Intergroup Trial for Children or Adolescents With B-Cell Non Hodgkin Lymphoma or B-Acute Leukemia: Evaluation of Rituximab Efficacy and Safety in High Risk Patients - Phase III Trial


Leukemia, other

Trial Phase

Phase II-III

Trial Purpose and Description

Trial Purpose

The aim of the trial is to test whether adding 6 injections of rituximab to standard "Lymphome malin B" LMB chemotherapy regimen improves the Event Free Survival (EFS) compared with LMB chemotherapy alone in children / adolescents with advanced stage B-cell Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL) / B-Acute Leukemia (B-AL)(stage III and LDH >; Nx2, any stage IV or B-AL).

Participation Guidelines

1 Years - 18 Years

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Histologically or cytologically proven B-cell malignancies, either Burkitt lymphoma or B-AL (=Burkitt leukaemia = L3-AL) or diffuse large B-cell NHL or aggressive mature B-cell NHL non other specified or specifiable.
  • Stage III with elevated LDH level ("B-high"), [LDH > twice the institutional upper limit of the adult normal values (> Nx2)] or any stage IV or B-AL.
  • 6 months to less than 18 years of age at the time of consent.
  • Males and females of reproductive potential must agree to use an effective contraceptive method during the treatment, and after the end of treatment: during twelve months for women, taking into account the characteristics of rituximab and during five months for men, taking into account the characteristics of methotrexate.
  • Complete initial work-up within 8 days prior to treatment that allows definite staging.
  • Able to comply with scheduled follow-up and with management of toxicity.
  • Signed informed consent from patients and/or their parents or legal guardians

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Follicular lymphoma, MALT and nodular marginal zone are not included into this therapeutic study
  • Patients with congenital immunodeficiency, chromosomal breakage syndrome, prior organ transplantation, previous malignancy of any type, or known positive HIV serology.
  • Evidence of pregnancy or lactation period.
  • There will be no exclusion criteria based on organ function.
  • Past or current anti-cancer treatment except corticosteroids during less than one week.
  • Tumor cell negative for CD20
  • Prior exposure to rituximab.
  • Severe active viral infection, especially hepatitis B.
  • Hepatitis B carrier status history of HBV or positive serology.
  • Participation in another investigational drug clinical trial.
  • Patients who, for any reason, are not able to comply with the national legislation.
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