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Everolimus Plus Rituximab for Relapsed/Refractory Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma

This study has been completed.
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First Posted: March 26, 2009
Last Update Posted: October 27, 2014
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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Jeremy Abramson, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital
Everolimus is an oral mTOR inhibitor with demonstrated preliminary efficacy and safety in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) in both preclinical and clinical studies. The purpose of this research study is to determine whether Everolimus plus rituximab is safe and effective in participants with relapsed or refractory DLBCL. Everolimus is an investigational drug that works by blocking a special protein that helps cancer cells grow. The safety and effectiveness of Everolimus in the treatment of DLBCL has not yet been fully determined and is still investigational. The other drug in this study, rituximab, is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in patients who have diffuse large B-cell lymphoma and certain other types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Rituximab is a drug that destroys both normal and cancerous B-cells.

Condition Intervention Phase
Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma Drug: Everolimus Drug: rituximab Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Everolimus in Combination With Rituximab for Relapsed/Refractory Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma

Resource links provided by NLM:

Further study details as provided by Jeremy Abramson, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Overall Response Rate [ Time Frame: Assessed at the conclusion of cycle 2, cycle 4 and cycle 6 ]
    Complete response plus partial response after 6 cycles. Response rate will be evaluated by using the modified Cheson criteria for lymphoma response. Complete response requires all of the following: 1) PET positive prior to therapy: mass of any size permitted if PET negative. Variable FDG-avid or PET negative prior to therapy: regression to normal size on CT (</= 1.5cm in their greatest transverse diameter for nodes >/= 1.5 cm before therapy) 2) Spleen (if enlarged before therapy) must have regressed in size and must not be palpable, 3) If bone marrow is known to be involved, repeat biopsy documents clearance. Partial response requires 1) >/= 50% decrease in SPD, 2) No new sites of disease or increase in the size of other nodes, liver or spleen, 3) Splenic and hepatic nodules must regress by at least 50% in SPD

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Duration of Overall Response [ Time Frame: 2 years ]
    Duration of overall response is measured from the time measurement criteria are met for complete response or partial response until the first date that recurrent or progressive disease is objectively documented.

  • Progression-free Survival [ Time Frame: 2 years ]
    Progression-free survival is defined as the duration of time from start of treatment to time of documentation of progression or death

Enrollment: 26
Study Start Date: May 2009
Study Completion Date: November 2011
Primary Completion Date: November 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Intervention Details:
    Drug: Everolimus
    Taken orally once daily in the morning
    Drug: rituximab
    Given intravenously on Days 1, 8, 15, and 22 of Cycle 1 then on Day 1 of cycles 2-6
Detailed Description:

Participants will receive oral Everolimus and intravenous rituximab for DLBCL that has relapsed or been refractory to prior therapy.

  • Each treatment cycle lasts 28 days (4 weeks). Everolimus will be taken orally, once daily in the morning.
  • Rituximab will be administered by an intravenous (IV) infusion on Days 1, 8, 15 and 22 of Cycle 1. In Cycles 2-6, rituximab will be administered only on Day 1 of each cycle.
  • Participants will come into the clinic weekly during the first cycle, then on Day 1 of all cycles thereafter. The following tests and procedures will be performed:
  • Weekly During Cycle 1: blood tests
  • Day 1 of all Subsequent Cycles: brief physical examination; review of current medications, treatments, symptoms and side effects; vital signs; performance status evaluation; blood tests.
  • A full body CT and PET scan to assess the participants tumor will be done within 7 days of completing cycles 2, 4, 6, 9 and 12.

Responding subjects may receive up to 6 cycles of Everolimus plus rituximab, and an additional 6 months of oral Everolimus for participants continuing to respond.


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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Histologically determined DLBCL that is relapsed or primary refractory after initial therapy
  • Greater than 1 prior line of chemotherapy (including an anthracycline unless contraindicated) or immunotherapy. Patients must have relapsed after autologous stem cell transplantation, not be eligible for autologous stem call transplantation in the judgment of the investigator, or refuse autologous stem cell transplantation. Salvage chemotherapy and high dose conditioning for autologous stem cell transplantation count as two separate regimens.
  • Measurable disease that has not been previously irradiated on PET-CT of at least 2cm, OR if the patient has had previous radiation to the marker lesion(s), there must be evidence of progression since the radiation. Imaging must be completed no greater than 3 weeks from study enrollment.
  • ECOG performance status 0-2
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Life expectancy of greater than 3 months
  • Adequate Organ and marrow function
  • Fasting serum cholesterol of 300 mg/dl or less OR 7.75 mmol/L or less AND fasting triglycerides 2.5 x ULN or less

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Currently receiving anticancer therapies or who have received anticancer therapies within 3 weeks of the start of the study drug
  • Receiving any other investigational agents, or have received investigational agents within 4 weeks of beginning treatment
  • Major surgery or significant traumatic injury within 4 weeks of start of study drug, patients who have not recovered from the side effects of any major surgery (defined as requiring general anesthesia) or patients that may require major surgery during the course of the study
  • Known leptomeningeal or brain metastases. Imaging or spinal fluid analysis to exclude CNS involvement is not required, unless there is clinical suspicion by the treating investigator
  • Known HIV infection
  • Systemic fungal, bacterial, viral, or other infection not controlled
  • Prior history of malignancy (except for non-melanoma skin cancer or in situ cervical or breast cancer) unless disease free for at least one year. Patients with prostate cancer are allowed if PSA is less than 1
  • Patients should not receive immunization with attenuated live vaccines within one week of study entry or during study period
  • Severely impaired lung function defined as DLCO of <60%
  • Uncontrolled diabetes as defined by fasting serum glucose > 1.5 x ULN
  • Liver disease such as cirrhosis, chronic active hepatitis or chronic persistent hepatitis
  • Impairment of gastrointestinal function or gastrointestinal disease that may significantly alter the absorption of Everolimus
  • Active bleeding diathesis
  • Female patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding, or adults of reproductive potential who are not using effective birth control methods
  • Prior treatment with an mTOR inhibitor
  • Known hypersensitivity to murine antibodies,everolimus,other rapamycin
  • Patients who have any severe and/or uncontrolled medical conditions or other conditions that could affect their participation in the study
  • No chronic treatment with systemic corticosteroids or other immunosuppressive agents. Topical or inhaled corticosteroids are permitted
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00869999

United States, Massachusetts
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02114
Beth Israel Deaconsess Medical Center
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02215
Sponsors and Collaborators
Massachusetts General Hospital
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Principal Investigator: Jeremy S. Abramson, MD Massachusetts General Hospital
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Jeremy Abramson, MD, Director, Lymphoma Program, Massachusetts General Hospital
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00869999     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 09-002
First Submitted: March 25, 2009
First Posted: March 26, 2009
Results First Submitted: October 25, 2013
Results First Posted: October 27, 2014
Last Update Posted: October 27, 2014
Last Verified: October 2013

Keywords provided by Jeremy Abramson, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital:

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Lymphoma, B-Cell
Lymphoma, Large B-Cell, Diffuse
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Lymphoproliferative Disorders
Lymphatic Diseases
Immunoproliferative Disorders
Immune System Diseases
Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin
Antineoplastic Agents
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Antirheumatic Agents
Immunosuppressive Agents
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Anti-Infective Agents
Antibiotics, Antineoplastic
Antifungal Agents