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Acalabrutinib With DA-EPOCH-R or R-CHOP for People With Untreated Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Know the risks and potential benefits of clinical studies and talk to your health care provider before participating. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT04002947
Recruitment Status : Recruiting
First Posted : July 1, 2019
Last Update Posted : February 21, 2021
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC) ( National Cancer Institute (NCI) )

Brief Summary:


Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma is the most common type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Most people with this cancer can be cured. But those who are not cured have a poor prognosis. Researchers want to add another drug to standard treatment see if it can improve the cure rate.


To see if the drug acalabrutinib given with rituximab and standard combination chemotherapy can improve the cure rate of aggressive B-cell lymphomas such as diffuse large B-cell lymphoma.


People ages 18 and older with an aggressive B-cell lymphomas that have not been treated


Participants will be screened with:

Blood and urine tests

Physical exam

Medical history

Tumor biopsy

Bone marrow biopsy: A needle will remove marrow from the participant s hipbone.

Lumbar puncture: If necessary, a needle will remove fluid from the participant s spinal canal.

Imaging scans

Participants will take the study drug for up to 14 days. It is a pill taken 2 times a day. Then they will have more scans. They will get rituximab and chemotherapy. They may get these drugs through a needle in an arm vein. Or they may them through a tube placed in a vein in their chest or in their neck. They might also keep taking the study drug. Each treatment cycle lasts 21 days. They will have up to 6 cycles.

Participants may have 4 doses of another drug injected into their spinal fluid.

Participants will have repeats of the screening tests throughout the study.

Participants will have a follow-up visit 30 days after their last treatment, then every 3 months for 2 years, then every 6 months for 3 years, and then yearly.


Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma DLBCL NHL Drug: DA-EPOCH Biological: Rituximab Drug: CHOP Drug: Acalabrutinib Phase 2

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 132 participants
Allocation: N/A
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase 2 Study of Acalabrutinib With DA-EPOCH-R or R-CHOP for Patients With Untreated Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma
Actual Study Start Date : August 5, 2019
Estimated Primary Completion Date : May 31, 2023
Estimated Study Completion Date : March 31, 2028

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: 1
Acalabrutinib 100 mg orally twice a day for 14 days; Following window: patients with > or = to 25% tumor reduction, treat with DA-EPOCH-R or RCHOP + acalabrutinib 100mg orally twice a day for the first 10 days, for 6 cycles; whereas, patients with <25% tumor reduction, treat with DA-EPOCH-R or RCHOP alone for 6 cycles
Vincristine 1.4 mg /m2 (2 mg cap) IV on Day 1, Doxorubicin 10 mg/m2/day CIVI on Days 1-4, Etoposide 50 mg/m2 /day CIVI on Days 1-4, Cyclophosphamide 750 mg/m2 IV on Day 5. Prednisone 60 mg/m2 PO BID is administered daily on Days 1-5 of each cycle. Each cycle is 21 days and drugs will be given for 6 cycles.

Biological: Rituximab
Rituximab 375 mg /m2 IV on Day 1 of each 21-day cycle for 6 cycles.

Drug: CHOP
Cyclophosphamide 750 mg/m2 IV, Doxorubicin 50 mg /m2 IV, Vincristine 1.4 mg/m2 (2 mg cap) IV are administered on Day 1 of each 21-day cycle for 6 cycles. Prednisone 40 mg/m2 PO is administered daily on Days 1-5 of each cycle.

Drug: Acalabrutinib
Acalabrutinib is administered orally at 100 mg twice a day for 14 days during the window period. During combination therapy, acalabrutinib is administered 100 mg twice daily for thefirst 10 days for 6 cycles.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Response rate [ Time Frame: every 2 cycles ]
    Number of patients who achieve a CR, PR or SD

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Progression-free survival [ Time Frame: every 3-6 months for 5 years then yearly ]
    The response rate will be determined and reported along with a 95% confidence interval.

  2. Complete response rate [ Time Frame: 6 cycles ]
    The response rate will be determined and reported along with a 95% confidence interval.

  3. Event-free survival [ Time Frame: every 3-6 months for 5 years then yearly ]
    The response rate will be determined and reported along with a 95% confidence interval.

  4. Safety and tolerability [ Time Frame: initiation of study drug until 30 days after last dose ]
    Incidence of adverse events (i. e., grade and frequency)

  5. Overall survival [ Time Frame: every 3-6 months for 5 years then yearly ]
    The response rate will be determined and reported along with a 95% confidence interval.

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


  1. Patients must have a confirmed histologic diagnosis of an aggressive B-cell lymphoma with morphologic appearance of DLBCL or high-grade B-cell lymphoma (HGBL) confirmed by the Laboratory of Pathology, NCI, with no prior treatment for DLBCL or HGBL. The following subtypes are included:

    • DLBCL, NOS, Activated B-cell type (ABC)
    • DLBCL, NOS, Germinal center B-cell type (GCB)
    • T-cell/histiocyte-rich large B-cell lymphoma
    • Primary cutaneous DLBCL, leg-type
    • DLBCL associated with chronic inflammation
    • ALK+ large B-cell lymphoma
    • High-grade B-cell lymphoma, NOS
    • High-grade B-cell lymphoma, with MYC and BCL2 and/or BCL6 rearrangements
  2. A formalin-fixed tissue block or 15 slide of tumor sample (archival or fresh) must be available for performance of correlative studies.

    NOTE: Tumor tissue may be from any previously collected tissue and adequacy is at the discretion of the Principal Investigator. Patients must be willing to have a tumor biopsy if adequate archival tissue is not available (i.e., post-enrollment and prior to treatment).

  3. Measurable lymph nodes or masses of at least 1.5 centimeters (cm) on baseline CT or MRI
  4. Stage II, III, or IV disease as classified by the Ann Arbor Classification
  5. Age greater than or equal to 18 years

    NOTE: Because no dosing or adverse event data are currently available on the use of acalabrutinib in patients <18 years of age, children are excluded.

  6. ECOG performance status less than or equal to 2.
  7. Adequate organ and marrow function as defined below unless dysfunction is felt to be secondary to lymphoma involvement as determined by the treating investigator:

    • absolute neutrophil count* >=1,000/mcL
    • hemoglobin* >= 8 g/dL (transfusions permitted to meet criteria)
    • Platelets >= 75,000/mcL (transfusions not permitted)
    • total bilirubin <= 1.5 X institutional ULN (or <= 3 X institutional ULN for patients with documented Gilberts syndrome or cholestatic obstruction or involvement by lymphoma)
    • AST(SGOT)/ALT(SGPT) <= 3 X institutional ULN (>= 5 x ULN for patients with cholestatic obstruction or involvement by lymphoma
    • Serum creatinine <= 2.0 mg/dL


    -Creatinine clearance >=40 mL/min/1.73 m2 for patients with creatinine levels above 2 mg/dL

    *RBC transfusions and use of G-CSF will be allowed in order to meet eligibility parameters.

    NOTE: In patients without bone marrow involvement, transfusions of RBCs are permitted to achieve the criterion hemoglobin of 8g/dl, but transfusions of platelets are not permitted to achieve the criterion platelet count of >75,000/mcL. In patients with bone marrow involvement, all transfusions are permissible at the discretion of the investigator.

  8. Effects of acalabrutinib on the developing human fetus are unknown. For these reasons the following measures apply:

    • Women of childbearing potential must have a negative serum or urine pregnancy test within 7 days prior to enrollment.
    • Women of childbearing potential (WOCBP) who are sexually active must agree to highly-effective contraception (e.g., hormonal or barrier method of birth control; abstinence) prior to study entry, for the duration of study participation, and for at least 2 days after the last dose of acalabrutinib or 12 months after the last dose of combined chemotherapy, whichever is later. Male subjects must use highly effective contraception prior to study entry, for the duration of study participation, and for 12 months after the last dose of combined chemotherapy; there is no contraception timing requirement post-last dose of acalabrutinib alone if male subject does not initiate chemotherapy on study after the acalabrutinib window.
    • Participants must not be planning to conceive or father children within the projected duration of the trial, starting with the pre-screening/screening visit through 2 days after the last dose of acalabrutinib or 12 months after the last dose of combined chemotherapy, whichever is later.
    • Should a woman become pregnant or suspect she is pregnant while she or her partner is participating in this study, she should inform her treating physician immediately.
    • WOCBP is defined as any female who has experienced menarche and who has not undergone successful surgical sterilization or who is not postmenopausal (i.e., amenorrheic for >12 months without alternative medical cause; post-menopausal status in females under 55 years of age should be confirmed with a serum folliclestimulating hormone [FSH] level within applicable local laboratory reference range for postmenopausal women).
  9. Ability of patient or Legally Authorized Representative (LAR) to understand and the willingness to sign a written informed consent document.
  10. Any HIV status will be included in this study; status must be confirmed prior to enrollment.


  1. Patients who meet histologic criteria for the following subtypes are excluded:

    • Primary DLBCL of the central nervous system (PCNSL)
    • Primary mediastinal B-cell lymphoma (PMBL)
    • Plasmablastic lymphoma
    • Intravascular large B-cell lymphoma
    • B-cell lymphoma, unclassifiable, with features intermediate between DLBCL and classical Hodgkin lymphoma
  2. Patients who, at the discretion of the investigator, need immediate cytoreductive chemotherapy such as patients with evidence of spontaneous tumor lysis or impending organ compromise are not eligible.
  3. Current or prior anti-cancer treatment for DLBCL prior to enrollment. Short course of corticosteroids (<7 days) for acute issues prior to study enrollment are permitted.
  4. Major surgical procedure within 28 days of first dose of study drug. If a subject had major surgery, they must have recovered adequately from any toxicity and/or complications from the intervention before the first dose of study drug
  5. Requires treatment with proton-pump inhibitors (e.g., omeprazole, esomeprazole, lansoprazole, dexlansoprazole, rabeprazole or pantoprazole). Subjects receiving proton-pump inhibitors who switch to H2-receptor antagonists or antacids are eligible for enrollment to this study
  6. Requires treatment with moderate or strong CYP3A inhibitors or inducers
  7. Presence of concomitant indolent lymphomas such as follicular lymphoma, marginal zone lymphomas, or chronic lymphocytic leukemia/small lymphocytic lymphoma that are best categorized as composite or transformed lymphomas are excluded

    NOTE: Patients with evidence of small monoclonal B-cell clones isolated to the bone marrow or peripheral blood that meet criteria for monoclonal B-cell lymphocytosis are not excluded

  8. Known lymphomatous involvement of the CNS
  9. Pregnant women, or women who intend to become pregnant during the study are excluded from this study because of potential teratogenic effects associated with acalabrutinib, R-CHOP, and/or DA-EPOCH-R
  10. The potential for all study treatments to be excreted in breast milk of nursing mothers is unknown. Because there is an unknown but potential risk for adverse events in nursing infants secondary to treatment of the mother with acalabrutinib, breastfeeding must be discontinued.
  11. Uncontrolled intercurrent illness including, but not limited to the following that may limit interpretation of results or that could increase risk to the patient at the discretion of the investigator:

    • Uncontrolled active systemic infection
    • Any condition that requires anticoagulation with warfarin or equivalent vitamin K antagonist
    • Active bleeding, history of bleeding diathesis (e.g., hemophilia or von Willebrand disease)
    • Suspected or confirmed Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy (PML)
    • Active hepatitis C infection. NOTE: Subjects who are hepatitis C antibody positive will need to have a negative HCV PCR result before enrollment. Those with a positive PCR for hepatitis C are excluded.
    • Active hepatitis B infection. NOTE: Patients who are hepatitis B surface antigen (HbcsAg) or hepatitis B core antibody (HbcAb) positive (unless immunized) will need to have a negative HBV PCR result before enrollment. Those with a positive PCR for hepatitis B are excluded. Those with a negative PCR for hepatitis B will be treated with antivirals designed to prevent hepatitis B reactivation (e.g., entecavir) and have monitoring for hepatitis B reactivation with PCR
    • Diagnosed or treated for malignancy other than DLBCL, except:

      1. Malignancy treated with curative surgical resection and no evidence of active disease for 2 years prior to enrollment
      2. Adequately treated non-melanoma skin cancer without evidence of disease
      3. Adequately treated carcinoma in situ without evidence of disease
    • History of hemorrhagic stroke or intracranial hemorrhage in preceding 6 months
    • Clinically significant cardiovascular disease such as uncontrolled or symptomatic arrhythmias, congestive heart failure, or myocardial infarction within 6 months of screening, or any Class 3 (moderate) or Class 4 (severe) cardiac disease as defined by the New York Heart Association Functional Classification. Subjects with controlled atrial fibrillation/flutter during screening are eligible.
    • Uncontrolled autoimmune hemolytic anemia
    • Inability to swallow oral medications, or disease involve that significantly limits absorption of oral medication
    • Known mental or physical illness that would interfere with cooperation with the requirements of the trial or confound the results or interpretation of the results of the trial and, in the opinion of the treating investigator, would make the patient inappropriate for entry into the study.

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To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT04002947

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Contact: NCI Medical Oncology Referral Office (240) 760-6050

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United States, Maryland
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center Recruiting
Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892
Contact: For more information at the NIH Clinical Center contact National Cancer Institute Referral Office    888-624-1937      
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
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Principal Investigator: Mark J Roschewski, M.D. National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Additional Information:
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Responsible Party: National Cancer Institute (NCI) Identifier: NCT04002947    
Other Study ID Numbers: 190116
First Posted: July 1, 2019    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: February 21, 2021
Last Verified: February 17, 2021

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: Yes
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
Keywords provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC) ( National Cancer Institute (NCI) ):
BTK Inhibitor
Monoclonal Antibody
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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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, Immunological
Antineoplastic Agents
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Antirheumatic Agents