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Vaccine Responses in Patients with B Cell Malignancies

This study is currently recruiting participants.

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Sponsoring Institute

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

Recruitment Detail

Type: Participants currently recruited/enrolled
Gender: Male & Female
Min Age: 18 Years
Max Age: 90 Years

Referral Letter Required


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Investigational Drug(s)


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Biological/Vaccine: Fluzone
Biological/Vaccine: Shingrix
Biological/Vaccine: Flucelvax
Biological/Vaccine: Afluria
Biological/Vaccine: PREVNAR 13
Biological/Vaccine: Heplisav -B
Biological/Vaccine: Pfizer-COVID-19 Vaccine
Biological/Vaccine: FluLaval
Biological/Vaccine: Fluarix
Biological/Vaccine: PNEUMOVAX 23
Drug: PREVNAR 20

Supporting Site

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute


People with B cell malignancies (blood cancers) often cannot mount a full immune response to infections or certain vaccines. Bruton tyrosine kinase inhibitors (BTKis), which are used to treat blood cancers, may also negatively affect a person s response to certain vaccines. Researchers want to learn more about vaccine responses in people with certain types of blood cancers. The findings may help develop better vaccine strategies for people with these cancers.


To learn how well vaccines work in people who have certain types of blood cancers.


Adults aged 18 years or older who have chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia, or certain non-Hodgkin lymphomas.


Participants will get one or more vaccines for illnesses such as COVID-19, hepatitis B, and shingles. They can choose which vaccines they receive. They will give a blood sample before they get each vaccine. Some vaccines require a second dose 3-6 weeks later. Participants may give an optional blood sample with the second vaccine dose. About 4 weeks after they finish each vaccine series, they will give another blood sample. They will have 2-3 study visits per vaccine.

Participants may receive a booster dose for some vaccines. The booster dose is optional. They will give another blood sample with the booster dose.

Participants will have pregnancy tests, if needed.

Participants with CLL who receive BTKis may be asked to pause treatment for up to 7 weeks.

Participants may give follow-up blood samples up to 2 times a year for 5 years. These blood samples are optional.

Participation will last for up to 5 years after each vaccine series is received.

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-Diagnosis of CLL, FL, MCL, MZL, NHL NOS or WM

-Must fulfil one of the following criteria to be enrolled in one study arm per vaccine received:

1. Patients with CLL AND one of the following:

i. Arm 1: Must be treatment naive (no prior cancer directed therapy)

ii. Arm 2: Patients that have received prior cancer directed therapy and are currently not receiving active treatment

iii. Arm 3: Must be receiving treatment with a BTKi. This arm is not available to patients receiving the HEPLISAV-B vaccine

iv. Arm 4: Must be receiving treatment with a BTKi for >= 6 months prior to vaccination and be willing to hold their treatment for up to 7 weeks around the time of each vaccination. This arm is not available to patients who have had a prior episode of disease flare during periods of drug hold, or for patients with CLL that is actively progressing.

v. Arm 5: Must be receiving treatment with a BCL-2 inhibitor


2. Patients with FL, MCL, MZL, NHL NOS or WM AND one of the following:

i. Arm 1: Must currently not be receiving active treatment (treatment na(SqrRoot) ve or previously treated)

ii. Arm 2: Must be receiving treatment with targeted therapies (e.g. BTKi, BCL-2 inhibitors, PI3K inhibitors, immunomodulatory agents, proteasome inhibitors)

-If prior exposure to Hepatitis-B vaccination, must have documentation of negative serologic response

-Age >= 18 years

-Able to comprehend the investigational nature of the protocol and provide informed consent


a) Female patients who are currently pregnant

b) History of severe allergic reaction to vaccines

c) Concomitant inherited immunodeficiency

d) Any life-threatening illness, medical condition, or organ system dysfunction that, in the investigator s opinion, could compromise the subject s safety or put the study outcomes at undue risk.

e) Receive cytotoxic chemotherapy within 2 weeks prior to vaccination

f) Receive intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) within 2 months prior to vaccination

g) Receive anti-CD20 and/or anti-CD19 monoclonal antibody therapy within 6 months prior to vaccination

h) Receive cellular therapy (e.g. CAR-T cells) within 12 months prior to vaccination

i) History of allogeneic stem cell transplantation

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Principal Investigator

Referral Contact

For more information:

Christopher M. Pleyer, M.D.
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
NIHBC 10 - CRC BG RM 4-5140
(510) 709-6649

Shellin Jose
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
National Institutes of Health
Building 10
Room 4-5350
10 Center Drive
Bethesda, Maryland 20892
(301) 529-7119

Office of Patient Recruitment
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)
Building 61, 10 Cloister Court
Bethesda, Maryland 20892
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Local Phone: 301-451-4383
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