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RATIONALE: Monoclonal antibodies such as rituximab can locate cancer cells and either kill them or deliver cancer-killing substances to them without harming normal cells. Drugs used in chemotherapy such as cladribine work in different ways to stop cancer cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. Combining rituximab with cladribine may kill more cancer cells.
PURPOSE: This phase II trial is studying how well giving rituximab together with cladribine works in treating patients with newly-diagnosed mantle cell lymphoma.
- Determine whether rituximab and cladribine will increase the complete remission rate and the unconfirmed complete remission rate in patients with mantle cell lymphoma.
- Determine the time to progression in patients treated with this regimen.
- Determine the toxic effects of this regimen in these patients.
OUTLINE: This is a multicenter study.
An initial cohort of 6 patients at Mayo Clinic receives rituximab IV over 4-8 hours on day 1 and cladribine IV over 2 hours on days 4-8. If 2 or more patients experience unacceptable toxicity during the first course, the study is discontinued; otherwise, the study is opened for enrollment at all NCCTG sites. (The phase II study is open for enrollment as of 5/14/04.)
Treatment repeats every 28 days for a total of 2-6 courses in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.
Patients are followed every 2 months for 1 year, every 4 months for 1 year, every 6 months for 1 year, and then annually for 2 years.
PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 31 patients will be accrued for this study within 21 months.
Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:55:33-0400
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