Highlights of the NCCN Oncology Research Program
The NCCN Oncology Research Program (ORP) strives to improve the quality of life for patients and reduce cancer-related deaths by advancing cancer therapies through research. Since the program’s establishment in 1999, the NCCN ORP has brought millions of dollars in research grants to investigators at NCCN Member Institutions. Research grants are provided to NCCN through collaborations with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies; these grants are in turn used to support scientifically meritorious cancer research efforts.
NCCN ORP studies typically explore new avenues of clinical investigation and seek answers to important cancer-related questions. All studies are approved and funded through a scientific peer-review process and are overseen by the ORP.
NCCN-sponsored studies funded through the grant mechanism are highlighted below.
Ofatumumab in Combination With Chemotherapy: Hyper-Fractionated Cyclophosphamide, Doxorubicin, Vincristine, and Dexamethasone Alternating With Ofatumumab High-Dose Cytarabine and Methotrexate for Patients With Newly Diagnosed Mantle Cell Lymphoma
Principal Investigator: Francisco Hernandez-Ilizaliturri, MD
Conditions: Mantle cell lymphoma
Institution: Roswell Park Cancer Institute
This phase II trial examines how well ofatumumab in combination with cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin hydrochloride, vincristine sulfate, and dexamethasone (Hyper-CVAD) alternating with ofatumumab in combination with high dose cytarabine and methotrexate (HD-MA) works in patients with newly diagnosed mantle cell lymphoma (MCL). Monoclonal antibodies, such as ofatumumab, can block cancer growth and spread in different ways. In addition, monoclonal antibodies can assist the immune system in eliminating cancer cells. Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin hydrochloride, vincristine sulfate, dexamethasone, cytarabine, and methotrexate, work in different ways to stop the growth of cancer cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. Giving ofatumumab together with alternating regimens of combination chemotherapy may eliminate more cancer cells.
A maximum of 53 patients at 2 sites (Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center) will be enrolled. Accrual is expected to take up to 2 years. It is expected that patients will be receiving treatment on this study for approximately 6 months, after which, if eligible, patients will receive an autologous stem cell transplant (ASCT).
Determine the overall response rate (ORR), and in particular, the complete remission rate (CRR) in previously untreated MCL treated with ofatumumab in combination with aggressive chemo-immunotherapy
Determine the high-sensitivity flow cytometry CRR in previously untreated MCL treated with ofatumumab in combination with aggressive chemoimmunotherapy ± high dose chemotherapy (HDC) and ASCT
Determine the time-to-progression (TTP), PFS, and OS of patients with previously untreated MCL treated with ofatumumab and aggressive chemoimmunotherapy ± HDC-ASCT
Determine the toxicity profiles of ofatumumab in combination with high dose cytarabine chemoimmunotherapy ± HDC-ASCT
Correlate minimal residual disease (MRD) at different time intervals with TTP, PFS, and OS
Correlate surface CD20 levels, Ki67, and additional cytogenetic abnormalities in pretreatment tumor biopsies with respect to ORR, CRR, TTP, PFS, or OS
Determine the relationship between proliferation signature and clinical outcome using quantitative real-time reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction
Determine changes in surface CD20 levels, Ki67, or gain of additional cytogenetic abnormalities in relapsed/refractory tumor specimens
Correlate serum C3, C4, and CH50 levels measured at baseline and at the end of first ofatumumab infusion with ORR, CRR, MRD, TTP, PFS, and OS
Evaluate the ability of the induction and consolidation therapy to obtain 70% of patients to reach ASCT
Evaluate the tolerability and CD34+ cell yield following therapy with patient and Hyper-CVAD/HD-MA
Compare differences in response rate in patients with MCL treated with ofatumumab + Hyper-CVAD/HD-MA according to Cheson and modified Cheson criteria
Contact: Roswell Park Cancer Institute • 877-275-7724 • AskRPCI@roswellpark.org
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01527149
Phase II Study Evaluating the Role of Pazopanib in Angiosarcoma
Principal Investigator: Margaret von Mehren, MD
Institution: Fox Chase Cancer Center
Pazopanib has shown encouraging activity in a previous phase II trial in certain sarcoma subtypes. In the EORTC phase II trial of pazopanib, the progression-free rate at 12 weeks exceeded 40% for patients with leiomyosarcomas, synovial cell sarcomas, and other eligible sarcomas, but not liposarcomas. In the group of other sarcomas, 5 were described as vascular sarcomas.
The investigators hypothesize that pazopanib will have therapeutic activity in angiosarcoma because they are derived from endothelial cells, and pazopanib is an antiangiogenic agent. In addition, agents with antiangiogenic properties have shown single-agent activity in this disease. Sorafenib has been shown to have a 14% response rate in angiosarcomas in previously treated patients in the phase II setting. Bevacizumab has demonstrated a 12% response rate. Given the limited data on the activity of pazopanib in angiosarcomas, the investigators propose to evaluate its activity in patients with angiosarcoma.
Determine the response rate, defined as complete response and partial response in patients with an angiosarcoma treated with pazopanib
Determine the progression-free survival (PFS) at 3 months
Assess overall survival (OS) of patients treated with pazopanib
Gather more safety data for pazopanib in this patient population
Explore the ability of PET with RGD-5 and FDG imaging to assess response
Contact: Margaret von Mehren, MD • 215-728-2460 • email@example.com Beth Adair-Halenda, CCRP • 215-214-3704 • firstname.lastname@example.org
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01462630
The goal of the Highlights of the NCCN Oncology Research Program (ORP) is to provide readers with more information on the ORP, including studies currently accruing patients.
For more information on specific trials, including patient selection criteria, please use the contact information listed with each study.
For more information on the NCCN ORP, including a complete detailing of the clinical studies currently underway at NCCN Member Institutions, please access the NCCN ORP pages at NCCN.org/clinical_trials/clinicians.asp.