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A Feasibility Study of Co-administering Combination Antiretroviral Therapy (cART) and R-EPOCH Chemotherapy for the Management of ARL (CATCH)

This study has been completed.
Hoffmann-La Roche
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Ontario Clinical Oncology Group (OCOG) Identifier:
First received: November 26, 2008
Last updated: September 11, 2013
Last verified: September 2013
No standard regimen currently exists for the treatment of AIDS-related lymphoma. Based on the encouraging NCI results with DA-EPOCH, the US AIDS Malignancy Consortium is currently administering a phase II randomized protocol comparing EPOCH with sequential versus concurrent rituximab (AMC protocol 034). In this AMC trial, the decision to co-administer cART is left to the discretion of the treating physician and the patient. While the AMC phase II study may establish an acceptable chemotherapy regimen suitable for further study in a phase III randomized trial, the results will not address adherence, pharmacokinetic interactions or the role of cART in AIDS-related lymphoma. The contribution of cART to the anti-lymphoma efficacy of any regimen needs to be formally studied. Our proposed trial to demonstrate the feasibility of co-administering cART with chemotherapy would justify the use of combined therapy in future AMC/International phase III protocols.

Condition Intervention Phase
Lymphoma, AIDS Related HIV Infections Drug: R-EPOCH and cART Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Feasibility Study of CO-administering Combination Antiretroviral Therapy (cART) and R-EPOCH Chemotherapy for the Management of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS)-Related Lymphoma

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Further study details as provided by Ontario Clinical Oncology Group (OCOG):

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • The primary outcome for this feasibility study will be medication adherence. Acceptable adherence, defined as compliance to ≥90% of all prescribed doses of cART during the course of chemotherapy, will be measured by pill counting and patient self-report [ Time Frame: 4 -6 weeks after 6 cycles of R-EPOCH ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Toxicity Lymphoma response Rate Progression -free Survival and Overall Survival Pharmacokinetics [ Time Frame: 2 years post completion ]

Enrollment: 6
Study Start Date: February 2008
Study Completion Date: September 2013
Primary Completion Date: December 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Rituxan with EPOCH and Antiretrovirals
Drug: R-EPOCH and cART
This is a prospective, single-arm, multi-centre, phase II trial of immuno-chemotherapy (rituximab and EPOCH) with mandatory combination antiretroviral therapy for initial treatment of AIDS-related lymphoma.
Other Names:
  • Rituxan
  • Vepesid
  • Adriamycin
  • Vincristine
  • Cytoxan
  • Prednisone
  • Truvada
  • Sustiva

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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. HIV seropositivity
  2. Biopsy diagnosis of a CD20+ diffuse large B-cell lymphoma or variants (including mediastinal (thymic) large B-cell lymphoma and plasmablastic lymphoma), atypical Burkit/Burkitt-like lymphoma, or Burkitt lymphoma diagnosed according to the World Health Organization (WHO) classification
  3. Age 18 years or older

Exclusion Criteria

  1. Performance status ≥3 according to ECOG (Zubrod) scale (see Appendix I)
  2. Known primary central nervous system lymphoma or parenchymal brain involvement with lymphoma
  3. Non-measurable disease by physical examination or radiographic evaluation
  4. Absolute CD4+ cell count <50 cells/mm3 within 3 months prior to trial initiation
  5. Inadequate hepatic function (total bilirubin ≥35 µmol/L, alkaline phosphatase ≥2 xUL normal, AST/ALT ≥2 xUL normal) unless directly attributable to lymphoma or known Hepatitis B or C co-infection.
  6. Inadequate renal function (serum creatinine ≥125µmol/L) unless directly attributable to lymphoma
  7. Inadequate haematological function (haemoglobin ≤85 g/L, absolute neutrophil count ≤1000 cells/mm3, platelet count ≤75,000 cells/mm3) unless directly attributable to lymphoma or autoimmune thrombocytopenia.
  8. Evidence of left ventricular (LV) dysfunction (ejection fraction ≤ 50%) in patients over the age of 60 or in patients with a prior history of hypertension, congestive heart failure, peripheral vascular disease, cerebrovascular disease, coronary artery disease, or cardiac arrhythmia
  9. Pregnant or lactating women who intend to breast-feed during the trial period
  10. Men of reproductive potential and women of childbearing potential who are not using or not willing to use effective contraception
  11. Known intolerance to the prescribed chemotherapy or antiretroviral drugs
  12. Life-expectancy ≤ 3 months
  13. Geographically inaccessible for follow-up
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00799136

Canada, Ontario
Odette Cancer Centre
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M4N 3M5
St. Michael's Hospital
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5B 1W8
Sponsors and Collaborators
Ontario Clinical Oncology Group (OCOG)
Hoffmann-La Roche
Principal Investigator: Matthew Cheung, Dr. . Odette Cancer Centre
  More Information

Responsible Party: Ontario Clinical Oncology Group (OCOG) Identifier: NCT00799136     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: OCOG-2007-CATCH
CIHR FRN 79390
Study First Received: November 26, 2008
Last Updated: September 11, 2013

Keywords provided by Ontario Clinical Oncology Group (OCOG):
Lymphoma Large B Cell Diffuse
Acquired Immunodeficiency

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
HIV Infections
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
Lymphoma, AIDS-Related
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Lymphoproliferative Disorders
Lymphatic Diseases
Immunoproliferative Disorders
Immune System Diseases
Lentivirus Infections
Retroviridae Infections
RNA Virus Infections
Virus Diseases
Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Viral
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Immunologic Deficiency Syndromes
Slow Virus Diseases
Lymphoma, B-Cell
Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin processed this record on September 19, 2017