Follicular Lymphoma

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified July 2015 by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
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M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Identifier:
First received: November 10, 2011
Last updated: July 29, 2015
Last verified: July 2015

The goal of this clinical research study is to learn if adding rituximab to radiation therapy will help control the disease better than radiation alone. The safety of this combination will also be studied.

Radiation therapy is designed to kill cancer cells or to stop cancer cells from growing.

Rituximab is designed to attach to cancer cells that have CD20 (a tumor marker) on their surface and damage them, which may cause the cells to die.

Condition Intervention
Drug: Rituximab
Radiation: Radiation

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Randomized Trial of Radiation Therapy With and Without Rituximab for Patients With Stage I II Follicular Lymphoma Grade I/II

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Further study details as provided by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Progression Free Survival (PFS) [ Time Frame: 10 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Proportion of participants that remain progression free (PF) after 10 years from treatment initiation day, where progression is defined as progressive disease or death due to disease.

Estimated Enrollment: 130
Study Start Date: May 2013
Estimated Primary Completion Date: May 2027 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Rituximab + Radiation
Rituximab 375 mg/m2 weekly for 4 weeks during radiation then every 3 months for 2 years (maintenance). Radiation therapy total dose of 24 to 30 Gy over 12 to 15 treatments.
Drug: Rituximab

375 mg/m2 by vein every week for four consecutive weeks during the radiation treatment.

Maintenance: 375 mg/m2 by vein every 3 months for a total of 2 years.

Other Name: Rituxan
Radiation: Radiation
Total dose of 24 to 30 Gy over 12 to 15 treatments.
Other Names:
  • XRT
  • Radiation Therapy
Experimental: Radiation + Observation
Radiation therapy total dose of 24 to 30 Gy over 12 to 15 treatments.
Radiation: Radiation
Total dose of 24 to 30 Gy over 12 to 15 treatments.
Other Names:
  • XRT
  • Radiation Therapy

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Newly diagnosed patients with stage I and II follicular lymphoma, pathologically confirmed at MDACC to be grade 1 or 2.
  2. Prophylactic use of lamivudine in patients that have antibody +, but no active infection will be up to the treating physician.
  3. >/= 18 at the time of signing the informed consent form
  4. Patients are required to have adequate bone marrow reserve as indicated: * Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) /=> 1000/mm^3 *Platelets >/= 80,000/mm^3, *Hemoglobin >/= 8g/dL. These values must be obtained within two weeks before protocol entry.
  5. Patients must have adequate liver function as indicated by: *Bilirubin </= 1.5 times the upper limit of normal (ULN), *Alanine transaminase (ALT) </= 2 times the (ULN) or aspartate transaminase (AST) </= 2 times the ULN, These values must be obtained within two weeks before protocol entry. Performance status >/= 2
  6. Patients are required to have adequate renal function as indicated by a serum creatinine </= 2.5 mg/dL. This value must be obtained within two weeks before protocol entry.
  7. No prior known allergic reaction to monoclonal antibodies.
  8. Male patients must agree to use a barrier method of contraception or agree to abstain from heterosexual activity for the duration of the study.
  9. Female patients must be willing to use two adequate barrier methods of contraception to prevent pregnancy or agree to abstain from heterosexual activity throughout the study or be post menopausal (free from menses > two years or surgically sterilized).
  10. Female patients of childbearing potential must have a negative serum pregnancy test (B HCG) within 72 hours of receiving the first dose of Rituximab
  11. Patients must have the ability able to give informed consent.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Patients with active Hepatitis B and/or Hepatitis C infection.
  2. Patients with known HIV infection
  3. Patients with active infections requiring specific anti-infective therapy are not eligible until all signs of infections are resolved.
  4. Patients who had previous radiation dose to the site of the current primary disease, which would lead to violation of known radiation tolerance limit of that particular site if treated again.
  5. Patients with pre-existing cardiovascular disease requiring ongoing treatment. This includes: a. Congestive heart failure III/IV as defined by New York Heart Association (NYHA) b. Uncontrolled cardiac arrhythmia, c. Unstable angina pectoris, d. Recent MI (within 6 months).
  6. Patients who are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  7. Patient with concurrent use of complementary or alternative medicines.
  8. Patients with psychiatric illness and/or social situations that would limit compliance with the study medication and requirements.
  Contacts and Locations
Choosing to participate in a study is an important personal decision. Talk with your doctor and family members or friends about deciding to join a study. To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the Contacts provided below. For general information, see Learn About Clinical Studies.

Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01473628

Contact: Bouthaina Dabaja, MD 713-563-2300

United States, Texas
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Recruiting
Houston, Texas, United States, 77030
Sponsors and Collaborators
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Principal Investigator: Bouthaina Dabaja, MD M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
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Additional Information:
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Responsible Party: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Identifier: NCT01473628     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2011-0283, NCI-2012-00734
Study First Received: November 10, 2011
Last Updated: July 29, 2015
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center:
early stage follicular lymphoma
indolent non-Hodgkin's lymphomas
Follicular Lymphoma
Radiation Therapy

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Lymphoma, Follicular
Immune System Diseases
Immunoproliferative Disorders
Lymphatic Diseases
Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin
Lymphoproliferative Disorders
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Antineoplastic Agents
Antirheumatic Agents
Immunologic Factors
Pharmacologic Actions
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Therapeutic Uses processed this record on November 27, 2015