Combination Chemotherapy Plus Peripheral Stem Cell Transplantation With or Without Rituximab in Treating Patients With Relapsed Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : January 27, 2003
Last Update Posted : September 17, 2013
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Brief Summary:

RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop cancer cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. Peripheral stem cell transplantation may allow the doctor to give higher doses of chemotherapy drugs and kill more cancer cells. Monoclonal antibodies such as rituximab can locate cancer cells and either kill them or deliver cancer-killing substances to them without harming normal cells. It is not yet known if combination chemotherapy plus peripheral stem cell transplantation is more effective with or without rituximab for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

PURPOSE: This randomized phase III trial is studying giving combination chemotherapy and peripheral stem cell transplantation together with rituximab to see how well it works compared to combination chemotherapy and peripheral stem cell transplantation alone in treating patients with relapsed non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Lymphoma Biological: filgrastim Biological: rituximab Drug: carmustine Drug: cyclophosphamide Drug: cytarabine Drug: etoposide Drug: melphalan Procedure: bone marrow ablation with stem cell support Procedure: peripheral blood stem cell transplantation Phase 3

Detailed Description:


  • Determine the effects of in vivo rituximab purging and maintenance on progression-free survival in patients with relapsed or resistant follicular non-Hodgkin's lymphoma undergoing high-dose chemotherapy.
  • Determine the effects of this regimen on response rate and overall survival in this patient population.
  • Determine the effects of in vivo purging with rituximab on molecular remission rates in the hematopoietic product and the patients.
  • Determine the safety of rituximab in the transplant setting.

OUTLINE: This is a randomized, open-label, multicenter study. Patients are stratified according to type of remission (complete vs good partial) and which remission (second vs third). Patients are randomized to one of four treatment arms.

All patients receive induction chemotherapy comprising cyclophosphamide IV over 3-4 hours on day 0 or a standard induction chemotherapy regimen. Filgrastim (G-CSF) is administered subcutaneously daily beginning on day 1.

Patients are then randomized to receive either in vivo rituximab purging or no purging following restaging after completion of induction. For those patients receiving purging (arms I and II), rituximab is administered IV once weekly for 4 weeks.

Peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC) are collected between days 8 and 12 post induction chemotherapy. Within 4 weeks of PBSC collection, patients receive carmustine IV over 2 hours on day -6, etoposide IV over 2 hours on days -5 to -2, cytarabine IV over 5 minutes twice daily on days -5 to -2, and melphalan IV over 10-15 minutes on day -1. (Alternatively, high dose cyclophosphamide and total body irradiation beginning 2-4 weeks after cyclophosphamide or standard induction chemotherapy priming is also allowed.) PBSC are reinfused on day 0.

Patients are further randomized to receive either rituximab maintenance or observation only. For those patients receiving maintenance (arms I and III), rituximab is administered IV once every 2 months for 4 doses beginning 30 days after PBSC reinfusion.

Patients are followed at 30 days, 3, 6, 9, and 12 months after PBSC transplant, every 6 months for 2 years, and then annually thereafter.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 460 patients (115 per treatment arm) will be accrued for this study within 5 years.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 460 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Randomized Study of Rituximab (Mabthera) in Patients With Relapsed Follicular Lymphoma Prior to High-Dose Therapy as In Vivo Purging and to Maintain Remission Following High-Dose Therapy
Study Start Date : October 1999
Actual Study Completion Date : April 2013

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Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Time to disease progression

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Response rate and survival
  2. Molecular remission rates
  3. Safety

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


  • Relapsed or resistant follicular non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL)

    • No evidence of transformation to high grade or diffuse large B-cell NHL
  • CD20 positive with no evidence of transformation
  • Achievement of complete remission (CR) or very good partial remission (VGPR) following reinduction chemotherapy with any standard regimen

    • Includes patients who fail to respond to first-line chemotherapy but who achieve CR or VGPR after proceeding directly to second-line chemotherapy
  • Platelet count greater than 100,000/mm^3 after induction chemotherapy and before randomization
  • No CNS involvement



  • 18 and over

Performance status:

  • WHO 0-1

Life expectancy:

  • Not specified


  • See Disease Characteristics


  • Bilirubin normal
  • ALT no greater than 2 times upper limit of normal (ULN)
  • Alkaline phosphatase no greater than 2 times ULN
  • Hepatitis B negative
  • Hepatitis C negative


  • Creatinine no greater than 2 times ULN
  • BUN no greater than 2 times ULN


  • No inadequate cardiac function


  • No inadequate pulmonary function


  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • HIV negative
  • No other uncontrolled serious medical conditions
  • No other malignancy within the past 5 years except nonmelanoma skin tumors or carcinoma in situ of the cervix


Biologic therapy:

  • More than 12 months since prior CD20 therapy, including rituximab
  • No prior peripheral blood stem cell transplantation


  • See Disease Characteristics
  • No more than 3 prior chemotherapy regimens for NHL

Endocrine therapy:

  • Not specified


  • No prior radiotherapy to greater than 30% of bone marrow


  • Not specified

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00005589

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2050
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Westmead, New South Wales, Australia, 2145
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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 4029
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Antwerpen, Belgium, B-2020
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Brussels, Belgium, 1000
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Brussels, Belgium, 1090
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Leuven, Belgium, B-3000
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Liege, Belgium, B-4000
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Mont-Godinne Yvoir, Belgium, 5530
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Roeselaere, Belgium, 8800
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada, T2N 4N2
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Prague, Czech Republic, 10034
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Aalborg, Denmark, DK-9000
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Copenhagen, Denmark, 2100
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Odense, Denmark, DK-5000
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Angers, France, 49033
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Caen, France, 14052
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Caen, France, 14076
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Grenoble, France, 38043
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Lyon, France, 69373
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Villejuif, France, F-94805
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Augsburg, Germany, DOH-86156
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Bremen, Germany, D-28239
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Goettingen, Germany, D-37075
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Hamburg, Germany, D-20099
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Homburg, Germany, 66421
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Tel Hashomer, Israel, 52621
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Wroclaw, Poland, 53 439
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Lisboa, Portugal, 1099-023 Codex
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Alicante, Spain, 3010
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Ankara, Turkey, 06100
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Oxford, England, United Kingdom, 0X3 9DU
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Pontefract West Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom, WF8 1PL
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Rotherham, England, United Kingdom, S60 2UD
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Sheffield, England, United Kingdom, S1O 2SJ
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Sutton, England, United Kingdom, SM2 5PT
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Swindon, England, United Kingdom, SN3 6BB
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Swindon, England, United Kingdom, SN3 6BB
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Uxbridge, England, United Kingdom, UB8 3NN
Sandwell General Hospital
West Bromwich, England, United Kingdom, B71 4HJ
Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology at Belfast City Hospital
Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, BT9 7AB
Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom, AB25 2ZN
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Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, G4 0SF
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Wakefield, Scotland, United Kingdom, WF1 4DG
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Bangor, Wales, United Kingdom, LL57 2PW
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Dyfed, Wales, United Kingdom, SA14 8QF
Singleton Hospital of the Swansea NHS Trust
Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom, SA2 8QA
Sponsors and Collaborators
EBMT Solid Tumors Working Party
Lymphoma Trials Office
Study Chair: Ruth Pettengell, MD St George's, University of London
Study Chair: David C. Linch Middlesex Hospital

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number): Identifier: NCT00005589     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000067665
First Posted: January 27, 2003    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: September 17, 2013
Last Verified: March 2007

Keywords provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):
recurrent grade 1 follicular lymphoma
recurrent grade 2 follicular lymphoma
recurrent grade 3 follicular lymphoma

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Lymphoma, Follicular
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Lymphoproliferative Disorders
Lymphatic Diseases
Immunoproliferative Disorders
Immune System Diseases
Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin
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, Phytogenic
Topoisomerase II Inhibitors
Topoisomerase Inhibitors
Enzyme Inhibitors
Antimetabolites, Antineoplastic