Bendamustine Plus Rituximab Versus CHOP Plus Rituximab

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Basic Trial Information

PhaseTypeStatusAgeSponsorProtocol IDs
Phase IIITreatmentCompleted18 and overOtherNHL 1-2003

Trial Description


The study addresses the question if the first line therapy of low malignant and mantle cell lymphomas with bendamustine plus rituximab is comparable (non inferior) with CHOP plus rituximab with regard to progression free survival (PFS).

Further Study Information

The 4 agent chemotherapy (CTX) CHOP (cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine prednisone) in combination with the monoclonal anti-CD20 antibody rituximab (CHOP-R) represents a standard CTX for the treatment of lymphomas of high or low malignancy. The combination of bendamustine and rituximab (B-R) is also highly effective with a more advantageous toxicity profile. If B-R could be shown to be non inferior to CHOP-R, this could improve the quality of life of the patient and possibly also the prognosis.

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with histological verified CD20-positive B-Cell-Lymphomas of the following entities:
  • Follicular lymphoma grade 1 and 2
  • Immunocytoma and lymphoplasmocytic lymphoma
  • Marginal zone lymphoma, nodal and generalised
  • Mantle cell lymphoma
  • lymphocytic lymphoma (CLL without leucaemic characteristics)
  • non-specified/classified lymphomas of low malignancy
  • No prior therapy with cytotoxics,interferon or monoclonal antibodies
  • Need for therapy, except mantle cell lymphomas
  • Stadium III or IV
  • Written informed consent
  • Performance status WHO 0-2
  • Histology not older than 6 months

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients not establishing all above mentioned prerequisites
  • Option of a primary, potential curative radiation therapy
  • Pretreatment except a unique local delimited radiation (radiation fiel not expanding two adjacent lymph node regions
  • Comorbidities excluding a study conform therapy:
  • heart attack during the last 6 months
  • severe, medicinal not adjustable hypertonia
  • severe functional defects of the heart (NYHA III or IV)
  • lung (WHO grade III or IV), liver or kidney (creatinine > 2 mg/dl, GOT + GPT or bilirubin 3 x ULN, except caused by lymphoma.

Trial Contact Information

Trial Lead Organizations/Sponsors

Universitaetsklinikum Giessen und Marburg GmbH - Giessen

    Mathias Rummel, Dr., Principal Investigator

    Link to the current record.
    NLM Identifier NCT00991211 processed this data on April 09, 2015

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