Rituximab and Combination Chemotherapy in Treating Patients With Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma

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Basic Trial Information

PhaseTypeStatusAgeSponsorProtocol IDs
Phase IIIDiagnostic, TreatmentClosed18 and overNCI, OtherCALGB-50303
CDR0000433265, NCI-2009-00480, U10CA031946, U10CA180821, ECOG-50303, NCI-05-C-0252, NCT00118209

Trial Description


RATIONALE: Monoclonal antibodies, such as rituximab, can block cancer growth in different ways. Some block the ability of cancer cells to grow and spread. Others find cancer cells and help kill them or carry cancer-killing substances to them. 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 rituximab together with combination chemotherapy may kill more cancer cells. It is not yet known which combination chemotherapy regimen is more effective when given with rituximab in treating diffuse large B-cell lymphoma.

PURPOSE: This randomized phase III trial is studying rituximab when given together with two different combination chemotherapy regimens to compare how well they work in treating patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma.

Further Study Information


1. Primary Objectives:

1. To compare the event-free survival of R-CHOP versus DA-EPOCH-R chemotherapy in untreated CD20+ diffuse large B-cell lymphomas

2. To develop a molecular predictor of outcome of R-CHOP and DA-EPOCH-R chemotherapy using molecular profiling

2. Secondary Objectives:

1. To compare the response rates, overall survival and toxicity of R-CHOP versus DA-EPOCH-R

2. To define the pharmacogenomics of untreated DLBCL and correlate clinical parameters (toxicity, response, survival outcomes and laboratory results) with molecular profiling

3. To assess the use of molecular profiling for pathological diagnosis

4. To identify new therapeutic targets using molecular profiling

5. To perform a comprehensive analysis of somatic alterations to the tumor genome and to understand which genomic alterations are somatically acquired by the tumor and which are encoded in the germ line of the patient

6. To identify biomarkers of response to chemotherapy by FDG-PET/CT imaging that are predictive of histopathologic remissions and survival in patients with stage I (mediastinal), II, III, or IV untreated DLBCL

7. To evaluate the use of semiquantitative measurements of FDG uptake in defining FDG-PET/CT based biomarkers of response to chemotherapy in patients with DLBCL

8. To determine whether FDG-PET/CT measurements of tumor response after the second cycle of chemotherapy can predict clinical response

9. To establish a standardized protocol for FDG-PET/CT image acquisition

10. To determine additional FDG-PET/CT parameters (e.g., the ratio of tumor SUVmax to liver SUVmean; SUVs corrected for body surface area and lean body mass; nuclear medicine physician's assessment) and evaluate their utility in refining FDG-PET/CT based biomarkers of response to therapy

11. To evaluate inter-institutional reproducibility of FDG-PET/CT measurements for this indication

After patients have completed treatment on this study, all patients will be asked to return to the clinic for follow-up exams every three months for the first two years, and then every six months thereafter for three years. A total of five years from study registration.

Eligibility Criteria

1. Histologically documented de novo CD20+ DLBCL with stage II, III or IV disease.

  • Stage I primary mediastinal (thymic) DLBCL is also eligible.
  • Patients with an underlying low-grade lymphoma, such as a transformed lymphoma or low-grade lymphoma in the bone marrow, are not eligible.
  • Diagnosis should be based on an adequate tissue sample, including open biopsy or core needle biopsy.
  • Needle aspiration for primary diagnosis is unacceptable.
  • Patients must have one of the following WHO classification subtypes:
  • Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (includes morphological variants: centroblastic, immunoblastic, T-cell/histiocyte rich, and anaplastic)
  • Mediastinal (thymic) large B-cell lymphoma
  • Intravascular large B-cell lymphoma
  • Note: Failure to submit a pathology block within 60 days of patient registration will be considered a major protocol violation.
  • Fresh (frozen) tumor biopsy must be available or attempted. A frozen tumor biopsy equivalent to a minimum of four at least 16 gauge needle cores is an important component of this study.
  • Patients without adequate frozen material should have a biopsy performed to obtain material.
  • If a biopsy is performed and does not yield adequate material, the patient is still eligible for the study. If a biopsy cannot be done safely, the patient may still be eligible for the study if permission is granted.
  • Note: This study does not allow concurrent radiation unless a patient has a documented CNS treatment failure with no systemic failure.

2. No prior cytotoxic chemotherapy or rituximab. Patients may be entered if they have received prior limited field radiation therapy or a short course of glucocorticoids (< 10 days) for an urgent local disease complication at diagnosis (e.g., cord compression, SVC syndrome). Patients who have received chemotherapy for prior malignancies are not eligible.

3. Age ≥ 18 years

4. ECOG Performance Status 0-2

5. No active ischemic heart disease or congestive heart failure. If there is suspicion of cardiac disease, a cardiac ejection fraction must show LVEF > 45%, but the study is not required

6. No known lymphomatous involvement of the CNS. A lumbar puncture prior to study is not required in the absence of neurological symptoms

7. No known HIV disease. Patients with a history of intravenous drug abuse or any other behavior associated with an increased risk of HIV infection should be tested for exposure to the HIV virus. Patients who test positive or who are known to be infected are not eligible.

8. Non pregnant and non-nursing. Treatment would expose an unborn child to significant risks. Women and men of reproductive potential should agree to use an effective form of contraception.

9. Patients with active medical processes (e.g., uncontrolled bacterial or viral infection, bleeding) not related to their lymphoma should be excluded.

10. Required Initial Laboratory Values (unless non-Hodgkin lymphoma):

  • ANC ≥ 1000/μL
  • Platelets ≥ 100,000/μL
  • Creatinine≤ 1.5 mg/dL or creatinine clearance ≥ 50 cc/min
  • Total Bilirubin ≤ 2 mg/dL (unless a history of Gilbert's Disease)

Trial Contact Information

Trial Lead Organizations/Sponsors

Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology

  • National Cancer Institute
Wyndham Hopkins Wilson, Study Chair
Andrew D. Zelenetz, MD, PhD, Study Chair

Trial Sites



Northridge Hospital Medical Center

Sheldon J. Davidson
Ph: 818-885-5458


Phoebe Cancer Center at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital

Jose M. Tongol
Ph: 229-312-2251


Nancy N. and J. C. Lewis Cancer and Research Pavilion at St. Joseph's/Candler

O. George Negrea
Ph: 912-350-8568


Louis A. Weiss Memorial Hospital

Keith L. Shulman
Ph: 773-564-5044

Baton Rouge

Ochsner Health Center - Bluebonnet

Charles V Wendling
Ph: 888-562-4763


Ochsner Health Center - Covington

Charles V Wendling
Ph: 888-562-4763

New Orleans

CCOP - Ochsner

Charles V Wendling
Ph: 888-562-4763


University of Mississippi Cancer Clinic

Vincent E Herrin
Ph: 601-815-6700

Great Falls

Big Sky Oncology

Grant William Harrer
Ph: 406-731-8217

New Jersey

St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center

Michael Maroules
Ph: 973-754-2909


Providence Centralia Hospital

Yoshio Inoue
Ph: 253-403-2394

Federal Way

St. Francis Hospital

Yoshio Inoue
Ph: 253-403-2394


St. Clare Hospital

Yoshio Inoue
Ph: 253-403-2394


Providence St. Peter Hospital Regional Cancer Center

Yoshio Inoue
Ph: 253-403-2394


Good Samaritan Cancer Center

Yoshio Inoue
Ph: 253-403-2394


Allenmore Hospital

Yoshio Inoue
Ph: 253-403-2394

CCOP - Northwest

Yoshio Inoue
Ph: 253-403-2394

Franciscan Cancer Center at St. Joseph Medical Center

Yoshio Inoue
Ph: 253-403-2394

MultiCare Regional Cancer Center at Tacoma General Hospital

Yoshio Inoue
Ph: 253-403-2394

Link to the current ClinicalTrials.gov record.
NLM Identifier NCT00118209
ClinicalTrials.gov processed this data on April 09, 2015

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