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A Randomized Phase II Study of Oral Panobinostat (LBH589) With or Without Rituximab to Treat Relapsed or Refractory Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma

Phase 2
18 Years
Open (Enrolling)
Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma

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Trial Information

A Randomized Phase II Study of Oral Panobinostat (LBH589) With or Without Rituximab to Treat Relapsed or Refractory Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma

This is a randomized Phase II, multi-center study of LBH589 given alone (Arm A) or in
combination with rituximab (Arm B).

The objectives of this study are:

- To investigate the efficacy of LBH589 alone and in addition to rituximab in patients
with relapsed or refractory DLBCL.

- To investigate the safety and tolerability of single agent LBH589 therapy and
combination therapy of LBH589 with rituximab.

- To identify potential biological factors that might correlate with efficacy.

LBH589 will be given at a dose of 30mg orally every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, as in
other studies of this agent. Rituximab will be given as a single 375mg/m2 dose intravenously
on day 1 of each cycle. Treatment may be administered up to 6 cycles. Treatment beyond 6
cycles will be discussed with the Sponsor. Each cycle will last 21 days.

A Phase I, dose-escalation component to the study, to determine the recommended phase II
dose of rituximab in combination with LBH589, is not considered necessary as the respective
toxicity profiles of these two drugs do not predict for overlapping toxicity. Dose
de-escalation of LBH589 will be performed for toxicity. No dose escalations will be
permitted. If patients experience grade 2 or more toxicity not returning to grade < 1 within
4 weeks after stopping therapy, they will not be allowed to continue on therapy. If more
than two dose interruptions are required for toxicity, this will also be a reason to be
removed from the study.

An interim analysis for safety and futility will be performed after a total of 10 patients
in each arm have been enrolled.

Inclusion Criteria:

- Pathological confirmation of any stage of DLBCL. Patients with transformation to
DLBCL will be permitted on study.

- Patients must have received at least 1 prior line of treatment if not eligible for an
autologous stem cell transplant (ASCT) or 2 prior therapies, one of which must have
been an ASCT, if eligible for such therapy.

- Patients must have received prior rituximab therapy and the last treatment
administered with rituximab must have been given at least 6 months prior to study
registration on this trial. Exception may be granted to patients treated with
rituximab or other anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody 3-6 months prior to study
registration upon discussion with the Sponsor.

- Patients must have at least one site of bi-dimensionally measurable lesion (> 1.5 cm
in its largest dimension by CT scan).

- ECOG performance status of 0 or 1.

- Age 18 years or older.

- Baseline MUGA or ECHO must demonstrate LVEF ≥ the lower limit of the institutional
normal (results 3 months prior to study registration is acceptable).

- Provide written consent after the investigational nature, study design, risks and
benefits of the study have been explained.

Exclusion Criteria:

- Prior use of any anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody within 6 months of study start (refer
to inclusion #3 for exception).

- History of serious infusion-related reaction to rituximab or other monoclonal

- Central nervous system lymphoma.

- Prior treatment with HDAC, DAC, HSP90 inhibitors or valproic acid for the treatment
of cancer.

- Evidence of significant, uncontrolled concomitant disease which could affect
compliance with the protocol or interpretation of results, including significant
cardiovascular disease or pulmonary disease (including obstructive pulmonary disease
and history of bronchospasm).

- Impaired cardiac function

- Uncontrolled hypertension.

- Concomitant use of CYP3A4/5 inhibitors.

- Concomitant use of drugs with a risk of causing "torsades de pointes".

- Patients with unresolved diarrhea ≥ CTCAE grade 1.

- Impairment of gastrointestinal function or GI disease that may significantly alter
the absorption of oral LBH589.

- Patients who have received treatment for DLBCL ≤ 3 weeks prior to starting the study
treatment or who have not recovered from side effects of such therapy.

- Women who are pregnant of breast feeding or women of childbearing potential (WOCBP)
not willing to use a double barrier method of contraception during the study and 3
months after the end of treatment. One of these methods of contraception must be a
barrier method. WOCBP are defined as sexually mature women who have not undergone a
hysterectomy or who have not been naturally postmenopausal for at least 12
consecutive months (ie. who has had menses any time preceding 12 consecutive months).
WOCBP must have a negative serum pregnancy test at baseline.

- Male patients whose sexual partners are WOCBP not using double method of
contraception during the study and 3 months after the end of treatment. One of these
methods must be a condom.

- Patients with a history of another primary malignancy within 5 years other than
curatively treated CIS of the cervix, completely excised melanoma-in-situ, or basal
or squamous cell carcinoma of the skin.

- Patients with a known positivity for HIV or hepatitis C; baseline testing for HIV and
hepatitis C is not required.

- Patients with hepatitis B sAg positivity will be excluded. However, exceptions may be
granted but only after discussion between the Sponsor and the site. Patients with
hepatitis B core antibody positivity only must also be discussed with the Sponsor
prior to entry on study (results 6 months prior to study registration is acceptable).

- Patients who cannot stop ingestion of grapefruits, starfruit, or Seville oranges

Type of Study:


Study Design:

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

Outcome Measure:

Efficacy of LBH589 alone and when given in combination with rituximab

Outcome Time Frame:

2 years

Safety Issue:


Principal Investigator

Sarit Assouline, MD

Investigator Role:

Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation:

Jewish General Hospital


Canada: Ozmosis Research

Study ID:




Start Date:

November 2010

Completion Date:

Related Keywords:

  • Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma
  • Diffuse large B cell lymphoma
  • Relapsed B-cell lymphoma
  • Refractory B-cell lymphoma
  • B-cell Lymphoma
  • Panobinostat
  • LBH589
  • Rituximab
  • Histone Deacetylase Inhibitors
  • Lymphoma
  • Lymphoma, B-Cell
  • Lymphoma, Large B-Cell, Diffuse