Lenalidomide as Maintenance Therapy After Combination Chemotherapy With or Without Rituximab and Stem Cell Transplant in Treating Patients With Persistent or Recurrent Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma That is Resistant to Chemotherapy

2014-08-27 03:17:11 | BioPortfolio


RATIONALE: Biological therapies, such as lenalidomide, may stimulate the immune system in different ways and stop cancer cells from growing. Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as carmustine, etoposide, cytarabine, and melphalan, work in different ways to stop the growth of cancer cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. Monoclonal antibodies, such as rituximab, can block cancer growth in different ways. Some block the ability of cancer cells to grow and spread. Others find cancer cells and help kill them or carry cancer-killing substances to them.

PURPOSE: This phase I/II trial is studying the side effects and best dose of lenalidomide when given after combination chemotherapy with or without rituximab and stem cell transplant and to see how well it works in treating patients with persistent or recurrent non-Hodgkin lymphoma that is resistant to chemotherapy.



I. To establish the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) of Lenalidomide given in the post transplant setting for a 12 month maintenance period.


I. To obtain preliminary estimates of the 1-year response rate, event-free and overall survival using this regimen.

OUTLINE: This is a phase I dose escalation study of lenalidomide followed by a phase II study.

PRE-CONDITIONING (patients with CD20+ non-Hodgkin lymphoma): Patients receive rituximab IV per standard of care.

PREPARATIVE REGIMEN: Patients receive carmustine IV on day -6; etoposide IV twice daily and cytarabine IV twice daily on days -5 through -2; and melphalan IV on day -1.

AUTOLOGOUS HEMATOPOIETIC STEM CELL TRANSPLANTATION: Patients undergo stem cell infusion on day 0.

MAINTENANCE THERAPY: Beginning approximately 100 days post-transplant, patients receive oral lenalidomide on days 1-21. Treatment repeats every 28 days for 12 courses in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

After completion of study treatment, patients are followed up periodically.

Study Design

Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment


Adult Nasal Type Extranodal NK/T-cell Lymphoma


lenalidomide, rituximab, autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, carmustine, etoposide, cytarabine, melphalan


UNMC Eppley Cancer Center at the University of Nebraska Medical Center
United States




University of Nebraska

Results (where available)

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Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions

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.

The release of stem cells from the bone marrow into the peripheral blood circulation for the purpose of leukapheresis, prior to stem cell transplantation. Hematopoietic growth factors or chemotherapeutic agents often are used to stimulate the mobilization.

Transfer of MESENCHYMAL STEM CELLS between individuals within the same species (TRANSPLANTATION, HOMOLOGOUS) or transfer within the same individual (TRANSPLANTATION, AUTOLOGOUS).

The transference of BONE MARROW from one human or animal to another for a variety of purposes including HEMATOPOIETIC STEM CELL TRANSPLANTATION or MESENCHYMAL STEM CELL TRANSPLANTATION.

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