Acalabrutinib and Obinutuzumab for the Treatment of Previously Untreated Follicular Lymphoma or Other Indolent Non-Hodgkin Lymphomas

  • End date
    Jan 15, 2024
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Emory University
Updated on 18 December 2021
bone marrow procedure
follicular lymphoma
mantle cell lymphoma
marginal zone lymphoma
tumor burden
indolent non-hodgkin lymphoma


This phase II trial studies the effect of acalabrutinib and obinutuzumab in treating patients with follicular lymphoma or other indolent non-Hodgkin lymphoma for which the patient has not received treatment in the past (previously untreated). Acalabrutinib may stop the growth of cancer cells by blocking some of the enzymes needed for cell growth. Immunotherapy with obinutuzumab may induce changes in body's immune system and may interfere with the ability of cancer cells to grow and spread. Giving acalabrutinib and obinutuzumab may kill more cancer cells.



I. To determine if treatment acalabrutinib and obinutuzumab is effective in patients with untreated, low tumor burden follicular lymphoma and other indolent non-Hodgkin lymphomas (NHLs).


I. Determine the complete response (CR) rate for single agent acalabrutinib at the end of a single-agent run-in for patients with untreated low tumor burden follicular lymphoma (FL).

II. Determine tolerability of acalabrutinib and obinutuzumab via assessment of patient-reported outcomes and conventional assessments.

III. Assess duration of response and long-term outcomes including progression-free survival.

IV. Assess the impact of early treatment with this regimen on health-related quality of life.


I. Evaluate the impact of treatment discontinuation in patients who have achieved a complete response at the end of the induction phase.

II. To assess the safety and efficacy of acalabrutinib and obinutuzumab in other subtypes of indolent NHL.


INDUCTION PHASE: Patients receive acalabrutinib orally (PO) twice daily (BID) on days 1-28. Patients also receive obinutuzumab intravenously (IV) on days 1, 8, and 15 of cycle 3, then on day 1 of cycles 4-8. Treatments repeat every 28 days for up to 12 cycles in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

FOLLOW-UP PHASE: After cycle 12, patients who are in CR are randomized to either discontinue acalabrutinib or to continue acalabrutinib monotherapy in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. Patients with partial response (PR) or stable disease (SD) after cycle 12 continue acalabrutinib monotherapy in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. Patients with disease progression after cycle 12 discontinue study treatment. Patients with disease progression at any time prior to the conclusion of cycle 12 may continue study therapy if they are felt to be benefiting by the treating physician, but not past cycle 12.

After completion of study treatment, patients are followed up at 30 days, every 12 weeks for 1 year, then every 6 months until disease progression or next anti-lymphoma treatment.

Condition Grade 1 Follicular Lymphoma, Grade 2 Follicular Lymphoma, Grade 3a Follicular Lymphoma, Indolent Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, Lymphoplasmacytic Lymphoma, Lymphoproliferative Disorder, Mantle Cell Lymphoma, Marginal Zone Lymphoma
Treatment questionnaire administration, quality-of-life assessment, Obinutuzumab, acalabrutinib
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04883437
SponsorEmory University
Last Modified on18 December 2021


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Inclusion Criteria

Men and women >= 18 years of age
Patients will need to have one of the following clinical scenarios
Previously untreated follicular lymphoma grade 1-3a with low tumor burden by Groupe d'Etude des Lymphomes Folliculaires (GELF) criteria
Previously untreated follicular lymphoma grade 1-3a with high tumor burden by GELF criteria but who are unable or unwilling to receive standard front-line treatment approaches
Previously untreated marginal zone lymphoma, lymphoplasmacytic lymphoma, or any other indolent B-cell lymphoproliferative disorder with low tumor burden by GELF criteria or who are unable/unwilling to receive more intensive front-line treatment
Previously untreated mantle cell lymphoma who would otherwise be appropriate candidates for watchful waiting OR who have symptomatic disease but are not candidates for or decline standard induction approaches
Patients with previously untreated low tumor burden FL (criterion above) must have
measurable and/or assessable disease defined as at least one involved lymph
node or extranodal disease site that measures >= 1.5cm in greatest diameter
Patients who meet inclusion criteria above are eligible as long as they meet one of the following criteria for measurable/assessable disease
At least one involved lymph node or extranodal disease site measuring > 1.5cm in greatest diameter
Pathologically-confirmed bone marrow or peripheral blood involvement that can be reassessed for response
Pathologically confirmed splenic or extranodal involvement with at least one known site of disease remaining after diagnostic biopsy that can be reassessed (i.e., patients with splenic marginal zone lymphoma who complete splenectomy and have no other detectable disease would not be eligible)
Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status of 0-2
Woman of childbearing potential (WOCBP) and men enrolled on this protocol must agree to use adequate contraception (hormonal or barrier method of birth control; abstinence) prior to study entry for the duration of study participation, and for at least 2 days after the last dose of acalabrutinib or 18 months after the last dose of obinutuzumab, whichever is longer. Should a woman become pregnant or suspect she is pregnant while she or her partner is participating in this study, she should inform her treating physician immediately
Women of childbearing potential must have a negative serum or urine pregnancy test prior to starting therapy
Willing and able to participate in all required evaluations and procedures in this study protocol
Ability to understand the purpose and risks of the study and provide signed and dated informed consent and authorization to use protected health information Ability to understand the purpose and risks of the study and provide signed and dated informed consent and authorization to use protected health information

Exclusion Criteria

The presence or history of histologically transformed or co-existing high-grade or aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphoma
Confirmed active or prior central nervous system disease
Prior receipt of lymphoma-directed therapy or prior antibody-based therapy (except for anti-microbial therapy for infection-associated marginal zone lymphoma such as hepatitis C or H pylori)
A short course of steroids is permitted for patients aside from those in the low tumor burden FL cohort. This course may be no more than 14 days and steroids must be discontinued (or tapered to =< 10mg prednisone or equivalent) no later than 3 days after initiation of study treatment. Patients in the low tumor burden FL cohort may not receive corticosteroids as an anti-lymphoma therapy at any time before starting treatment
Prior malignancy (or any other malignancy requiring active treatment), except for
adequately treated basal cell or squamous cell skin cancer, in situ cervical
cancer, or other cancer from which the subject has been disease free for >= 2
years or which will not limit survival to < 5 years
Clinically significant cardiovascular disease such as symptomatic ventricular arrhythmias, congestive heart failure, or myocardial infarction within 6 months of screening, or any class 3 or 4 cardiac disease as defined by the New York Heart Association Functional Classification. Note: Subjects with controlled, asymptomatic atrial fibrillation can enroll on study if deemed appropriate by the investigator
Has difficulty with or is unable to swallow oral medication, or has significant gastrointestinal disease that would limit absorption of oral medication
Known history of human immunodeficiency (HIV) or any active significant infection (e.g., bacterial, viral, or fungal) within 14 days of cycle 1. Patients with uncomplicated viral or bacterial infections that are being managed with oral antibiotics and/or supportive care alone are eligible
Known history of hypersensitivity or anaphylaxis to study drug(s) including active product or excipient components
Active bleeding or history of bleeding diathesis (e.g., hemophilia or von Willebrand disease)
Uncontrolled AIHA (autoimmune hemolytic anemia) or ITP (idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura)
Presence of a gastrointestinal ulcer diagnosed by endoscopy within 3 months before screening
Requires treatment with a strong cytochrome P450 3A4 (CYP3A4) inhibitor/inducer
Requires or receiving anticoagulation with warfarin or equivalent vitamin K antagonists
Requires treatment with proton pump inhibitors (e.g, omeprazole, esomeprazole, lansoprazole, dexlansoprazole, rabeprazole, or pantoprazole). Note: Subjects receiving proton pump inhibitors who switch to H2-receptor antagonists or antacids are eligible for enrollment to this study
History of significant cerebrovascular disease/event, including stroke or intracranial hemorrhage, within 6 months before the first dose of study drug. Patients with a transient ischemic attack which has resolved and for which there are no ongoing symptoms are eligible
Major surgical procedure within 28 days of first dose of study drug (not including a diagnostic procedure to make the lymphoma diagnosis). Note: If a subject had major surgery, they must have recovered adequately from any toxicity and/or complications from the intervention before the first dose of study drug
Hepatitis B or C serologic status: subjects who are hepatitis B core antibody (anti-HBc) positive and who are hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) negative will need to have a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and must be willing to undergo deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) PCR testing during the study to be eligible. Those who are HBsAg positive or hepatitis B PCR positive will be excluded. Subjects who are hepatitis C antibody positive will need to have a negative PCR result to be eligible and have completed appropriate anti-viral treatment. Those who are hepatitis C PCR positive will be excluded. Anti-viral therapy for patients with hepatitis-C associated marginal zone lymphoma will not be considered a prior anti-lymphoma treatment
Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) < 1,000/mcL
Platelet count < 50,000/mcL (Unless felt to be related to underlying disease)
Total bilirubin >= 1.5 x the upper limit of normal (ULN). Isolated bilirubin > 1.5 x ULN is permitted if the direct proportion is < 35%
Aspartate aminotransferase (AST)/alanine aminotransferase (ALT) > 2.5 x ULN
Creatinine clearance =< 40 mL/min/1.73m^2
Breastfeeding or pregnant
Concurrent participation in another therapeutic clinical trial
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