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Clinical picture: NHL (Non Hodgkin Lymphoma)

Trial: HOVON 136 NHL

1. Overview
Study details
2. Patient eligibility criteria
3. Registration (& randomization) of patients
4. Participating parties
5. Participating sites
6. Instruction videos
7. Download documentation / forms

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1. Overview


Phase I-II study combining Brentuximab Vedotin with second line salvage chemotherapy (R-DHAP) in CD30 positive diffuse large B-cell lymphoma patients refractory to first line chemotherapy or in first relapse who are eligible for high dose treatment followed by autologous stem cell transplantation




HOVON, Spain

Study details

Type of study

Prospective Phase I/II study

Echelon level

Level B

Type of monitoring for this study

Site evaluation visits

Target number of patients


Date of first EC&CA submission


Date of activation


Study objectives

Phase I
Primary objective
To identify the feasibility and toxicity of brentuximab vedotin in combination with R-DHAP

Secondary objective
To assess the success rate of autologous peripheral blood stem cell harvest after brentuximab vedotin-R-DHAP

Phase II
Primary objectives
To evaluate the efficacy of the combination of brentuximab-vedotin and R-DHAP as salvage treatment in relapse/refractory DLBCL patients in terms of metabolic CR rate after the third cycle

Secondary objectives:
To asses the overall response rate (ORR) after 3 cycles and after ASCT
To evaluate the safety of the combination of brentuximab-vedotin and R-DHAP as assessed by the rate of CTCAE grade 3-4 non-hematological toxicity
To assess the toxicity profile of brentuximab vedotin in combination with R-DHAP
To assess hematological recovery after each cycle of brentuximab vedotin-R-DHAP
To assess the feasibility success rate of harvesting an autologous peripheral blood stem cell graft
To assess the fraction of patients (CR/PR) eligible for ASCT who actually undergo ASCT
To assess peripheral blood neutrophil and platelet recovery after ASCT
To evaluate the progression free survival (PFS), event free survival (EFS), and overall survival (OS)
To identify predictive factors for response, PFS, EFS and OS (exploratory analysis)

2. Patient eligibility criteria

Inclusion criteria

CD30 positive DLBCL, i.e. more than 1% of DLBCL cells CD30 positive (central pathology review results not required to enter patient into the study), according to the WHO classification 2008:
- CD30 positive DLBCL, including EBV positive DLBCL
- CD30 positive primary mediastinal B-cell lymphoma
Primary refractory to or in first relapse after first line therapy with R-CHOP or R-CHOP-like therapy
- Relapse is defined as biopsy confirmed CD30 positive DLBCL after a complete response.
The relapse must be histologically confirmed. In case a surgical biopsy is not possible, at least confirmation by FNA biopsy is required
- Refractory disease is defined as:
1) progressive disease during first line therapy,
In this case biopsy confirmation of CD30 positive DLBCL is preferred but not required
2) stable disease after at least 3 cycles of first line therapy,
In this case biopsy confirmation of CD30 positive DLBCL is preferred but not required
3) PR after at least 6 cycles of first line therapy, or in the case of stage I-II disease after at
least 3 cycles of therapy and definitive involved field radiotherapy
In this case refractory disease must be histologically confirmed
Age ≥ 18 years (upper age limit for ASCT at the discretion of the participating center)
Measurable disease: on CT scan at least 1 lesion/node with a long axis of > 1.5 cm and at least one positive lesion on 18F-FDG PET scan
WHO performance status 0-2 (see appendix C)
Adequate hepatic function: total bilirubin ≤ 3 times ULN (unless due to lymphoma involvement of the liver or a known history of Gilbert's syndrome as defined by > 80% unconjugated bilirubin) and ALAT/ASAT ≤ 3 times ULN (unless due to lymphoma involvement of the liver; in that case ALAT/ASAT may be elevated up to 5 times ULN)
Adequate renal function: GFR > 60 ml/min as estimated by the Cockroft&Gault formula at rehydration:
CrCL = (140-age [in years] x weight [kg] (x 0.85 for females) / (0.815 x serum creatinine [µmol/L])
Adequate bone marrow function: Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) ≥ 1.5x109/L and platelet count ≥ 100 x 109/L
Hemoglobin must be ≥ 8 g/dL (5.0 mmol/L), transfusion is allowed
Eligible for high-dose chemotherapy and ASCT
Resolution of relevant toxicities from first-line therapy
Life expectancy of > 3 months with treatment
Negative pregnancy test at study entry, if applicable
Female patient is either post-menopausal for at least 1 year before screening visit or surgically sterile or if of childbearing potential, agrees to practice 2 effective methods of contraception, at the same time, or agrees to completely abstain from heterosexual intercourse, from the time of signing the informed consent through 12 months after the last dose of study drug
Male patients, even if surgically sterilized, (i.e. status post vasectomy) agree to practice effective barrier contraception, or agrees to completely abstain from heterosexual intercourse, during the entire study period and through 12 months after the last dose of study drug
Written informed consent
Patient is capable of giving informed consent

Exclusion criteria

Peripheral sensory or motor neuropathy grade ≥ 2
Known cerebral or meningeal disease (NHL or any other etiology), including signs and symptoms of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML)
Symptomatic neurological disease compromising normal activities of daily living or requiring medications
Transformed lymphoma
DLBCL after organ transplantation
Immunodeficiency-associated B-cell lymphoproliferative disease
Use of other investigational agents within at least 5 half-lives of the most recent agent used prior to study entry
Treatment with myelosuppressive chemotherapy or biological therapy ≤ 4 weeks before study entry
Female patients who are breast feeding
History of another malignancy less than 3 years before study inclusion, or previously diagnosed with another malignancy and have evidence of residual disease, with the exception of non-melanoma skin cancer, completely resected melanoma TNMpT1 and carcinoma in situ of the uterine cervix
Known hypersensitivity to recombinant proteins, murine proteins, or to any excipient contained in the drug formulation of brentuximab vedotin
Active hepatitis B or C infection as defined by positive serology and transaminitis. Non-active hepatitis B carriers or anti-HBc positive patients may be included if protected with lamuvidine or entecavir (see 9.4)
HIV positivity
Radiation therapy within 8 weeks prior to start of protocol treatment. Emergency radiation therapy is allowed, as long as measurable disease (at non-irradiated sites) persists
Patients with a serious psychiatric disorder that could, in the investigator's opinion, potentially interfere with the completion of treatment according to protocol
Major organ dysfunction, unless NHL-related
Patients who have any severe and/or uncontrolled medical condition or other conditions that could affect their participation in the study such as:
- Known history of symptomatic congestive heart failure (NYHA III, IV, appendix E), myocardial infarction ≤ 6 months prior to first study drug
- Evidence of current serious uncontrolled cardiac arrhythmia, angina pectoris, electrocardiographic evidence of acute ischemia or active conduction system abnormalities
- Recent evidence (within 6 months before first dose of study drug) of a left-ventricular ejection fraction <45%
- Severely impaired pulmonary function as defined as spirometry and DLCO (diffusing capacity of the lung for carbon monoxide) that is 50% or less of the normal predicted value and/or O2 saturation that is 90% or less at rest on room air
Thyroid abnormalities when thyroid function cannot be maintained in the normal range by medication
Current participation in another clinical trial interfering with this trial
Any psychological, familial, sociological and geographical condition potentially hampering compliance with the study protocol and follow-up schedule
Claustrophobia to the extent that PET-CT is impossible

3. Registration (& randomization) of patients

4. Participating parties

5. Participating sites

Included patients *
NL-Nieuwegein-Antonius Ziekenhuis
NL-Rotterdam-Erasmus MC - Centrum

* Please note that if TOP is not used to register patients for a study, the number of patients shown is zero.

6. Instruction videos

7. Download documentation / forms


 Patient Information & IC form (NL)

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