Ibrutinib, Temozolomide, Etoposide, Pegylated Liposomal Doxorubicin Hydrochloride, Dexamethasone, and Rituximab in Treating Patients with Primary Central Nervous System Lymphoma

Status: Active


This phase I trial studies the side effects and best dose of ibrutinib when given together with temozolomide, etoposide, pegylated liposomal doxorubicin hydrochloride, dexamethasone, and rituximab in treating patients with central nervous system lymphoma. Ibrutinib may stop the growth of cancer cells by blocking some of the enzymes needed for cell growth. Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as temozolomide, etoposide, pegylated liposomal doxorubicin hydrochloride, and dexamethasone, work in different ways to stop the growth of cancer cells, either by killing the cells, by stopping them from dividing, or by stopping them from spreading. Immunotherapy with monoclonal antibodies, such as rituximab, may help the body's immune system attack the cancer, and may interfere with the ability of cancer cells to grow and spread. Giving ibrutinib with rituximab and combination chemotherapy may kill more cancer cells.

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria

  • Patients must have histologically or cytologically confirmed primary central nervous system diffuse large B-cell lymphoma; only patients with relapsed or refractory disease are eligible; patients with PCNSL that is only extracranial will not be eligible
  • At least 2 weeks have passed since prior chemotherapy, biological therapy, radiation therapy, major surgery, other investigational or anti-cancer therapy that is considered disease-directed
  • Ibrutinib must be discontinued 7 days before (when possible) until 7 days after major surgery, and 3 days before (when possible) until 3 days after minor surgery; thus, patients to be enrolled on an ibrutinib trial must have completed major surgery >= 7 days before initiating treatment, and/or must have completed minor surgery >= 3 days before initiating treatment
  • Recovered from prior toxicities to grade 0-1 at least 2 weeks prior to investigational therapy
  • Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status =< 2 (Karnofsky >= 60%) unless due to neurologic deficits caused by CNS lymphoma with the following exceptions: patients with ECOG performance status (PS) = 4 where neurologic deficits are unlikely to resolve with tumor resolution and may cause clinical management problems are excluded
  • Patients must have normal organ and marrow function as defined below, independent of growth factor or transfusion support; patients should not receive growth factors or transfusions for at least 7 days prior to first dose of study drug, with the exception of pegylated granulocyte-colony stimulating factor (G-CSF) (pegfilgrastim) and darbepoetin which require at least 14 days prior to screening and randomization
  • Absolute neutrophil count >= 750 cells/mcL (0.75 x 10^9/L)
  • Platelets >= 50,000 cells/mcL (50 x 10^9/L)
  • Hemoglobin > 8.0 g/dL
  • Total bilirubin =< 1.5 x upper limit of normal (ULN) (unless Gilbert’s syndrome or disease infiltration of the liver is present)
  • Aspartate aminotransferase (AST) (serum glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase [SGOT])/alanine aminotransferase (ALT) (serum glutamate pyruvate transaminase [SGPT]) =< 3.0 x institutional upper limit or normal (ULN)
  • Serum creatinine =< 1.5 mg/dL or creatinine clearance >= 40 ml/min/1.73 m^2 unless lymphoma related
  • Prothrombin time (PT)/international normalized ratio (INR) and activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT) must be < 1.5 x the upper limit of the normal range (ULN); except if, in the opinion of the investigator, the aPTT is elevated because of a positive lupus anticoagulant
  • Left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) > 40% as assessed by echocardiogram or multi gated acquisition scan (MUGA)
  • The effects of ibrutinib on the developing human fetus are unknown; for this reason and because tyrosine kinase inhibitors as well as other therapeutic agents used in this trial may be teratogenic, women of reproductive potential and men must agree to use adequate contraception (hormonal or barrier method of birth control; abstinence) prior to study entry
  • Female patients who are of non-reproductive potential (i.e., post-menopausal by history - no menses for >= 1 year; OR history of hysterectomy; OR history of bilateral tubal ligation; OR history of bilateral oophorectomy) must have a negative serum pregnancy test upon study entry
  • Male and female patients must agree to use highly effective methods of birth control; a “highly effective method of birth control” is defined as a method that has a low failure rate (i.e., less than 1% per year) when used consistently and correctly and includes implants, injectables, birth control pills with two hormones, some intrauterine devices (IUDs); male subject cannot use highly effective methods and are required to use barrier; the specific guidelines are as follows: * Women: If you can have children, you must use a highly effective method of birth control and a barrier method, or sexual abstinence (which is defined as refraining from all aspects of sexual activity), while taking study treatment, as well as for 90 days * Men: You must use a barrier method while on treatment with ibrutinib and for 3 months after the last dose of treatment to prevent pregnancy of your partner; you should not donate sperm while you are taking the study drug and for 3 months after you stop taking the study drug
  • Patient or appointed surrogate decision-maker or legally authorized representative must have ability to understand the purpose and risks of the study and willingness to provide a signed and dated informed consent form (ICF) and authorization to use protected health information (in accordance with national and local subject privacy regulations)

Exclusion Criteria

  • Chemotherapy =< 21 days prior to first administration of study treatment and/or monoclonal antibody =< 6 weeks prior to first administration of study treatment
  • Prior exposure to a BTK inhibitor
  • History of allergic reactions attributed to compounds of similar chemical or biologic composition to ibrutinib or other agents used in study
  • Patients who are allergic to isavuconazole or any of its ingredients
  • Patients who received a strong cytochrome P450 (CYP) 3A inhibitor or inducer within 7 days prior to the first dose of protocol anti-fungal prophylaxis, or patients who require continuous treatment with a strong CYP3A inhibitor/inducer (i.e., with the exception of any medication to be specifically studied in this protocol)
  • Because the lists of these agents are constantly changing, it is important to regularly consult a frequently-updated list; medical reference texts such as the Physicians’ Desk Reference may also provide this information; as part of the enrollment/informed consent procedures, the patient will be counseled on the risk of interactions with other agents, and what to do if new medications need to be prescribed or if the patient is considering a new over-the-counter medicine or herbal product
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) positive patients will be excluded because of their increased susceptibility to fungal infections which outweighs the potential benefit of participation
  • Uncontrolled intercurrent illness including, but not limited to, ongoing or active infection or an infection requiring systemic antibiotics, symptomatic congestive heart failure, unstable angina pectoris, cardiac arrhythmia, or psychiatric illness/social situations that would limit compliance with study requirements; recent infections requiring systemic treatment need to have completed therapy > 14 days before the first dose of study drug
  • Pregnant and breastfeeding women are excluded from this study; pregnant women are excluded in this study because ibrutinib is a tyrosine kinase inhibitor with the potential for teratogenic or abortifacient effects; because there is an unknown but potential risk for adverse events in nursing infants secondary to treatment of the mother with ibrutinib, breastfeeding should be discontinued if the mother is treated with ibrutinib
  • Uncontrolled autoimmune hemolytic anemia or immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) resulting in (or as evidenced by) declining platelet or hemoglobin (Hgb) levels within the 4 weeks prior to first dose of study drug
  • Presence of transfusion-dependent thrombocytopenia
  • History of prior malignancy, with the exception of the following:
  • Malignancy treated with curative intent and with no evidence of active disease present for more than 3 years prior to screening and felt to be at low risk for recurrence by treating physician
  • Adequately treated non-melanomatous skin cancer or lentigo maligna melanoma without current evidence of disease
  • Adequately treated carcinoma in situ without current evidence of disease
  • Currently active clinically significant cardiovascular disease such as uncontrolled arrhythmia, congestive heart failure, or class 3 or 4 congestive heart failure as defined by the New York Heart Association functional classification, or history of myocardial infarction unstable angina, or acute coronary syndrome within 6 months prior to enrollment in the study
  • Unable to swallow capsules, or disease significantly affecting gastrointestinal function, or resection of the stomach or small bowel, or symptomatic inflammatory bowel disease or ulcerative colitis, or partial or complete bowel obstruction
  • Serologic status reflecting active hepatitis B or C infection; patients that are positive for hepatitis B core antibody, hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg), or hepatitis C antibody must have a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) prior to enrollment (PCR positive patients will be excluded)
  • History of stroke or intracranial hemorrhage within 6 months prior to enrollment
  • Any life-threatening illness, medical condition, or organ system dysfunction that, in the investigator’s opinion, could compromise the patient’s safety, or put the study at undue risk; patients with suspicious radiologic evidence of aspergillosis infection (i.e., chest computed tomography [CT] and/or brain magnetic resonance imaging [MRI]) will not be eligible unless confirmatory laboratory testing of beta-D glucan and aspergillus antigen are negative
  • Concomitant use of warfarin or other vitamin K antagonists within the last 28 days
  • Concurrent systemic immunosuppressant therapy other than corticosteroids (e.g., cyclosporine A, tacrolimus, etc.) within 28 days of the first dose of study drug
  • Vaccinated with live, attenuated vaccines within 4 weeks of first dose of study drug
  • Unresolved toxicities from prior anti-cancer therapy, defined as having not resolved to grade =< 1, or to the levels dictated in the inclusion/exclusion criteria with the exception of alopecia
  • Known bleeding disorders (e.g., von Willebrand’s disease) or hemophilia
  • Major surgery within 7 days of first dose of study drug
  • Unwilling or unable to participate in all required study evaluations and procedures
  • Currently active, clinically significant hepatic impairment (>= moderate hepatic impairment according to the National Cancer Institute [NCI]/Child Pugh classification)

Locations & Contacts


National Institutes of Health Clinical Center
Status: Temporarily closed to accrual
Contact: Mark Jason Roschewski
Phone: 240-760-6183
Email: mark.roschewski@nih.gov
NCI - Center for Cancer Research
Status: Active
Contact: Mark Jason Roschewski
Phone: 800-411-1222

Trial Objectives and Outline


I. To identify the dose of ibrutinib with anti-fungal prophylaxis that can be safely administered to achieve an ibrutinib median cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) maximum concentration (CMAX) of 1.98 nM (Range 0.69 to 11.1).(Revised in Amendment G)

II. To identify the ibrutinib maximum tolerated dose or dose that achieves adequate CSF concentrations, whichever comes first, when ibrutinib is given using dose-adjusted temozolomide, etoposide, Doxil (pegylated liposomal doxorubicin hydrochloride), dexamethasone, ibrutinib, and rituximab (DA-TEDDI-R). (Original [retained for historical purposes])


I. To assess the toxicity of DA-TEDD-R and DA-TEDDI-R in primary central nervous system lymphoma (PCNSL).

II. To assess the CSF concentrations of temozolomide, etoposide, Doxil and dexamethasone.

III. To analyze PCNSL tumors for mutations of CD79B, CD79A, CARD11 and MYD88 and perform gene expression profiling (GEP) and ribonucleic acid sequencing (RNAseq) analysis and explore correlations with outcome.

IV. To assess overall response and complete response and overall survival in relapsed PCNSL.

V. To evaluate clinical response of single agent ibrutinib.

VI. To assess the pharmacokinetics (PK) and safety of ibrutinib with anti-fungal prophylaxis.

VII. To assess the risk-benefit of DA-TEDDI-R and anti-fungal prophylaxis in PCNSL in regards to aspergillus infection.

OUTLINE: This is a dose-escalation study of ibrutinib.

Patients receive ibrutinib orally (PO) once daily (QD) starting on day -3. Patients also receive dexamethasone PO twice daily (BID) on days 1-5, rituximab intravenously (IV) over 2-4 hours on days 1 and 2, temozolomide IV over 90 minutes on days 2-5, etoposide IV over 30-60 minutes on days 2-5, cytarabine intrathecally (IT) or intracerebroventricularly (ICV) over 2-5 minutes on days 1 and 5 (cycles 2-6), and pegylated liposomal doxorubicin hydrochloride IV on day 2. Patients receive isavuconazole PO BID for 3 days starting up to 7 days prior to day -3 followed by isavuconazole PO QD on days 1-21. Treatment repeats every 21 days for up to 6 cycles in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

After completion of study treatment, patients are followed up at 30 days, every 3 months for 1 year, every 4 months for 1 year, every 6 months for 1 year, and then annually thereafter.

Trial Phase & Type

Trial Phase

Phase I

Trial Type


Lead Organization

Lead Organization
NCI - Center for Cancer Research

Principal Investigator
Mark Jason Roschewski

Trial IDs

Primary ID 9577
Secondary IDs 14-C-0157, NCI-2014-01754, 14-C-0157, 14-C-0157_9577, 09-25-0099, 140157
Clinicaltrials.gov ID NCT02203526