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The purpose of this study is to determine whether low-doses alemtuzumab and rituximab combination are effective in the treatment of chronic graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) after first-line therapy failure.
Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) is the most common long-term complication in patients who underwent allogeneic transplantation. First-line therapy for chronic GVHD is based on immunosuppressive agents (usually cyclosporine and corticosteroids) achieving satisfactory response in around 30% of patients. There is no ideal second-line treatment for chronic GVHD; however, numerous studies have been published with therapeutic options such as alemtuzumab (anti-CD52) and rituximab (anti-CD20).
This is a prospective, longitudinal, nonrandomized study in which alemtuzumab and rituximab will be administered at low-doses to patients with refractory chronic GVHD. Clinical response will be evaluated based on the Working Group Report 2006, published by the National Institute of Health Consensus. Follow-up sessions will be weekly for four weeks, every two weeks until achieve response, and finally every four weeks.
Allocation: Non-Randomized, Control: Uncontrolled, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment
Graft vs Host Disease
Alemtuzumab and Rituximab combination
Hematology Department of Hospital Universitario Dr Jose E Gonzalez
Hospital Universitario Dr. Jose E. Gonzalez
Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:16:54-0400
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