Mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) is one of approximately 100 different types of non-Hodgkin's
lymphoma (NHL). Due to the aggressive and heterogeneous nature of MCL, majority of patients
are diagnosed with advanced stage disease that requires immediate, diverse and aggressive
courses of therapy to improve the outcome of the disease. The addition of blood or bone
marrow transplantation (BMT) to the chemotherapy regimens is a critical factor to prolong
duration of response in patients, however, the benefit of combination chemotherapy followed
by BMT is often temporary as patients experience disease progression and mortality and this
underscores the need for novel therapies as well as additional maintenance therapy strategies
to prevent relapse post-BMT.
Acalabrutinib, a selective, irreversible small molecule inhibitor of Bruton's tyrosine kinase
(BTK) is approved for the treatment of adult patients with MCL who have received at least 1
This study is a single arm, multi-center, phase 2 study of subjects who will receive
acalabrutinib as maintenance therapy post-BMT. Subjects will undergo a standard of care BMT
with conditioning regimen determined by the treating physician per institutional
guidelines.The BMT is not considered part of this study. Following completion of the BMT,
Maintenance therapy with acalabrutinib will begin on Day 100 in 28-day cycles. Subjects will
self-administer 100 mg acalabrutinib BID until they reach 2 years post-BMT (approximately 22
cycles).Subjects will be followed for up to 5 years post-BMT for Progression Free Survival.
Inclusion Criteria for Initial Enrollment (Screening #1):
Patients must meet all of the following criteria in order to be included in this research
1. Written informed consent, according to local guidelines, signed by the subject or by a
legal guardian prior to the performance of any study-related screening procedures.
2. Men and women ≥18 years-of-age at the time of signature of the informed consent form
3. A diagnosis of MCL confirmed by one of the following:
- t(11;14) detected by fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH), conventional
cytogenetics, or other molecular evaluation
- expression of cyclin D1 confirmed by immunohistochemistry.
4. Subject must have completed induction chemotherapy and plan to and be eligible to
receive their first BMT per standard of care.
5. Availability of an archival paraffin-embedded tumor block for MRD testing.
6. The Investigator anticipates that the subject will meet the appropriate lab
requirements listed in Screening #2 by Day 100.
7. Patients who received prior therapy with a BTK inhibitor are eligible to enroll.
Inclusion Criteria Post-BMT, Prior to Day 100 (Screening #2):
1. Adequate organ system function defined as:
- Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) ≥1,000/mm3.
- Total bilirubin ≤1.5 x the upper limit of normal (ULN) (except for previously
documented Gilbert's syndrome)
- Platelet count ≥75,000/mm3. Platelet infusions to meet eligibility criteria are
not allowed within 3 days of study enrollment.
- Alanine aminotransferase (ALT)/aspartate aminotransferase (AST) ≤2.5 x ULN
- Calculated creatinine clearance (CrCl) ≥30 mL/min as calculated by the
CockcroftGault method. Estimated CrCl (glomerular filtration rate [GFR]) =
(140-age [years]) x (weight [kg]) x Fa /(72 x serum creatinine [mg/dL]) a where F
= 0.85 for females and F = 1 for males
2. Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status of 0, 1, or 2.
3. Subjects who did not receive an anti-cancer therapy (including surgery, radiotherapy,
chemotherapy, immunotherapy, or investigational therapy) during the time between their
transplant and the start of study therapy. Subjects must have recovered (e.g., Grade
≤1 or baseline) from AEs associated with prior cancer therapy. Note: Subjects with
Grade ≤2 neuropathy or Grade ≤2 alopecia are an exception to the latter criterion and
may qualify for the study.
4. Woman of childbearing potential (WoCBP) who are sexually active with male partners
must use highly effective methods of contraception during treatment and for 2 days
after the last dose of acalabrutinib. For male subjects with a pregnant or
non-pregnant WoCBP partner, no contraception measures are required. A WoCBP must have
a negative pregnancy test (urine or serum) at the time of screening and 72 hours
before starting the study drug or have evidence of non-childbearing potential by
fulfilling one of the following criteria:
- Post-menopausal women, defined as either women aged >50 years and amenorrheic for
≥12 months following cessation of all exogenous hormonal treatments or women <50
years old who have been amenorrheic for ≥12 months following the cessation of
exogenous hormonal treatments, and have serum follicle- stimulating hormone (FSH)
and luteinizing hormone (LH) levels in the post- menopausal range for the
- Documentation of irreversible surgical sterilization by hysterectomy, bilateral
oophorectomy or bilateral salpingectomy, but not tubal ligation
- Medically confirmed, irreversible premature ovarian failure.
5. Willing and able to participate in all required evaluations and procedures in this
study protocol including swallowing capsules without difficulty.
6. Ability to understand the purpose and risks of the study and provide signed and dated
informed consent and authorization to use protected health information (PHI).
Patients who meet any of the following criteria will be excluded from study entry:
1. Subjects who have relapsed or progressed at any time prior to BM
2. Subjects with known mutations that confer resistance to a BTK inhibitor.
3. Confirmed clinical PD since the time of BMT
4. Prior malignancy (or any other malignancy requiring active treatment), except for
adequately treated basal cell or squamous cell skin cancer, in situ cervical cancer,
or other cancer from which the subject has been disease free for ≥2 years or that will
not limit survival to <2 years. The exceptions are:
- Subjects treated with curative intent >2 years prior to enrollment and have a low
probability of recurrence.
5. Clinically significant cardiovascular disease such as uncontrolled or symptomatic
arrhythmias, congestive heart failure, or myocardial infarction within 6 months of
screening, or any Class 3 or 4 cardiac disease as defined by the New York Heart
Association Functional Classification.
6. Malabsorption syndrome, disease significantly affecting gastrointestinal function,
resection of the stomach or small bowel that is likely to affect absorption,
symptomatic inflammatory bowel disease, partial or complete bowel obstruction, or
gastric restrictions and bariatric surgery, such as gastric bypass.
7. Known history of infection with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or any uncontrolled
active systemic bacterial, fungal, parasitic or viral infection. Infections are
considered controlled if appropriate therapy has been instituted and, at the time of
screening, no signs of infection progression are present.
8. Known history of drug-specific hypersensitivity or anaphylaxis to study drug
(including active product or excipient components).
9. Active bleeding or history of bleeding diathesis (e.g., hemophilia or von Willebrand
10. Uncontrolled autoimmune hemolytic anemia or idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura.
11. Requires treatment with a strong CYP3A4 inhibitor/inducer
12. Requires or is receiving anticoagulation treatment with warfarin or equivalent vitamin
K antagonists (e.g., phenprocoumon) within 7 days of first dose of study drug.
13. Prothrombin time (PT)/ international normalized ratio (INR) or activated partial
thromboplastin time (aPTT) >2 x ULN (in the absence of lupus anticoagulant).
14. Requires treatment with proton-pump inhibitors (e.g., omeprazole, esomeprazole,
lansoprazole, dexlansoprazole, rabeprazole, or pantoprazole). Subjects receiving
proton pump inhibitors who switch to H2-receptor antagonists or antacids are eligible
for enrollment to this study.
15. History of significant cerebrovascular disease/event, including stroke or intracranial
hemorrhage, within 6 months before the first dose of study drug.
16. Major surgical procedure within 28 days of first dose of study drug. Note: If a
subject had major surgery, they must have recovered adequately from any toxicity
and/or complications from the intervention before the first dose of study drug.
17. Hepatitis B or C serologic status: subjects who are hepatitis B core antibody
(anti-HBc) positive and who are hepatitis B surface antigen (HbsAg) negative will need
to have a negative PCR result. Those who are HbsAg positive or hepatitis B PCR
positive will be excluded. Subjects who are hepatitis C antibody positive will need to
have a negative PCR result. Those who are hepatitis C PCR positive will be excluded.
18. Breastfeeding or pregnant.
19. Concurrent participation in another therapeutic clinical trial.
20. Psychological, familial, sociological, or geographical conditions that do not permit
compliance with the protocol and/or follow-up procedures outlined in the protocol.
21. The inability to swallow capsules.