for people ages 1–21 (full criteria)
at San Francisco, California and other locations
study started
estimated completion:



This is a phase I study of temsirolimus (Torisel) combined with dexamethasone, cyclophosphamide and etoposide in patients with relapsed acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), lymphoblastic lymphoma (LL) or peripheral T-cell lymphoma (PTL).

Official Title

A Phase I Trial of Temsirolimus (CCI-779, Pfizer, Inc.) in Combination With Etoposide and Cyclophosphamide in Children With Relapsed Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma


Studies have shown that mTOR inhibitors (MTI) inhibit growth of pre-B and T-cell ALL cell lines in vitro and in ALL xenograft models. The MTI temsirolimus was chosen for use in this study due to its weekly intravenous dosing, its more predictable blood levels, and availability of a single-agent pediatric MTD and its sustained biologic effect due to conversion to sirolimus. This study will determine the maximum tolerated dose of temsirolimus that can given in combination with dexamethasone, cyclophosphamide and etoposide in relapsed ALL, LL or PTL. A standard 3-patient cohort dose-escalation design will be used. Response to treatment will be evaluated. Biology tests will be done to evaluate minimal residual disease (MRD), temsirolimus' effect on glucocorticoid resistance, and mTOR inhibition.


Lymphoblastic Leukemia, Acute, Childhood Lymphoblastic Lymphoma Peripheral T-cell Lymphoma Relapse Lymphoblastic Leukemia Refractory Temsirolimus Acute Childhood Pediatric ALL NHL LL PTL Lymphoma Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin Precursor Cell Lymphoblastic Leukemia-Lymphoma Leukemia, Lymphoid Lymphoma, T-Cell Lymphoma, T-Cell, Peripheral Cyclophosphamide Methotrexate Cytarabine Everolimus Sirolimus Etoposide phosphate Etoposide Hydrocortisone 17-butyrate 21-propionate Hydrocortisone acetate Cortisol succinate Hydrocortisone


You can join if…

Open to people ages 1–21

-Patients must be greater than or equal to 12 months and ≤ 21 years of age at the time of study enrollment.

Patients must have one of the following:


  • Patients must have relapsed or refractory acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) with greater than or equal to 25% blasts in the bone marrow (M3). OR
  • Patients may have an M2 marrow (greater than or equal to 5% to < 25% blasts) with an extramedullary site of relapse; including CNS 2 and CNS 3.
  • Refractory disease defined as no more than 1 prior failed salvage attempt following the current relapse, or no more than 2 additional treatment cycles after initial induction failure in newly diagnosed patients.


  • Patient must have relapsed or refractory lymphoblastic lymphoma or peripheral T-cell lymphoma.
  • Patient must have histologic verification of disease at original diagnosis.
  • Patient must have evaluable or measurable disease documented by clinical or radiographic criteria or bone marrow disease present at study entry.
  • Patients may have CNS 2 or 3 disease, if other sites of involvement.

Karnofsky greater than or equal to 50% for patients > 16 years of age and Lansky greater than or equal to 50 for patients ≤ 16 years of age.

Patients must have fully recovered from the acute toxic effects of all prior anti-cancer chemotherapy.

Patients must have had 2 or more prior therapeutic attempts defined as:

  • Relapse after going into remission from re-induction for the first or subsequent relapse (ie: 2nd , 3rd, 4th…relapse), or
  • Patients with lymphoma may have refractory disease after first or greater relapse and a single re-induction attempt.

Patients with leukemia or lymphoma who relapse while receiving maintenance chemotherapy will not be required to have a waiting period before enrollment onto this study.

At least 14 days must have elapsed after the completion of cytotoxic therapy, with the exception of hydroxyurea.

Hematopoietic growth factors: At least 14 days after the last dose of a long-acting growth factor (e.g. Neulasta) or 7 days for short-acting growth factor.

Biologic (anti-neoplastic agent): At least 7 days after the last dose of a biologic agent.For agents that have known adverse events occurring beyond 7 days after administration,this period must be extended beyond the time during which adverse events are known to occur. The duration of this interval must be discussed with the study chair

Immunotherapy: At least 42 days after the completion of any type of immunotherapy, e.g.tumor vaccines. or chimeric antigen receptor T cell (CART) therapy.

Monoclonal antibodies: At least 3 half-lives of the antibody must have elapsed after the last dose of a monoclonal antibody. (ie: Rituximab = 66 days, Epratuzumab = 69 days).Patients must have been off blinatumomab infusion for at least 7 days and all drug-related toxicity must have resolved to grade 2 or lower as outlined in the inclusion and exclusion criteria

XRT: At least 14 days after local palliative XRT (small port); At least 84 days must have elapsed if prior TBI, craniospinal XRT or if greater than or equal to 50% radiation of pelvis; At least 42 days must have elapsed if other substantial marrow radiation.

Stem Cell Infusion: No evidence of active graft vs. host disease and at least 84 days must have elapsed after transplant or stem cell infusion.

Study specific limitations on prior therapy: Patient may not have received therapy with an mTOR inhibitor.

Adequate Bone Marrow Function Defined as: Blood counts are not required to be normal prior to enrollment on trial. However, platelet count must be greater than or equal to 20,000/mm3 to initiate therapy (may receive platelet transfusions). Patients should not be known to be refractory to red blood cell or platelet transfusions.

Adequate Renal Function Defined as:

  • Creatinine clearance or radioisotope GFR greater than or equal to 70ml/min/1.73 m2 or
  • Normal serum creatinine based on age and gender.

Adequate Liver Function Defined as:

  • Total bilirubin (sum of conjugated + unconjugated) must be less than or equal to 1.5 x normal per institutional normal values for age.
  • SGPT (ALT) and SGOT (AST) must be less than 3 x institutional upper limit of normal(Grade 1 or less per CTCAE 4).

--GGT must be less than 2.5 x institutional upper limit of normal (Grade 1 or less per CTCAE 4).

  • Serum albumin greater than or equal to 2 g/dL.
  • The hepatic requirements may be waived for patients with elevations clearly due to leukemic infiltration after consultation with the Study Chair or Vice Chair.
  • Fasting or non-fasting serum triglyceride level ≤ 300 mg/dL and serum cholesterol level ≤ 300 mg/dL.

Adequate Cardiac Function Defined As:

  • Shortening fraction of ≥ 27% by echocardiogram, or
  • Ejection fraction of ≥ 50% by gated radionuclide study.

Adequate Pulmonary Function Defined as:

  • Pulse oximetry > 94% on room air (> 90% if at high altitude)
  • No evidence of dyspnea at rest and no exercise intolerance.
  • Baseline chest x-ray with no evidence of active infectious disease or pneumonitis.

Reproductive Function

  • Female patients of childbearing potential must have a negative urine or serum pregnancy test confirmed prior to enrollment.
  • Female patients with infants must agree not to breastfeed their infants while on this study.
  • Male and female patients of child-bearing potential must agree to use an effective method of contraception approved by the investigator during the study.
  • Random or fasting glucose within the upper limits of normal for age. If the initial blood glucose is non-fasting and above normal limits a fasting glucose can be obtained and must be within the upper limits of normal for age.

You CAN'T join if...

  • Corticosteroids: Patients receiving corticosteroids who have not been on a stable or decreasing dose of corticosteroid for at least 7 days prior to enrollment are not eligible.
  • Investigational Drugs: Patients who are currently receiving another investigational drug are not eligible. The definition of "investigational" for use in this protocol means any drug that is not licensed by the FDA, Health Canada or the Therapeutic Goods Administration to be sold in the countries they govern. (United States, Canada and Australia)
  • Anti-cancer Agents: Patients who are currently receiving or may receive while on therapy, other anti-cancer agents, radiation therapy or immunotherapy are not eligible[except leukemia patients receiving hydroxyurea, which may be continued until 24 hours prior to start of protocol therapy]. Intrathecal chemotherapy (at the discretion of the primary oncologist) may be given up to one week prior to the initiation of study therapy.
  • Anti-GVHD or agents to prevent organ rejection post-transplant: Patients who are receiving cyclosporine, tacrolimus or other agents to prevent either graft-versus-host disease post bone marrow transplant or organ rejection post transplant are not eligible for this trial. At least 3 half-lives must have elapsed after the last dose of GVHD meds.
  • Anticoagulants: Patients who are currently receiving therapeutic anticoagulants(including aspirin, low molecular weight heparin, and others) are not eligible. At least 3 half-lives must have elapsed after the last dose of anticoagulants.
  • Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors: Patients who are currently receiving ACE inhibitors are not eligible due to the development of angioneurotic edema-type reactions in some subjects who received concurrent treatment with temsirolimus + ACE inhibitors. At least 3 half-lives must have elapsed after the last dose of ACE inhibitors.
  • Enzyme inducing Anti-convulsants: Patients who are currently receiving enzyme inducing anticonvulsants (ie phenytoin, phenobarbitol, or carbamazepine) are not eligible.

Stabilizing on a non-hepatic inducing metabolizing anti-convulsant (ie: gabapentin or levetiracetam) prior to study entry is acceptable. At least 3 half-lives must have elapsed after the last dose of enzyme inducing anti-coagulants.

  • Patients receiving treatment with azoles such as fluconazole or voriconazole which are potent inhibitors of temsirolimus metabolism. At least 3 half-lives must have elapsed after the last dose of azoles.

Infection Criteria

Patients are excluded if they have:

  • Positive blood culture within 48 hours of study enrollment;
  • Fever above 38.2 within 48 hours of study enrollment with clinical signs of infection.Fever that is determined to be due to tumor burden is allowed if patients have documented negative blood cultures for at least 48 hours prior to enrollment and no concurrent signs or symptoms of active infection or hemodynamic instability.
  • A positive fungal culture within 30 days.
  • Active fungal, viral, bacterial, or protozoal infection requiring IV treatment.Chronic prophylaxis therapy to prevent infections is allowed.

Patients with Down syndrome and Fanconi Anemia are excluded.

Patients will be excluded if they have significant concurrent disease, illness, psychiatric disorder or social issue that would compromise patient safety or compliance with protocol treatment or required observations, interfere with consent, study participation, follow up,or interpretation of study results.

Patients with known optic nerve and/or retinal involvement (because it may not be possible to safely delay irradiation) are not eligible. Patients presenting with visual disturbances by history or physical exam should have an ophthalmological exam and, if indicated, an MRI to determine optic nerve or retinal involvement.


  • UCSF School of Medicine accepting new patients
    San Francisco, California, 94143-0106, United States
  • Childrens Hospital Los Angeles accepting new patients
    Los Angeles, California, 90027, United States
  • Children's Hospital Orange County not yet accepting patients
    Orange, California, United States


accepting new patients
Start Date
Completion Date
Therapeutic Advances in Childhood Leukemia Consortium
Phase 1
Lead Scientist
Michelle Hermiston
Study Type
Last Updated
May 2016