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Combination Chemotherapy With or Without Autologous Stem Cell Transplant in Treating Patients With Central Nervous System B-Cell Lymphoma

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified February 2013 by National Cancer Institute (NCI)
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First received: January 13, 2012
Last updated: February 2, 2013
Last verified: February 2013

RATIONALE: Giving chemotherapy before an autologous stem cell transplant stops the growth of cancer cells by stopping them from dividing or killing them. After treatment, stem cells are collected from the patient's blood and stored. More chemotherapy or radiation therapy is given to prepare the bone marrow for the stem cell transplant. The stem cells are then returned to the patient to replace the blood-forming cells that were destroyed by the chemotherapy.

PURPOSE: This randomized phase II trial studies how well combination chemotherapy given together with autologous stem cell transplant works compared to combination chemotherapy alone in treating patients with central nervous system B-cell lymphoma.

Condition Intervention Phase
Drug: carmustine
Drug: cytarabine
Drug: etoposide
Drug: thiotepa
Procedure: autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation
Procedure: peripheral blood stem cell transplantation
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Randomized Phase II Trial of Myeloablative Versus Non-Myeloablative Consolidation Chemotherapy for Newly Diagnosed Primary CNS B-cell Lymphoma

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Two-year PFS [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • EFS and OS estimated for each arm by Kaplan-Meier method, and compared between the two arms using the log-rank test [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Toxicity rate compared between the arms using Fisher's exact method [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]

Estimated Enrollment: 160
Study Start Date: September 2012
Estimated Primary Completion Date: April 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Arm I
Beginning 2-4 weeks after stem cell mobilization, patients receive high-dose therapy comprising carmustine IV over 2 hours on day -6 and thiotepa IV over 2 hours on days -5 to -4. Beginning on day 4, patients also receive filgrastim subcutaneously (SC) until absolute neutrophil count recovers. Patients then undergo autologous peripheral blood stem cell transplantation on day 0.
Drug: carmustine
Given IV
Drug: thiotepa
Given IV
Procedure: autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation
Undergo autologous HSCT
Procedure: peripheral blood stem cell transplantation
Undergo autologous HSCT
Experimental: Arm II
Beginning at least 8 weeks and no later than 16 weeks after day 1 of induction course 5, patients receive cytarabine IV over 2 hours on days 1-4, and etoposide IV continuously over 96 hours on days 1-4. Beginning on day 14, patients also receive filgrastim SC until absolute neutrophil count recovers.
Drug: cytarabine
Given IV
Drug: etoposide
Given IV

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 70 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Diagnosis of primary central nervous system (CNS) diffuse large B-cell lymphoma confirmed by one of the following:

    • Brain biopsy or resection
    • Cerebrospinal fluid
    • Vitreous fluid
  • No evidence or history of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) outside of CNS
  • No isolated ocular lymphoma or isolated leptomeningeal lymphoma
  • At least one measurable, contrast-enhancing brain lesion (≥ 1 cm in length)


  • Karnofsky performance status ≥ 30% (≥ 50% for patients ages 60-70 years)
  • Adequate cardiac function (left ventricular ejection fraction [LVEF] ≥ 50%) and pulmonary function (corrected diffusion capacity of carbon monoxide [DLCO] ≥ 60% predicted)
  • Pregnant or nursing patients may not be enrolled; women of childbearing potential must have a negative serum or urine pregnancy test 10-14 days prior to registration; in addition, women and men of childbearing potential must commit to use an effective form of contraception throughout their participation in this study due to the teratogenic potential of the therapy utilized in this trial; appropriate methods of birth control include abstinence, oral contraceptives, implantable hormonal contraceptives, or double barrier method (diaphragm plus condom)
  • Negative human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) serology
  • Negative hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) serology (unless HBV antibody [HBsAb]-positive patient has recently received HBV vaccine, in this case HBcAb should be negative)
  • Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) ≥ 1500/mcL
  • Aspartate aminotransferase (AST) and alanine aminotransferase (ALT) ≤ 2 times upper limit of normal (ULN)
  • Total bilirubin ≤ 3 mg/dL
  • Creatinine clearance ≥ 50 mL/min
  • Platelet count ≥ 100,000/mcL


  • No prior chemotherapy or radiation therapy for lymphoma
  • No history of organ transplantation or ongoing immunosuppressant therapy
  • No concurrent palliative radiotherapy
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01511562

United States, Massachusetts
Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center Recruiting
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02115
Contact: Clinical Trials Office    617-724-5200      
Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Recruiting
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02115
Contact: Tracy Batchelor, MD, MPH    617-643-1938      
Massachusetts General Hospital Recruiting
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02114
Contact: Clinical Trials Office - Massachusetts General Hospital    877-726-5130      
United States, Michigan
Borgess Medical Center Recruiting
Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States, 49001
Contact: Raymond S. Lord, MD    269-373-7458      
Bronson Methodist Hospital Recruiting
Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States, 49007
Contact: Raymond S. Lord, MD    269-373-7458      
West Michigan Cancer Center Recruiting
Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States, 49007-3731
Contact: Clinical Trials Office - West Michigan Cancer Center    269-373-7458      
United States, Missouri
Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital - Saint Louis Recruiting
Saint Louis, Missouri, United States, 63110
Contact: Nina D. Wagner-Johnston    314-747-7222      
United States, New York
SUNY Upstate Medical University Hospital Recruiting
Syracuse, New York, United States, 13210
Contact: Clinical Trials Office - SUNY Upstate Medical University Hospi    315-464-5476      
United States, Oklahoma
Natalie Warren Bryant Cancer Center at St. Francis Hospital Recruiting
Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States, 74136
Contact: Joseph P. Lynch, MD    918-494-8275      
United States, Pennsylvania
UPMC Cancer Centers Recruiting
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, 15232
Contact: Clinical Trials Office - UPMC Cancer Centers    412-647-8073      
United States, Virginia
Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center Recruiting
Richmond, Virginia, United States, 23298-0037
Contact: Clinical Trials Office -Virginia Commonwealth University Masse    804-628-1939      
United States, Washington
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Recruiting
Seattle, Washington, United States, 98109
Contact: Maciej M. Mrugala    206-667-4692      
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Recruiting
Seattle, Washington, United States, 98109-1023
Contact: Clinical Trials Office - Seattle Cancer Care Alliance    800-804-8824      
University Cancer Center at University of Washington Medical Center Recruiting
Seattle, Washington, United States, 98195
Contact: Maciej M. Mrugala    206-598-4100      
Sponsors and Collaborators
Cancer and Leukemia Group B
Principal Investigator: Tracy Batchelor, MD, MPH Massachusetts General Hospital
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Additional Information:
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Responsible Party: Monica M. Bertagnolli, Cancer and Leukemia Group B Identifier: NCT01511562     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000721927, CALGB-51101
Study First Received: January 13, 2012
Last Updated: February 2, 2013
Health Authority: Unspecified

Keywords provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):
primary central nervous system non-Hodgkin lymphoma
contiguous stage II adult diffuse large cell lymphoma
noncontiguous stage II adult diffuse large cell lymphoma
stage I adult diffuse large cell lymphoma
stage III adult diffuse large cell lymphoma
stage IV adult diffuse large cell lymphoma

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Lymphoma, B-Cell
Immune System Diseases
Immunoproliferative Disorders
Lymphatic Diseases
Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin
Lymphoproliferative Disorders
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Alkylating Agents
Anti-Infective Agents
Antimetabolites, Antineoplastic
Antineoplastic Agents
Antineoplastic Agents, Alkylating
Antineoplastic Agents, Phytogenic
Antiviral Agents
Enzyme Inhibitors
Immunologic Factors
Immunosuppressive Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Pharmacologic Actions
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Therapeutic Uses
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