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Phase-I Study of Bortezomib (VELCADE) Plus ICE (Ifosfamide, Carboplatin, Etoposide) for Patients With Relapsed Classical Hodgkin Lymphoma

Phase 1
16 Years
Not Enrolling
Hodgkin Lymphoma, Lymphoma

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Trial Information

Phase-I Study of Bortezomib (VELCADE) Plus ICE (Ifosfamide, Carboplatin, Etoposide) for Patients With Relapsed Classical Hodgkin Lymphoma

Bortezomib is designed to block a protein that plays a role in cell function and growth,
which may cause cancer cells to die.

ICE is a combination of chemotherapy drugs that, together, may work more effectively at
causing cancer cells to die by stopping cells from dividing.

Mesna is a drug that protects bladder cells from damage by the chemotherapy drug ifosfamide.
It is used to decrease the risk of bleeding in the bladder.

Before you can start taking the drugs on this study, you will have "screening tests." These
tests will help the doctor decide if you are eligible to take part in this study. These
tests may be performed within 28 days of starting the study drugs. If you have had some of
these exams, tests, or procedures performed recently, they may not need to be repeated.
This will be for your study doctor to decide. You will have a physical exam, including
measurement of your vital signs (blood pressure, heart rate, temperature, and breathing
rate), height, and weight. You will have x-rays and a bone marrow biopsy to check the
status of the disease. To collect a bone marrow biopsy, an area of the hip or chest bone is
numbed with anesthetic, and a small amount of bone marrow and bone is withdrawn through a
large needle. You will have a computed tomography (CT) scan of your abdomen, chest, and
pelvis and a positron emission tomography (PET) scan. Blood (about 2-3 tablespoons) will be
drawn for routine tests. Women who are able to have children must have a negative blood
(about 1 teaspoon) pregnancy test within 1 month before starting therapy on this study.
Because taking part in this study requires that participants' ability to fight off
infections be normal, you will have blood drawn (about 1-2 tablespoons) to be tested for HIV
within 6 months before starting therapy on this study. If your HIV test results are found
to be positive, you will not be able to take part in this study.

All participants will receive bortezomib as a fixed dose, which will not change unless any
intolerable side effects occur. At the start of this study, 3 participants will be given a
dose of bortezomib. If this dose does not cause intolerable side effects, the dose will be
increased as new participants take part in this study. There will be a total of 3 groups
(with 3-6 participants per group) entered at increasing dose levels. The dose of bortezomib
you receive will depend on when you join this study.

If you are found to be eligible to take part in this study, you will receive bortezomib plus
ICE by vein. You will receive bortezomib, on Days 1 and 4, over 5 seconds. The ICE regimen
will be given as a continuous infusion over different times as follows. On Day 1, you will
receive ifosfamide and mesna over 24 hours. On Day 2, you will receive mesna over 12 hours
and carboplatin over 1 hour. On Days 1-3, you will receive etoposide over 2 hours. This
schedule for bortezomib plus ICE is considered 1 cycle (2 weeks) and will be repeated every
14 days.

You may have 3-6 cycles of the study drugs, depending on your tolerance of the drugs and the
status of the disease. If the disease gets worse or you experience any intolerable side
effects, you will be taken off this study.

Blood (about 2-3 tablespoons) will be drawn once a week for routine tests. You will have a
study visit before the start of each 2-week cycle. During these visits, you will have a
brief questionnaire that will ask about specific side effects you might be experiencing. It
should take about 5 minutes to complete this questionnaire.

After completing 3 cycles, you will return for CT scans, bone marrow biopsies (if they were
positive for disease before you began on this study), and a PET scan to check the status of
the disease.

After completing 3 cycles (if the disease did not worsen and intolerable side effects did
not occur), you may continue on this study for 3 more cycles. During Cycles 4-6, you will
have the same scans and blood tests as mentioned above.

After completing this study, for every 3-4 months on an indefinite basis, you will have
follow-up visits. During these visits, you will have blood drawn (about 2-3 tablespoons)
for routine tests. You will also have the same scans that were performed during the
screening visit.

This is an investigational study. Bortezomib and ICE are FDA approved and commercially
available. The combination of bortezomib plus ICE is considered investigational and
authorized for use in research only.

Up to 18 patients will take part in this study. All will be enrolled at M. D. Anderson.

Inclusion Criteria:

- Histologically confirmed relapsed or refractory classical Hodgkin lymphoma (nodular
sclerosis, mixed cellularity, or lymphocyte-rich classical HL).

- Patients must have failed front-line standard anthracycline-containing regimen, such
as ABVD, Stanford V, or BEACOPP.

- Bidimensionally measurable disease with at least 1 lesion >/= 2.0 cm in a single

- Acceptable hematologic status: Hemoglobin >/= 8.0 g/dL; Absolute neutrophil count >/=
1500 cells/mm^3; Platelet count >/= 100,000 cells/mm^3

- Pre-study World Health Organization (WHO) performance status of 0, 1, or 2

- Age greater than or equal to 16 years

- Voluntary signed IRB approved consent informed before performance of any
study-related procedure not part of normal medical care, with the understanding that
consent may be withdrawn by the subject at any time without prejudice to future
medical care.

- Patients of reproductive potential must follow accepted birth control methods during
treatment and for 3 months after completion of treatment. 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.
Male subject agrees to use an acceptable method for contraception for the duration of
the study. Female patients must not be pregnant or lactating.

Exclusion Criteria:

- Lymphocyte predominant histology

- More than one prior chemotherapy regimen.

- Prior stem cell transplant

- Abnormal liver function:Bilirubin > 2.0 mg/dL (26 µmol/L); Alkaline phosphatase > 2 *
upper limits of normal (ULN); AST (SGOT) > 2 * ULN

- Serum creatinine > 1.5 mg/dL (177 µmol/L) within 14 days before enrollment

- Presence of CNS involvement with Hodgkin lymphoma

- Presence of HIV infection or AIDS

- Patient has >/= Grade 2 peripheral neuropathy within 14 days before enrollment.

- Patient has hypersensitivity to boron or mannitol.

- Prior bortezomib therapy.

- Another primary malignancy (other than squamous cell and basal cell carcinoma of the
skin, in situ carcinoma of the cervix, or treated prostate cancer with a stable PSA)
for which the patient has not been disease-free for at least 3 years

- Serious nonmalignant disease (e.g., congestive heart failure, hydronephrosis); active
uncontrolled bacterial, viral, or fungal infections; or other conditions which would
compromise protocol objectives in the opinion of the investigator and/or the sponsor.

- Myocardial infarction within 6 months prior to enrollment or has New York Heart
Association (NYHA) Class III or IV heart failure, uncontrolled angina, severe
uncontrolled ventricular arrhythmias, or electrocardiographic evidence of acute
ischemia or active conduction system abnormalities. Prior to study entry, any ECG
abnormality at Screening has to be documented by the investigator as not medically

- Female subject is pregnant or breast-feeding. Confirmation that the subject is not
pregnant must be established by a negative serum beta-human chorionic gonadotropin
(beta-hCG) pregnancy test result obtained during screening. Pregnancy testing is not
required for post-menopausal or surgically sterilized women.

- Patient has received other investigational drugs with 14 days before enrollment

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

Type of Study:


Study Design:

Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment

Outcome Measure:

Maximum Tolerable Dose (MTD) of Bortezomib when given in combination with ICE chemotherapy in participants with relapsed and refractory classical Hodgkin lymphoma (HL)

Outcome Description:

MTD dose escalation stops either at the highest indicated dose of bortezomib (1.5 mg/m2), or when a Dose limiting toxicity (DLT) has been observed in at least one third of the patients at any dose level.

Outcome Time Frame:

Two-week cycle

Safety Issue:


Principal Investigator

Michelle A. Fanale, MD

Investigator Role:

Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation:

M.D. Anderson Cancer Center


United States: Food and Drug Administration

Study ID:




Start Date:

February 2007

Completion Date:

June 2012

Related Keywords:

  • Hodgkin Lymphoma
  • Lymphoma
  • Hodgkin Lymphoma
  • HL
  • Relapsed Classical Hodgkin Lymphoma
  • Refractory
  • Lymphoma
  • Nodular sclerosis
  • Mixed cellularity
  • Lymphocyte-rich classical HL
  • Bortezomib
  • Velcade
  • LDP-341
  • MLN341
  • PS-341
  • Carboplatin
  • Paraplatin
  • Etoposide
  • VePesid®
  • Ifosfamide
  • Mesna
  • Mesnex
  • ICE
  • Hodgkin Disease
  • Lymphoma



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