agents
Antimetabolites, Antineoplastic
Antineoplastic Agents
Antineoplastic Agents, Alkylating
Antirheumatic Agents
Antiviral Agents
Immunologic Factors
Immunosuppressive Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Myeloablative Agonists
Pharmacologic Actions
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Therapeutic Uses

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