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Phase 1 Study of Venetoclax, Ibrutinib, Prednisone, Obinutuzumab, and Revlimid (VIPOR) for Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma involving the Central Nervous System

This study is currently recruiting participants.

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Sponsoring Institute

National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Recruitment Detail

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

Referral Letter Required


Population Exclusion(s)

Pregnant Women;


Systemic Lymphoma

Recruitment Keyword(s)



Primary diffuse large B-cell lymphoma of the central nervous system (CNS);
Aggressive B-cell lymphoma with secondary involvement of the CNS

Investigational Drug(s)


Investigational Device(s)



Drug: Obinutuzumab
Drug: Prednisone
Drug: Lenalidomide
Drug: Venetoclax
Drug: Ibrutinib

Supporting Site

National Cancer Institute


People with primary diffuse large B-cell lymphoma of the central nervous system (CNS) and aggressive B-cell lymphomas with secondary CNS involvement have a poor prognosis. Researchers want to learn if a combination of drugs can help.


To learn if it is safe to give people with these cancers VIPOR-Nivo.


People aged 18 and older with B-cell lymphoma in the CNS that does not respond to treatment, response to treatment does not last long, or there is no standard treatment.


Participants will be screened with:

Health history

Physical exam

Blood, urine, and heart tests

CT, PDG PET, and MRI scans. Participants will lie in scanners that take pictures of the body. For some scans, a contrast or chemical agent will be injected into a vein.

Lumbar puncture or Ommaya tap. Participants will have a small needle inserted into their lower back or scalp to obtain fluid.

Possible tumor biopsy. Participants will have a needle inserted into a tumor to take a sample.

Participants will get the study drugs in 21-day cycles. They may have up to 6 treatment cycles. They will take some drugs by infusion into a vein and some drugs by mouth.

Participants will get counseling at least every 28 days on the risks of lenalidomide.

Participants will have visits throughout the study. Visits may include repeats of the screening tests. They may also include:

Bone marrow biopsy. Participants will have a needle inserted into their hipbone to remove marrow.

Saliva samples and cheek swabs

Participants will have periodic follow-up visits for about 10 years.

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-Participants must have histologically or cytologically confirmed primary diffuse large B-cell lymphoma of the CNS (PCNSL) or non-GCB diffuse large B-cell lymphoma with secondary involvement of the CNS (SCNSL). NOTE: Participants with B-cell lymphomas that were previously indolent but now involve the CNS (i.e., transformed from previous follicular lymphoma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, marginal zone lymphoma, and mantle cell lymphoma) are eligible.

-Participants must have a disease that is relapsed or refractory after initial systemic treatment or be considered ineligible for standard frontline therapy with high-dose methotrexate due to one of the following criteria:

--Age>= 70 years

--Estimated glomerular filtration rate < 60 ml/min/1.73m^2

--Presence of ascites or pleural effusion

-Participants must have evaluable disease by clinical exam (i.e., palpable lymphadenopathy, measurable skin lesions, etc.) and/or imaging (measurable lymph nodes or masses on CT or MRI and/or evaluable FDG-avid lesions on PET).

-Participants with second malignancies not requiring active systemic therapy or premalignant conditions such as monoclonal B-cell lymphocytosis (MBL) or monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS) are eligible.

-Participants that are positive for hepatitis B core antibody (HBcAb), hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg), or hepatitis C antibody must have a negative hepatitis B and/or C viral load by polymerase chain reaction (PCR).

-Age >=18 years

-ECOG performance status <=2. NOTE: In participants with neurologic deficits caused by CNS lymphoma any ECOG status is acceptable to be eligible.

-Participants must have adequate organ and marrow function as defined below:

--absolute neutrophil count >= 1000 cells/mcL (1 X 10^9/L)

--platelet count >= 50,000 cells/mcL (50 X 10^9/L)

--hemoglobin > 8.0 g/dL (transfusions permitted)

--total bilirubin <= 1.5 X upper limit of normal (ULN) (unless Gilbert s syndrome or disease infiltration of the liver is present)

--Aspartate Aminotransferase or serum glutamicoxaloacetic transaminase/ Alanine Aminotransferase or serum glutamic pyruvic transaminase AST(SGOT)/ALT(SGPT) <= 3.0 X institutional ULN for those without lymphoma involvement OR <= 5.0 X institutional ULN for those with lymphoma involvement

--Serum Creatinine OR creatinine clearance (Cr Cl) <= 1.5 mg/dL OR > 40 ml/min/1.73m^2

NOTE: Cr Cl will be calculated with the use of the 24-hour creatinine clearance or eGRF in the clinical lab

Laboratory assessments to determine eligibility may be performed at CLIA (or equivalent) certified laboratories outside the NIH and results forwarded to the study team for review and management. Given that the methodologies utilized are similar across all laboratories, no significant variability is expected and there is no anticipation that study data will be affected. However, as different laboratories use slightly different kinds of equipment, each laboratory must determine/validate its own reference ranges. Therefore, on this protocol, normal ranges from each lab will be used in reference to terms such as ULN, except in cases where absolute values are appropriate and are specified as such

-Prothrombin time (PT) and activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT) must be < 1.5 x the ULN; except if, the aPTT is prolonged because of a positive Lupus Anticoagulant.

-Male and female participants must agree to use certain methods of birth control. A highly effective method of birth control for female participants is defined as a method that has a low failure rate (i.e., less than 1% per year) when used consistently and correctly and includes implants, injectables, birth control pills with two hormones, some intrauterine devices (IUDs). Male participant cannot use highly effective methods and are required to use barrier. The specific guidelines are as follows:

--Women: Females of childbearing potential (FOCBP), defined as a sexually mature female who: 1) has not undergone a hysterectomy or bilateral oophorectomy; or 2) has not been naturally postmenopausal (amenorrhea following cancer therapy does not rule out childbearing potential) for at least 24 consecutive months (i.e., has had menses at any time in the preceding 24 consecutive months), must either commit to continued abstinence from heterosexual intercourse or begin TWO acceptable methods of birth control, one highly effective method and one additional effective method AT THE SAME TIME, at least 28 days before she starts taking Revlimid (R), as well as for the duration after the last dose of study drug as listed below.

--Men: Men must agree to remain abstinent (refrain from heterosexual intercourse) or use contraceptive measures to prevent pregnancy of their partner and should also agree to not donate sperm while taking the study treatment and for the durations as listed below.

Contraception Requirements

Time frame/Study Drug/Women/Men

Pre-Treatment/During Treatment: Time frame prior to/during dosing:

All drugs: Begins 28 days prior to treatment/Begins on day 1

Post-Treatment: Time frame after the last dose:

Venetoclax: 90 days/90 days

Ibrutinib: 3 months/3 months

Obinutuzumab: 18 months/6 months

Revlimid (R): 28 days/28 days

-All study participants must be registered into the mandatory Revlimid REMS(TM) program and be willing and able to comply with the requirements of Revlimid REMS(TM).

-Breastfeeding participants must be willing to discontinue breastfeeding from study treatment initiation through designated time points after study drugs discontinuation (as required for women contraception in the table above)


-Participants with plasmablastic lymphoma and B-cell lymphoma, unclassifiable, with features intermediate between DLBCL and classical Hodgkin lymphoma are not eligible.

-Chemotherapy (excluding corticosteroids), radiation therapy, and/or monoclonal antibody <=7 days prior to first administration of study treatment. Rationale for a short 7-day window is that participants with relapsed CNS lymphomas often have existing neurologic conditions that mandate urgent therapy.

-Previous treatment with more than one of the following classes of medications: (1) BTK inhibitors, (2) BCL2 inhibitors, (3) immunomodulatory imide drugs (IMIDs) (including lenalidomide and pomalidomide).

-Participants who require continuous treatment with a strong CYP3A inhibitor/inducer (i.e., with the exception of any medication to be specifically studied in this protocol).

--NOTE: A comprehensive list of inhibitors, inducers, and substrates may be found at:

-HIV-positive participants

-Pregnant women- a pregnancy test (urine or serum) with a sensitivity of 25 mIU/mL must be done at screening.

-Participants with second malignancies requiring active systemic therapy are excluded.

-Class 3 or 4 congestive heart failure as defined by the New York Heart Association Functional Classification

-History of any ventricular arrhythmia

-Unable to swallow capsules, or disease significantly affecting gastrointestinal function, or resection of the stomach or small bowel, or symptomatic inflammatory bowel disease or ulcerative colitis, or partial or complete bowel obstruction.

-Uncontrolled ongoing or active infection

-Concomitant use of warfarin or other vitamin K antagonists

-Known bleeding disorders (e.g., von Willebrand s disease) or hemophilia.

-Currently active, clinically significant hepatic impairment (>= moderate hepatic impairment according to the NCI/Child Pugh classification)

-Uncontrolled intercurrent illness or psychiatric illness/social situations that would limit compliance with study requirements.

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Principal Investigator

Referral Contact

For more information:

Mark J. Roschewski, M.D.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
(240) 760-6183

NCI Medical Oncology Referral Office
National Cancer Institute (NCI)

(888) 624-1937

NCI Referral Office
National Institute of Health Clinical Center (CC), 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, Maryland 20892, United States: NCI Clinical Trials Referral Office

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