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Patients with advanced chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) have a poor long-term prognosis. Allogeneic stem cell transplantation (SCT) in patients with CLL has only rarely been performed in the past because the clinical outcome after myeloablative conditioning was poor, mainly due to the high treatment-related mortality. However long-term disease-free survival after allogeneic SCT has been reported. Recently it has been demonstrated by our group and others that non-relapse mortality can be reduced significantly with the use of reduced-intensity conditioning regimens. Yet, graft versus host disease (GVHD) remains an important problem in this setting.
Alemtuzumab is an effective drug for the treatment of patients with advanced CLL and has been successfully applied for GVHD-prophylaxis in the setting of myeloablative and reduced-intensity conditioning regimens. The goal of the present study is to evaluate the role of alemtuzumab as part of a fludarabine-based reduced intensity conditioning regimen for allogeneic SCT in patients with advanced CLL.
Patients with relapsed or refractory CLL who are eligible for the study receive a cytoreductive therapy until SCT. Irrespective to the formal response, patients proceed to allogeneic SCT after fludarabine-based reduced-intensity conditioning. The use of granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF)-mobilized peripheral blood stem cells > 3 x 10E6 CD34 cells/kg is recommended, but bone marrow > 1 x 10E8 MNC/kg is accepted. GVHD-prophylaxis is based on cyclosporine A adapted to blood levels (150 to 200 ng/mL) over a period of three months. In Phase I of the study, alemtuzumab has been applied as part of the conditioning regimen until day 5. In Phase II, alemtuzumab is given as cytoreductive pre-treatment with the last application of alemtuzumab scheduled for day 14 and after Amendment II in September 2006 scheduled for day 28. Furthermore methotrexate is given on days 1, 3, 6. and 11 at a projected cumulative dose of 45 mg/m2. Subsequent immunosuppressive therapy depends on the occurrence of GvHD, the development of chimerism, and residual disease. Patients with relapsing or residual disease (minimal residual disease excluded) who do not suffer from GvHD should receive donor lymphocytes in increasing dosages. The initial dose is 1 x 105/kg T-cells in unrelated donors and 1 x 106/kg in matched related donors. If no GvHD develops within 6-8 weeks, the next higher dosage is applied.
Allocation: Non-Randomized, Control: Historical Control, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment
Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
allogeneic stem cell transplantation, Alemtuzumab
Klinikum Chemnitz gGmbH
Active, not recruiting
Charite University, Berlin, Germany
Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:44:08-0400
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A chronic leukemia characterized by abnormal B-lymphocytes and often generalized lymphadenopathy. In patients presenting predominately with blood and bone marrow involvement it is called chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL); in those predominately with enlarged lymph nodes it is called small lymphocytic lymphoma. These terms represent spectrums of the same disease.
A lymphoid leukemia characterized by a profound LYMPHOCYTOSIS with or without LYMPHADENOPATHY, hepatosplenomegaly, frequently rapid progression, and short survival. It was formerly called T-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
A chronic leukemia characterized by a large number of circulating prolymphocytes. It can arise spontaneously or as a consequence of transformation of CHRONIC LYMPHOCYTIC LEUKEMIA.
Transfer of HEMATOPOIETIC STEM CELLS from BONE MARROW or BLOOD between individuals within the same species (TRANSPLANTATION, HOMOLOGOUS) or transfer within the same individual (TRANSPLANTATION, AUTOLOGOUS). Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation has been used as an alternative to BONE MARROW TRANSPLANTATION in the treatment of a variety of neoplasms.
The transfer of STEM CELLS from one individual to another within the same species (TRANSPLANTATION, HOMOLOGOUS) or between species (XENOTRANSPLANTATION), or transfer within the same individual (TRANSPLANTATION, AUTOLOGOUS). The source and location of the stem cells determines their potency or pluripotency to differentiate into various cell types.