Follicular Lymphoma
Conditions
Lymphoma
Conditions: official terms
Lymphoma - Lymphoma, Follicular
Conditions: Keywords
early stage follicular lymphoma, indolent non-Hodgkin's lymphomas, Lymphoma, Follicular Lymphoma, FL, Rituximab, Rituxan, Radiation, Radiation Therapy, XRT
Study Type
Interventional
Study Phase
N/A
Study Design
Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment
Intervention
Name: Rituximab Type: Drug
Name: Radiation Type: Radiation
Overall Status
Recruiting
Summary
The goal of this clinical research study is to learn if adding rituximab to radiation therapy will help control the disease better than radiation alone. The safety of this combination will also be studied.

Radiation therapy is designed to kill cancer cells or to stop cancer cells from growing.

Rituximab is designed to attach to cancer cells that have CD20 (a tumor marker) on their surface and damage them, which may cause the cells to die.
Detailed Description
Study Groups:

If you are found to be eligible to take part in this study, you will be randomly assigned (as in the flip of a coin) to 1 of 2 groups. You will have an equal chance of being in either group. This is done because no one knows if one study group is better, the same, or worse than the other group.

- If you are in Group 1, you will receive radiation alone.

- If you are in Group 2, you will receive radiation and rituximab.

Radiation Therapy and Study Drug Administration:

You will receive radiation therapy 5 days a week for 2 ½ weeks (12 treatments). You will receive a separate consent form that will describe this procedure and its risks in more detail.

If you are in Group 2, every week during radiation therapy you will also receive rituximab by vein for up to 4-6 hours. After radiation therapy, you will continue to receive rituximab every 2 months for a total of 4 doses.

Study Visits During Radiation Therapy:

Every week during radiation therapy:

- You will be asked about any drugs you may be taking.

- You will be asked how you are feeling and about any side effects you may be having.

- Your performance status will be recorded.

- You will have a physical exam.

Study Visits After Completing Radiation Therapy:

Every two months for a total of 4 doses (during rituximab-only therapy):

- You will be asked about any drugs you may be taking.

- Your performance status will be recorded.

- You will have a physical exam, including measurement of your height and weight.

- You will have an ECG.

- Blood (about 2 teaspoons) will be drawn for routine tests.

- You will be asked how you are feeling and about any side effects you may be having.

Rituximab can be received outside MD Anderson as long as the outside doctor gives the drug in the same way.

Routine Follow-up:

You will also have routine follow-up visits every 3 months for the first 2 years after rituximab treatment, every 6 months from Year 2 and beyond on and for up to 15 years. At these visits, the following tests and procedures will be recorded:

- Your skin lesions will be photographed.

- You will be asked about any drugs you may be taking.

- You will be asked how you are feeling and about any side effects you may be having.

- Your performance status will be recorded.

- You will have a physical exam, including measurement of your height and weight.

- Blood (about 2 teaspoons) will be drawn for routine tests.

- You will have a PET scan to check the status of the disease.

- You will have CT scans of your head, neck, chest, abdomen, and pelvis.

End-of-Study Drug Visits:

If you leave the study early:

- Your skin lesions will be photographed.

- You will be asked about any drugs you may be taking.

- You will be asked how you are feeling and about any side effects you may be having.

- Your performance status will be recorded.

- You will have a physical exam, including measurement of your height and weight.

- Blood (about 2 teaspoons) will be drawn for routine tests.

- You will have a PET scan to check the status of the disease.

- You will have CT scans of your head, neck, chest, abdomen, and pelvis.

Every 3 months for 2 years:

- You will be asked about any drugs you may be taking.

- You will be asked how you are feeling and about any side effects you may be having.

- Your performance status will be recorded.

- You will have an ECG.

- Blood (about 2 teaspoons) will be drawn for routine tests.

- If you are able to become pregnant, you will have a blood (about 2 teaspoons) pregnancy test.

Length of Study:

You will continue treatment for up to 4 doses of rituximab and/or up to 15 radiation treatments. You will no longer be able to take the study drug if the disease gets worse, if intolerable side effects occur, or if you are unable to follow study directions.

You will be off study after up to 10 years.

This is an investigational study. Radiation and rituximab are FDA approved and commercially available for patients with lymphoma.

Up to 80 patients will take part in this study. All will be enrolled at MD Anderson.
Criteria for eligibility
Healthy Volunteers: No
Maximum Age: N/A
Minimum Age: 18 Years
Gender: Both
Criteria: Inclusion Criteria:

1. Newly diagnosed patients with stage I and II follicular lymphoma, pathologically confirmed at MDACC to be grade 1 or 2.

2. Prophylactic use of lamivudine in patients that have antibody +, but no active infection will be up to the treating physician.

3. >/= 18 at the time of signing the informed consent form

4. Patients are required to have adequate bone marrow reserve as indicated: * Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) /=> 1000/mm^3 *Platelets >/= 80,000/mm^3, *Hemoglobin >/= 8g/dL. These values must be obtained within two weeks before protocol entry.

5. Patients must have adequate liver function as indicated by: *Bilirubin /= 2

6. Patients are required to have adequate renal function as indicated by a serum creatinine
7. No prior known allergic reaction to monoclonal antibodies.

8. Male patients must agree to use a barrier method of contraception or agree to abstain from heterosexual activity for the duration of the study.

9. Female patients must be willing to use two adequate barrier methods of contraception to prevent pregnancy or agree to abstain from heterosexual activity throughout the study or be post menopausal (free from menses > two years or surgically sterilized).

10. Female patients of childbearing potential must have a negative serum pregnancy test (B HCG) within 72 hours of receiving the first dose of Rituximab

11. Patients must have the ability able to give informed consent.

Exclusion Criteria:

1. Patients with active Hepatitis B and/or Hepatitis C infection.

2. Patients with known HIV infection

3. Patients with active infections requiring specific anti-infective therapy are not eligible until all signs of infections are resolved.

4. Patients who had previous radiation dose to the site of the current primary disease, which would lead to violation of known radiation tolerance limit of that particular site if treated again.

5. Patients with pre-existing cardiovascular disease requiring ongoing treatment. This includes: a. Congestive heart failure III/IV as defined by New York Heart Association (NYHA) b. Uncontrolled cardiac arrhythmia, c. Unstable angina pectoris, d. Recent MI (within 6 months).

6. Patients who are pregnant or breast-feeding.

7. Patient with concurrent use of complementary or alternative medicines.

8. Patients with psychiatric illness and/or social situations that would limit compliance with the study medication and requirements.
Location
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas, United States
Status: Recruiting
Start Date
May 2013
Sponsors
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Source
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Record processing date
ClinicalTrials.gov processed this data on July 28, 2015
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