Prospective Identification of Significant Prognostic Factors in Patients Treated with Fludarabine, Cyclophosphamide, and Rituximab (FCR) as Initial Therapy for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia.
The goal of this clinical research study is to learn more about the characteristics of CLL, including genes and chromosome abnormalities and proteins expressed by the leukemia cells, which may help doctors predict if patients who receive standard treatment (fludarabine, cyclophosphamide, and rituximab) for the first time will experience a complete remission.
Disease Group: Leukemia
Treatment Agent: Acetaminophen
Treatment Location: Only at MD Anderson
Estimatated Length of Stay in Houston: N/A
Sponsor: Lymphoma Research Foundation
Return Visit: After completion of treatmet, patients with return to MDACC for follow-up 6, 12, and 24 months later. Follow-up thereafter will be with annual visit until patients relapse or go on alternative treatment.
Home Care: Patients may receive courses 2-6 at home with their referring physician with ;interim visits at MDACC before course 4 and after course 6 for response ;assessments.
Primary Objective: The primary objective of the study is to prospectively evaluate new and traditional prognostic factors and evaluate associations with complete remission (CR) in frontline patients treated with FCR. Secondary Objectives: To prospectively evaluate new and traditional prognostic factors and evaluate associations with overall response and time to failure in frontline patients treated with FCR. To prospectively determine the minimal residual disease (MRD)-free rate in bone marrow of patients treated with frontline FCR and to evaluate prognostic factors for MRD. To assess the pharmacokinetics of rituximab in patients treated with frontline FCR.
IRB Review and Approval Date: 08/13/2008
Recruitment Status: Closed
Projected Accrual: N/A
1) Patients will have a diagnosis of CLL, SLL, or CD20 positive
low-grade lymphoproliferative disorder.
2) All patients with untreated Rai stage III-IV are eligible for this protocol. Prior treatment with single-agent rituximab permitted. OR Patients with untreated Rai stage 0-II who meet one or more criteria for active disease as defined by the International Working Group for CLL (IWCLL). Prior treatment with single-agent rituximab permitted.
3) Patients must have an ECOG performance status of 0-3.
4) Patients must have adequate renal and hepatic function (creatinine <2mg%, bilirubin <2mg%). Patients with renal or liver dysfunction due to organ infiltration by lymphocytes may be eligible after discussion with the study chairman.
5) Patients may not receive other concurrent chemotherapy, radiotherapy, or immunotherapy. Localized radiotherapy to an area not compromising bone marrow function does not apply.
6) Patients must be 16 years of age or older.
7) Patients must sign informed consent indicating that they are aware of the investigational nature of this study according to the policies of the MDACC IRB.