A Study to Evaluate Tacrolimus/Methotrexate versus Post-Transplant Cyclophosphamide/ Tacrolimus/Mycophenolate Mofetil in Non-Myeloablative/Reduced Intensity Conditioning Allogeneic Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Transplantation


About this study

The primary purpose of this study is to compare 1 year graft-versus-host disease (GVHD)-free, graft relapse-free survival (GRFS) between the two GVHD prophylaxis regimens.

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Contact the study team to discuss study eligibility and potential participation.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Age 18 years or older at the time of enrollment on Segment A.
  • Patients with acute leukemia or chronic myelogenous leukemia with no circulating blasts and with less than 5% blasts in the bone marrow.
  • Patients with myelodysplasia with no circulating blasts and with less than 10% blasts in the bone marrow (higher blast percentage allowed in MDS due to lack of differences in outcomes with <5% vs. 5-10% blasts in this disease).
  • Patients with relapsed chronic lymphocytic leukemia with chemosensitive disease at time of transplantation.
  • Patients with lymphoma with chemosensitive disease at the time of transplantation.
  • Planned reduced intensity conditioning regimen.
  • Patients must have a related or unrelated peripheral blood stem cell donor as follows:
    • Sibling donor must be a 6/6 match for HLA-A and -B at intermediate (or higher) resolution, and -DRB1 at high resolution using DNA-based typing, and must be willing to donate peripheral blood stem cells and meet institutional criteria for donation.
    • Unrelated donor must be a 7/8 or 8/8 match at HLA-A, -B, -C and –DRB1 at high resolution using DNA-based typing. Unrelated donor must be willing to donate peripheral blood stem cells and meet NMDP criteria for donation.
  • Cardiac function: Left ventricular ejection fraction at least 45%.
  • Estimated creatinine clearance acceptable per institutional guidelines.
  • Pulmonary function: DLCO corrected for hemoglobin at least 40% and FEV1 predicted at least 50%.
  • Liver function acceptable per institutional guidelines.
  • Karnofsky Performance Score at least 60%.
  • Female patients (unless postmenopausal for at least 1 year before the screening visit, or surgically sterilized), agree to practice two (2) effective methods of contraception at the same time, or agree to completely abstain from heterosexual intercourse, from the time of signing the informed consent through 12 months post-transplant (see Section 2.6.4 for definition of postmenopausal).
  • Male patients (even if surgically sterilized), of partners of women of childbearing potential must agree to one of the following: practice effective barrier contraception (see Section 2.6.4 for list of barrier methods), or abstain from heterosexual intercourse from the time of signing the informed consent through 12 months post-transplant.
  • Plans for the use of post-transplant maintenance therapy must be disclosed upon enrollment and must be used irrespective of the outcome of the randomization.
  • Voluntary written consent obtained prior to the performance of any study-related procedure that is not a part of standard medical care, with the understanding that consent may be withdrawn by the patient at any time without prejudice to future medical care.

Exclusion Criteria:


  • Prior allogeneic transplant.
  • Active CNS involvement by malignant cells.
  • Patients with secondary acute myeloid leukemia arising from myeloproliferative disease, including CMML.
  • Patients with uncontrolled bacterial, viral or fungal infections (currently taking medication and with progression or no clinical improvement) at time of enrollment.
  • Presence of clinically significant fluid collection (ascites, pleural or pericardial effusion) that interferes with methotrexate clearance or makes methotrexate use contraindicated.
  • Patients seropositive for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) with detectable viral load. HIV+ patients with an undetectable viral load on antiviral therapy are eligible.
  • Myocardial infarction within 6 months prior to enrollment or New York Heart Association (NYHA) Class III or IV heart failure, uncontrolled angina, severe uncontrolled ventricular arrhythmias, or electrocardiographic evidence of acute ischemia.
  • Female patients who are pregnant (as per institutional practice) or lactating.
  • Patients with a serious medical or psychiatric illness likely to interfere with participation in this clinical study.
  • Patients with prior malignancies except resected non-melanoma skin cancer or treated cervical carcinoma in situ. Cancer treated with curative intent ≥ 5 years previously will be allowed. Cancer treated with curative intent < 5 years previously must be reviewed and approved by the Protocol Officer or Chairs.
  • Planned use of ATG or alemtuzumab in conditioning regimen.

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status Contact

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

William Hogan, M.B., B.Ch.

Closed for enrollment

Contact information:

Cancer Center Clinical Trials Referral Office

(855) 776-0015

Jacksonville, Fla.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Ernesto Ayala, M.D.

Closed for enrollment

Contact information:

Iwona Smusz-Drexler B.S.

(904) 953-8760


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