Targeted, Dose-Escalation Busulfan-Etoposide as Prep Regimen

2014-08-27 03:16:40 | BioPortfolio


Busulfan and etoposide have been used as preparative therapy for autoSCT (stem cell transplant) in adults with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) at UCSF for the past 10 years. Over this period and together with collaborative transplant centers, over 200 patients have received this treatment. By intent-to-treat analysis, and with median follow-up of 7.0 years, the 5-year DFS is 55%. The current protocol will utilize the combination of IV Busulfan (BU) and etoposide. The busulfan dose will be escalated amongst 3 targeted dose levels. All targeted dose levels represent higher busulfan dosing than standard myeloablative dosing, with the lowest dose being approximately 14% higher than standard. Busulfan levels will be monitored after the first, fourth and twelfth doses. Dose adjustments will be made "in real time" based on AUC levels determined from the first and fourth doses. This strategy of busulfan monitoring and dose adjustment has improved the therapeutic widow of BU in previous clinical trials.

The current protocol will utilize the combination of intravenous busulfan and etoposide. The busulfan dose will be escalated amongst 3 targeted dose levels (area under the curve (AUC) levels at time 6 hours of 1250 uMol*min, 1400 uMol*min and 1550 uMol*min). All targeted dose levels represent higher busulfan dosing than standard myeloablative dosing with the lowest dose (1250 uMol*min) being approximately 14% higher than standard. In the absence of dose-limiting toxicity, cohorts of 4-6 patients will be treated at each dose level and 10 additional patients will be treated at the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) to confirm safety. The busulfan dosing will begin at 1 mg/kg based on historical plasma levels obtained from patients receiving BU at a starting dose of 0.8 mg/kg at UCSF Medical Center.

The highest dose level proposed for this study will exceed the reported toxic level for busulfan in the alloSCT setting. Patients will be followed closely for toxicity and strict stopping rules have been included. Eligibility criteria will exclude patients with prior history of hepatotoxicity or viral hepatitis. Potential hepatotoxic agents will not be allowed just prior to and during the busulfan dosing period. In addition, patients who experience hepatotoxicty during pre-transplant mobilization therapy may be excluded from receiving dose-escalated busulfan therapy. Every attempt will be made to prevent or avoid hepatotoxicity.



- Etoposide 10 mg/kg IV continuous infusion over 24 hrs for 4 days (total course dose 40 mg/kg). Dose should be based on corrected weight, calculated as follows: Ideal + 25% of the difference between actual and ideal weight. If actual is less than ideal weight use actual weight. Etoposide infusion should be mixed in normal saline at a concentration of 0.4-0.5 mg/ml. The infusion volume will be approximately 1.39 ml/kg/hour and should be rounded to the nearest 500-1000 ml and infused through a central venous catheter.

- Cytarabine (ara-C) 2,000 mg/m2 IV over 2 h q 12 h x 8 doses Days 1-4. Cytarabine dosage should be based on corrected weight, calculated as follows: Ideal weight + 25% of the difference between actual and ideal weight. If actual weight is less than ideal weight, use actual weight.Begin concurrent with etoposide infusion. Cytarabine doses should be mixed in 250 ml of D5W.

To prevent neurotoxicity from high-dose cytarabine (HDAC), cytarabine doses will be adjusted according to renal function. The dose of cytarabine will be reduced to 1000 mg/m2/dose if creatinine is 1.5-1.9 mg/dL or if there is an increase from baseline creatinine at start of cytarabine of 0.6-1.1 mg/dL (example: baseline creatinine 0.8 mg/dL increase to 1.4 mg/dL (difference of 0.6 mg/dL)), decrease cytarabine to 1000 mg/m2/dose.The dose of cytarabine will be reduced to 100 mg/m2/dose if creatinine > 2.0 mg/dL or if there is an increase from baseline > 1.2 mg/dL.Cytarabine will be discontinued immediately for any clinical evidence of cerebellar neurotoxicity (dysarthria, dysmetria, gait disturbance).

Supportive Care Measures:

- G-CSF 5 mcg/kg (actual body weight) SQ daily beginning day 14. The dose will be increased to 10 mcg/kg when WBC > 1000/uL is achieved. G-CSF 10 mcg/kg should then be continued until the peripheral blood stem cell collection has been completed. All G-CSF doses should be rounded up to a convenient dose based on vial sizes of 300 and 480mcg.

- Fluoromethalone 0.1% ophthalmic solution (or equivalent medication) 2 drops qid to each eye Days 1-6.

- Voriconazole 200 mg PO Q12 hours beginning the day after completion of chemotherapy (Day +6). Equivalent anti-fungal prophylaxis with itraconazole, posaconazole or Liposomal-based amphotericin (1mg/kg) may be used.

- Patients should be hospitalized in private rooms when possible.

- Strict low bacteria diet should be used when ANC < 500 cells/uL.

- Recommended mouth care:

a. Salt and soda swish tid

- Transfusions: Institution standards should be followed for blood product support. In lieu of standards, packed RBCes should be given to maintain the hemoglobin >8.5 gm/dl or hematocrit >25%. Platelet should be transfused to keep the platelet count >10-20 x 109/l. Blood should be filtered and irradiated (3000 cGy). CMV seronegative patients should receive CMV-seronegative blood products if available.


- Begin collections when the total white blood count exceeds 10,000/µl or when appropriate based on peripheral CD34 cell counts (institutional standard)

- Aim for a total of 1-4 collections with a standard target CD34 cell dose of > 5 x 10 x 106/kg and an optimal target CD34 cell dose of > 10 x 106/kg. The minimum CD34 cell dose is > 3 x 106/kg. Collections should continue until 10 x 106/kg CD34 (+) cell dose is achieved unless not clinically feasible.

- Stem Cell Collection: Process 18-20 L of whole blood over 3-4 hours according to institutional standards.

- PBSC Processing: The buffy coat is concentrated by centrifugation on Beckman centrifuge. Cells are suspended in Normasol media with 5% autologous plasma and 10% DMSO to a final cell concentration of 2.5 x 108/ml. Seventy ml aliquots are placed in polyolefin bags and frozen in a controlled rate freezer. Bags are labeled then stored in the liquid phase of a liquid nitrogen freezer. Institutional standard for PBSC processing should be followed.

- Four 2 ml aliquots of PBSC will be frozen in liquid nitrogen for future analysis.


- Mandatory Recovery Period: The patient may begin preparative therapy for stem cell transplant following a minimum of four weeks "out-of-hospital" time since discharge from consolidation/mobilization chemotherapy.

- Dose-Adjusted Busulfan

1. Busulfan dose should be calculated using the corrected weight which equals ideal weight + 25% of the difference between actual and ideal weight. If the actual weight is less than ideal weight use actual weight.

2. The initial dose of busulfan (Dose cohort #1 = 1 mg/kg, Dose cohort #2 = 1.2 mg/kg, Dose cohort # 3 = 1.4) will be given as a single intravenous dose on Day -10 (in the morning, at 9:00AM). The dose will be administered by intravenous injection over 2 hours in the Outpatient Ambulatory Care/Infusion Center.

1. The infusion tubing will be primed with busulfan diluted with saline to ensure complete administration over 2 hours as detailed in Appendix 10.

2. The busulfan will be administered through a well functioning central venous catheter. The busulfan infusion tubing should be connected directly to the central venous catheter hub (i.e. directly to the catheter) to ensure busulfan administration over two hours.

3. Busulfan levels will de drawn at 2, 3, 4 and 6 hours from the start of Busulfan Dose #1. For Doses #4 and #12, levels will be drawn just prior to infusion and at 2, 3, 4 and 6 hours, from a well functioning peripheral IV. (SEE Appendix 9 for busulfan sampling)

- After the busulfan is administered on Day -10, and the serial serum samples have been obtained, the patient will be discharged from the ACC infusion center.

- Busulfan dosing will resume starting on day -8 and will be given IV q6h for an additional 15 doses (total 16 doses). Patients at UCSF will receive busulfan chemotherapy on the 11 Long Adult Inpatient Unit. Dose #2 will be administered at approximately 8 pm. This dose will be adjusted based on target dose level and PK data results following dose #1. The second dose will not be given until the PK data is available from dose #1.

- PK studies will also be performed following the 4th and 12th doses. The final busulfan dose-adjustment will be made at approximately dose #10 as determined by PK data. In some cases, the dose-adjustment may be delayed due to travel time or problems at the reference lab. No dose-adjustment will be made from data obtained from samplings made following the 12th dose.

- Dose adjustments will be based on a standard formula as recommended by the reference laboratory. Adjustments will be made to achieve the target AUC level from doses 2 until 16. Dose adjustments will be calculated and confirmed by two physicians (including one of the co-PI's, if possible) at UCSF Medical Center.

Dose adjustments and busulfan laboratory values will also be reviewed regularly by Jeanine McCune Ph D., at the University of Washington, in Seattle, WA. Dr. McCune is a collaborator on this trial and manages the Busulfan pharmacokinetics laboratory in Seattle. She is a leader in the field of Busulfan metabolism, pharmacokinetics and administration.

Study Design

Allocation: Non-Randomized, Control: Active Control, Endpoint Classification: Safety Study, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment


Acute Myeloid Leukemia




University of California Med. Center
San Francisco
United States




University of California, San Francisco

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