A Phase I/II Trial of Combined Weekly Bortezomib (VELCADE®) and Y-90-Ibritumomab Tiuxetan (Zevalin) in Patients With Relapsed or Refractory Follicular Lymphoma and Transformed Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Cancer Type
Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Trial Phase
Phase I
Phase II
18 and over, Male and Female
Study Type
Protocol IDs
NU 05H9 (primary)
Study Sponsor
Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at Northwestern University


Bortezomib may stop the growth of cancer cells by blocking some of the enzymes needed for cell growth. Monoclonal antibodies, such as rituximab, can block cancer growth in different ways. Some block the ability of cancer cells to grow and spread. Others find cancer cells and help kill them or carry cancer-killing substances to them. Radiolabeled monoclonal antibodies, such as yttrium Y 90 ibritumomab tiuxetan, can find cancer cells and carry cancer-killing substances to them without harming normal cells. Giving bortezomib together with rituximab and yttrium Y 90 ibritumomab tiuxetan may kill more cancer cells.

This phase I/II trial is studying the side effects and best dose of bortezomib when given together with rituximab and yttrium Y 90 ibritumomab tiuxetan and to see how well they work in treating patients with relapsed or refractory follicular non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.


This is a phase I, dose-escalation study of bortezomib followed by a phase II study.

Phase I:

  • Induction therapy: Patients receive bortezomib IV over 3-5 seconds on days 1, 8, 15, and 22, rituximab IV on days 8 and 15, and yttrium Y 90 ibritumomab tiuxetan IV over 10 minutes on day 15.

Cohorts of 3-6 patients receive escalating doses of bortezomib until the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) is determined. The MTD is defined as the dose preceding that at which 2 of 6 patients experience dose-limiting toxicity.

  • Consolidation therapy: Beginning 6-7 weeks after completing induction therapy, patients receive bortezomib IV over 3-5 seconds on days 1, 8, and 15. Treatment repeats every 28 days for 3 courses in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

Phase II: Patients receive induction therapy and consolidation therapy as in phase I, with bortezomib administered at the MTD determined in phase I.

After completion of study treatment, patients are followed every 3 months for 1 year, every 6 months for 1 year, and then annually thereafter.

A total of 24 patients will be accrued for this study.

Treatment Sites in Georgia

Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
1365 Clifton Road NE
Building C
Atlanta, GA 30322

Study Coordinator:
Amanda Hutchinson-Rzepka


Christopher R. Flowers MD
Leonard T. Heffner Jr., MD
Jonathan L. Kaufman MD
Amelia A. Langston MD
Mary Jo Lechowicz MD
Sagar Lonial MD