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Donor Lymphocyte Infusion in Treating Patients With Persistent, Relapsed, or Progressing Cancer After Donor Hematopoietic Cell Transplant

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Brenda Sandmaier, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Identifier:
First received: September 10, 2003
Last updated: March 10, 2017
Last verified: March 2017
This phase I/II trial studies the side effects of donor lymphocyte infusion and to see how well it works in treating patients with persistent, relapsed (disease that has returned), or progressing cancer after donor hematopoietic cell transplantation. White blood cells from donors may be able to kill cancer cells in patients with cancer that has come back (recurrent) after a donor hematopoietic cell transplant.

Condition Intervention Phase
Blast Phase Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia, BCR-ABL1 Positive
Recurrent Adult Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Recurrent Adult Acute Myeloid Leukemia
Recurrent Hodgkin Lymphoma
Recurrent Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Recurrent Plasma Cell Myeloma
Biological: Therapeutic Allogeneic Lymphocytes
Phase 1
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: No masking
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Donor Lymphocyte Infusion for the Treatment of Malignancy After Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation Using Nonmyeloablative Conditioning - A Multi-center Trial

Resource links provided by NLM:

Further study details as provided by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Safety of DLI Following a Non-myeloablative Transplant, Defined as Incidence of Grade IV Acute GVHD [ Time Frame: 100 days after DLI ]
    Percentage of Participants with Grade IV Acute GVHD

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Incidence of Graft Rejection [ Time Frame: 100 days after DLI ]
    Percentage patients with graft rejection.

  • Incidence of Relapse/Progression [ Time Frame: 1 year after DLI ]

    CML New cytogenetic abnormality and/or development of accelerated phase or blast crisis. The criteria for accelerated phase will be defined as unexplained fever >38.3°C, new clonal cytogenetic abnormalities in addition to a single Ph-positive chromosome, marrow blasts and promyelocytes >20%.

    CMML, AML, ALL >30% BM blasts w/ deteriorating performance status, or worsening of anemia, neutropenia, or thrombocytopenia.

    CLL ≥1 of: Physical exam/imaging studies ≥50% increase or new, circulating lymphocytes by morphology and/or flow cytometry ≥50% increase, and lymph node biopsy w/ Richter's transformation.

    NHL >25% increase in the sum of the products of the perpendicular diameters of marker lesions, or the appearance of new lesions.


    ≥100% increase of the serum myeloma protein from its lowest level, or reappearance of myeloma peaks that had disappeared w/ treatment; or definite increase in the size or number of plasmacytomas or lytic bone lesions.

  • Incidence of Grade II-IV GVHD in Patients Undergoing DLI Following a Non-myeloablative Transplant [ Time Frame: 100 days after DLI ]
    Percentage of Participants with II-IV Acute GVHD

  • Incidence of Infections in Patients Undergoing DLI Following a Non-myeloablative Transplant [ Time Frame: 100 days after DLI ]
    Percentage of Participants with infections.

  • Overall Survival [ Time Frame: 1 year after DLI ]
    Percentage patients surviving 1 year post-transplant.

  • Progression-free Survival [ Time Frame: 1 year after DLI ]
    Percentage of patients with progression-free survival

Enrollment: 35
Study Start Date: May 2003
Primary Completion Date: May 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Treatment (DLI)
Patients undergo unirradiated DLI over 15-30 minutes on day 0. Patients then undergo restaging on day 28 and may undergo a second DLI after at least 4 weeks if no significant GVHD develops and disease status worsens or after at least 8 weeks if disease status is unchanged and persistent donor T-cells are documented.
Biological: Therapeutic Allogeneic Lymphocytes
Given IV
Other Name: Allogeneic Lymphocytes

Detailed Description:


I. To assess the safety of donor lymphocyte infusion (DLI) as adoptive immunotherapy for persistent or relapsed malignant diseases in patients after related or unrelated nonmyeloablative transplantation.


I. To determine disease response, progression free and overall survival, chimerism, grade of graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), and infections.


Patients undergo unirradiated DLI over 15-30 minutes on day 0. Patients then undergo restaging on day 28 and may undergo a second DLI after at least 4 weeks if no significant GVHD develops and disease status worsens or after at least 8 weeks if disease status is unchanged and persistent donor T-cells are documented.

After completion of study treatment, patients are followed up periodically.


Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Only patients having received a preceding nonmyeloablative allogeneic transplantation with fludarabine/2 Gy total-body irradiation (TBI) - 4 Gy TBI or 2 Gy TBI - 4 Gy TBI conditioning from either a related or unrelated donor are eligible for this protocol
  • Patients with persistent, relapsed or progressing malignancy after nonmyeloablative allogeneic transplantation; persistent disease will be defined as a failure to achieve a response as compared to baseline
  • Patients with rapidly progressing malignancies (acute myeloid leukemia [AML], acute lymphocytic leukemia [ALL], blastic phase chronic myelogenous leukemia [CML-BC] intermediate-high-grade non-Hodgkin lymphoma [NHL], Hodgkin's lymphoma or aggressive multiple myeloma [MM]) should receive salvage chemotherapy or radiation before DLI according to the recommendation made in this protocol; any form of salvage chemotherapy should be discontinued no less than 3 weeks before DLI; therapy with Gleevec or interferon (IFN)-alpha should be discontinued prior to DLI; after salvage chemotherapy restaging is performed, patients with progressive disease and patients not meeting the inclusion criteria of the study after chemotherapy will be excluded from the study; patients are allowed to receive further doses of chemotherapy after DLI administration if they are scheduled for further DLI; after additional therapy the patients must be restaged and must again meet inclusion criteria to receive further DLI
  • Patients must be able to tolerate a taper of systemic steroids to a dosage of less than or equal to 0.25 mg/kg/day; all other immunosuppressive therapy must have been discontinued for at least two weeks without significant flares in GVHD (i.e., increase of acute GVHD by one or more grades)
  • Patients must have persistent donor cluster of differentiation (CD)3 cells (> 5% donor CD3 cells by a deoxyribonucleic acid [DNA]-based assay that compares the profile of amplified fragment length polymorphisms [ampFLP] [or fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) studies or variable number tandem repeat (VNTR)])
  • DONOR: Alternatively to a fresh unmodified leukapheresis product, previously collected cryopreserved peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC) after mobilization with granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) or cryopreserved unmodified leukapheresis product from the original donor can be used; if cryopreserved product is not available, the DLI product must be from the original donor of hematopoietic cell transplantation
  • DONOR: Original donor of hematopoietic cell transplantation
  • DONOR: Donor must give consent to leukapheresis
  • DONOR: Donor must have adequate veins for leukapheresis or agree to placement of central venous catheter (femoral or subclavian)
  • DONOR: Donor must be medically fit to undergo the apheresis procedure (institutional guidelines for apheresis)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Current grade II to IV acute GVHD or extensive chronic GVHD
  • Karnofsky score < 50%
  • Lansky Play-Performance Score < 40 for pediatric patients
  • DONOR: Donors who are not suitable for medical reasons to donate peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) by continuous centrifugation according to the criteria of the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB)
  • DONOR: Pregnancy
  • DONOR: Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or human T-lymphotrophic virus (HTLV) infection
  • DONOR: Recent immunization may require a delay
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00068718

United States, Washington
VA Puget Sound Health Care System
Seattle, Washington, United States, 98101
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center/University of Washington Cancer Consortium
Seattle, Washington, United States, 98109
Universitaet Leipzig
Leipzig, Germany, D-04103
University of Torino
Torino, Italy, 10126
Sponsors and Collaborators
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Principal Investigator: Brenda Sandmaier Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center/University of Washington Cancer Consortium
  More Information

Responsible Party: Brenda Sandmaier, Principal Investigator, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Identifier: NCT00068718     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 1803.00
NCI-2010-00163 ( Registry Identifier: CTRP (Clinical Trial Reporting Program) )
1803.00 ( Other Identifier: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center/University of Washington Cancer Consortium )
P01CA078902 ( US NIH Grant/Contract Award Number )
P30CA015704 ( US NIH Grant/Contract Award Number )
Study First Received: September 10, 2003
Results First Received: January 20, 2017
Last Updated: March 10, 2017

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Leukemia, Myeloid, Acute
Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin
Precursor Cell Lymphoblastic Leukemia-Lymphoma
Leukemia, Lymphoid
Leukemia, Myeloid
Hodgkin Disease
Leukemia, Myelogenous, Chronic, BCR-ABL Positive
Multiple Myeloma
Neoplasms, Plasma Cell
Blast Crisis
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Lymphoproliferative Disorders
Lymphatic Diseases
Immunoproliferative Disorders
Immune System Diseases
Myeloproliferative Disorders
Bone Marrow Diseases
Hematologic Diseases
Hemostatic Disorders
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Blood Protein Disorders
Hemorrhagic Disorders
Cell Transformation, Neoplastic
Neoplastic Processes processed this record on April 28, 2017