Romidepsin and Lenalidomide in Treating Patients With Previously Untreated Peripheral T-Cell Lymphoma


The purpose of this study is to evaluate how safe and effective the combination of the study drugs romidepsin and lenalidomide is for treating patients with peripheral t-cell lymphoma (PTCL) who have not been previously treated for this cancer. Currently, there is no standard treatment for patients with PTCL; the most common treatment used is a combination of drugs called CHOP, but this can be a difficult treatment to tolerate because of side effects, and is not particularly effective for most patients with PTCL. Romidepsin (Istodax®) is a type of drug called an HDAC inhibitor. It interacts with DNA (genetic material in cells) in ways that can stop tumors from growing. It is given as an infusion through the veins. Lenalidomide (Revlimid®) is a type of drug known as an immunomodulatory drug, or IMID for short. This drug affects how tumor cells grow and survive, including affecting blood vessel growth in tumors. It is given as an oral tablet (by mouth).

Study Start Date

June 2015

Estimated Completion Date

July 2017


  • Drug: lenalidomide
  • Drug: romidepsin
  • Other: laboratory biomarker analysis


  • Oncology: Leukemia/Lymphoma
  • Pharmacy: Chemotherapy/Oncology
  • Physician Assistant: Hematology/Oncology

MeSH Terms

  • Immunoblastic Lymphadenopathy
  • romidepsin

Study ID

Northwestern University -- NU 14H04



Trial ID


Study Type


Trial Phase

Phase 2

Enrollment Quota



Northwestern University

Inclusion Criteria

  • Histologically confirmed diagnosis of PTCL (using the most recent edition of the World Health Organization [WHO] Classification of Tumors of Hematopoietic and Lymphoid Tissues as guidance) including:
  • Anaplastic large cell lymphoma, anaplastic large cell kinase (ALK)-negative
  • Angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma
  • Enteropathy-type T-cell lymphoma
  • Extranodal natural killer (NK)/T-cell lymphoma, nasal type
  • Hepatosplenic gamma-delta T-cell lymphoma
  • Peripheral T-cell lymphoma, unspecified (not otherwise specified [NOS])
  • Transformed mycosis fungoides
  • Subcutaneous panniculitis-like T-cell lymphoma.
  • NOTE: A copy of the pathology report is sufficient to register the patient to the trial
  • diagnosis of PTCL should have been based on identification in biopsy specimens of a peripheral T-cell lymphoma disorder characterized by positivity in the malignant cell population of at least 3 of the following T-cell markers: betaF1, cluster of differentiation (CD)2, CD3, CD4, CD5, CD7, CD8, and negativity of at least 2 of the following B-cell markers CD19, CD20, CD79alpha and paired box 5 (Pax-5) further, CD56 should be used for the diagnosis of the nasal type, while CD30, ALK-1 and Pax-5 (that should be negative) are required for the anaplastic type CD10, chemokine (C-X-C motif) ligand 13 (CXCL13), programmed cell death (PD)-1 and CD21 are warranted for the diagnosis of angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma along with Epstein-Barr virus-encoded small ribonucleic acid (RNA) (EBER) in situ hybridization determination of mindbomb E3 ubiquitin protein ligase 1(Mib-1)/marker of proliferation Ki-67 (Ki-67) to be performed finally, additional markers useful within the context of anaplastic large cell lymphoma, extranodal NK/T-cell lymphoma and subcutaneous panniculitis-like T-cell lymphoma are TIA1 cytotoxic granule-associated RNA binding protein (TIA-1), granzyme B and perforin it is acknowledged that no marker has absolute lineage specificity, and that immunophenotypic studies should be performed with panels of monoclonal antibodies final diagnoses containing caveats such as "suspicious of" or "presumably" are considered inadequate for a patient to be enrolled in the trial
  • NOTE: Patients with adequate archived (well-preserved, formalin-fixed) biopsy tissue remaining will be required to submit a portion for exploratory studies
  • this is not optional if tissue is available however, lack of adequate tissue for exploratory studies will not preclude patients from participating
  • Patients must have bi-dimensionally measurable disease (>= 1 cm) by CT imaging
  • NOTE: Patients with marrow-only disease are eligible
  • response for these patients will be assessed by repeat bone marrow biopsy
  • Patients must fit into one of the following categories:
  • Age >= 18 years to < 60 years with a cumulative illness rating scale (CIRS) score >= 6 OR deemed ineligible for cytotoxic chemotherapy by the treating investigator
  • >= 60 years
  • Patients must have adequate organ and marrow function (documented within 14 days prior to registration) as outlined below:
  • Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) >= 750/mcl
  • Hemoglobin >= 8 g/dl
  • Platelets >= 50,000/mcl
  • Total bilirubin =< 2 x upper limit normal (ULN)
  • Aspartate aminotransferase (AST) (serum glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase [SGOT]) and alanine aminotransferase (ALT) (serum pyruvate glutamate transaminase [SPGT]) =< 3 x ULN
  • Creatinine =< 2 x ULN
  • Patients must have an Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status =< 2
  • All patients must agree to use effective contraception while on study, and all patients must agree to undergo counseling sessions every 28 days about pregnancy precautions and risks of fetal exposure
  • Females of childbearing potential (FCBP) 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 starting lenalidomide, during lenalidomide therapy, during dose interruptions, and for at least 28 days following discontinuation of lenalidomide therapy
  • Males receiving lenalidomide must agree to use a latex condom during any sexual contact with FCBPs even if they have undergone a successful vasectomy
  • NOTE: A FCBP is any woman (regardless of sexual orientation, having undergone a tubal ligation, or remaining celibate by choice) who meets the following criteria:
  • Has not undergone a hysterectomy or bilateral oophorectomy
  • Has not been naturally postmenopausal for at least 12 consecutive months (i.e., has had menses at any time in the preceding 12 consecutive months)
  • FCBP should be referred to a qualified provider of contraceptive methods, if needed
  • FCPB must have a negative urine or serum pregnancy test within 7 days prior to registration, and be willing to adhere to the scheduled pregnancy testing as required in the Revlimid Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS®) program
  • NOTE: Should a woman become pregnant or suspect she is pregnant while participating in this study, she should inform her treating physician immediately
  • Patients must be free of any prior malignancies for >= 1 year
  • NOTE: The exception to this would be currently treated squamous cell and basal cell carcinoma of the skin, carcinoma in situ of the cervix, breast, or bladder, or surgically removed melanoma in situ of the skin (stage 0) with histologically confirmed free margins of excision
  • All study participants must be registered into the mandatory Revlimid REMS® program, and be willing and able to comply with the requirements of the REMS® program
  • Patients must have the ability to understand and the willingness to sign a written informed consent prior to registration

Exclusion Criteria

  • Patients with a diagnosis of any of the following are not eligible:
  • Anaplastic large cell lymphoma, ALK-positive
  • Adult T-cell lymphoma/leukemia (ATLL)
  • Anaplastic large-cell lymphoma, primary cutaneous type
  • Precursor T-lymphoblastic lymphoma/leukemia
  • Mycosis fungoides/Sezary syndrome (except transformed Mycosis fungoides [MF])
  • NK-cell leukemia
  • T-cell granular lymphocytic leukemia
  • T-cell prolymphocytic leukemia
  • Patients must not have received prior systemic therapy for PTCL (except for corticosteroids for 10 or fewer days at any dose, no washout period required as long as they discontinue prior to starting study therapy)
  • NOTE: topical treatment may have been given for prior existence of cutaneous lymphoma that has since become systemic PTCL however, these topical therapies should be stopped at time of registration
  • Patients who received chemotherapy (including monoclonal antibodies) or radiotherapy, administered for any condition, within 4 weeks prior to registration are not eligible
  • Patients who received prior exposure to any other histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors or immunomodulatory (IMID) agents for any reason are not eligible
  • Patients receiving ongoing treatment with any other investigational agents are not eligible
  • Patients who have known central nervous system (CNS) involvement of lymphoma are not eligible
  • Patients who have an uncontrolled intercurrent illness including, but not limited to, any of the following are not eligible:
  • Ongoing or active infection
  • Symptomatic congestive heart failure
  • Unstable angina pectoris
  • Cardiac arrhythmia
  • Psychiatric illness/social situations that would limit compliance with study requirements
  • Patients with a known human immunodeficiency (HIV) infection are not eligible
  • Patients who are pregnant or actively nursing an infant are not eligible
  • Patients with a QT interval > 500 msec (using the Bazett's formula) within 28 days prior to registration are not eligible




18 Years and older

Accepts Healthy Volunteers


Study Locations and Contact Information (4)

Study Location Distance Name Phone Email
Yale University - New Haven, Connecticut 18.1 miles Francine M Foss MD 203-200-4363 None
Northwestern University - Chicago, Illinois 745.5 miles Adam M Petrich MD 312-695-4537 None
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research CenterUniversity of Washington Cancer Consortium - Seattle, Washington 2,427.3 miles Andrei R Shustov 206-288-6739 None
City of Hope - Duarte, California 2,472.0 miles Steven T Rosen MD 626-256-4673 None provides clinical trial listings in an easy to view format. All clinical trial information is pulled directly from This website does not guarantee acceptance into any clinical trial, and is not responsible for adverse events that may be incurred from a clinical trial.