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Clinical Trial 20385

Cancer Type: Malignant Hematology
Study Type: Treatment
NCT#: NCT03907488

Phase: Phase III
Principal Investigator: Saeed, Hayder

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Study Title

A Phase III, Randomized Study of Nivolumab (Opdivo) Plus AVD or Brentuximab Vedotin(Adcetris) Plus AVD in Patients (Age >/= 12 years) with Newly Diagnosed Advanced Stage Classical Hodgkin Lymphoma


This randomized phase III trial compares immunotherapy drugs (nivolumab or brentuximab vedotin) when given with combination chemotherapy in treating patients with newly diagnosed stage III or IV classic Hodgkin lymphoma. Immunotherapy with monoclonal antibodies, such as nivolumab, may help the body's immune system attack the cancer, and may interfere with the ability of tumor cells to grow and spread. Brentuximab vedotin is a monoclonal antibody, brentuximab, linked to a toxic agent called vedotin. Brentuximab attaches to cancer cells in a targeted way and delivers vedotin to kill them. Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as doxorubicin, vinblastine, and dacarbazine, work in different ways to stop the growth of cancer cells, either by killing the cells, by stopping them from dividing, or by stopping them from spreading. The addition of nivolumab or brentuximab vedotin to combination chemotherapy may shrink the cancer or extend the time without disease symptoms coming back.


To compare the progression-free survival (PFS) in patients with newly diagnosed advanced stage classical Hodgkin lymphoma randomized to N-AVD (nivolumab, doxorubicin, vinblastine, dacarbazine) versus that obtained with BV-AVD (brentuximab vedotin, doxorubicin, vinblastine, dacarbazine).



Immunotherapy; Therapy (NOS)


Adcetris (Brentuximab vedotin); Adriamycin (doxorubicin); BMS-936558 (Nivolumab); Brentuximab vedotin (); DTIC (Dacarbazine); Dacarbazine (); Nivolumab (Opdivo); SGN-35 (Brentuximab vedotin); Velban (Vinblastine); Vinblastine (); doxorubicin ()

Inclusion Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • All patients must have histologically confirmed newly diagnosed, previously untreated stage III or IV classical Hodgkin lymphoma (nodular sclerosing, mixed cellularity, lymphocyte-rich, or lymphocyte-depleted, or not otherwise specified [NOS]). Nodular lymphocyte predominant Hodgkin lymphoma is not eligible.
  • Must have bidimensionally measurable disease (at least one lesion with longest diameter >= 1.5 cm) documented on the Lymphoma Baseline Tumor Assessment Form in Rave.
  • Must have a whole body or limited whole body PET-CT scan performed within 42 days prior to registration. (A contrast-enhanced [diagnostic] CT, magnetic resonance imaging [MRI] or MRI-PET is acceptable in event that PET-CT is contraindicated, however if it is later possible to administer a PET-CT then PET-CT is strongly preferred for the interim scan (after Cycle 2) (if performed) and the EOT assessment. Otherwise if PET-CT is not subsequently possible, then the same modality as baseline must be used throughout the trial. NOTE: All images from PET-CT, CT, MRI or MR-PET scans performed as standard of care to assess disease (within 42 days prior to registration) must be submitted and associated radiology reports must be submitted.
  • Must not have received any prior chemotherapy, radiation, or antibody-based treatment for classical Hodgkin lymphoma. Steroid pre-treatment is permitted.
  • Must not have had prior solid organ transplant.
  • Must not have had prior allogeneic stem cell transplantation.
  • Must not have received a live vaccine within 30 days prior to planned day 1 of protocol therapy (e.g. measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, yellow fever, rabies, Bacillus Calmette-Guerin [BCG], oral polio vaccine, and oral typhoid).
  • At registration, investigator must declare intent-to-treat with residual PET radiation therapy (residual PET RT- RPRT) to be administered after patient completes 6 cycles of therapy if, after end of treatment, the patient meets criteria specified for receiving RT). Patients will be stratified by investigator's intent-to-treat with residual PET RT.
  • Adequate organ function as outlined in protocol
  • ECHO or MUGA be performed within 42 days prior to registration.
  • Other criteria may apply

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