for people ages 18-80 (full criteria)
at La Jolla, California and other locations
study started
estimated completion



To evaluate the efficacy and safety of lenalidomide, rituximab, cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone (R2-CHOP) chemotherapy versus placebo, rituximab, cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone (placebo-R-CHOP) chemotherapy in patients who have previously untreated ABC type DLBCL.

Official Title

Phase 3 Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo Controlled, Multicenter Study to Compare the Efficacy and Safety of Lenalidomide (CC-5013) Plus R-CHOP Chemotherapy (R2-CHOP) Versus Placebo Plus R-CHOP Chemotherapy in Subjects With Previously Untreated Activated B-cell Type Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma


This research study is for patients with newly diagnosed Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma (DLBCL) of the activated B-cell (ABC) type who have not yet been treated. DLBCL is a cancer of a type of blood cell called B-lymphocytes. B lymphocytes are part of the body's immune system. There are different types of DLBCL. About a third of newly diagnosed DLBCL cancers are the ABC type. It has been observed that treatment does not work as well for patients with the ABC type compared to patients with other DLBCL types who receive standard treatment. However, at this time both ABC type and other DLBCL type patients receive the same standard treatments. Patients with DLBCL who are otherwise healthy are usually treated first with the chemotherapy drug combination called R-CHOP. The drugs in this combination are "R" for rituximab, "C" for cyclophosphamide, "H" for doxorubicin which has a chemical name of hydroxydaunomycin, "O" for vincristine which has a trade name of oncovin, and "P" for prednisone. Depending on the local practice where you are treated, R-CHOP may be given for 6 or 8 cycles. A cycle could lasts for 14 or 21 days. The R-CHOP drug combination is approved for the treatment of DLBCL of all types, including ABC type. R-CHOP is standard care. This study will test the standard R-CHOP21 against R-CHOP21 plus lenalidomide. The purpose is to see whether adding lenalidomide works better and is as safe as R-CHOP by itself. This study is only for patients with ABC type DLBCL who have not yet been treated. Lenalidomide is not approved for use in DLBCL. Its use in this disease is experimental. In this study, the experimental treatment is lenalidomide + R-CHOP21 x 6. This study will use a gene expression profile (GEP) test to see if a patient has the ABC type. The results of this GEP test affect whether you may be treated on this study. Because the performance of this test has not been proven, it is for investigational use only, and is still under development. This means the GEP test is an experimental test.


Lymphoma, Large B-Cell, Diffuse R-CHOP chemotherapy DLBCL front line therapy gene expression profiling (GEP) activated B-cell (ABC) type DLBCL biomarkers Activated B-Cell (ABC) type Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma, not otherwise specified Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma, associated with chronic inflammation Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma, Epstein-Barr virus positive (EBS+) of the elderly Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma, T-cell / histiocyte-rich Lymphoma Lymphoma, B-Cell Prednisone Cyclophosphamide Rituximab Doxorubicin Vincristine Lenalidomide R2-CHOP R-CHOP


You can join if…

Open to people ages 18-80

  1. Histologically proven Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma of the Activated B-Cell type
  2. Newly diagnosed, previously untreated Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma
  3. Measurable Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma disease by Computed Tomography (CT) / Magnetic Resonance Imagining (MRI) scans
  4. Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status 0 - 2
  5. Age 18 - 80 years; age > 80 allowed at investigator discretion if performance status ≤ 1; and each organ system score ≤ 2 using cumulative illness rating scale (CIRS)

You CAN'T join if...

  1. Diagnosis of lymphoma histologies other than Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma
  2. History of malignancies, other than Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma, unless the patient has been disease free for 5 years or more
  3. Known seropositive for, or history of, active Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Hepatitis B Virus (HBV), Hepatitis C Virus (HCV)
  4. Contraindication to any drug in the chemotherapy regimen, and specifically: LVEF (Left Ventricular Ejection Fraction) < 45% or peripheral neuropathy grade 2


  • Moores UCSD Cancer Center MC-0987
    La Jolla California 92093 United States
  • California Cancer Associates for Research and Excellence cCARE
    Encinitas California 92024 United States


in progress, not accepting new patients
Start Date
Completion Date
Phase 3 research study
Study Type
At least 570 people participating
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