A Study to Compare Tisagenlecleucel vs. Standard of Care in Adult Patients with Aggressive B-cell Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma


About this study

This is a randomized, open label, multicenter phase III trial to determine the efficacy and safety of tisagenlecleucel treatment strategy in adult patients with relapsed or refractory aggressive B-cell NHL after failure of rituximab and anthracycline containing frontline immunochemotherapy.

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: 

  • Signed informed consent must be obtained prior to participation in the study.
  • Patients must be ≥ 18 years of age at the time of informed consent form (ICF) signature.
  • Histologically confirmed, aggressive B-cell NHL at relapse/progression after front line therapy. Aggressive B-cell NHL is heretofore defined by the following list of subtypes (Swerdlow et al 2016):
    • DLBCL, NOS;
    • FL grade 3B;
    • Primary mediastinal large B cell lymphoma (PMBCL);
    • T cell rich/histiocyte rich large B cell lymphoma (T/HRBCL); 
    • DLBCL associated with chronic inflammation;
    • Intravascular large B-cell lymphoma;
    • ALK+ large B-cell lymphoma;
    • B-cell lymphoma, unclassifiable, (with features intermediate between DLBCL and classical Hodgkin's Lymphoma (HL));
    • High grade B-cell lymphoma with MYC and BCL2 and/or BCL6 rearrangements;
    • High-grade B-cell lymphoma, NOS; 
    • HHV8+ DLBCL, NOS; 
    • DLBCL transforming from follicular lymphoma; 
    • DLBCL transforming from marginal zone lymphoma; 
    • DLBCL, leg type.
  • Relapse or progression within 365 days from last dose of rituximab and anthracycline containing first line immunochemotherapy or refractory (have not achieved a CR or PR). 
  • Patient is considered eligible for autologous HSCT as per local investigator assessment. Note: Intention to transplant and type of high dose chemotherapy (HDCT) regimen will be documented at the time of study entry.
  • Measurable disease:
    • Nodal lesions > 15 mm in the long axis, regardless of the length of the short axis; and/or
    • Extranodal lesions (outside lymph node or nodal mass, but including liver and spleen) > 10 mm in long AND short axis.
  • Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status 0 or 1. 
  • Adequate organ function:
    • Renal function defined as: 
      • Serum creatinine of ≤1.5 x upper limit of normal (ULN), OR estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) ≥ 60 mL/min/1.73 m2 Hepatic function defined as: 
      • Alanine Transaminase (ALT) and Aspartate Transiminase (AST) ≤ 5 × ULN; 
      • Total bilirubin ≤ 1.5 x ULN with the exception of patients with Gilbert syndrome who may be included if their total bilirubin is ≤ 3.0 × ULN and direct bilirubin ≤ 1.5 × ULN Hematologic Function (regardless of transfusions) defined as: 
        • Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) >1000/mm^3;
        • Absolute lymphocyte count (ALC) >300/mm^3;
        • Absolute number of CD3+ T cells >150/mm^3; 
        • Platelets ≥50000/mm^3; 
        • Hemoglobin >8.0 g/dl.
    • Adequate pulmonary function defined as:
      • No or mild dyspnea (≤ Grade 1);
      • Oxygen saturation measured by pulse oximetry > 90% on room air; 
      • Forced expiratory volume in 1 s (FEV1) ≥ 50% and/or carbon monoxide diffusion test (DLCO) ≥50% of predicted level. 
  • Must have a leukapheresis material of non-mobilized cells available for manufacturing.

Exclusion Criteria: 

  • Prior treatment with anti-CD19 therapy, T cell therapy, or any prior gene therapy product. 
  • Treatment with any lymphoma-directed second line anticancer therapy prior to randomization. Only steroids are permitted for disease control. 
  • Patients with active central nervous system (CNS) involvement by disease under study are excluded, except if the CNS involvement has been effectively treated (i.e., patient is asymptomatic) and local treatment was >4 weeks before randomization.
  • Prior allogeneic HSCT.
  • Clinically significant active infection.
  • Any of the following cardiovascular conditions:
    • Unstable angina, myocardial infarction, coronary artery bypass graft (CABG), or stroke within 6 months prior to screening;
    • Left ventricle ejection fraction (LVEF) <45% as determined by echocardiogram (ECHO) or magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) or multigated acquisition (MUGA) at the screening assessment;
    • New York Heart Association (NYHA) functional class III or IV (Chavey et al 2001), within the past 12 months; 
    • Clinically significant cardiac arrhythmias (e.g., ventricular tachycardia), complete left bundle branch block, high-grade atrioventricular (AV) block (e.g., bifascicular block, Mobitz type II) and third degree AV block unless adequately controlled by pacemaker implantation;
    • Resting QTcF ≥ 450 msec (male) or ≥ 460 msec (female) at screening or inability to determine the QTcF interval.
    • Risk factors for Torsades de Pointes (TdP), including uncorrected hypokalemia or hypomagnesemia, history of cardiac failure, or history of clinically significant/ symptomatic bradycardia, or any of the following: 
      • Long QT syndrome, family history of idiopathic sudden death or congenital long QT syndrome;
      • Concomitant medication(s) with a "Known Risk of Torsades de Pointes" per www.qtdrugs.org that cannot be discontinued or replaced by safe alternative medication.
  • Patients with active neurological autoimmune or inflammatory disorders (e.g., Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS), Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)) and clinically significant active cerebrovascular disorders (e.g. cerebral edema, posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES)).
  • Other protocol-defined inclusion and exclusion criteria may apply.

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

Jacksonville, Fla.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Mohamed Kharfan Dabaja, M.D., M.B.A.

Closed for enrollment

Contact information:

Cancer Center Clinical Trials Referral Office

(855) 776-0015

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