A phase II multicenter study of CAMPATH-1H antibody in previously treated patients with nonbulky non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

A. Khorana, P. Bunn, P. McLaughlin, J. Vose, C. Stewart, M. S. Czuczman

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CAMPATH-1H is a humanized antilymphocyte monoclonal antibody (mAb) directed against the CD52 antigen expressed on normal and malignant lymphocytes. We report the results of a multicenter phase II trial using intravenous CAMPATH-1H in previously treated patients with nonbulky non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) or minimal residual NHL. Sixteen previously treated patients with nonbulky NHL and two patients with minimal residual NHL, were treated with CAMPATH-1H. Changes in peripheral blood lymphocyte subsets were analyzed by multiparameter flow cytometric techniques in eleven patients. The 18 patients enrolled in the studies received CAMPATH-1H for a median duration of 6 weeks (range, 3 to 14 weeks), and a median cumulative dose of 470 mg (range, 180 to 1185 mg). Two of the sixteen patients with nonbulky NHL achieved a complete response (CR) and one patient achieved a partial response (PR). One of the two patients with minimal residual NHL achieved a molecular CR. Infusional complications were seen with the majority of patients but were more common with initial infusions. Significant hematologic toxicity was also observed with grade 3/4 thrombocytopenia (n=10), grade 3/4 neutropenia (n=4) and grade 3 anemia (n=3). Due to excessive infectious complications observed with the patients enrolled, the trials were terminated early. Anti-tumor activity was demonstrated in a small subset of previously treated low-grade lymphoma patients with nonbulky or minimal residual disease. Future studies evaluating the effect of different drug schedules, modes of mAb administration, and concurrent use of prophylactic antibiotics/antiviral/antifungal agents to optimize anti-tumor activity and limit infectious toxicities are planned.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-87
Number of pages11
JournalLeukemia and Lymphoma
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001



  • Anti-CD52 antibody
  • Flow cytometric analysis
  • Monoclonal antibody

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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