GEMHDM2014 : Gem-HDM HDT and ASCT for Relapsed/ Refractory Lymphoma

Official Title

Infusional Gemcitabine and High-dose Melphalan (HDM) Conditioning Prior to (ASCT) Autologous Stem Cell Transplantation for Patients With Relapsed/Refractory Lymphoma


Objective of study: To evaluate the safety and efficacy of infusional gemcitabine prior to HDM (high-dose melphalan) as HDCT (High Dose Chemotherapy) followed by autologous stem cell transplantation in patients with relapsed/refractory lymphoma.

Trial Description

Primary Outcome:

  • Progression free survival of relapsed/refractory lymphoma patients treated with infusional gemcitabine, high dose melphalan (Gem-Mel) and ASCT
  • Grade 3-4 Hematological Toxicity
Secondary Outcome:
  • Overall survival
  • Cost Effectiveness
  • Measure of Melphalan pharmacokinetics, AUC (area under curve)
  • Evaluation of relationship between clinical factors and drug exposure in treatment of Gemcitabine/Melphalan with ASCT (autologous stem cell transplantation)
  • Evaluation of relation between drug exposure and non-hematological toxicity and progression free survival
  • Safety Outcomes assessed adverse events as a measure of safety and tolerability
High-dose chemotherapy with autologous stem cell transplantation is the current standard of care for patients with chemosensitive relapsed Hodgkin's lymphoma and aggressive non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and is an established effective therapy for patients with relapsed follicular lymphoma. Disease relapse remains a major problem, occurring in 50% of these patients, particularly in patients with primary refractory disease or other high-risk features. The addition of gemcitabine to single-agent melphalan as a high-dose conditioning regimen presents a promising combination that may lead to improvements in EFS (Event free survival). If this trial gives encouraging results, it may lead to a phase III trial evaluating this treatment strategy.

Drug exposure would be AUC (area under curve) and clinical factors would be things like obesity, renal function, disease characteristics.

We would be looking at the safety outcomes - i.e. adverse events as a measure of safety and tolerability. The adverse events would be non-hematological toxicities (any) and whether or not it is related to AUC. AUC in relationship to PFS (progression free survival) is also important (we want to know if we need to adjust dose to improve PFS).

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