A Phase 2 Randomized Trial of Caloric Restriction and Activity to Reduce Chemoresistance in B-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia IDEAL2

What's the purpose of this trial?

This study is for older children, adolescents, and young adults with B-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (B-ALL). Higher amounts of body fat is associated with resistance to chemotherapy in patients with B-ALL. Chemotherapy during the first month causes large gains in body fat in most people, even those who start chemotherapy at a healthy weight. This study is being done to find out if caloric restriction achieved by a personalized nutritional menu and exercise plan during routine chemotherapy can make the patient's ALL more sensitive to chemotherapy and also reduce the amount of body fat gained during treatment. The goals of this study are to help make chemotherapy more effective in treating the patient's leukemia as demonstrated by fewer patients with leukemia minimal residual disease (MRD) while also trying to reduce the amount of body fat that chemotherapy causes the patient to gain in the first month.

This trial is currently open and accepting patients.

What will happen during the trial?

You may be able to join this trial if you:

The following criteria is a partial list of reasons why patients may be eligible to participate in this clinical trial. Further evaluation with a medical professional is required.

Inclusion Criteria:

* Patients must be ≥ 10.0 and \<26.0 years of age.
* Patients must have a diagnosis of de novo B-ALL
* Patients must have a M3 marrow (\>25% blasts by morphology) or at least 1,000/µL circulating leukemia cells in PB confirmed by Flow Cytometry (or other convincing evidence of a B-ALL diagnosis not meeting above criteria following central review by the Study Hematopathologist and Study Chair or Vice-Chair).
* The treatment regimen must be the first treatment attempt for B-ALL-
* Must be a multi-agent induction regimen inclusive of vincristine, glucocorticoid, pegaspargase/calaspargase, and daunorubicin or doxorubicin and with a planned duration \<35 days.
* Organ function must meet that required for initiation of chemotherapy
* Patients at diagnosis must meet Karnofsky \> 50% for patients \> 16 years of age and Lansky \> 50% for patients ≤ 16 years of age (or be expected to recover prior to Day 8) .
* If the patient is a female of childbearing potential, a negative urine or serum pregnancy test is required within two weeks prior to enrollment.

Exclusion Criteria:

* Patient will be excluded if they are underweight at time of enrollment (BMI% \<5th percentile for age for patients age 10-19 years, BMI \<18.5 in patients 20-29 years).
* Patients with Down syndrome or a DNA fragility syndrome (such as Fanconi anemia, Bloom syndrome) will be excluded.
* Patient receiving a SJCRH-style "Total Therapy" regimen will be excluded.
* Patients receiving anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody therapy during induction therapy.
* Patients will be excluded if they received treatment for a previous malignancy.
* Patient will be excluded if they are pregnant.
* Patient will be excluded if they have a pre-diagnosis requirement for enteral or parenteral supplementation .
* Patient will be excluded due to inability to perform the intervention (e.g., specific nutritional needs, severe developmental delay, paraplegia)
* Patients will be excluded if they have significant concurrent disease, illness, psychiatric disorder or social issue that would compromise patient safety or compliance with the protocol treatment or procedures, interfere with consent, study participation, follow up, or interpretation of study results

Additional Trial Information

Phase 2

Enrollment: 240 patients (estimated)

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Trial Locations

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Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

Open and Accepting

Children's Hospital Orange County

Orange, CA

Not Yet Accepting


Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Egleston Hospital

Atlanta, GA

Not Yet Accepting


Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Chicago, IL

Not Yet Accepting


Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center Johns Hopkins Medicine

Baltimore, MD

Not Yet Accepting


Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN

Not Yet Accepting

New York

North Carolina

Levine Children's Hospital

Charlotte, NC

Not Yet Accepting


Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Cincinnati, OH

Not Yet Accepting

Nationwide Children's Hospital

Columbus, OH

Not Yet Accepting


Oregon Health and Science University OHSU Knight Cancer Institute

Portland, OR

Not Yet Accepting


Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA

Not Yet Accepting


Cook Children's Medical Center

Fort Worth, TX

Not Yet Accepting


Children's Hospital of Wisconsin

Milwaukee, WI

Not Yet Accepting
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