This trial is active, not recruiting.

Conditions post-transplant lymphoproliferative disease, solid organ transplant, stem cell transplant (bone marrow transplant), epstein barr virus infections
Treatments bortezomib, rituximab
Phase phase 2
Targets CD20, proteasome
Sponsor Massachusetts General Hospital
Collaborator Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Start date November 2011
End date December 2016
Trial size 20 participants
Trial identifier NCT01058239, 09-346, X05289


Post transplant lymphoproliferative disease (PTLD) is a type of B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma that occurs in patients with weakened immune systems due to immunosuppressive medications taken after organ or stem cell transplantation. This is usually related to a virus called Epstein-Barr (EPV). Rituximab is a type of drug called an "antibody" that specifically destroys both normal and cancerous B-cells, and is commonly used for PTLD. Bortezomib is a drug that has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat multiple myeloma and a B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma called Mantle Cell Lymphoma, and shows significant activity in lymphoma cells caused by EBV. In this research study, we hope to learn if the addition of bortezomib to rituximab treatment can increase the rate of complete remissions and cures of PTLD after organ or stem cell transplant.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation non-randomized
Endpoint classification efficacy study
Intervention model single group assignment
Masking open label
Primary purpose treatment
This is a single arm trial adding the new drug bortezomib to the standard drug rituximab
bortezomib Velcade
Given intravenously on days 1, 4, 8 and 11 of every cycle
rituximab Rituxan
given intravenously on days 1, 8 and 15 of Cycle 1 and on Day 1 of subsequent cycles

Primary Outcomes

Overall Response Rate
time frame: 4 months

Secondary Outcomes

progression-free survival and overall survival
time frame: 3 years
safety of bortezomib with rituximab
time frame: 2 years
To evaluate effects of bortezomib/rituximab on EBV quantitative viral load
time frame: 2 years

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants at least 18 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - Patients must have had a prior solid organ or allogeneic stem cell transplant. - Patients may be newly-diagnosed or relapsed after prior therapy - Patients must have histologically confirmed CD20+ B-cell PTLD diagnosed according to WHO criteria. PTLD may be characterized as early lesions, PTLD/polymorphic, PTLD/monomorphic, or PTLD/other, all of which are eligible for this trial. B-cell PTLD must be associated with EBV as demonstrated either by detection of EBV antigens in tumor samples, or by increased EBV quantitative viral load in serum. - Patients must have measurable disease - 18 years of age or older - Estimated life expectancy of > 3 months - ECOG Performance status of 0, 1, or 2 - Adequate organ and marrow function - Women of childbearing potential and men must agree to use adequate contraception prior to study entry and for the duration of study participation. Exclusion Criteria: - Patients receiving any other study agents. Patients already on prophylactic doses of ganciclovir or valganciclovir because of a prior history of CMV infection or because of risk factors for CMV infection are eligible for the study and may continue CMV prophylaxis. - Patients with known brain metastases or central nervous system (CNS) involvement of their lymphoma. - Patients with a history of allergic reactions attributed to compounds of similar chemical or biologic composition to bortezomib, rituximab, ganciclovir or valgancyclovir. - Patients with Grade 2 or greater neuropathy within 14 days before enrollment. - Myocardial infarction within 6 months prior to enrollment or has NYHA Class III or IV heart failure, uncontrolled angina, severe uncontrolled ventricular arrhythmias, or electrocardiographic evidence of acute ischemia or active conduction system abnormalities. - Psychiatric illness/social situations that would limit compliance with study requirements. - Pregnant or breastfeeding women - Individuals with a history of malignancy are ineligible except for those outlined in the protocol - Known HIV positive individuals - Active HBV infection may be included only if they are on appropriate anti-hepatitis B therapy and have an undetectable HBV viral load - Patient has received other investigational drugs within 14 days before enrollment - Prior bortezomib

Additional Information

Official title Bortezomib Plus Rituximab for EBV + Post Transplant Lymphoproliferative Disease (PTLD)
Principal investigator Jeremy Abramson, MD
Description - Both rituximab and bortezomib will be given to participants intravenously. Each cycle of treatment will consist of 21 days. Rituximab will be given on Days 1, 8 and 15 of Cycle 1 and on Day 1 of subsequent cycles. Bortezomib will be given on Days 1, 4, 8 and 11 of every cycle. Participants will receive a maximum of 4 cycles. - The following study procedures will be performed during each cycle throughout the study: Medical history review; Physical exam; Performance Status; Questionnaire; Blood draws and; PET/CT scans (After cycles 2, 4 and 6 only). - After Cycle 4, if the study doctor feels the participant has had a complete response to treatment, then they will continue onto the Post-Treatment Surveillance period, which will consist of regular clinic visits over two years. - However, if the study doctor feels the participant has had a partial response to treatment and that they may benefit from continuing, they will receive an additional two cycles of bortezomib and be given daily tablets of the antiviral drug valganciclovir to help further target EBV.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in December 2016.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by Massachusetts General Hospital.