A phase II study of glofitamab plus polatuzumab-R-CHP for patients with high-risk diffuse large B-cell lymphoma

Protocol # :
Lymphoma, Large B-Cell, Diffuse
Disease Sites
Other Hematopoietic
Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
Lymphoid Leukemia
Principal Investigator
Crombie, Jennifer, L.
Site Research Nurses
Brennan, Lisa
Bresnahan, Caitlin
Kilcommons, Marykate
Normilus, Samantha
Patterson, Victoria
Re, Sandra

Trial Description

The goal of this research study is to evaluate the combination of study drugs, Glofitamab and
Polatuzumab, and a standard chemotherapy regimen, R-CHP, as a treatment for high-risk diffuse
large B-cell lymphoma.

The names of the treatment interventions involved in this study are:

- Glofitamab (T-cell bispecific antibody)

- Polatuzumab (antibody-drug conjugate)

- R-CHP (a chemotherapy regimen comprised of Rituximab, Cyclophosphamide, Doxorubicin
Hydrochloride, and Prednisone)

Eligibility Requirements

Inclusion Criteria:

- Previously untreated patients with CD20-positive DLBCL, including one of the following
diagnoses by 2016 WHO classification of lymphoid neoplasms

- DLBCL, not otherwise specified (NOS)

- T-cell/histiocyte-rich large B-cell lymphoma

- Epstein-Barr virus-positive DLBCL, NOS

- ALK-positive large B-cell lymphoma

- HHV8-positive DLBCL, NOS

- High-grade B-cell lymphoma (HGBCL), NOS

- HGBCL with translocations of MYC and BCL-2, or MYC and BCL-6

- Availability of archival (within 90 days) or freshly collected tumor tissue before
study enrollment. If archival tissue is unavailable or is determined to be inadequate,
tumor tissue must be obtained from a biopsy performed at screening, unless an
exception is given after consultation with the principal investigator.

- IPI score of 2-5

- ECOG Performance Status of 0, 1, or 2 (see Appendix A)

- Greater than or equal to 18 years at the time of signing informed consent

- Left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) ≥ 50% on cardiac multiple-gated acquisition
(MUGA) scan or cardiac echocardiogram (ECHO)

- Adequate hematologic function (unless due to underlying disease, as established for
example, by extensive bone marrow involvement or due to hypersplenism secondary to the
involvement of the spleen by DLBCL per the investigator), defined as follows:

- Hemoglobin ≥ 9.0 g/dL without transfusion for 14 days before first treatment

- ANC ≥ 1,000/μL

- Platelet count ≥ 75,000/μL

- Participants must have adequate organ as defined below:

- Total bilirubin ≤ 1.5 x institutional upper limit of normal (ULN) or < 3 x ULN in
participants with Gilbert's disease

- PT or INR > 1.5 the ULN in the absence of therapeutic anticoagulation or lupus

- AST(SGOT)/ALT(SGPT) ≤ 2.5 × institutional ULN

- Adequate renal function defined by serum creatinine ≤1.5 x ULN or creatinine
clearance (by Cockcroft-Gault) ≥ 40 ml/min

- At least one bi-dimensionally FDG-avid measurable lymphoma lesion on PET/CT scan,
defined as > 1.5 cm in its longest dimension on CT scan

- Women of childbearing potential (WOCBP) must agree to use effective contraception when
sexually active. Women must remain abstinent or use methods of contraception,
including at least one method with a failure rate of <1% per year, during the
treatment period and for 12 months after the final dose of pola-R-CHP, 2 months after
the last dose of glofitamab, and 9 months after the last dose of polatuzumab whichever
is longer. Examples of contraceptive methods with a failure rate of <1% per year
include bilateral tubal ligation, male sterilization, hormonal contraceptives that
inhibit ovulation, hormone-releasing intrauterine devices, and copper intrauterine
devices. A woman is considered of childbearing potential, i.e. fertile, following
menarche and until becoming post-menopausal unless permanently sterile. Permanent
sterilization methods include but are not limited to hysterectomy, bilateral
salpingectomy and bilateral oophorectomy. A postmenopausal state is defined as no
menses for continuous 12 months without an alternative medical cause. A high follicle
stimulating hormone (FSH) level in the postmenopausal range may be used to confirm a
post-menopausal state in women not using hormonal contraception or hormonal
replacement therapy. The investigator or a designated associate is requested to advise
the patient how to achieve highly effective birth control. The use of condoms by male
patients is required unless the female partner is permanently sterile.

- For men: agreement to remain abstinent (refrain from heterosexual intercourse) or use
a condom, and agreement to refrain from donating sperm, as defined below: With female
partners of childbearing potential or pregnant female partners, men must remain
abstinent or use a condom during the treatment period and for 12 months after the
final dose of pola-R-CHP, 2 months after the last dose of glofitamab, and 9 months
after the last dose of polatuzumab whichever is longer. Men must refrain from donating
sperm during this same period. The reliability of sexual abstinence should be
evaluated in relation to the duration of the clinical trial and the preferred and
usual lifestyle of the patient. Male patients considering preservation of fertility
should bank sperm before study treatment.

- For participants with evidence of chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, the HBV
viral load must be undetectable on suppressive therapy, if indicated. Patients must be
willing to have monthly testing and antiviral therapy if indicated. Participants with
a history of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection must have undetectable viral load.

- Ability to understand and the willingness to sign a written informed consent document.

Exclusion Criteria:

- Contraindication to any of the individual components of study drugs, including prior
receipt of anthracyclines, or history of severe allergic or anaphylactic reactions to
humanized or murine monoclonal antibodies, or known sensitivity or allergy to murine
products. Patients with a history of hypersensitivity to dexamethasone or systemic
corticosteroids will also be excluded

- Prior organ transplantation

- History of indolent lymphoma or current diagnosis of the following: follicular
lymphoma grade 3B; B-cell lymphoma, unclassifiable, with features intermediate between
DLBCL and classical Hodgkin lymphoma (grey-zone lymphoma); primary mediastinal
(thymic) large B-cell lymphoma; Burkitt lymphoma; CNS lymphoma (primary or secondary
involvement), primary effusion DLBCL, and primary cutaneous DLBCL

- Prior therapy for DLBCL with the exception of:

- Palliative, short-term treatment with corticosteroids (up to 7 days).

- One cycle of R-CHOP

- Prior radiotherapy to the mediastinal/pericardial region

- Prior treatment with cytotoxic drugs within 5 years of screening for any condition
(e.g., cancer, rheumatoid arthritis) or prior use of any anti-CD20 antibody

- Prior use of any monoclonal antibody within 3 months of the start of Cycle 1; any
investigational therapy within 28 days prior to the start of Cycle 1; vaccination with
live vaccines within 28 days prior the start of Cycle 1

- Corticosteroid use > 30 mg/day of prednisone or equivalent, for purposes other than
lymphoma symptom control. Patients receiving corticosteroid treatment with ≤ 30 mg/day
of prednisone or equivalent for reasons other than lymphoma symptom control must be
documented to be on a stable dose of at least 4 weeks' duration prior to the start of
Cycle 1. Patients who require lymphoma symptom control during screening may receive
steroids in the following manner: Up to 30 mg/day of prednisone or equivalent may be
used for lymphoma symptom control during screening, including prior to finalization of
staging (not included as part of pre-phase treatment). If glucocorticoid treatment is
urgently required at higher doses for lymphoma symptom control prior to the start of
study treatment, tumor assessments must be completed prior to initiation of > 30 - 100
mg/day of prednisone or equivalent. Prednisone > 30 - 100 mg/day or equivalent may be
given for a maximum of 7 days as a pre-phase treatment. As part of the pre-phase

- History of other malignancies, except:

- Malignancy treated medically or surgically with curative intent and with no known
active disease present for ≥2 years before the first dose of study drug

- Adequately treated skin cancer or lentigo maligna without evidence of disease

- Adequately treated carcinoma in situ without evidence of disease.

- Localized prostate cancer and low-risk prostate cancer on active surveillance
(Gleason score 6 or below, stage 1 or 2)

- In the opinion of the treating investigator, there is limited potential to
interfere with the safety or efficacy of the investigational regimen. Such
exceptions must be approved by the principal investigator.

- Lactating or pregnant. Women of childbearing potential must have a pregnancy test
performed a maximum of 7 days before the start of treatment, and a negative result
must be documented

- Known active infection, or reactivation of a latent infection, whether bacterial,
viral; or any major episode of infection requiring hospitalization or treatment with
IV antibiotics (for IV antibiotics, this pertains to completion of last course of
antibiotic treatment) within 2 weeks of dosing

- Known history of HIV or HTLV-1 seropositive status. HTLV-1 testing is required for
patients from endemic countries (Japan and Melanesia and countries in the Caribbean
basin, South America, Central America, and sub-Saharan Africa)

- Clinically significant liver disease including active viral hepatitis infection,
cirrhosis, or current alcohol abuse

- Evidence of significant or uncontrolled concomitant diseases that could affect
compliance to the protocol or interpretation of the results including significant or
extensive history of cardiovascular disease such as New York Heart Association Class
III or IV or objective Class C or D cardiac disease, myocardial infarction within the
last 6 months, unstable arrhythmias, or unstable angina, or pulmonary disease

- Known history of central nervous system or neurologic disease including stroke or
intracranial hemorrhage within 3 months prior to enrollment or seizure disorder

- Grade 2 or greater peripheral neuropathy at baseline or demyelinating form of
Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease

- Major surgery within 4 weeks prior to the start or cycle 1 other than for diagnosis

- Active autoimmune disease requiring therapy. Patients with autoimmune thyroid disease
on a stable dose of thyroid replacement or type 1 diabetes on a stable dose of insulin
are eligible.

- Known or suspected history of HLH.