Don't get left behind! The modernized is coming. Check it out now.
Say goodbye to!
The new site is coming soon - go to the modernized
Working… Menu

Dose Adjusted EPOCH-R, to Treat Mature B Cell Malignancies (DA-EPOCH-R)

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. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT01760226
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : January 4, 2013
Last Update Posted : November 17, 2017
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Carl Allen, Baylor College of Medicine

Brief Summary:

The subject is invited to take part in this research study because s/he has been diagnosed with Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma (DLBCL), Primary Mediastinal B-cell Lymphoma (PMBCL), or Post-transplant Lymphoproliferative Disorder (PTLD).

In an attempt to improve cure rates while reducing harmful effects from drugs, oncologists are developing new treatment protocols. One such protocol, entitled dose-adjusted EPOCH-R, utilizes two major new strategies. First, the treatment approach utilizes continuous infusion of chemotherapy over four days, instead of being administered over minutes or hours. Secondly, the doses of some medications involved are increased or decreased based on how the drugs affect the subject's ability to produce blood cells, which is used as a measure of how rapidly the body is processing drugs.

Using this approach in adults, researchers have shown improved cure rates in these cancers. Additionally, the harmful effects experienced by patients has been mild, with mucositis, severe infections, and tumor lysis syndrome occurring rarely. However, this new dosing method has never been used in children, and the effectiveness and side effects of this new method are unknown in children.

The purpose of this study is to look at the safety of dose-adjusted EPOCH-R in the treatment of children with mature B-cell cancers, and to see if we can maintain cure rates (as has been shown in adults). This study represents the first trial of dose-adjusted EPOCH-R in children.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma Post Transplant Lymphoproliferative Disorder Primary Mediastinal (Thymic) Large B-cell Lymphoma Drug: DA-EPOCH-R for DLBCL, PTLD, AND PMBCL Drug: Methotrexate Drug: Etoposide Drug: Doxorubicin Drug: Vincristine Drug: Rituximab Drug: Cyclophosphamide Drug: Prednisone Drug: G-CSF Early Phase 1

Detailed Description:

The subject will need to have a variety of tests, exams, or procedures to find out if s/he can be on the study.

The subject will also require placement of a catheter that stays in the vein for safe administration of chemotherapy drugs.

During the study...

If all of the tests that have been done show that s/he can participate and s/he chooses to participate, treatment cycles will begin.

A cycle equals three weeks. The subject will have a minimum of 6 cycles of treatment, possibly 8. The cancer drugs s/he will receive are etoposide, vincristine, doxorubicin, cyclophosphamide, prednisone, and rituximab with each cycle. The amount of the drugs will be determined by the subject's weight at first, and some of the drugs will be adjusted up or down for later cycles.

Rituximab will be given on Day 1 prior to continuous infusion drugs.

After 4 cycles, the subject will have imaging scans again to see how the cancer responded to treatment. If the cancer responds completely after 4 cycles, s/he will get 2 more cycles (6 cycles total). If the cancer partially responds, s/he will get 4 more cycles (8 total cycles).

If the subject has cancer in the Central Nervous System, s/he will receive a drug called methotrexate. If s/he does not have cancer in the CNS, s/he will get methotrexate to try to prevent CNS cancer.

Layout table for study information
Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 4 participants
Allocation: N/A
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Use of Dose Adjusted EPOCH-R in the Treatment of Childhood Mature B Cell Malignancies
Study Start Date : January 2013
Actual Primary Completion Date : August 26, 2016
Actual Study Completion Date : December 2016

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: DA-EPOCH-R for DLBCL, PTLD & PMBCL

Minimum of 6 cycles (cycle=3 weeks), possibly 8. Dosages of the drugs will be determined by the subject's weight and height for cycle 1. Thereafter, the dosages of some drugs will be adjusted up or down for the next cycle, dependent on the blood tests results.

DA-EPOCH-R for 2 cycles then two more cycles of DA-EPOCH-R. If complete response (CR), then DA-EPOCH-R for more 2 cycles. If no CR, DA-EPOCH-R for 4 more cycles.


Day 1: Rituximab IV

Days 1-4: After rituximab, etoposide, vincristine, and doxorubicin will be given in a vein over 96 hours as a continuous infusion.

Day 5: cyclophosphamide will be given in a vein

Days 1-5: prednisone given by mouth twice a day

G-CSF 5mcg/kg/day will be given under the skin from day 6 until ANC has improved.

Other Name: DA-EPOCH-R

Drug: Methotrexate

CNS negative patients with high CNS risk DLBCL will receive age based, intrathecal dosing of MTX on days 1 and 5 of cycles 3 - 6 only.

CNS positive patients will receive age based, intrathecal (within the spinal fluid) MTX twice weekly for 2 weeks past the first negative cytology with a minimum of 4 weeks treatment. Then, weekly for 6 weeks and then every 4 weeks for 6 months.

DLBCL/PTLD/PMBCL CNS prophylaxis for cycles 3-6 ONLY if:

  • 2+ extranodal sites
  • elevated LDH,
  • MYC rearrangement OR
  • bone or marrow disease.

ALL OTHERS receive IT MTX cycles 3-6.

Other Name: MTX

Drug: Etoposide
Etoposide will be given at 50mg/m2/day on days 1-4 of the first cycle of therapy (dose based on patient height and weight). The doses in later cycles will be adjusted up or down based on the patient's blood test results.
Other Name: VP-16

Drug: Doxorubicin
Doxorubicin will be given at 10mg/m2/day on days 1-4 of the first cycle (dose based on patient height and weight). The doses in later cycles will be adjusted up or down based on the patient's blood test results.
Other Names:
  • Adriamycin
  • hydroxydaunorubicin

Drug: Vincristine
Vincristine will be given on days 1-4 of each cycle at 0.4mg/m2/day (dose based on patient height and weight).
Other Names:
  • Oncovin
  • LCR
  • VCR
  • Vincasar Pfs

Drug: Rituximab
Rituximab (375mg/m2/dose) will only be given on Day 1 of each cycle prior to all the other chemotherapy agents. Dose is based on patient height and weight.
Other Name: Rituxan

Drug: Cyclophosphamide
Cyclophosphamide will be given on Day 5 of each cycle. In cycle 1, the dose will be 750 mg/m2 (based on patient height and weight), and the dose will be adjusted up or down for future cycles based on blood test results.
Other Names:
  • Cytoxan
  • Neosar
  • CTX

Drug: Prednisone
Prednisone will be given by mouth at 60mg/m2/dose (based on height and weight) twice a day on days 1-5 of each cycle.
Other Name: Deltasone

Drug: G-CSF
G-CSF will be given at 5 mcg/kg/day during each cycle, starting on day 6, until the patient's ANC (absolute neutrophil count) is greater than 5000/mcL past nadir.
Other Names:
  • Neupogen
  • Granulocyte - Colony Stimulating Factor

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Measure and assess adverse events [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
    Adverse event data will be collected to evaluate the safety and feasibility of dose-adjusted EPOCH-R in the treatment of children with mature B-cell malignancies.

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Measure and assess immune function [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
    Blood will be taken to identify tumor and plasma biomarkers and mutations in patients with mature B-cell malignancies that correlate with disease response and outcome using this novel therapeutic approach.

Information from the National Library of Medicine

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, Learn About Clinical Studies.

Layout table for eligibility information
Ages Eligible for Study:   up to 21 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patient with newly diagnosed, histologically confirmed, Group B or C diffuse large B-cell lymphoma; or primary mediastinal B-cell lymphoma. Patients with Group B/C post transplant lymphoproliferative disorder are eligible for the study regardless of whether disease is newly diagnosed. (Murphy staging will be used for group classification.)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patient who has received previous chemotherapy or radiation therapy in the previous 3 months, except for empiric initial intrathecal administration at diagnosis. Rituximab or steroid administration is not an exclusion criterion.
  • Patient who has received any prior anthracyclines.
  • Patient with symptomatic cardiac failure unrelieved by medical therapy or evidence of significant cardiac dysfunction by echocardiogram (shortening fraction <28%) NOT due to mediastinal mass.
  • Patient with severe renal disease (i.e. creatinine greater than 3 times normal for age; creatinine clearance less than 50 ml/min/1.73m2).
  • Patient with severe hepatic disease (direct bilirubin greater than 3 mg/dl or AST greater than 500 IU/L).
  • Patient with a Karnofsky performance score <50% or Lansky score <50%.
  • HIV-positive patients will be excluded unless antiretroviral therapy can be safely withheld during chemotherapy administration, based on clinical determination of infectious disease team evaluation.
  • Female patient who is pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Patient with reproductive potential not willing to use an acceptable method of birth control (i.e. hormonal contraception, intrauterine device, condom or diaphragm with spermicide, or abstinence) for the duration of the study and one year post completion of therapy.
  • Patient with primary central nervous system (CNS) lymphoma (lymphoma limited to the craniospinal axis without systemic involvement)
  • Patient with Burkitt cell lymphoma or leukemia.
  • Patient with group classification A disease, or group classification B stage I or II disease with normal LDH level AND tumor mass less than 7 cm.

Information from the National Library of Medicine

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): NCT01760226

Layout table for location information
United States, Texas
Texas Children's Hospital
Houston, Texas, United States, 77030
Sponsors and Collaborators
Baylor College of Medicine
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Layout table for investigator information
Principal Investigator: Carl Allen, MD Baylor College of Medicine
Layout table for additonal information
Responsible Party: Carl Allen, Associate Professor, Baylor College of Medicine Identifier: NCT01760226    
Other Study ID Numbers: H-30759, DA-EPOCH-R
DA-EPOCH-R ( Other Identifier: BCM )
5K12CA090433-12 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: January 4, 2013    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: November 17, 2017
Last Verified: November 2017

Layout table for additional information
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: Yes
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
Product Manufactured in and Exported from the U.S.: No
Keywords provided by Carl Allen, Baylor College of Medicine:
Diffuse large B cell lymphoma
dose adjusted
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Layout table for MeSH terms
Lymphoma, B-Cell
Lymphoma, Large B-Cell, Diffuse
Lymphoproliferative Disorders
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
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, Immunological
Antibiotics, Antineoplastic
Topoisomerase II Inhibitors
Topoisomerase Inhibitors