Last updated on May 2018

Treatment of Patients With Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma Who Are Not Suitable for Anthracycline Containing Chemotherapy


Brief description of study

The purpose of this trial is to compare the efficacy and safety of Inotuzumab Ozogamicin in combination with R-CVP with that of R-G-CVP for the treatment of Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma (DLBCL) in a population of patients not suitable for anthracycline based chemotherapy.

There is no standard of care for the treatment of this group of patients. If demonstrated to be efficacious and safe to deliver this regimen will be further tested in a phase III trial to determine whether this should become the standard of care amongst patients with DLBCL not fit for anthracycline (R-CHOP).

Detailed Study Description

The incidence of DLBCL is increasing and with an expanding elderly population, the incidence will continue to rise. Given that about 40% of cases of DLBCL occur in patients aged over 70 and the number of co-mobilities increases with age, research to investigate the optimal treatment of DLBCL in this group of patients is needed. R-CHOP remains the standard of care for the majority of patients with DLBCL, anthracycline use is precluded in a proportion of these patients by a high risk of developing cardiotoxicity, especially congestive cardiac failure. Currently there is no standard of care for patients who are unfit for anthracycline treatment. It has been routine to omit the doxorubicin from R-CHOP, giving R-CVP instead. However the outcome for patients treated with R-CVP is poor and attempts have been made to replace the doxorubicin with alternative agents. The trial will compare an experimental arm consisting of Inotuzumab Ozogamicin added to the standard immunochemotherapy regimen of rituximab, cyclophosphamide, vincristine and prednisolone (R-CVP) with the control arm of gemcitabine added to the same combination (Gem-R-CVP).

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT01679119

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Mari Kilner

North Tyneside Hosptial (including Wansbeck Hospital and Hexham General Hospital)
North Shields, United Kingdom
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Anne Lennard

Freeman Hospital
Newcastle, United Kingdom
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