Trial Details
Trial status:
In set-up (funded)
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Chief Investigator:
Dr Toby Eyre
Recruitment target:
EudraCT number:
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Lay summary:
Phase II Study of Acalabrutinib and Rituximab for Elderly or Frail Patients with Previously Untreated Mantle Cell Lymphoma
Design: CARAMEL is a phase II, multicentre, single arm, open label pilot study to assess the safety and efficacy of acalabrutinib in combination with rituxmab in combination with rituximab for previously untreated elderly frail mantle cell lymphoma patients.
Treatment: Patients will receive acalabrutinib and rituximab for up to six cycles. The cycle length is 28 days. Specifically, patients will receive acalabrutinib, orally, at a dose of 100 mg twice daily for 28 days and rituximab 375 mg/m2 intravenously on day 1 (+/-3) of each cycle.* Patients with any degree of response at the Week 12 (end of cycle 3) and Week 24 assessments (end of cycle 6) will continue with acalabrutinib monotherapy at a dose of 100 mg twice daily until disease progression, the development of unacceptable toxicity or any other reason (whichever occurs sooner).

* Note: Acalabrutinib maybe administered at a dose of 100 mg od po for cycle 1 day 1-7 at the localinvestigator’s discretion. The dose should be escalated to full dose (100 mgbd) by day 8, cycle 1 if no toxicity is seen (see dose modification section). Ifa patient experiences toxicity during cycle 1 day 1-7 100 mg od po, the casemust be discussed with the TMG to decide if acalabrutinib should continue. TheCTC CARAMEL team should be contacted as soon as possible to arrange discussionswith the TMG. Rituximab may be administered subcutaneously at a flat dose of1400 mg from cycle 2 onwards following an intravenous dose of 375 mg/m2in cycle 1.  Consider splitting the first dose ofrituximab at cycle 1 in the minority of MCL patients presenting with a whitecell count of >25 x 109/L. Consider splitting 25 mg/m2on D1 and 350 mg/m2 on D2 of cycle 1. Full dose 375 mg/m2IV (or s/c equivalent) should be given in all patients from cycle 2 as a singledose.

Key inclusion/exclusion criteria:
1. Men and women ≥ 60 years of age.
2. Pathologically confirmed MCL, with documentation of monoclonal B cells that have a chromosome translocation
t(11;14)(q13;q32) and/or overexpress cyclin D1.
3. Stage II-IV MCL and requiring treatment in the opinion of the treating clinician.
4. Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status 0-3
5. One or more of the following:
• Age 80 years or more
• Cumulative Illness Rating Scale for Geriatrics (CIRS-G) score 6 or greater
• Left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) less than or equal to 50% as assessed by echocardiogram or multi-gated coronary angiography (MUGA)
• Significant co-morbidities or cardiac risk factors making anthracycline-containing chemotherapy inadvisable
• Heart failure clinically determined by the presence of New York Heart Association (NYHA) failure grade II due to a cause other than MCL
• Impaired respiratory function with DLCO and/or FVC/FEV1 ratio less than 75% of predicted due to a cause other than MCL
• Significant respiratory illness e.g., moderate COPD / bronchiectasis
• Other co-morbidities that in the Investigator’s opinion which would preclude the use of standard full dose immunochemotherapy
(to be discussed on a case-by-case basis with the TMG, via UCL CTC)
6. Willing and able to participate in all required evaluations and procedures in this study protocol including swallowing capsules without difficulty.
7. Negative serum or urine pregnancy test for women of childbearing potential (WOCBP).
8. Willing to comply with the contraceptive requirements of the trial
9. Written informed consent.

1. Any prior therapy (including targeted inhibitors) for MCL (other than prior localised radiotherapy, a 10-day pulse of high dose steroids or ongoing continuous prednisolone above 20mg od for symptom control).
2. Patients considered fit enough to receive standard, full dose cytotoxic immunochemotherapy as treatment for non-transplant eligible MCL e.g., full dose R-CHOP, VR-CAP, R-DHAP, R-Bendamustine, R-FC.
3. Prior malignancy (or any other malignancy requiring active treatment), except for adequately treated basal cell or squamous cell skin cancer, in situ cervical cancer, localised prostate cancer or other cancer from which the subject has been disease free for ≥ 2 years or which will not limit survival to
4. Clinically significant cardiovascular disease such as uncontrolled arrhythmias, or myocardial infarction within 6 months of screening, or any Class 3 or 4 cardiac disease as defined by the New York Heart Association (NYHA) Functional Classification, or corrected QT interval (QTc) > 480 msec at screening.
5. Malabsorption syndrome, disease significantly affecting gastrointestinal function, or resection of the stomach or small bowel that is likely to affect absorption, symptomatic inflammatory bowel disease, partial or complete bowel obstruction, or gastric restrictions and bariatric surgery, such as gastric bypass.
6. Known history of infection with HIV or any uncontrolled active systemic infection (e.g., bacterial, viral or fungal).
7. Known history of drug-specific hypersensitivity or anaphylaxis to any study drug (including active product or excipient components).
8. Active bleeding or history of bleeding diathesis (e.g. haemophilia or von Willebrand disease).
9. Uncontrolled AIHA (autoimmune haemolytic anaemia) or ITP (idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura).
10. Known presence of a gastrointestinal ulcer diagnosed by endoscopy within 3 months before screening.
11. Requires treatment with a strong cytochrome P450 3A4 (CYP3A4) inhibitor/inducer.
12. Requires or receiving anticoagulation with warfarin or equivalent vitamin K antagonists (e.g. phenprocoumon) within 7 days prior to the first dose of study drug.
13. Prothrombin time (PT)/INR or aPTT (in the absence of lupus anticoagulant) > 2 x upper limit of normal (ULN).

14. Requires treatment with proton pump inhibitors (e.g. omeprazole, esomeprazole, lansoprazole, rabeprazole, or pantoprazole). Subjects receiving proton pump inhibitors who switch to H2-receptor antagonists or antacids are eligible for enrolment to this study.
15. History of significant cerebrovascular disease/event, including stroke or intracranial haemorrhage, within 6 months before the first dose of study drug.
16. Major surgical procedure within 28 days prior to the first dose of study drug. Note: If a subject had major surgery, they must have recovered adequately from any toxicity and/or complications from the intervention before the first dose of study drug.
17. Hepatitis B or C serologic status: subjects who are hepatitis B core antibody (anti-HB core) positive and who are surface antigen negative will need to have a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. Those who are hepatitis B surface antigen (HbsAg) positive or hepatitis B PCR positive will be excluded. Those who are hepatitis C antibody or PCR positive will be excluded (those who are hepatitis C antibody positive and PCR negative will not be excluded). Note, if a patient with known HBV or HCV infection who is on current antiviral treatment meets serology criteria for trial eligibility then the case must be discussed with the TMG prior to registering the patient.
18. Absolute neutrophil count
Duration of recruitment: 18 Months
The overall aim of the study is to assess the effectiveness at 6 months of treatment with acalabrutinib and rituximab (in terms of disease response to treatment) for patients aged 60 years or older with mantle cell lymphoma who are unfit for standard chemotherapy treatments.
Trial protocols
Trial protocols must not be applied to patients treated outside trials. UCL CTC can only ensure that approved trial investigators are provided with amendments to protocols.
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Trial documents
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