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Vorinostat (SAHA) and Lenalidomide After Autologous Transplant for Patients With Multiple Myeloma

Phase 1
18 Years
Open (Enrolling)
Multiple Myeloma and Plasma Cell Neoplasm

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Trial Information

Vorinostat (SAHA) and Lenalidomide After Autologous Transplant for Patients With Multiple Myeloma



- To assess the dose-limiting toxicities and safety of vorinostat and lenalidomide after
autologous peripheral blood stem cell transplantation in patients with multiple

- To evaluate the overall response rate to the combination of Vorinostat (SAHA) and


- To evaluate the effect of this treatment regimen on natural killer cell activity and
regulatory T cells in the post-transplant period.

- To determine preliminary clinical activity of this treatment regimen by assessing
overall survival and progression-free survival of these patients.

- To obtain pilot data regarding an association between this treatment regimen and
patient quality of life and circulating inflammatory cytokines.

OUTLINE: This is a dose-escalation study of vorinostat.

Patients receive oral vorinostat alone once daily on days 1-21 in course 1. For the second
and subsequent courses, patients receive oral vorinostat in combination with oral
lenalidomide once daily on days 1-21. Courses repeat every 28 days in the absence of disease
progression or unacceptable toxicity.

Patients undergo blood sample collection periodically for correlative laboratory studies.
Studies include functional immune assays (T-cell and natural killer cell activity and
regulatory T-cell recovery) by fluorescence activated cell sorting (FACS) or ELISPOT;
analysis of inflammatory markers (cytokines and catecholamines); and analysis of global H3
and H4 acetylation by immunohistochemistry.

Quality of life is assessed periodically using the Brief Pain Inventory (Short Form), The
Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale (CES-D-10), a 9-item Brief Fatigue
Inventory, and the FACT-G questionnaires.

After completion of study treatment, patients are followed for at least 30 days.

Inclusion Criteria


- Diagnosis of multiple myeloma

- Has undergone melphalan-conditioned autologous peripheral blood stem cell
transplant myeloma.


- ECOG/WHO performance status 0-2

- ANC ≥ 1,000/mm³

- Platelet count ≥ 75,000/mm³

- Total bilirubin ≤ 2 times upper limit of normal (ULN)

- AST and ALT ≤ 2 times ULN

- Serum creatinine ≤ 1.5 times ULN OR creatinine clearance ≥ 50 mL/min

- Not pregnant or nursing

- Negative pregnancy test

- Fertile patients must use effective contraception during and for 90 days after
completion of study treatment

- No blood, sperm, or ova donation during and for ≥ 4 weeks after completion of study

- Able to obtain commercially available lenalidomide via Celegene's RevAssist® program

- Registered in the RevAssist® program

- Willing and able to comply with the requirements of RevAssist®

- Able to swallow capsules

- No severe or uncontrolled systemic illness

- No "currently active" second malignancy, other than nonmelanoma skin cancer or
carcinoma in situ of the cervix

- Patients are not considered to have a "currently active" malignancy if they
completed therapy for the malignancy, are disease free from the malignancy for >
5 years, and are considered by their physician to be at < 30% risk of relapse

- No congenital long QT syndrome

- No drug or alcohol abuse within the past 12 months

- No history of allergic reactions (including erythema nodosum) attributed to compounds
of similar chemical or biologic composition to lenalidomide, thalidomide, or

- No other medical condition, including mental illness or substance abuse, deemed by
the investigator(s) to likely interfere with a patient's ability to sign informed
consent, cooperate and participate in the study, or interfere with the interpretation
of the study results


- See Disease Characteristics

- More than 4 weeks since prior class Ia, Ib, or Ic antiarrhythmic medication

- No prior HDAC inhibitor-like compounds (e.g., valproic acid) as anticancer therapy

- More than 30 days since prior HDAC inhibitor-like compounds for other indications
(e.g., valproic acid for epilepsy)

- No prior gastrointestinal surgery or other procedure that may, in the opinion of the
investigator, interfere with the absorption or swallowing of the study drugs

- No concurrent corticosteroids other than for physiologic maintenance treatment

- No concurrent radiotherapy, unless for local control of bone pain

- Irradiated area should be as small as possible

- Lesions within the irradiated field cannot be used for response assessment

- No concurrent use of complementary or alternative medicines that would confound the
interpretation of toxicities and anticancer activity of the study drugs

- No other concurrent anticancer therapy, including chemotherapy or biologic therapy

- No other concurrent HDAC inhibitors (e.g., valproic acid)

Type of Study:


Study Design:

Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment

Outcome Measure:


Outcome Time Frame:


Safety Issue:


Principal Investigator

Craig C. Hofmeister, MD

Investigator Role:

Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation:

Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center


United States: Institutional Review Board

Study ID:




Start Date:

September 2008

Completion Date:

June 2013

Related Keywords:

  • Multiple Myeloma and Plasma Cell Neoplasm
  • stage I multiple myeloma
  • stage II multiple myeloma
  • stage III multiple myeloma
  • refractory multiple myeloma
  • Neoplasms
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Neoplasms, Plasma Cell
  • Plasmacytoma



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