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A Phase 2 Study of Velcade™ in Subjects With Relapsed or Refractory Follicular B-Cell Lymphoma

Phase 2
18 Years
Not Enrolling
Follicular Lymphoma

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Trial Information

A Phase 2 Study of Velcade™ in Subjects With Relapsed or Refractory Follicular B-Cell Lymphoma

This is a prospective, randomized, sequential, international, multicentric, 2-arm,
non-comparative, open-label, 2-stage clinical study to determine disease response rates
therapy of Velcade™ in subjects who have relapsed or refractory follicular B-cell lymphoma

Qualitative comparisons of the 2 treatment arms based on safety, efficacy and dosing
convenience will be made in order to recommend a dose schedule for further clinical study.

It is anticipated that approximatively 120 subjects will be enrolled to achieve the required
110 evaluable subjects, 55 in each treatment arm. Patients who receive any amount of
Velcade™ are evaluable. Subjects not evaluable for response will be replaced.

A central randomization will be used in this study. Subjects will be randomized and
stratified with factors for prior therapies (1 or 2 versus > 2) and time to progression
(TPP) for the last given anti-neoplastic therapy (≤ 12 months versus > 12 months).

The eligible subjects will be randomized to either Treatment Arm A or Treatment Arm B in a
1:1 ratio:

- Subjects randomized to Treatment Arm A will receive 1.5 mg/m² Velcade™ administered
biweekly on Days 1, 4, 8, and 11 of a 21-day cycle. Patients will receive 8 cycles. The
dose of Velcade™ received in schedule A will be 48 mg/m² over 24 weeks.

- Subjects randomized to Treatment Arm B will receive 1.6 mg/m² Velcade™ administered
weekly on Days 1, 8, 15, and 22 of a 35-day cycle. Patients will receive 6 cycles. The
dose of Velcade™ received in schedule B will be 38.4 mg/m² over 30 weeks.

Two additional cycles may be administered if the patient shows improvement to PR after 8 or
6 cycles for arm A or B, respectively.

Study drug dose and schedule reduction for toxicity will be allowed during the study.

A two stage interim analysis will be conducted in each treatment arm to determine whether
either of the 2 treatments lacks sufficient efficacy.

The final analysis will be conducted when all subjects have had the opportunity to complete
the 30 day post-treatment evaluation visit. All data from all visits up until this point
will be used in the final analysis, including data from any follow-up visits that have

Patients will be recruited approximately over 2 years and followed until all data are
available for final analysis.

The total duration of the study is expected to be 5 years.

Inclusion Criteria:

- Male or female subject 18 years or older.

- Initial diagnosis of follicular B-cell lymphoma (CD20+) (grades 1, 2, and 3 based on
the World Health Organization 1997 classification), in first or subsequent relapse or
progression after prior anti-neoplastic treatment including previous rituximab
treatment. Relapse or progression since previous anti-neoplastic therapy must be
documented by new lesions or objective evidence of progression of existing lesions.

- At least 1 measurable lymph node mass that is >1.5 cm in 2 perpendicular dimensions,
and has not been previously irradiated or has grown since previous irradiation.

- No active central nervous system (CNS) lymphoma

- Karnofsky Performance Status (KPS) >50% (Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group [ECOG]

- The following laboratory values at screening, unless abnormalities are related to the

- Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) >1000 cells/dL;

- Platelets >50,000 cells/dL;

- Aspartate transaminase (AST) <3 x upper limit of normal (ULN);

- Alanine transaminase (ALT) <3 x ULN;

- Total bilirubin <2 x ULN;

- Creatinine level <150 µmol/L

- Toxic effects of previous therapy or surgery resolved to Grade 2 or better.

- Female subject is either post-menopausal or surgically sterilized or willing to use
an acceptable method of birth control (i.e., a hormonal contraceptive, intra-uterine
device, diaphragm with spermicide, condom with spermicide, or abstinence) for the
duration of the study. Women are neither breast feeding nor pregnant for the duration
of the study. Confirmation that the subject is not pregnant must be established by a
negative serum beta-human chorionic gonadotropin pregnancy test result obtained
during screening. Pregnancy testing is not required for post-menopausal or surgically
sterilized women. Male subject agrees to use an acceptable method of contraception
for the duration of the study.

- Voluntary signed informed consent before performance of any study-related procedure
not part of normal medical care.

- Patient with minimum life expectancy of 3 months.

Exclusion Criteria:

- Any other type of lymphoma.

- Previous treatment with Velcade™.

- Anti-neoplastic or experimental or radiation therapy within 3 weeks before Day 1 of
Cycle 1.

- Major surgery within 2 weeks before Day 1 of Cycle 1.

- Rituximab, alemtuzumab (Mabcampath®), or other unconjugated therapeutic antibody
within 10 weeks before Day 1 of Cycle 1.

- Nitrosoureas within 6 weeks before Day 1 of Cycle 1.

- Radioimmunoconjugates or toxin immunoconjugates such as ibritumomab tiuxetan
(Zevalin™), or tositumomab (Bexxar®) within 10 weeks before Day 1 of Cycle 1.

- Peripheral neuropathy or neuropathic pain of Grade 3 or worse.

- History of allergic reaction attributable to compounds containing boron or mannitol.

- Diagnosed or treated for a malignancy other than non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) within
5 years before Day 1 of Cycle 1, with the exception of complete resection of basal
cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma of the skin, or in situ malignancy.

- Active systemic infection requiring treatment.

- Previously known HIV positive serology.

- Serious medical or psychiatric illness likely to interfere with participation in this
clinical study.

- Concurrent treatment with another investigational agent.

- Adult patient under guardian.

Type of Study:


Study Design:

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment

Outcome Measure:

To determine the response rate to Velcade™ as a single agent

Outcome Time Frame:

End of treatment

Principal Investigator

Bertrand Coiffier, MD

Investigator Role:

Study Chair

Investigator Affiliation:

Hospices Civils de Lyon, Lyon, France


France: Afssaps - Agence française de sécurité sanitaire des produits de santé (Saint-Denis)

Study ID:




Start Date:

September 2005

Completion Date:

January 2010

Related Keywords:

  • Follicular Lymphoma
  • follicular lymphoma
  • bortezomib
  • relapse
  • Lymphoma
  • Lymphoma, Follicular
  • Lymphoma, B-Cell