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Chemotherapy with or without Total Body Irradiation before Stem Cell Transplant in Treating Patients with Hodgkin or Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Trial Status: Active

This phase II trial studies how well chemotherapy with or without total body irradiation before stem cell transplantation works in treating patients with Hodgkin or non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as carmustine, etoposide, cytarabine, and melphalan, 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. Radiation therapy, such as total body irradiation, uses high energy x-rays to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors. It is not known whether chemotherapy with or without total body irradiation before stem cell transplant works better in treating patients with Hodgkin or non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Inclusion Criteria

  • Patients with chemo-sensitive histologically confirmed non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) will be eligible for this treatment protocol contingent on histologic sub-classification
  • Patients in partial or complete remission following cell therapy will also be eligible
  • NHL patients with resistant or refractory lymphoma (no partial remission [PR] following up to three cycles of combination chemotherapy) will not be eligible for transplant in this trial
  • Lymphoblastic lymphoma * All patients will be eligible in second or greater complete remission (CR) or first or subsequent partial remission (PR) * Patients with any high-risk features will be eligible in first complete remission * High risk features include: ** Stage IV ** Lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) > 2 x upper limit of normal ** >= 2 extranodal sites
  • Mature B-cell lymphoma * Follicular lymphoma and other indolent lymphoma ** In >= second CR2/PR2 * Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma ** In >= CR2 or >= PR1 ** A high intermediate or high international prognostic index (IPI) (>= 2 for age-adjusted IPI) at diagnosis and double-hit or triple-hit lymphoma will be eligible in first CR ** Transformed lymphoma from follicular lymphoma (FL) (or other indolent lymphoma) or chronic lymphocytic leukemia will be eligible if chemosensitive and bone marrow has < 5% of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) cells by morphology * Mantle cell lymphoma ** In first or greater CR or PR * Burkitt’s/Burkitt’s like ** All patients except localized lymphoma will be eligible any time after initial therapy (after achievement of first complete remission), or in partial remission if they fail to achieve CR ** Patients with localized (stage I or Ziegler stage A) will be eligible only if they fail to achieve CR1 or after relapse
  • Mature T-cell lymphoma * Chemosensitive T-cell lymphomas including primary T-cell not otherwise specified angioimmunoblastic, and ALK-positive anaplastic large cell, will be eligible after initial therapy, whether or not CR is achieved * Mycosis fungoides/Sezary syndrome will be eligible in >= CR2/PR2
  • Patients with histologically proven Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) will be eligible for transplantation after failing prior therapy
  • Patients with resistant disease (initial or at relapse): those who fail to achieve an objective partial response to three cycles of combination non-cross resistant chemotherapy will not be eligible for transplant in this trial
  • For stage I/II patients treated with primary chemotherapy-radiation, they must have failed (no CR or progression after CR) at least one salvage combination chemotherapy treatment regimen
  • For advanced (stage III/IV) Hodgkin lymphoma, patients must have failed an Adriamycin containing regimen (for example adriamycin-bleomycin-vinblastine-dacarbazine [ABVD]) or an alternative non-cross resistant regimen (e.g. mustargen-oncovin-procarbazine-prednisone [MOPP]) or unable to receive curative intent front-line regimen for HL
  • Patients with any high-risk features will also be eligible, including those who: * Fail to achieve complete remission with initial combination chemotherapy * Have bulky disease after initial therapy (chemotherapy or radiation) defined as residual mediastinal mass >= 5 cm or other residual mass >= 10 cm accompanied by other features of persisting disease (e.g., positron emission tomography [PET] scan positive; high LDH; enlarging on serial x-rays or biopsy positive) will be eligible - if feasible, persistent disease should be proven by biopsy
  • Patients should receive chemotherapy to attempt to achieve CR or minimal disease state pre-transplantation; the use of up to three cycles of non-cross resistant combination chemotherapy is advised
  • Residual areas of limited disease should be considered for radiotherapy after and not prior to transplantation
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) positive patients who are otherwise eligible for this study may be enrolled if they meet the following requirements: * Are seen in the infectious disease (ID)/HIV clinic prior to enrollment on study for the purpose of determining eligibility and for local coordination of HIV care during the peri-transplant period ** Are on maximally active anti-HIV regimen to control disease as determined appropriate by the ID/HIV physicians; for the majority of patients, this will be a highly active anti-retroviral therapy (HAART)-type therapy including a protease inhibitor * CD4+ >= 50/uL * HIV ribonucleic acid (RNA) viral load =< 100,000 copies per mL on each of samples 4 weeks apart; the most recent level must be within 30 days of enrollment * HIV infection with undetectable viral load. The most recent level must be within 30 days of enrollment * All HIV+ patients must be evaluated by Infectious Disease (ID) and a HIV management plan establish prior to transplantation
  • Primary central nervous system (CNS) lymphoma in first or later remission
  • Secondary CNS lymphoma with relapsed disease AND PR or CR after last therapy (some patients may be eligible in first CR if high risk)
  • Stable, non-progressive disease (defined as non-progressive abnormalities on physical exam or magnetic resonance imaging [MRI] or/and positron emission tomography [PET], computed tomography [CT]) within 2 weeks of study entry
  • Karnofsky performance status >= 80% for patients >= 16 years of age or Lansky play score >= 80 for patients < 16 years of age * Note: if poor performance status is due to lymphoma - Karnofsky performance status (KPS) >= 60% or Lansky performance score (LPS) >= 60 is acceptable
  • Hemoglobin >= 8 gm/dL
  • White blood cell (WBC) >= 2.5 x 10^9/L with an absolute neutrophil count (ANC) >= 1.5 x 10^9/L off granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) or granulocyte macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) for 3 days or Neulasta for 14 days
  • Platelets >= 100 x 10^9/L without transfusion
  • Bone marrow cellularity of >= 20% with < 5% involvement with tumor
  • Glomerular filtration rate (GFR) > 50 ml/min/1.73 m^2 or serum creatinine =< 2.5 x upper limit of normal (ULN) for age
  • No history of severe prior or ongoing chronic liver disease
  • Total bilirubin =< 2.0 mg/dl
  • Aspartate aminotransferase (AST) < 5 x upper limit of normal
  • Alkaline phosphatase < 5 x upper limit of normal
  • Free of symptoms of uncontrolled cardiac disease including unstable angina, decompensated congestive heart failure, or arrhythmia; the ejection fraction by gated cardiac blood flow scan (MUGA) or echocardiogram must be >= 40%
  • No significant obstructive airways disease (forced expiratory volume in 1 second [FEV1] must be >= 50%) and must have acceptable diffusion capacity (corrected carbon monoxide diffusing capability [DLCO] >= 50% of predicted)
  • Patients with a primary or secondary central nervous system (CNS) involvement by lymphoma will be eligible for arm 3; patients with active CNS disease are eligible if they have completed a standard treatment for CNS lymphoma and have no evidence of progressive CNS disease at the time of enrollment
  • Planned mobilization must be scheduled at least 4 weeks from previous chemotherapy; 6 weeks from nitrosoureas and 2 weeks from oral anti-cancer therapy
  • Women of child bearing potential and sexually active males with partners of child bearing potential must agree to use adequate birth control for the duration of treatment
  • Patients who are carriers of hepatitis B will be included in this study
  • Voluntary written consent

Exclusion Criteria

  • Pregnant or breastfeeding - females of childbearing potential must have a blood test or urine study within 14 days prior to registration to rule out pregnancy
  • Eligible for any higher priority transplant protocols
  • Chemotherapy resistant disease
  • Untreated active infection


University of Minnesota / Masonic Cancer Center
Status: ACTIVE
Contact: Veronika Bachanova
Phone: 612-625-5469


I. To estimate overall survival (OS) at 3 years post-transplant for patients who received the radiation free preparative regimen carmustine, etoposide, cytarabine, and melphalan (BEAM).


I. Progression free survival (PFS) at 3 years post-transplant.

II. Treatment related mortality (TRM) at 6 months and 1 year on Arms 1 and 3.

III. Estimate OS for patients treated with carmustine/thiotepa (BCNU/TT) on Arm 3.

VI. Cumulative incidence of secondary malignancies in 3 years post-transplant.

V. Days to neutrophil engraftment in Arms 1 and 3 separately.

VI. Days to platelet engraftment in Arms 1 and 3 separately.

OUTLINE: Patients are assigned to 1 of 3 arms.

ARM I: Patients receive carmustine intravenously (IV) over 2 hours on day -6, etoposide IV over 2 hours twice daily (BID) on days -5 to -2, cytarabine IV over 1 hour BID on days -5 to -2, and melphalan IV over 20 minutes on day -1. Patients undergo autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) on day 0. Patients receive granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) IV or subcutaneously (SC) starting on day 5.

ARM II: Patients receive cyclophosphamide IV over 2 hours on days -7 and -6. Patients undergo total body irradiation (TBI) BID on days -4 to -1 and HSCT on day 0. Patients receive G-CSF IV or SC starting on day 5.

ARM III: Patients receive carmustine IV over 2 hours on day -6 and thiotepa IV BID on days -5 and -4. Patients undergo HSCT on day 0. Patients receive G-CSF IV or SC starting on day 5.

After completion of study treatment, patients are followed up to 3 years.

Trial Phase Phase II

Trial Type Treatment

Lead Organization
University of Minnesota / Masonic Cancer Center

Principal Investigator
Veronika Bachanova

  • Primary ID 2016LS132
  • Secondary IDs NCI-2017-01037
  • ID NCT03125642