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Interleukin-12 in Treating Patients With Previously Treated Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma or Hodgkin's Disease

This study has been completed.
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First Posted: August 13, 2003
Last Update Posted: April 15, 2015
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National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Phase II trial to study the effectiveness of interleukin-12 in treating patients with previously treated non-Hodgkin's lymphoma or Hodgkin's disease. Interleukin-12 may kill tumor cells by stopping blood flow to the tumor and by stimulating a person's white blood cells to kill lymphoma cells.

Condition Intervention Phase
Extranodal Marginal Zone B-cell Lymphoma of Mucosa-associated Lymphoid Tissue Nodal Marginal Zone B-cell Lymphoma Recurrent Adult Diffuse Large Cell Lymphoma Recurrent Adult Diffuse Mixed Cell Lymphoma Recurrent Adult Diffuse Small Cleaved Cell Lymphoma Recurrent Adult Hodgkin Lymphoma Recurrent Adult Immunoblastic Large Cell Lymphoma Recurrent Cutaneous T-cell Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Recurrent Grade 1 Follicular Lymphoma Recurrent Grade 2 Follicular Lymphoma Recurrent Grade 3 Follicular Lymphoma Recurrent Mantle Cell Lymphoma Recurrent Marginal Zone Lymphoma Recurrent Mycosis Fungoides/Sezary Syndrome Recurrent Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma Splenic Marginal Zone Lymphoma Waldenström Macroglobulinemia Biological: recombinant interleukin-12 Other: laboratory biomarker analysis Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase II Study of Recombinant Human Interleukin-12 (rhIL-12) for the Treatment of Relapsed Lymphoma and Hodgkin's Disease

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Further study details as provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Response rate [ Time Frame: Up to 5 years ]
    Simon's two-stage model will be used.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Toxicity as assessed by CTC version 2.0 [ Time Frame: Up to 5 years after completion of study treatment ]

Enrollment: 105
Study Start Date: February 1998
Study Completion Date: November 2003
Primary Completion Date: November 2003 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Treatment (interleukin-12)
Patients receive interleukin-12 subcutaneously twice a week. Treatment repeats every 3 weeks in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.
Biological: recombinant interleukin-12
Given subcutaneously
Other Names:
  • cytotoxic lymphocyte maturation factor
  • IL-12
  • interleukin-12
  • natural killer cell stimulatory factor
  • Ro 24-7472
Other: laboratory biomarker analysis
Correlative studies

Detailed Description:


I. Determine the response rate of interleukin-12 in previously treated patients with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma or Hodgkin's disease.

II. To determine the in vivo regulatory effect of interleukin-12 on Fas lingand (FasL) expression on patients' peripheral blood lymphocytes.

OUTLINE: Patients are stratified according to disease characteristics: low grade non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (follicular small cleaved, follicular mixed, small lymphocytic, and variants) versus intermediate grade non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (follicular large, diffuse large, diffuse mixed, immunoblastic, peripheral T-cell, and mantle cell) versus Hodgkin's disease.

Patients receive interleukin-12 subcutaneously twice a week. Treatment repeats every 3 weeks in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 36-105 patients will be accrued for this study.


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Ages Eligible for Study:   16 Years and older   (Child, Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Previously treated non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (all histologies except lymphoblastic and Burkitt's lymphoma) or Hodgkin's disease
  • Maximum of 4 previous treatment regimens
  • Measurable disease
  • No CNS involvement
  • Performance status - Zubrod 0-1
  • Performance status - Karnofsky 80-100%
  • At least 12 weeks
  • Platelet count at least 75,000/mm^3
  • Absolute neutrophil count greater than 1500/mm^3
  • Lymphocyte count greater than 500/mm^3
  • Hemoglobin at least 8.0 g/dL
  • Bilirubin less than 1.5 mg/dL
  • SGOT/SGPT less than 2 times normal
  • Creatinine no greater than 1.6 mg/dL
  • Creatinine clearance at least 60 mL/min
  • No severe cardiovascular disease including active ischemic heart disease, congestive heart failure, or major arrhythmias
  • No severe pulmonary disease including dyspnea with moderate to severe exertion
  • HIV negative
  • No active infection
  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Fertile patients must use adequate contraception
  • No clinically significant autoimmune disease (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis)
  • No clinically significant gastrointestinal bleeding or uncontrolled peptic ulcer
  • No prior allogeneic bone marrow or stem cell transplant
  • At least 3 weeks since prior biologic therapy for lymphoma
  • At least 3 weeks since prior chemotherapy for lymphoma
  • No concurrent steroid therapy
  • At least 3 weeks since prior endocrine therapy for lymphoma
  • At least 3 weeks since prior radiotherapy for lymphoma
  • At least 2 weeks since prior surgery
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00003210

United States, Texas
M D Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas, United States, 77030
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Principal Investigator: Anas Younes M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
  More Information

Responsible Party: National Cancer Institute (NCI)
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00003210     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: NCI-2012-02264
NCI-2012-02264 ( Registry Identifier: CTRP (Clinical Trial Reporting Program) )
DM-97073 ( Other Identifier: M D Anderson Cancer Center )
T97-0050 ( Other Identifier: CTEP )
N01CM17003 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Submitted: November 1, 1999
First Posted: August 13, 2003
Last Update Posted: April 15, 2015
Last Verified: January 2013

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Lymphoma, Follicular
Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin
Hodgkin Disease
Lymphoma, B-Cell
Lymphoma, Mantle-Cell
Lymphoma, B-Cell, Marginal Zone
Leukemia, Lymphocytic, Chronic, B-Cell
Lymphoma, Large B-Cell, Diffuse
Lymphoma, Large-Cell, Immunoblastic
Plasmablastic Lymphoma
Mycosis Fungoides
Lymphoma, T-Cell
Sezary Syndrome
Lymphoma, T-Cell, Cutaneous
Waldenstrom Macroglobulinemia
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Lymphoproliferative Disorders
Lymphatic Diseases
Immunoproliferative Disorders
Immune System Diseases
Leukemia, B-Cell
Leukemia, Lymphoid
Neoplasms, Plasma Cell
Hemostatic Disorders
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases