A Phase 2 Trial of Rituximab and Corticosteroid Therapy for Newly Diagnosed Chronic Graft Versus Host Disease

Trial ID or NCT#

NCT00350545

Status

not recruiting iconNOT RECRUITING

Purpose

The addition of rituximab to prednisone for the initial treatment of chronic GVHD will increase the overall response rate, enable a more rapid and effective steroid taper.

Official Title

A Phase 2 Trial of Rituximab and Corticosteroid Therapy for Newly Diagnosed Chronic Graft Versus Host Disease

Eligibility Criteria

Ages Eligible for Study: 1 Year to 75 Years
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers: No
Inclusion Criteria:
  1. - Children and adults with a new diagnosis of chronic GVHD- that requires systemic immunosuppressive treatment to a dose of 1mg/kg/day prednisone and who have undergone any type of donor hematopoietic cell graft or conditioning regimen. - Stable doses of other immunosuppressive medications (e.g. calcineurin inhibitors, mycophenolate mofetil) for 2 weeks prior to enrollment. In addition, these other immunosuppressive medications should not be dose increased. - Men and women of reproductive potential must agree to use an acceptable method of birth control during treatment and for six months after completion of treatment. - All subjects must provide written informed consent.
Exclusion Criteria:
  1. - Known life-threatening hypersensitivity to Rituximab or other anti-B cell antibody. - Treatment with prednisone (or equivalent) at doses higher than 1 mg/kg/day at the time of enrollment. Persistent prednisone treatment of acute GVHD that is less than 1mg/kg is allowed. - Active, uncontrolled infection- CMV reactivation is excluded (i.e. pneumonitis, colitis). Peripheral blood CMV reactivation is allowed as long as it is not associated with CMV disease and is responding to therapy. - Known Hepatitis B surface Ag positive - Active malignant disease relapse. - Pregnancy - Lactating - Inability to comply with the Rituximab treatment regimen.

Investigator(s)

Sally Arai
Sally Arai
Blood and marrow transplant specialist, Hematologist, Blood and marrow transplant specialist
Associate Professor of Medicine (Blood and Marrow Transplantation and Cellular Therapy)
Laura Johnston
Laura Johnston
Blood and marrow transplant specialist, Blood and marrow transplant specialist, Medical oncologist, Hematologist
Professor of Medicine (Blood and Marrow Transplantation and Cellular Therapy)
Robert Negrin
Robert Negrin
Blood and marrow transplant specialist, Hematologist, Blood and marrow transplant specialist
Professor of Medicine (Blood and Marrow Transplantation and Cellular Therapy)
Robert Lowsky
Robert Lowsky
Blood and marrow transplant specialist, Hematologist, Blood and marrow transplant specialist
Professor of Medicine (Blood and Marrow Transplantation and Cellular Therapy)
Judith Shizuru
Judith Shizuru
Blood and marrow transplant specialist, Hematologist, Blood and marrow transplant specialist, Hematologist-Oncologist
Professor of Medicine (Blood and Marrow Transplantation and Cellular Therapy) and of Pediatrics (Stem Cell Transplantation)

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CONTACT

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