Two Newly Opened Clinical Trials Evaluate Idelalisib in Indolent non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

The Weill Cornell Lymphoma Program has recently opened two clinical trials evaluating the experimental drug idelalisib in previously treated indolent non-Hodgkin lymphomas (iNHL). The sponsor of the trials is Gilead Sciences.  The principal investigator at Weill Cornell is Dr. Peter Martin. For more information about the studies please call Amelyn Rodriguez, RN at (212) 746-1362 or e-mail Amelyn at amr2017@med.cornell.edu.

Idelalisib (GS-1101, previously CAL-101) works by blocking some of the cell functions that cause iNHL to grow and survive.

Gilead 0124: Idelalisib in Combination With Rituximab 

This study evaluates the effectiveness of idelalisib combined with rituximab in treating iNHL. Rituximab is FDA-approved for treating iNHL. It is possible that giving rituximab together with idelalisib may have more activity against iNHL than giving rituximab alone.

Key Eligibility

  • Men and women age 18 and older
  • B-cell indolent non-Hodgkin lymphoma (iNHL)
  • Have received prior therapy containing anti-CD20 antibody
  • iNHL is not refractory to rituximab

Click here for a detailed summary of this trial.

Gilead 0125: Idelalisib in Combination With Bendamustine and Rituximab

Update: this study is closed to enrollment. 

This study evaluates the effectiveness of idelalisib combined with bendamustine and rituximab. Rituximab and bendamustine are FDA-approved for treating iNHL. It is possible that giving rituximab and bendamustine together with idelalisib is more effective in treating iNHL than giving rituximab and bendamustine alone.

Key Eligibility

  • Men and women age 18 and older
  • B-cell indolent non-Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Have received prior therapy containing anti-CD20 antibody and chemotherapy
  • iNHL is not refractory to bendamustine

Click here for a detailed summary of this trial.

Weill Cornell’s Dr. John Leonard Named Chair of NCI’s Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology Lymphoma Committee

Weill Cornell’s Dr. John Leonard has been named chair of the Lymphoma Committee for the prestigious Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology, sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

John Leonard, MD
John Leonard, MD

Dr. Leonard is the Associate Dean for Clinical Research at Weill Cornell Medical College, the director of the Joint Clinical Trials Office at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College, and the clinical director of the Weill Cornell Lymphoma Program. An internationally-recognized hematology and oncology expert specializing in the treatment of lymphoma, Dr. Leonard has been a pioneer in the development of novel lymphoma therapeutics. .

In his role as chair of the NCI-sponsored Lymphoma Committee, Dr. Leonard will help guide the national agenda for lymphoma research by developing, supporting and shepherding Phase II and Phase III clinical trials funded by NCI at medical centers around the United States. Dr. Leonard will direct a team of lymphoma clinical and laboratory researchers from academic and community medical centers across the country to create and implement new standards of treatment as well as foster the development of novel therapeutics.

“I am honored and deeply humbled to be chosen to lead this vital national effort to improve cancer care for patients in the United States,” said Dr. Leonard. “This appointment, I believe, is a true reflection of the programs and major accomplishments we’ve made here at Weill Cornell in advancing lymphoma research and clinical care. We are recognized as a leading center internationally in contributing new approaches to lymphoma management, and I am excited to continue collaborating with colleagues both here and across the country to move the field forward and improve the effectiveness of therapies that are available for patients.”

New Clinical Trial: Ibrutinib in Refractory Follicular Lymphoma

The Weill Cornell Lymphoma Program has recently opened a clinical trial evaluating ibrutinib in men and women with refractory follicular lymphoma. The study sponsor is Janssen Pharmaceuticals, and the principal investigator at Weill Cornell is Dr. Peter Martin. For more information about the study, please call Amelyn Rodriguez, RN at (212) 746-1362 or e-mail Amelyn at amr2017@med.cornell.edu.

Key Eligibility
  • Age 18 and older
  • Refractory follicular lymphoma
  • Previously treated with at least 2 prior lines of therapy
  • Did not respond to last prior therapy
  • Detailed eligibility reviewed when you contact the study team
Study Details

The purpose of the study is to evaluate the response to treatment with the experimental drug ibrutinib, also called PCI-32765. Ibrutinib is an oral drug that inhibits the enzyme Bruton’s Tyrosine Kinase (BTK), decreasing the ability of lymphoma cells to grow and survive.

Treatment Plan

All study participants will receive ibrutinib; there is no placebo. Participants will take 4 capsules by mouth once every day. Participants will continue taking ibrutinib as long as they are responding to treatment and not experiencing unacceptable side effects.

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