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Thiopurine Enhanced ALL Maintenance (TEAM) : study protocol for a randomized study to evaluate the improvement in disease-free survival by adding very low dose 6-thioguanine to 6-mercaptopurine/methotrexate-based maintenance therapy in pediatric and adult patients (0–45 years) with newly diagnosed B-cell precursor or T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia treated according to the intermediate risk-high group of the ALLTogether1 protocol

Thiopurine Enhanced ALL Maintenance (TEAM) : study protocol for a randomized study to evaluate the improvement in disease-free survival by adding very low dose 6-thioguanine to 6-mercaptopurine/methotrexate-based maintenance therapy in pediatric and adult patients (0–45 years) with newly diagnosed B-cell precursor or T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia treated according to the intermediate risk-high group of the ALLTogether1 protocol


Title: Thiopurine Enhanced ALL Maintenance (TEAM) : study protocol for a randomized study to evaluate the improvement in disease-free survival by adding very low dose 6-thioguanine to 6-mercaptopurine/methotrexate-based maintenance therapy in pediatric and adult patients (0–45 years) with newly diagnosed B-cell precursor or T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia treated according to the intermediate risk-high group of the ALLTogether1 protocol
Author: Toksvang, Linea Natalie
Als-Nielsen, Bodil
Bacon, Christopher
Bertasiute, Ruta
Duarte, Ximo
Escherich, Gabriele
Helgadottir, Elín Anna
Johannsdottir, Inga Rinvoll
Jónsson, Ólafur G.
Kozlowski, Piotr
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Date: 2022-05
Language: English
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Department: Cancer Center
Series: BMC Cancer; 22(1)
ISSN: 1471-2407
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12885-022-09522-3
Subject: Barnalæknisfræði; Bráðahvítblæði; Blóðlæknisfræði; 6-mercaptopurine; 6-thioguanine; Acute lymphoblastic leukemia; DNA-TG; Maintenance; Methotrexate; Thiopurines; Oncology; Genetics; Cancer Research
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11815/3456

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Toksvang , L N , Als-Nielsen , B , Bacon , C , Bertasiute , R , Duarte , X , Escherich , G , Helgadottir , E A , Johannsdottir , I R , Jónsson , Ó G , Kozlowski , P , Langenskjöld , C , Lepik , K , Niinimäki , R , Overgaard , U M , Punab , M , Räty , R , Segers , H , van der Sluis , I , Smith , O P , Strullu , M , Vaitkevičienė , G , Wik , H S , Heyman , M & Schmiegelow , K 2022 , ' Thiopurine Enhanced ALL Maintenance (TEAM) : study protocol for a randomized study to evaluate the improvement in disease-free survival by adding very low dose 6-thioguanine to 6-mercaptopurine/methotrexate-based maintenance therapy in pediatric and adult patients (0–45 years) with newly diagnosed B-cell precursor or T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia treated according to the intermediate risk-high group of the ALLTogether1 protocol ' , BMC Cancer , vol. 22 , no. 1 , 483 . https://doi.org/10.1186/s12885-022-09522-3

Abstract:

Background: A critical challenge in current acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) therapy is treatment intensification in order to reduce the relapse rate in the subset of patients at the highest risk of relapse. The year-long maintenance phase is essential in relapse prevention. The Thiopurine Enhanced ALL Maintenance (TEAM) trial investigates a novel strategy for ALL maintenance. Methods: TEAM is a randomized phase 3 sub-protocol to the ALLTogether1 trial, which includes patients 0–45 years of age with newly diagnosed B-cell precursor or T-cell ALL, and stratified to the intermediate risk-high (IR-high) group, in 13 European countries. In the TEAM trial, the traditional methotrexate (MTX)/6-mercaptopurine (6MP) maintenance backbone (control arm) is supplemented with low dose (2.5–12.5 mg/m2/day) oral 6-thioguanine (6TG) (experimental arm), while the starting dose of 6MP is reduced from 75 to 50 mg/m2/day. A total of 778 patients will be included in TEAM during ~ 5 years. The study will close when the last included patient has been followed for 5 years from the end of induction therapy. The primary objective of the study is to significantly improve the disease-free survival (DFS) of IR-high ALL patients by adding 6TG to 6MP/MTX-based maintenance therapy. TEAM has 80% power to detect a 7% increase in 5-year DFS through a 50% reduction in relapse rate. DFS will be evaluated by intention-to-treat analysis. In addition to reducing relapse, TEAM may also reduce hepatotoxicity and hypoglycemia caused by high levels of methylated 6MP metabolites. Methotrexate/6MP metabolites will be monitored and low levels will be reported back to clinicians to identify potentially non-adherent patients. Discussion: TEAM provides a novel strategy for maintenance therapy in ALL with the potential of improving DFS through reducing relapse rate. Potential risk factors that have been considered include hepatic sinusoidal obstruction syndrome/nodular regenerative hyperplasia, second cancer, infection, and osteonecrosis. Metabolite monitoring can potentially increase treatment adherence in both treatment arms. Trial registration: EudraCT, 2018–001795-38. Registered 2020-05-15, Clinicaltrials.gov, NCT04307576. Registered 2020-03-13, https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT04307576.

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Funding Information: The Novo Nordisk Foundation (grant no: NNF19OC0056458); the Danish Cancer Society (grant no: R231-A14071-B34); the Danish Childhood Cancer Foundation (grant no: 2017–2034; 2018–3705); the Swedish Childhood Cancer Foundation (grant no: KP2018–0008). Funding Information: This sub-protocol is initiated by coordinating investigator professor Kjeld Schmiegelow, Copenhagen, Denmark, and is supported by the ALLTogether1 steering committee. The study group has no conflicting political or financial affiliations. Publisher Copyright: © 2022, The Author(s).

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