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Evaluating the MBVP Chemotherapy Schedule Followed by Consolidating Radiotherapy in Non-AIDS Related Primary Central Nervous System Lymphoma (NAPCL)

Phase 2
16 Years
60 Years
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Evaluating the MBVP Chemotherapy Schedule Followed by Consolidating Radiotherapy in Non-AIDS Related Primary Central Nervous System Lymphoma (NAPCL)

OBJECTIVES: I. Determine the efficacy of methotrexate and cytarabine chemotherapy in
combination with whole-brain radiation therapy for patients with non-AIDS related primary
central nervous system lymphoma. II. Assess the response rate and safety of this
chemotherapy regimen.

OUTLINE: Patients receive the first course of chemotherapy as soon as possible after
diagnosis and staging. Methotrexate (MTX) IV is administered over 40-60 minutes on days 1
and 15. Cytarabine (AraC) is administered intrathecally on days 1 and 15. The second course
of chemotherapy begins on day 29 or after bone marrow recovery. Radiation therapy begins no
later than 3 weeks after completing chemotherapy. Patients are followed until death.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A maximum of 50 patients will be accrued.

Inclusion Criteria

DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: Histologically proven non-Hodgkin's lymphoma of the central
nervous system (CNS) including leptomeninges and the spinal cord No Burkitt's lymphoma or
low grade T-cell lymphoma Must have at least 1 measurable lesion No AIDS-related primary
central nervous system lymphoma (PCNSL) No disease confined to the eye without other
localization in the CNS

PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age: 16 to 60 Performance status: Karnofsky 40-100% Neurological
functional status 0-3 Life expectancy: Not specified Hematopoietic: Not specified Hepatic:
No serious impairment of hepatic function Renal: No serious impairment of renal function
Creatinine no greater than 1.5 mg/dL OR Creatinine clearance no less than 50 mL/min
Cardiovascular: No serious impairment of cardiac function Other: HIV negative No
congenital or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome No prior/concurrent systemic lymphoma No
prior malignancy except: Adequately treated non-melanoma skin cancer Carcinoma in situ of
the cervix uteri Not pregnant No severe uncontrolled infection

PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: Biologic therapy: No concurrent treatment with immunosuppressive
drug Chemotherapy: No prior chemotherapy Endocrine therapy: Corticosteroid use for less
than 3 weeks allowed Radiotherapy: Not specified Surgery: No prior organ transplantation

Type of Study:


Study Design:

Primary Purpose: Treatment

Principal Investigator

Philip Poortmans, MD, PhD

Investigator Role:

Study Chair

Investigator Affiliation:

Dr. Bernard Verbeeten Instituut


United States: Federal Government

Study ID:




Start Date:

July 1997

Completion Date:

Related Keywords:

  • Lymphoma
  • primary central nervous system non-Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Lymphoma