ASCO 2013: Ibrutinib Combined with R-CHOP Shows Positive Results in Patients with CD20-positive, B-cell non-Hodgkin Lymphoma


By Jia Ruan, MD, PhD

Ibrutinib is a first-in-class oral Bruton’s tyrosine kinase inhibitor that has shown promise in treating a variety of relapsed and refractory B-cell malignancies. At the 2013 meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago, Dr. Anas Younes of the MD Anderson Cancer Center presented results from a recent phase 1b trial combining ibrutinib with standard doses of R-CHOP in patients with previously untreated CD20 positive NHL (NCT01569750).

A total of seventeen patients were enrolled, including those with subtypes of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, mantle cell lymphoma, and follicular lymphoma. The recommended phase 2 dose of ibrutinib was established at 560 mg daily in combination with standard doses of R-CHOP given every 21 days.  The overall response rate of treatment was 100% with 7 complete and 3 partial responses in 10 evaluable patients. The most common adverse events were neutropenia (77%), thrombocytopenia (65%), vomiting (59%), anemia (53%), nausea (47%), fatigue (35%), headaches (29%), constipation (24%), diarrhea (24%), and dizziness (24%).

The study concluded that this novel combination of Ibrutinib and R-CHOP has an acceptable and expected safety profile.  An expansion cohort 560 mg ibrutinib is being opened to further explore the safety and efficacy of IR-CHOP in patients with newly diagnosed diffuse large B-cell lymphomas.

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Author: lymphomaprogram

Located on the Upper East Side of New York City, the Lymphoma Program at Weill Cornell Medical College/NewYork Presbyterian Hospital is internationally recognized for our efforts to enable patients with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Hodgkin disease and related disorders to have the best possible clinical outcome, including cure when possible.

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