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A Study to Evaluate the Safety and Efficacy of Polatuzumab Vedotin in Combination With Rituximab, Gemcitabine and Oxaliplatin Compared to Rituximab, Gemcitabine and Oxaliplatin Alone in Participants With Relapsed or Refractory Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma


About the study

This study is a multicenter, open-label study of polatuzumab vedotin administered by intravenous (IV) infusion in combination with rituximab, gemcitabine and oxaliplatin (R-GemOx) in participants with relapsed or refractory diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). The study comprises of two stages: a safety run-in stage and a randomized controlled trial (RCT).

Who can take part

You may be eligible to participate in the study if you meet the following criteria:


Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Histologically-confirmed diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, not otherwise specified (NOS) or history of transformation of indolent disease to DLBCL
  2. Relapsed disease (disease that has recurred following a response that lasted ≥ 6 months from completion of the last line of therapy) or refractory disease (disease that did not respond to or that progressed during therapy or progressed within 6 months (< 6 months) of prior therapy)
  3. At least one (≥ 1) line of prior systemic therapy:
  4. Patients may have undergone autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) prior to recruitment; In such cases, salvage chemotherapy (e.g., rituximab, dexamethasone, cytarabine, and cisplatin [R-DHAP] and rituximab, ifosfamide, carboplatin, and etoposide phosphate [R-ICE]) will be counted as one line of therapy and conditioning chemotherapy (e.g., BEAM) followed by consolidative autologous HSCT will be counted as one line of therapy
  5. Patients may have undergone allogeneic HSCT prior to recruitment, so long as they are off all immunosuppressive therapy and have no active GVHD; In such cases, salvage chemotherapy (e.g., R-DHAP and R-ICE) will be counted as one line of therapy and conditioning chemotherapy (e.g., carmustine, etoposide, cytarabine, and melphalan [BEAM]) followed by allogeneic HSCT will be counted as a separate line of therapy
  6. Participants may have undergone CAR T-cell therapy prior to recruitment. In such cases, cell collection, conditioning chemotherapy, and infusion will be counted as one line of therapy.
  7. Local therapies (e.g., radiotherapy) will not be considered as lines of treatment
  8. For participants with a history of the transformation of indolent disease to DLBCL, it is preferred that participants have received at least one treatment for the transformed lymphoma. However, if there are cases where the participants have received an anthracycline-containing chemotherapy regimen (such as R-CHOP) for the indolent lymphoma only, then these participants can be considered as eligible.
  9. At least one bi-dimensionally measurable lesion, defined as > 1.5 cm in its longest dimension as measured by CT or MRI
  10. Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status of 0,1 or 2
  11. Adequate hematological function
  12. For women of childbearing potential: agreement to remain abstinent (refrain from heterosexual intercourse) or use contraception, and agreement to refrain from donating eggs
  13. For men: agreement to remain abstinent (refrain from heterosexual intercourse) or use contraceptive measures, and agreement to refrain from donating sperm,


Exclusion Criteria:

  1. History of severe allergic or anaphylactic reactions to humanized or murine monoclonal antibodies (or recombinant antibody-related fusion proteins) or known sensitivity or allergy to murine products
  2. Contraindication to rituximab, gemcitabine or oxaliplatin
  3. Peripheral neuropathy assessed to be > Grade 1 according to NCI CTCAE v5.0
  4. Prior use of polatuzumab vedotin or a gemcitabine plus platinum-based agent combination, recent participation in a clinical trial, and/or treatment with radiotherapy, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, immunosuppressive therapy within 2 weeks
  5. Planned autologous or allogenic stem cell transplantation or CAR T-cell therapy at time of recruitment
  6. Primary or secondary central nervous system (CNS) lymphoma
  7. Richter's transformation or prior CLL
  8. Abnormal laboratory values or health conditions, as assessed by the investigator, any known conditions preventing adherence to protocol or active bacterial, viral, fungal, mycobacterial, parasitic, or other infection
  9. Vaccination with a live vaccine within 4 weeks prior to treatment
  10. Recent major surgery (within 6 weeks before the start of Cycle 1 Day 1) other than for diagnosis
  11. Any other diseases, metabolic dysfunction, physical examination finding, or clinical laboratory finding giving reasonable suspicion of a disease or condition that contraindicates the use of an investigational drug or that may affect the interpretation of the results or render the patient at high risk from treatment complications
  12. Pregnant or breastfeeding, or intending to become pregnant during the study or within 12 months after the last dose of study drug
  13. Women of childbearing potential must have a negative serum pregnancy test result within 7 days prior to initiation of study drug

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How to Apply

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Study’s details


Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma

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Phase 3

Participants needed


Est. Completion Date

Dec 31, 2025

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