Duvelisib and Venetoclax in Relapsed or Refractory CLL or SLL or RS

  • End date
    Jul 1, 2025
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Updated on 4 October 2022
platelet count
lymphoid leukemia
chronic lymphocytic leukemia
gilbert's syndrome
neutrophil count
diffuse large b-cell lymphoma
b-cell lymphoma
richter syndrome
chronic lymphocytic leukemia refractory


This research study is assessing a new drug, duvelisib, in combination with a drug that is already FDA approved, venetoclax, as a possible treatment for participants with CLL or those with Richter's Syndrome


This is a Phase I/II clinical trial. A Phase I clinical trial tests the safety of an investigational drugs and also tries to define the appropriate dose of the investigational drugs to use for further studies. "Investigational" means that the drugs are being studied together for the first time.

This phase I study tests the safety of the drug duvelisib when used in combination with the drug venetoclax. Duvelisib is still being studied, but the FDA (the U.S. Food and Drug Administration) has approved the use of Duvelisib in patients with CLL/SLL with relapsed or refractory CLL after having received 2 or more prior therapies.

Duvelisib is a drug that is given in capsule form and taken by mouth. This drug is designed to stop cancer growth by blocking a protein called phosphatidylinositide 3-kinase (PI3K), which is important for the survival of CLL cells. In laboratory studies and in other clinical trials that included participants with CLL, duvelisib was effective at killing CLL cells.

Venetoclax is a tablet that is taken by mouth. Venetoclax targets a protein called BCL-2, which helps cancer cells survive. Venetoclax is an effective treatment for many participants with CLL who do not respond to chemotherapy or other approved drugs or who have relapsed after prior therapy.Venetoclax is FDA approved for participants with CLL who have never had therapy before or whose CLL has worsened after prior therapy.

In the phase I portion of this study, the investigators are looking to determine the dose of venetoclax that is safe to give with duvelisib and to see what the side effects are of this combination.

In the phase II portion of this study, we are looking to determine how effective thecombination of duvelisib and venetoclax is for patients with CLL or Richter's Syndrome

Condition Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia, Richter Syndrome
Treatment venetoclax, duvelisib
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT03534323
SponsorDana-Farber Cancer Institute
Last Modified on4 October 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

Must have a confirmed diagnosis of chronic lymphocytic leukemia or small lymphocytic lymphoma requiring therapy, as per IW-CLL 2008 criteria OR Biopsy proven transformation to diffuse large B cell lymphoma (DLBCL), consistent with Richter's Syndrome
Disease that has progressed during or relapsed after at least one previous CLL/SLL therapy - If Richter's Syndrome, this criterion is not applicable
Age greater to or equal to 18 years
ECOG performance status ≤2 (Karnofsky ≥60%)
Patients must meet the following hematologic criteria at screening, unless they have significant bone marrow involvement of CLL confirmed on biopsy
Absolute neutrophil count ≥500 cells/mm3 (0.5 x 109/L). Growth factor is allowed in order to achieve this
Platelet count ≥25,000 cells/mm3 (25 x 109/L) independent of transfusion within 7 days of screening
Adequate hepatic function defined as
\--Serum aspartate transaminase (AST) and alanine transaminase (ALT) ≤ 3.0 x
upper limit of normal (ULN), bilirubin ≤1.5 x ULN (unless bilirubin rise is
due to Gilbert's syndrome or of non-hepatic origin
Adequate renal function as defined as
\--Serum creatinine ≤1.5 times the upper limit of normal or creatinine
clearance ≥ 50 mL/min using a 24-hour urine collection
Women of child-bearing potential and men must agree to use adequate contraception (hormonal, barrier method or abstinence) prior to study entry and for the duration of study participation
Ability to understand and the willingness to sign a written informed consent document

Exclusion Criteria

Previous treatment with venetoclax or duvelisib
Patients receiving cancer therapy (i.e., chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy, biologic therapy, surgery within 2 weeks of Cycle 1/Day 1 with the following exceptions
For patients on targeted therapies, a washout of least five half lives is required
Patients who experience clinical deterioration may start therapy after a shorter washout period with prior approval by the PI
Corticosteroid therapy (prednisone or equivalent <20 mg daily) is allowed
Confirmed central nervous system involvement
Allogeneic hematologic stem cell transplant within 6 months of starting study treatment or active graft vs. host disease (GVHD) requiring treatment or prophylaxis
History of active malignancy requiring therapy with the exception of hormonal therapy
Any active systemic infection requiring IV antibiotics or uncontrolled, active infections
Known history of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), or hepatitis B virus (HBV)
Major surgery within 4 weeks of first dose of study drug
Currently active gastrointestinal disease, including colitis, inflammatory bowel disease and diarrhea requiring therapy
Currently active, clinically significant cardiovascular disease, such as uncontrolled arrhythmia or Class 3 or 4 congestive heart failure as defined by the New York Heart Association Functional Classification; or a history of myocardial infarction, unstable angina, or acute coronary syndrome within 6 months prior to randomization
Any life-threatening illness, medical condition, or organ system dysfunction that, in the investigator's opinion, could compromise the subject's safety or put the study outcomes at undue risk
Use of Coumadin for anticoagulation (other anticoagulants permitted)
Lactating or pregnant
Concurrent administration of medications or foods that are strong inhibitors or inducers of CYP3A (see Appendix D) . The concomitant use of drugs or foods that are strong or moderate inhibitors or inducers of CYP3A are not allowed beginning 1 week prior to the first dose of duvelisib
Patients with ongoing use of prophylactic antibiotics are eligible as long as there is no evidence of active infection and the antibiotic is not included on the list of prohibited medications
Unable to swallow capsules or malabsorption syndrome, disease significantly affecting gastrointestinal function, or resection of the stomach or small bowel, symptomatic inflammatory bowel disease or ulcerative colitis, or partial or complete bowel obstruction resulting in malabsorption or chronic diarrhea
Active abuse of alcohol
History of chronic liver disease or veno-occlusive disease/sinusoidal obstruction syndrome
History or concurrent condition of interstitial lung disease of any severity and/or severely impaired lung function
Known hypersensitivity to duvelisib and/or its excipients
History of tuberculosis treatment within the 2 years prior to initiation of therapy
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