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Phase 2 Study of the Combination of Bruton's Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitor PCI-32765 and Rituximab in High-Risk Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia and Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma Patients

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
Pharmacyclics LLC.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Identifier:
First received: January 25, 2012
Last updated: August 11, 2016
Last verified: August 2016

The goal of this clinical research study is to learn if PCI-32765 (Ibrutinib) combined with rituximab can help to control CLL and SLL. The safety of this combination will also be studied.

Ibrutinib is designed to stop a protein from working in the cells, which may cause the cancer cells to die or stop growing.

Rituximab is designed to attach to cancer cells and damage them, which may cause the cells to die.

Condition Intervention Phase
Drug: Rituximab
Drug: PCI-32765
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase 2 Study of the Combination of the Bruton's Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitor PCI-32765 and Rituximab in High-Risk Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) and Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma (SLL) Patients

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

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Progression Free Survival (PFS) [ Time Frame: One year or till disease progression or death ]
    Progression free survival defined as the time interval from treatment to progressive disease or death, whichever happens earlier. Participants in complete remission (CR), partial remission (PR) or stable disease (SD) are all counted as progression-free. Survival or times to progression functions estimated using the Kaplan-Meier method.

Estimated Enrollment: 40
Study Start Date: February 2012
Estimated Primary Completion Date: February 2018 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Rituximab + PCI-32765
Rituximab (375 mg/m2) given intravenously (IV) on Day 1, Day 8, Day 15, and Day 22, then continued once every 4 weeks only on Days 1 during cycles 2 - 6. PCI-32765 started on Day 2 of cycle 1 at a dose of 420 mg (3 * 140-mg capsules) orally daily and will be continued daily.
Drug: Rituximab
375 mg/m2 intravenously on Day 1, Day 8, Day 15, and Day 22, then continued once every 4 weeks only on Days 1 during cycles 2 - 6.
Other Name: Rituxan
Drug: PCI-32765
420 mg (3 * 140-mg capsules) orally started on Day 2 of cycle 1 once daily and will be continued daily.

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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:

  1. 1.Patients must have a diagnosis of high-risk CLL/SLL and be previously treated with up to 3 lines of prior therapy. High-risk CLL and high-risk SLL is defined by the presence of a 17p deletion or 11q deletion or TP53 mutation. Any CLL and SLL patient who has a short remission duration of less than 3 years after prior first-line chemo-immunotherapy, such as the FCR regimen, also fulfills criteria of high-risk CLL/SLL, regardless of the presence or absence of cytogenetic abnormalities.
  2. 2.CLL and SLL patients with 17p deletion or TP53 mutation will not be required to have received any prior therapy, given the poor outcome of CLL/SLL patients to standard frontline chemo-immunotherapy, such patients will be eligible if they are untreated or if they have received up to 3 lines of prior therapy.
  3. Patients must have an indication for treatment by 2008 IWCLL Criteria.
  4. Patients age > 18 years at the time of signing informed consent. Understand and voluntarily sign an informed consent. Be able to comply with study procedures and follow-up examinations.
  5. ECOG/WHO performance status of 0-1.
  6. Patients of childbearing potential must be willing to practice highly effective birth control (e.g., condoms, implants, injectables, combined oral contraceptives, some intrauterine devices [IUDs], sexual abstinence, or sterilized partner) during the study and for 30 days after the last dose of study drug. Women of childbearing potential include any female who has experienced menarche and who has not undergone successful surgical sterilization (hysterectomy, bilateral tubal ligation, or bilateral oophorectomy) or is not postmenopausal. Post menopause is defined as follows: Amenorrhea >/= 12 consecutive months without another cause and a documented serum follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) level >35 mIU/mL; a male of childbearing potential is any male that has not been surgically sterilized.
  7. Adequate renal and hepatic function as indicated by all of the following: Total bilirubin </=1.5 x institutional Upper Limit of Normal (ULN) except for patients with bilirubin elevation due to Gilbert's disease who will be allowed to participate; an ALT </=2.5 x ULN; and an estimated creatinine clearance (CrCl) of > 30 mL/min, as calculated by the Cockcroft-Gault equation unless disease related.
  8. Free of prior malignancies for 3 years with exception of currently treated basal cell, squamous cell carcinoma of the skin, or carcinoma in situ of the cervix or breast.
  9. A Urine Pregnancy Test (within 7 days of Day 1) is required for women with childbearing potential

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Pregnant or breast-feeding females.
  2. Treatment including chemotherapy, chemo-immunotherapy , monoclonal antibody therapy, radiotherapy, high-dose corticosteroid therapy (more than 60 mg prednisone or equivalent daily), or immunotherapy within 21 days prior to enrollment or concurrent with this trial.
  3. Investigational agent received within 30 days prior to the first dose of study drug or have previously taken PCI-32765. If received any investigational agent prior to this time point, drug-related toxicities must have recovered to Grade 1 or less prior to first dose of study drug.
  4. Systemic fungal, bacterial, viral, or other infection not controlled (defined as exhibiting ongoing signs/symptoms related to the infection and without improvement, despite appropriate antibiotics or other treatment).
  5. Patients with uncontrolled Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia (AIHA) or autoimmune thrombocytopenia (ITP).
  6. Patients with severe hematopoietic insufficiency, as defined by an absolute neutrophil count of less than 500/micro-L and/or a platelet count of less than 30,000/micro-L at time of screening for this protocol.
  7. Any other severe concurrent disease, or have a history of serious organ dysfunction or disease involving the heart, kidney, liver or other organ system that may place the patient at undue risk to undergo therapy with PCI-32765 and rituximab.
  8. Significant cardiovascular disease such as uncontrolled or symptomatic arrhythmias, congestive heart failure, or myocardial infarction within 6 months of screening, or any Class 3 or 4 cardiac disease as defined by the New York Heart Association Functional Classification.
  9. Significant screening ECG abnormalities including left bundle branch block, 2nd degree AV block type II, 3rd degree block, bradycardia, and QTc > 470 msec.
  10. Any serious medical condition, laboratory abnormality, or psychiatric illness that places the subject at unacceptable risk if he/she were to participate in the study.
  11. History of stroke or cerebral hemorrhage within 6 months.
  12. Evidence of bleeding diathesis or coagulopathy.
  13. Major surgical procedure, open biopsy, or significant traumatic injury within 28 days prior to Day 1, anticipation of need for major surgical procedure during the course of the study.
  14. Minor surgical procedures, fine needle aspirations or core biopsies within 7 days prior to Day 1. Bone marrow aspiration and/or biopsy are allowed.
  15. Serious, non-healing wound, ulcer, or bone fracture.
  16. Treatment with Coumadin. Patients who recently received Coumadin must be off Coumadin for at least 7 days prior to start of the study.
  17. Any chemotherapy (e.g., bendamustine, cyclophosphamide, pentostatin, or fludarabine), immunotherapy (e.g., alemtuzumab, or ofatumumab), bone marrow transplant, experimental therapy, or radiotherapy is prohibited during therapy on this study.
  18. Use of medications known to prolong QTc interval or that may be associated with Torsades de Pointes (refer to Appendix F) are prohibited within 7 days of starting study drug and during study-drug treatment.
  19. Requires treatment with strong CYP3A4/5 and/or CYP2D6 inhibitors.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01520519

United States, Texas
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas, United States, 77030
Sponsors and Collaborators
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Pharmacyclics LLC.
Principal Investigator: Jan A. Burger, MD M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
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Additional Information:
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Identifier: NCT01520519     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2011-0785
NCI-2012-00126 ( Registry Identifier: NCI CTRP )
Study First Received: January 25, 2012
Last Updated: August 11, 2016

Keywords provided by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center:
Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Leukemia, Lymphocytic, Chronic, B-Cell
Leukemia, Lymphoid
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Lymphoproliferative Disorders
Lymphatic Diseases
Immunoproliferative Disorders
Immune System Diseases
Leukemia, B-Cell
Antineoplastic Agents
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs
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