A multicentre phase II clinical experience with the novel aza-epothilone Ixabepilone (BMS247550) in patients with relapsed or refractory indolent non-Hodgkin lymphoma and mantle cell lymphoma BRITISH JOURNAL OF HAEMATOLOGY O'Connor, O. A., Portlock, C., Moskowitz, C., Straus, D., Hamlin, P., Stubblefield, M., Dumetrescu, O., Colevas, A. D., Grant, B., Zelenetz, A. 2008; 143 (2): 201-209


The epothilones represent a novel group of microtubule stabilization agents that appear to retain activity even in chemotherapy-resistant cell lines and animal models. Because of their ability to overcome chemotherapy resistance, we conducted a phase II study of Ixabepilone in patients with indolent non-Hodgkin lymphoma and mantle cell lymphoma (MCL). Ixabepilone was given at a dose of 25 mg/m(2) weekly for three of four consecutive weeks. Patients were required to have received < or =4 prior chemotherapy regimens, with an interval of at least one month since the last treatment, 3 months from prior rituximab, and 7 d from prior steroids, an absolute neutrophil count >1 x 10(9)/l and a platelet count >50 x 10(9)/l. Dose reductions were allowed. The overall response rate in assessable patients was 27% in this otherwise heavily treated population. One patient with chemotherapy-refractory follicular lymphoma attained a complete remission that lasted approximately 8 months. Three responses were also seen in refractory MCL and one in small lymphocytic lymphoma. The duration of response ranged from 2 to 8 months. Major toxicities included fatigue, myelosuppression and neuropathy. These data suggest that Ixabepilone has activity in chemotherapy-refractory lymphoma.

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