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SCCA Lymphoma Clinical Trials

Zevalin for Newly Diagnosed Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma (FH 7779)
A Phase 3, Open-label, Multicenter, Randomized Study of Sequential Zevalin (Ibritumomab Tiuxetan) Versus Observation in Patients at Least 60 Years of Age With Newly Diagnosed Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma in PET-negative Complete Remission After R-CHOP or R-CHOP-like Therapy (SPI-ZEV-11-301)
Status Conditions Phase Study ID
Closed Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma
Follicle Center Lymphoma
Phase III FH 7779

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the efficacy and safety of Zevalin compared with observation alone in patients who are in PET-negative complete remission after first-line R-CHOP or R-CHOP like therapy.

Ajay K. Gopal, MD
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance 800-804-8824  
Bozeman Deaconess Cancer Center, Bozeman, MT 406-585-5070  
Multicare Health System, Tacoma WA 253-403-5265  
Skagit Valley Hospital, Mt. Vernon WA 360-424-2687  
Columbia Basin Hematology & Oncology, Kennewick, WA 509-783-4637  
Group Health 206-225-7893  
SCCA at EvergreenHealth 425-899-3977  
Eligibility Criteria (must meet the following to participate in this study)
  • Patient is 60-years of age or older at time of randomization
  • Histologically confirmed Ann Arbor stage II, III, or IV DLBCL; or FCL Grade 3B according to the REAL/WHO classification (from initial diagnosis made prior to starting R-CHOP therapy). Results from a pre R-CHOP marrow shall be available for review.
  • Local pathology review confirming the DLBCL diagnosis and CD20 positivity, and no evidence of DLBCL in bone marrow upon confirmation of CR.
  • A paraffin block or original slides available for confirmatory pathology review. Patients may be randomized based on the local pathology result.
  • Age-adjusted IPI of 1, 2, or 3. The age adjusted IPI is defined by one point for LDH > upper limit of normal (ULN); Stage III or IV; and Karnofsky performance status <80% or WHO/ECOG performance status >1.
  • First-line treatment of DLBCL must have been 6 cycles of standard R-CHOP21, R-CHOP14 or DA-EPOCH-R chemotherapy. Patients who received pre-phase therapy for the purpose of improving performance status prior to initiating R-CHOP are eligible.(See CRF Manual for further clarification).
  • Complete remission (CR) according to the International Workshop Response Criteria for NHL described by Cheson et al (Appendix 2). after first-line treatment. CT scans of chest, abdomen, pelvis, and neck (if applicable) must have been performed within 6 weeks after the last dose of the last course of chemotherapy. Applicability of the neck CT means that the patient had involvement of the neck region by palpation / physical examination at first diagnosis.
  • A negative FDG-PET scan confirming complete response, with negative defined as a score of 1-3 on the Deauville 5-point scale (Appendix 3) used to quantify radionucleotide density in PET scans as determined locally (Morschhauser 200735).
  • Bone marrow cellularity greater than 15%, no evidence of myelodysplasia morphologically and no evidence of involvement with lymphoma either at the pre R-CHOP marrow or on repeat assessment pre-Zevalin. After completing R-chemotherapy, a repeat marrow is required for patients randomized to the Zevalin arm only.
  • A WHO/ECOG performance status of 0, 1 or 2.
  • Adequate hematopoietic functions: Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) ≥ 1.0 x 109/L, Hemoglobin (Hgb) ≥ 9 g/dL, Platelets ≥ 100 x 109/L.
  • Life expectancy of 6 months or longer.
  • Written informed consent obtained according to local guidelines.
Exclusions (conditions that would prevent participation in this study)
  • Presence of any other malignancy or history of prior malignancy within 5 years of study entry. Within 5 years, patients treated for Stage I or II cancers are eligible provided they have a life expectancy of > 5 years (See CRF Manual for clarification). The 5-year exclusion rule does not apply to-non melanoma skin tumors and in situ cervical cancer.
  • Prior radioimmunotherapy, including radiation therapy for NHL, or any other NHL therapy.
  • Presence of primary gastric, central nervous system (CNS), or testicular lymphoma at first diagnosis.
  • Histological transformation of low-grade NHL.
  • Active hepatitis B or C. (See CRF completion manual)
  • Abnormal renal function: serum creatinine > 2.0 × ULN.
  • Non-recovery from the toxic effects of chemotherapy to < grade 2, or interfering with Zevalin treatment.
  • Known history of HIV infection.
  • Abnormal liver function: total bilirubin > 2 × ULN unless secondary to Gilbert disease.
  • Known hypersensitivity to murine or chimeric antibodies or proteins
  • G-CSF or GM-CSF therapy within 4 weeks prior to Zevalin or observation.
  • Concurrent severe and/or medically uncontrolled disease (e.g. uncontrolled diabetes, congestive heart failure, myocardial infarction within 6 months of study, unstable and uncontrolled hypertension, chronic renal disease, or active uncontrolled infection) which could compromise participation in the study.
  • Treatment with investigational drugs less than 4 weeks prior to Zevalin or observation.
  • Major surgery less than 4 weeks prior to Zevalin or start of observation.
  • Concurrent systemic corticosteroid use for any reason except as premedication in case of known or suspected allergies to contrast media or as premedication for potential side effects of rituximab treatment. Patients on a chronic dose of prednisone for a medical condition (e.g. Asthma or autoimmune disease) less than or equal to 20mg daily, stable for 4 weeks, are permissible.
  • Unwillingness or inability to comply with the protocol.
Last Updated
September 02, 2014
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