S0816 Fludeoxyglucose F 18-PET/CT Imaging and Combination Chemotherapy With or Without Additional Chemotherapy and G-CSF in Treating Patients With Stage III or Stage IV Hodgkin Lymphoma

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Basic Trial Information

PhaseTypeStatusAgeSponsorProtocol IDs
Phase IITreatmentClosed18 to 60NCI, OtherCDR0000630501
S0816, U10CA032102, SWOG-S0816, NCT00822120

Trial Description


RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy work in different ways to stop the growth of cancer cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. Giving more than one drug (combination chemotherapy) may kill more cancer cells. G-CSF may help lessen the side effects in patients receiving chemotherapy. Imaging procedures, such as fludeoxyglucose F 18-PET/CT imaging, may help doctors predict how patients will respond to treatment.

PURPOSE: This phase II trial is studying fludeoxyglucose F 18-PET/CT imaging to see how well it works in assessing response to combination chemotherapy and allow doctors to plan better additional further treatment in treating patients with stage III or stage IV Hodgkin lymphoma.

Further Study Information



  • To estimate the 2-year progression-free survival (PFS) of HIV-negative patients with stage III-IV Hodgkin lymphoma treated with response-adapted therapy based on fludeoxyglucose F 18 (FDG)-PET imaging after 2 courses of doxorubicin hydrochloride, bleomycin, vinblastine, and dacarbazine (ABVD).
  • To estimate the 2-year PFS of patients who are PET-positive after treatment with 2 courses of ABVD and an escalated dose regimen comprising cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin hydrochloride, etoposide, vincristine sulfate, bleomycin, procarbazine hydrochloride, and prednisone (BEACOPP).


  • To estimate the 2-year overall survival (OS) of patients treated with these regimens.
  • To estimate the response rate (i.e., complete and partial responses) in patients treated with these regimens.
  • To evaluate the toxicity of these response-adapted regimens.
  • To document the feasibility of centralized, real-time review of FDG-PET imaging for U.S. cooperative group studies.
  • To prospectively evaluate the overall response rate, complete response rate, PFS, and OS of HIV-positive patients treated with these response-adapted regimens.

OUTLINE: This is a multicenter study.

All patients undergo baseline whole-body fludeoxyglucose F 18 (FDG)-PET/CT imaging before beginning chemotherapy. Patients then receive doxorubicin hydrochloride IV, bleomycin IV, vinblastine IV, and dacarbazine IV (ABVD) on days 1 and 15. Treatment repeats every 28 days for up to 2 courses in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. Between days 22 and 25 of course 2, patients undergo a second FDG-PET/CT scan to assess response. Subsequent therapy is based on FDG-PET/CT scan results. Patients are stratified according to FDG-PET positivity (yes vs no). Patients who are FDG-PET-negative continue treatment with ABVD for up to 4 additional courses in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. Patients who are FDG-PET-positive are then further stratified according to HIV positivity (yes or no) and receive 1 of the following treatment regimens:

  • Escalated-dose BEACOPP chemotherapy: HIV-negative patients receive escalated-dose BEACOPP chemotherapy comprising doxorubicin hydrochloride IV and cyclophosphamide IV on day 1, etoposide IV on days 1-3, oral procarbazine hydrochloride on days 1-7, oral prednisone on days 1-14, and bleomycin IV and vincristine IV on day 8. Patients receive filgrastim (G-CSF) subcutaneously on days 8-14. Treatment repeats every 21 days for up to 6 courses in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.
  • Standard-dose BEACOPP chemotherapy: HIV-positive patients receive standard dose BEACOPP chemotherapy comprising doxorubicin hydrochloride IV and cyclophosphamide IV on day 1, etoposide IV on days 1-3, oral procarbazine hydrochloride on days 1-7, oral prednisone on days 1-14, and bleomycin IV and vincristine IV on day 8. Treatment repeats every 21 days for up to 6 courses in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

Six to eight weeks after completion of chemotherapy, patients undergo a post-treatment FDG-PET/CT scan.

Some patients may undergo bone marrow biopsy at 1 month after the last course of chemotherapy.

After completion of study treatment, patients are followed up periodically for 7 years.

Eligibility Criteria


  • Histologically confirmed classical Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) (i.e., nodular sclerosis, mixed cellularity, lymphocyte-rich, or lymphocyte-depleted)
  • Previously untreated stage III or IV disease
  • No nodular lymphocyte predominant disease
  • Bidimensionally measurable disease
  • Adequate biopsy samples from original diagnostic specimen must be available for pathologic review
  • Tissue obtained from core biopsies allowed
  • No tissue obtained from needle aspirations or cytologies
  • Must have known HIV status
  • No multi-drug resistant HIV infection, CD4 counts < 150/μL, or other concurrent AIDS-defining conditions in HIV-positive patients
  • HIV-positive patients with CD4 counts ≥ 150/μL at the time of enrollment OR documented CD4 count > 250/μL at any time within 8 months prior to HL diagnosis allowed
  • Must have undergone unilateral or bilateral bone marrow biopsy within the past 42 days
  • Must have a diagnostic quality CT scan of the chest/abdomen and pelvis AND baseline FDG-PET scan within the past 28 days
  • Combined PET/CT scans required
  • No older "stand-alone" FDG-PET scans
  • No low-resolution "localization" CT scans as part of a combined PET/CT scans


  • Zubrod performance status 0-2
  • Serum erythrocyte sedimentation rate, lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), hemoglobin, albumin, white blood cell count (WBC), and lymphocytes measured within the past 28 days
  • Serum estradiol (women only), testosterone (men only), follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH) (both men and women) levels must be drawn within 60 days prior to registration
  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception during and for ≥ 6 months after completion of study therapy
  • No significant cardiac abnormalities as assessed by multiple gated acquisition scan (MUGA) or ECHO AND cardiac ejection fraction ≥ 45% in patients with a history of hypertension or cardiac symptoms
  • Hepatitis B-negative (i.e., hepatitis B surface antigen-negative or anti-hepatitis B core antigen-negative)
  • Patients immune to or immunized against hepatitis B (i.e., anti-hepatitis B surface antibody-positive) are eligible
  • Hepatitis C-negative (i.e., anti-hepatitis C antibody-negative)
  • No significant lung disease with abnormal lung function tests (i.e., diffusing capacity of lung for carbon monoxide (DLCO) > 25% below predicted after correction for hemoglobin) unless attributable to lymphoma
  • No requirement for continuous supplemental oxygen therapy
  • No other prior malignancy except adequately treated basal cell or squamous cell skin cancer, in situ cervical cancer, adequately treated stage I or II cancer from which the patient is currently in complete remission, or any other cancer from which the patient has been disease-free for 5 years


  • See Disease Characteristics
  • No prior chemotherapy, radiotherapy, or antibody therapy for lymphoma
  • No prior solid organ transplantation

Trial Contact Information

Trial Lead Organizations/Sponsors

Southwest Oncology Group

  • National Cancer Institute
Oliver W. Press, Study Chair

Trial Sites


Los Angeles

Kaiser Permanente Medical Center - Los Angeles

Han A Koh
Ph: 626-564-3455

San Diego

Kaiser Permanente - Mission

Han A Koh
Ph: 626-564-3455


Community Hospital

Erwin L. Robin
Ph: 708-915-6747

Iowa City

Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at University of Iowa

Daniel A Vaena
Ph: 800-237-1225


Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute

Philip J. Stella
Ph: 734-712-3456

North Dakota

Bismarck Cancer Center

Edward J. Wos
Ph: 701-323-5760
Email: tfischer@mohs.org


St. Charles Medical Center - Bend

William G Martin
Ph: 541-706-2659

South Carolina

AnMed Cancer Center

James Dewitt Bearden
Ph: 800-486-5941


M. D. Anderson Cancer Center at University of Texas

Michelle A Fanale
Email: mfanale@mdanderson.org

Link to the current ClinicalTrials.gov record.
NLM Identifier NCT00822120
ClinicalTrials.gov processed this data on May 11, 2015

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