Evaluation of Lenalidomide (CC-5013) and Prednisone as a Therapy for Patients With Myelofibrosis (MF)
Lenalidomide is designed to change the body's immune system. It may also interfere with the
development of tiny blood vessels that help support tumor growth. Therefore, in theory, it
may decrease or prevent the growth of cancer cells. Prednisone is designed to improve the
results of lenalidomide and to help reduce the side effects.
If you are found to be eligible to take part in this study, you will take 1-2 capsules of
lenalidomide by mouth daily. You will take lenalidomide daily for 21 days followed by 1
week rest. This 28-day period is called a study "cycle."
Swallow lenalidomide capsules whole with water at the same time each day. Do not break, chew
or open the capsules.
If you miss a dose of lenalidomide, take it as soon as you remember on the same day. If you
miss taking your dose for the entire day, take your regular dose the next scheduled day (do
NOT take double your regular dose to make up for the missed dose).
You will take prednisone by mouth every day during Cycles 1-2, and every other day during
Cycle 3. You may only take prednisone for Cycles 1-3.
You will be given a study drug diary. In this diary, you will record when you take the
During treatment, blood (about 1 tablespoon) will be drawn once every 1-2 weeks. Following
the completion of 24 cycles, blood (about 1 tablespoon) will be drawn every 1- 3 months.
The tests may be repeated more frequently to check for side effects.
Every month for the first 3 months, and then every 3 months, until you complete 24 cycles,
you will have a study visit. You will have a bone marrow biopsy/aspirate every 3 months.
Lenalidomide will be provided to you as a monthly (28-day) supply.
Following the completion of Cycle 24, you will have a study visit every 6 months. You will
have a bone marrow biopsy/aspirate every 12 months. Lenalidomide will be provided to you as
a monthly (28-day) supply.
Depending on side effects and the activity of the study drug against the disease, your dose
of the study drug may be increased or decreased.
You may stay on study for as long as you are benefitting. You will be taken off study if
you are not or are no longer benefitting or intolerable side effects occur.
This is an investigational study. Lenalidomide and prednisone are both FDA approved and
commercially available. Lenalidomide is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
for the treatment of patients with transfusion-dependent anemia due to Low- or
Intermediate-1-risk myelodysplastic syndromes associated with the chromosome 5 abnormality
with or without other chromosome abnormalities. Lenalidomide is also approved in
combination with dexamethasone for the treatment of patients with multiple myeloma that have
received at least one prior therapy. MDS and MM are cancers of the blood. It is currently
being tested in a variety of cancer conditions. In this case it is considered experimental.
Prednisone is on the market for many different things but not specifically for
Myelofibrosis. The use of these drugs in combination is considered investigational in this
study. Up to 41 patients will take part in this study. All will be enrolled at M. D.
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment
Number of Patients with Objective Response (Complete and Partial Response + Hematological Improvement)
Baseline and with each 28 Day Cycle
Srdan Verstovsek, MD
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
United States: Institutional Review Board
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