New York, New York 10021

  • Lymphoma


RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop cancer cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. Peripheral stem cell transplantation may allow doctors to give higher doses of chemotherapy drugs and kill more cancer cells. PURPOSE: This phase II trial is studying how well giving combination chemotherapy together with peripheral stem cell transplantation works in treating older patients with refractory or relapsed intermediate-grade non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Study summary:

OBJECTIVES: - Assess the efficacy and toxic effects of carmustine/etoposide/melphalan (ICE) chemotherapy followed by peripheral blood progenitor cell transplantation in patients with refractory or relapsed intermediate grade non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. - Assess the ability of the ICE chemotherapy regimen, in conjunction with filgrastim, to mobilize peripheral blood stem cells. OUTLINE: This is a descriptive pilot study. Patients receive 3 cycles of induction chemotherapy with ifosfamide, carboplatin, and etoposide (ICE). Each cycle is given at least 14 days apart. Patients receive etoposide IV on days 1 through 3. Carboplatin and ifosfamide with mercaptoethane sulfonate is given IV over 24 hours on day 2. During cycles 1 and 2, patients receive filgrastim (G-CSF) SC every 6 hours beginning on day 1 and continuing until the desired absolute neutrophil count (ANC) is attained. Patients receive at least 24 hours of rest before PBPC infusion on day 0. Following cycle 3, G-CSF is given SC beginning on day 6 and continuing until completion of PBPC collection. However, bone marrow will be harvested if an insufficient number of stem cells are collected after 5 leukaphereses. Patients with residual disease limited to 2 sites receive radiation therapy twice a day within 2 weeks prior to high dose BEAM chemotherapy with carmustine, etoposide, cytarabine, and melphalan. Patients receive carmustine IV on day -7. Etoposide and cytarabine are given IV every 12 hours on days -6 through -3. Melphalan is given IV on day -2. G-CSF is administered every 12 hours beginning on day 1 and continuing until the desired ANC is attained. If ANC is attenuated on day 21, patients undergo a repeat bone marrow biopsy and receive filgrastim SC. Patients are followed for 2 years posttransplant, then for 3 to 5 years at 4 month intervals and every 6 months following the fifth posttransplant. PROJECTED ACCRUAL: This study will accrue 30 patients for the duration of 2 years.


DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: - Primary refractory intermediate grade non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) OR - Untreated relapsed intermediate grade NHL with no more than 1 extranodal site of disease - Biopsy proven relapse of diffuse large cell, diffuse mixed cell, diffuse small cleaved cell (excluding mantle cell lymphoma), follicular large cell, anaplastic large cell or immunoblastic NHL in recently attained complete response patients PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age: - 60 and over Performance status: - Karnofsky at least 80% Life expectancy: - Not specified Hematopoietic: - Not specified Hepatic: - Bilirubin no greater than 2.0 mg/dL unless there is a history of Gilbert's disease Renal: - No history of chronic renal insufficiency - Creatinine no greater than 1.5 mg/dL or if greater than 1.5 mg/dL, then creatinine clearance must be at least 60 mL/min Cardiovascular: - No myocardial infarction within the past 6 months - No unstable angina or cardiac arrhythmias other than chronic atrial fibrillation - Normal cardiac function required; MUGA scan or stress ECG ejection fraction at least 50% without significant wall motion abnormalities Pulmonary: - Adequate pulmonary function defined as DLCO at least 50% of predicted value when corrected for patients hemoglobin and alveolar ventilation Other: - No medical illness unrelated to intermediate grade Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma - No uncontrolled infection - No history of malignancy other than curatively treated cutaneous basal cell carcinoma; carcinoma in situ of the cervix; axillary node negative breast cancer without prior chemotherapy and disease free for more than 2 years; or prostate cancer with surgery alone and disease free for more than 2 years - No lymphoblastic lymphoma, small noncleaved cell lymphoma, CNS lymphoma or CNS relapse of lymphoma - Not HIV, HBV, and HCV positive PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: - Concurrent enrollment in MSKCC protocol 96-17a allowed Biologic therapy: - Not specified Chemotherapy: - No more than 2 prior chemotherapy regimens Endocrine therapy: - Not specified Radiotherapy: - Not specified Surgery: - Not specified



Primary Contact:

Study Chair
Craig Moskowitz, MD
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

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New York, New York 10021
United States

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Date Processed: June 23, 2021

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