A Study of Ibrutinib With Rituximab in People With Untreated Marginal Zone Lymphoma

  • End date
    Mar 18, 2027
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Updated on 29 November 2021
ct scan
measurable disease
gastric malt lymphoma


The purpose of this study is to see if the combination of rituximab and ibrutinib can help people with marginal zone lymphoma who have not received treatment in the past. The study will also compare the combination of rituximab and ibrutinib with the combination of rituximab and placebo to see which combination works better.

Condition Marginal Zone Lymphoma, MALT Lymphoma
Treatment Rituximab, Placebo, Ibrutinib
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04212013
SponsorMemorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Last Modified on29 November 2021


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Inclusion Criteria

Histologically documented marginal zone lymphoma, including splenic, nodal, and extranodal sub-types at the enrolling institution
No prior systemic therapy for MZL with the exception of the following
Prior antibiotic therapy for H. pylori, C. psittaci, and B. burgdorferi
Prior antiviral therapy for HCV Note: Subjects are eligible if they had prior splenectomy or other local surgical treatment or local radiation therapy without systemic therapy and now require their first ever systemic therapy
Men and women 18 years of age
Patients with gastric MALT lymphoma must be H. pylori negative or have failed a trial of H. pylori eradication
Patients with gastric MALT lymphoma who are H. pylori negative or who have relapsed/refractory disease after H. pylori eradication must be ineligible for, have refused or failed gastric radiation therapy
Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status of 2
measurable lesion on computed tomography (CT) scan (>1.5 cm in longest dimension) unless bone marrow disease only including those with hemolytic anemia. Lesions in anatomical locations (such as extremities or soft tissue lesions) that are not well visualized by CT may be measured by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) instead. Patients with splenomegaly without other measurable disease must have splenomegaly of >15 cm in the craniocaudal direction
Life expectancy of >3 months, in the opinion of the investigator
Female subjects must be of non-reproductive potential (i.e., post-menopausal by history - no menses for 2 years; OR history of hysterectomy; OR history of bilateral tubal ligation; OR history of bilateral oophorectomy). Female subjects of childbearing potential must have a negative serum pregnancy test upon study entry
Male and female subjects who agree to use highly effective methods of birth control (e.g., condoms, implants, injectables, combined oral contraceptives, some intrauterine devices [IUDs], sexual abstinence, or sterilized partner) during the period of therapy and for 30 days (females) and 90 days (males) after the last dose of study drug
Documented evidence of need for treatment, including, but not limited to, threatened end-organ function, bulky disease (>5 cm), symptoms, requirement for transfusion or growth factor support, or medically significant need for intervention For subjects with presumptive evidence of transformation based on clinical assessment of factors such as, but not limited to, increasing lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), rapidly worsening disease, or frequent B-symptoms, both a pre-treatment tumor biopsy and bone marrow biopsy are required to rule out large cell transformation. For all subjects, results of both the tumor biopsy and bone marrow biopsy must be known prior to enrollment and randomization

Exclusion Criteria

Medically apparent central nervous system lymphoma or leptomeningeal disease
History of other malignancies except adequately treated non-melanoma skin cancer, curatively treated in-situ cancer, or other solid tumors curatively treated with no evidence of disease for 2 years
Patients with a prior or concurrent malignancy whose natural history or treatment does not have the potential to interfere with the safety or efficacy assessment of the investigational regimen are eligible
Subject who received a strong cytochrome P450 (CYP) 3A inhibitor within 7 days prior to first dose of ibrutinib/placebo or subject who requires continuous treatment with a strong CYP3A inhibitor
Concurrent systemic immunosuppressant therapy (e.g., cyclosporine A, tacrolimus, etc., or chronic administration of >20 mg/day of prednisone) within 28 days of the first dose of study drug
Currently active, clinically significant cardiovascular disease such as uncontrolled arrhythmias or Class 3 or 4 congestive heart failure as defined by New York Heart Association Functional Classification; or a history of unstable angina, acute coronary syndrome, or myocardial infarction within 6 months of prior to screening
Recent infection requiring systemic anti-infective treatment that was completed 14 days before the first dose of study drug
Any uncontrolled active systemic infection
Known bleeding diathesis (e.g., von Willebrand's disease) or hemophilia
Hepatitis B (HBV): All subjects must be screened for hepatitis B and C. Subjects with a positive polymerase chain reaction for hepatitis B must be on entecavir or equivalent therapy as per institutional standard of care. (Hep C patients may be enrolled if other parameters precluding hepatic impairment are met. And they are not undergoing active therapy for hepatitis C
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV): NOTE: HIV is a contraindication if the subject has an active opportunistic infection (OI) within 12 months and CD4 count is below the normal range
Any of the following abnormalities
Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) <750 cells/mm3 (0.75 x 10^9/L) unless there is documented bone marrow involvement
Platelet count <50,000 cells/mm^3 (50 x 10^9/L) independent of transfusion support unless there is documented bone marrow involvement
Serum aspartate transaminase (AST) or alanine transaminase (ALT) 3.0 x upper limit of normal (ULN)
Creatinine >2.0 x ULN or Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate GFR [Cockcroft-Gault]) <30 mL/min
Bilirubin >1.5 x ULN (unless bilirubin rise is due to Gilbert's syndrome or of non-hepatic origin)
Hemoglobin <8.0 g/dL unless secondary to hemolysis or documented bone marrow involvement
PT/INR >1.5 x ULN and PTT (aPTT) >1.5 x ULN unless factor XI deficiency or lupus anticoagulant
Unable to swallow capsules or disease significantly affecting gastrointestinal function such as malabsorption syndrome, resection of the stomach or small bowel, or complete bowel obstruction
Major surgery within 4 weeks prior to the first dose of study drug
Any life-threatening illness, medical condition, including uncontrolled diabetes mellitus (DM), or organ system dysfunction that, in the opinion of the investigator, could compromise the subject's safety or put the study outcomes at undue risk
Lactating or pregnant
Unwilling or unable to participate in all required study evaluations and procedures
Unable to understand the purpose and risks of the study and to provide a signed and dated informed consent form (ICF) and authorization to use protected health information (in accordance with national and local subject privacy regulations)
Subjects with chronic liver disease with hepatic impairment Child-Pugh class B or C
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