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Standard Chemoimmunotherapy (FCR/BR) Versus Rituximab + Venetoclax (RVe) Versus Obinutuzumab (GA101) + Venetoclax (GVe) Versus Obinutuzumab + Ibrutinib + Venetoclax (GIVe) in Fit Patients With Previously Untreated Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) Without Del(17p) or TP53 Mutation (GAIA)

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02950051
Recruitment Status : Recruiting
First Posted : October 31, 2016
Last Update Posted : June 25, 2018
Sponsor:
Collaborators:
Janssen-Cilag Ltd.
Hoffmann-La Roche
AbbVie
Stichting Hemato-Oncologie voor Volwassenen Nederland
Nordic CLL Study Group (NCLLSG)
Swiss Group for Clinical Cancer Research
Cancer Trials Ireland
Israeli Medical Association (IMA)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
German CLL Study Group

Brief Summary:
The aim of this study is to evaluate if standard chemoimmunotherapy (FCR, BR) in frontline treatment of physically fit CLL patients without del17p or TP 53 mutation can be replaced by combinations of targeted drugs (Venetoclax, Ibrutinib) with anti-CD20-antibodies (Rituximab, Obinutuzumab), which may induce extremely long lasting remissions.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Drug: Fludarabine Drug: Cyclophosphamide Biological: Rituximab Drug: Bendamustine Drug: Venetoclax Biological: Obinutuzumab Drug: Ibrutinib Phase 3

Detailed Description:

Chemoimmunotherapy is the standard of care in first-line treatment of CLL patients without del17p or TP 53 mutation; physically fit patients are treated with fludarabine, cyclophosphamide and rituximab (FCR)1. Due to the high risk of severe neutropenias and infections with FCR, bendamustine and rituximab (BR) must be considered in patients aged >65 years.

However, these conventional chemoimmunotherapies are associated with side effects caused by the rather unspecific mode of action of the chemotherapy. Therefore, there is an urgent need for alternatives, especially chemotherapy-free regimens.

In first line treatment of elderly patients with CLL and coexisting conditions, the anti-CD20-antibody obinutuzumab is the new standard therapy. In the CLL11 trial the combination of obinutuzumab with chlorambucil proved to be safe and lead to markedly improved response rates as well as PFS times in comparison to chlorambucil alone or combined with rituximab.

The BCL2 antagonist venetoclax (GDC-0199/ABT-199) showed striking activity with tumor lysis syndrome as dose limiting toxicity in patients with relapsed and refractory CLL. 400 mg venetoclax was determined to be a safe and efficacious dose. Several patients treated with the combination of venetoclax and rituximab in relapsed refractory CLL even achieved MRD negativity. The FDA approved Venetoclax for the treatment of relapsed CLL with 17p/TP53 on 12th April 2016.

Therefore, venetoclax plus CD20-antibody based combinations have the potential to induce higher rates of MRD negativity in frontline therapy of CLL and concomitantly induce lower rates of toxicities so that chemotherapy might be replaced. Furthermore, venetoclax and obinutuzumab demonstrated synergistic activity in a preclinical study of a murine Non-Hodgkin lymphoma xenograft model, and additive activity in a CLL lymph node model. The combination appears tolerable in the firstline treatment of CLL patients with coexisting conditions whilst the toxicity profile of both drugs compares favorably to those of the chemotherapies currently used in the treatment of CLL. Consequently, it should be tested if rituximab can be replaced by obinutuzumab in combination with venetoclax in this trial.

Ibrutinib, a selective, irreversible small molecular inhibitor of Bruton´s Tyrosine Kinase (BTK), showed excellent responses and a safe toxicity profile9,10, even in combination with BR. Ibrutinib is approved for treatment of relapsed CLL as well as frontline therapy of CLL by the FDA and EMA (April 29th 2016).

The combination of ibrutinib and venetoclax showed synergy in primary CLL cells.

Consequently, the aim of the current trial is to evaluate if chemoimmunotherapy in the frontline treatment of physically fit patients in CLL can be replaced by combinations of these targeted drugs with anti-CD20-antibodies.


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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 920 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase 3 Multicenter, Randomized, Prospective, Open-label Trial of Standard Chemoimmunotherapy (FCR/BR) Versus Rituximab Plus Venetoclax (RVe) Versus Obinutuzumab (GA101) Plus Venetoclax (GVe) Versus Obinutuzumab Plus Ibrutinib Plus Venetoclax (GIVe) in Fit Patients With Previously Untreated Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) Without Del(17p) or TP53 Mutation
Study Start Date : October 2016
Estimated Primary Completion Date : January 2023
Estimated Study Completion Date : January 2024


Arm Intervention/treatment
Active Comparator: Standard chemoimmunotherapy (SCIT)

Patients up to age 65: 6 cycles (q28d) of Fludarabine + Cyclophosphamide + Rituximab (FCR)

Patients older than 65 years: 6 cycles (q28d) of Bendamustine + Rituximab (BR)

Drug: Fludarabine
Fludarabine i.v.: cycles 1-6: 25 mg/m², d1-3, q28d
Other Name: Fludura

Drug: Cyclophosphamide
Cyclophosphamide i.v.: cycles 1-6: 250 mg/m², d1-3, q28d
Other Name: Endoxan

Biological: Rituximab
Rituximab i.v. (before chemotherapy): cycle 1: 375 mg/m², d0; cycles 2-6: 500 mg/m², d1; q28d
Other Names:
  • MabThera
  • Rituxan

Drug: Bendamustine
Bendamustine i.v.: cycles 1-6: 90mg/m², d1-2, q28d
Other Names:
  • Ribomustin
  • Levact

Experimental: Rituximab + Venetoclax (RVe)
6 cycles (q28d) of RVe + 6 cycles (q28d) of Venetoclax (alone)
Biological: Rituximab
Rituximab i.v. (before chemotherapy): cycle 1: 375 mg/m², d0; cycles 2-6: 500 mg/m², d1; q28d
Other Names:
  • MabThera
  • Rituxan

Drug: Venetoclax

Venetoclax p.o. (ramp-up: dose escalation until final dose is reached)

cycle 1: 20 mg (2 tabl. at 10 mg), d22-28, q28d

cycle 2: 50 mg (1 tabl. at 50 mg), d1-7; 100 mg (1 tabl. at 100 mg), d8-14; 200 mg (2 tabl. at 100 mg), d15-21; 400 mg (4 tabl. at 100 mg), d22-28, q28d

cycles 3-12: 400 mg (4 tabl. at 100 mg), d1-28, q28d

Other Names:
  • Venclexta
  • Venclyxto

Experimental: Obinutuzumab + Venetoclax (GVe)
6 cycles (q28d) of GVe + 6 cycles (q28d) of Venetoclax (alone)
Drug: Venetoclax

Venetoclax p.o. (ramp-up: dose escalation until final dose is reached)

cycle 1: 20 mg (2 tabl. at 10 mg), d22-28, q28d

cycle 2: 50 mg (1 tabl. at 50 mg), d1-7; 100 mg (1 tabl. at 100 mg), d8-14; 200 mg (2 tabl. at 100 mg), d15-21; 400 mg (4 tabl. at 100 mg), d22-28, q28d

cycles 3-12: 400 mg (4 tabl. at 100 mg), d1-28, q28d

Other Names:
  • Venclexta
  • Venclyxto

Biological: Obinutuzumab

Obinutuzumab i.v.

cycle 1: 100 mg, d1; 900 mg, d1(2); 1000 mg, d8+15, q28d

cycles 2-6: 1000 mg, d1, q28d

Other Names:
  • Gazyva
  • Gazyvaro

Experimental: Obinutuzumab + Ibrutinib + Venetoclax (GIVe)

6 cycles (q28d) of GIVe + 6 cycles (q28d) of Ibrutinib plus Venetoclax.

Administration of ibrutinib will be continued for a maximum of 36 months or until MRD negativity, start of new anti-CLL therapy or inacceptable toxicity, whatever occurs first.

Drug: Venetoclax

Venetoclax p.o. (ramp-up: dose escalation until final dose is reached)

cycle 1: 20 mg (2 tabl. at 10 mg), d22-28, q28d

cycle 2: 50 mg (1 tabl. at 50 mg), d1-7; 100 mg (1 tabl. at 100 mg), d8-14; 200 mg (2 tabl. at 100 mg), d15-21; 400 mg (4 tabl. at 100 mg), d22-28, q28d

cycles 3-12: 400 mg (4 tabl. at 100 mg), d1-28, q28d

Other Names:
  • Venclexta
  • Venclyxto

Biological: Obinutuzumab

Obinutuzumab i.v.

cycle 1: 100 mg, d1; 900 mg, d1(2); 1000 mg, d8+15, q28d

cycles 2-6: 1000 mg, d1, q28d

Other Names:
  • Gazyva
  • Gazyvaro

Drug: Ibrutinib

Ibrutinib p.o.

cycles 1-12: 420 mg, d1-28, q28d

cycles 13-36: 420 mg, d1-28, q28d

Other Name: Imbruvica




Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Miminimal residual disease (MRD) negativity rate in peripheral blood (PB) [ Time Frame: Month 15 ]

    Proportion of MRD negative patients at month15 based on the intention-to-treat population (ITT population), that is the number of MRD negative patients divided by the number of the ITT population. MRD negativity is defined as <1 CLL-cell among 10,000 leukocytes analyzed [0.01%], i.e. < 10-4.

    Primary outcome measure for the comparison of GVe vs. SCIT


  2. Progression free survival (PFS) [ Time Frame: anticipated for January 2023 (after 213 events occured and 73 months after the first patient has been randomized ]

    Time from randomization to the first occurrence of progression or relapse (determined using standard IWCLL guidelines [2008]), or death from any cause, whichever occurs first.

    Primary outcome measure for the comparison GIVe vs. SCIT



Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. MRD negativity rate in PB [ Time Frame: Month 15 ]

    Time from randomization to the first occurrence of progression or relapse (determined using standard IWCLL guidelines [2008]), or death from any cause, whichever occurs first.

    Secondary outcome measure for all other comparisons with the exception of GVe vs. SCIT


  2. MRD levels in PB [ Time Frame: Month 2, 9, 13 and later time points according to the discretion of the treating physician at local laboratories ]
  3. MRD levels in bone marrow (BM) [ Time Frame: at final restaging (RE): 2 month after the end of the last treatment cycle ]
  4. PFS [ Time Frame: anticipated for January 2023 (after 213 events occured and 73 months after the first patient has been randomized) ]

    Time from randomization to the first occurrence of progression or relapse (determined using standard IWCLL guidelines [2008]), or death from any cause, whichever occurs first.

    Secondary outcome measure for all other comparisons with the exception of GIVe vs.SCIT


  5. Overall response rate (ORR) [ Time Frame: Month 3, 9, 13 and 15 ]
  6. Rate of complete responses (CR) / complete responses with incomplete bone marrow recovery(CRi) [ Time Frame: Interim staging (IST: cycle 4 d1), cycle 9 d1 (or final restaging (RE) for patients in the SCIT arm), IR (or three month after RE for patients in the SCIT arm respectively) and Month 15, with regard to best response achieved ]
    Complete response (CR) rate is defined by the proportion of patients having achieved a CR/CRi defined by the IWCLL guidelines as best response until and including the response assessment at Month 6, 9, 12 and 15 (= number of patients with best response CR/CRi divided by the ITT population).



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

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Documented CLL requiring treatment according to iwCLL criteria
  2. Age at least 18 years
  3. Life expectancy ≥ 6 months
  4. Ability and willingness to provide written informed consent and to adhere to the study visit schedule and other protocol requirements
  5. Adequate bone marrow function indicated by a platelet count >30 x10^9/l (unless directly attributable to CLL infiltration of the bone marrow, proven by bone marrow biopsy)
  6. Creatinine clearance ≥70ml/min directly measured with 24hr urine collection or calculated according to the modified formula of Cockcroft and Gault (for men: GFR ≈ ((140 - age) x bodyweight) / (72 x creatinine), for women x 0, 85). For patients with creatinine values within the normal range the calculation of the clearance is not necessary. Dehydrated patients with an estimated creatinine clearance less than 70 ml/min may be eligible if a repeat estimate after adequate hydration is > 70 ml/min
  7. Adequate liver function as indicated by a total bilirubin≤ 2 x, AST/ALT ≤ 2.5 x the institutional ULN value, unless directly attributable to the patient's CLL or to Gilbert's Syndrome
  8. Negative serological testing for hepatitis B (HBsAg negative and anti-HBc negative; patients positive for anti-HBc may be included if PCR for HBV DNA is negative and HBV-DNA PCR is performed every month until 12 months after last treatment cycle), negative testing for hepatitis C RNA within 6 weeks prior to registration
  9. Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group Performance Status (ECOG) performance status 0-2

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Any prior CLL-specific therapies (except corticosteroid treatment administere due to necessary immediate intervention; within the last 10 days before start of study treatment, only dose equivalents of 20 mg prednisolone are permitted).
  2. Transformation of CLL (Richter transformation)
  3. Decompensated hemolysis, defined as ongoing hemoglobin drop in spite of three more concurrent treatments being administered for hemolysis
  4. Detected del(17p) or TP53 mutation
  5. Patients with a history of PML
  6. Any comorbidity or organ system impairment rated with a single CIRS (cumulative illness rating scale) score of 4 (excluding the eyes/ears/nose/throat/larynx organ system), a total CIRS score of more than 6 or any other life-threatening illness, medical condition or organ system dysfunction that, in the investigator´s opinion, could comprise the patients safety or interfere with the absorption or metabolism of the study drugs (e.g, inability to swallow tablets or impaired resorption in the gastrointestinal tract)
  7. Urinary outflow obstruction
  8. Malignancies other than CLL currently requiring systemic therapies, not being treated in curative intention before (unless the malignant disease is in a stable remission due to the discretion of the treating physician) or showing signs of progression after curative treatment
  9. Uncontrolled or active infection
  10. Patients with known infection with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
  11. Requirement of therapy with strong CYP3A4 and CYP3A5 inhibitors/inducers
  12. Anticoagulant therapy with warfarin or phenoprocoumon, (rotation to alternative anticoagulation is allowed, but note that patients being treated with NOAKs can be included, but must be properly informed about the potential risk of bleeding under treatment with ibrutinib)
  13. History of stroke or intracranial hemorrhage within 6 months prior to registration
  14. Use of investigational agents which might interfere with the study drug within 28 days prior to registration
  15. Vaccination with live vaccines 28 days prior to registration
  16. Major surgery less than 30 days before start of treatment
  17. History of severe allergic or anaphylactic reactions to humanized or murine monoclonal antibodies, known sensitivity or allergy to murine products
  18. Known hypersensitivity to any active substance or to any of the excipients of one of the drugs used in the trial
  19. Pregnant women and nursing mothers (a negative pregnancy test is required for all women of childbearing potential within 7 days before start of treatment; further pregnancy testing will be performed regularly)
  20. Fertile men or women of childbearing potential unless:

    1. surgically sterile or ≥ 2 years after the onset of menopause
    2. willing to use two methods of reliable contraception including one highly effective contraceptive method (Pearl Index <1) and one additional effective (barrier) method during study treatment and for 18 months after the end of study treatment
  21. Legal incapacity
  22. Prisoners or subjects who are institutionalized by regulatory or court order
  23. Persons who are in dependence to the sponsor or an investigator

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT02950051


Contacts
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Contact: Barbara Eichhorst, MD, PD +4922147888220 barbara.eichhorst@uk-koeln.de
Contact: Julia von Tresckow, MD +4922147888220 julia.von-tresckow@uk-koeln.de

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Sponsors and Collaborators
German CLL Study Group
Janssen-Cilag Ltd.
Hoffmann-La Roche
AbbVie
Stichting Hemato-Oncologie voor Volwassenen Nederland
Nordic CLL Study Group (NCLLSG)
Swiss Group for Clinical Cancer Research
Cancer Trials Ireland
Israeli Medical Association (IMA)
Investigators
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Principal Investigator: Barbara Eichhorst, MD, PD Department I of Internal Medicine, University Hospital Cologne

Additional Information:
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Responsible Party: German CLL Study Group
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02950051     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CLL13
2015-004936-36 ( EudraCT Number )
First Posted: October 31, 2016    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: June 25, 2018
Last Verified: June 2018
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

Keywords provided by German CLL Study Group:
CLL

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Leukemia
Leukemia, Lymphoid
Leukemia, Lymphocytic, Chronic, B-Cell
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms
Lymphoproliferative Disorders
Lymphatic Diseases
Immunoproliferative Disorders
Immune System Diseases
Leukemia, B-Cell
Cyclophosphamide
Fludarabine phosphate
Rituximab
Bendamustine Hydrochloride
Fludarabine
Venetoclax
Obinutuzumab
Immunosuppressive Agents
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Antirheumatic Agents
Antineoplastic Agents, Alkylating
Alkylating Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Antineoplastic Agents
Myeloablative Agonists
Antineoplastic Agents, Immunological
Antimetabolites, Antineoplastic
Antimetabolites