for people ages 1-21 (full criteria)
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Principal Investigator
by Benjamin Braun (ucsf)
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Benjamin Braun



This study is about an anticancer drug called ponatinib which is a tyrosine kinase inhibitor given with chemotherapy to children, teenagers, and young adults up to 21 years of age with Philadelphia Chromosome-Positive Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia who have relapsed or are resistant to other treatment.

The main aims of this study are to confirm the highest dose of ponatinib tablets and minitablet capsules that can be given to participants with acceptable side effects, and to evaluate if participant's leukemia achieves remission.

Participants will take ponatinib tablets with chemotherapy. For participants who cannot swallow tablets or who are receiving less than a 10 mg dose, a capsule with small ponatinib minitablets inside will be provided. Participants will take ponatinib for 10 weeks in combination with chemotherapy (reinduction and consolidation blocks) and will be followed up for at least 3 years.

Official Title

A Pivotal Phase 1/2, Single-Arm, Open-label Study to Evaluate the Safety and Efficacy of Ponatinib With Chemotherapy in Pediatric Patients With Philadelphia Chromosome-Positive (Ph+) Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) Who Have Relapsed or Are Resistant or Intolerant to a Prior Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitor-Containing Therapy, or Who Have the T315I Mutation


The drug being tested in this study is called ponatinib. Ponatinib is being tested to treat pediatric population who have Philadelphia chromosome-positive (Ph+) acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), Ph+ mixed phenotype acute leukemia (Ph+ MPAL), or Philadelphia chromosome-like ALL who have relapsed or are resistant or intolerant to a prior tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI)-containing therapy, or who have the T315I mutation.

The study will enroll approximately 68 participants. Participants will be assigned to a treatment group either in phase 1 or phase 2. Participants unable to swallow the ponatinib tablets or who are receiving less than a 10 mg dose will receive the age-appropriate formulation, capsule with ponatinib minitablets inside:

• Ponatinib + Chemotherapy

All participants will be asked to take ponatinib once daily. In phase 1 ponatinib will be administered in combination with a chemotherapy backbone to determine the recommended phase 2 dose (RP2D) of ponatinib. In both phase 1 and phase 2, treatment consists of two 35-day blocks of therapy (reinduction block and consolidation block). Each block will include 29 days of treatment of daily ponatinib and a chemotherapy backbone regimen followed by a rest period from chemotherapy for a minimum of 6 days consisting of daily ponatinib only.

This is a multi-center trial and will be conducted worldwide. The overall time to participate in this study is 6.5 years. Participants will make multiple visits to the clinic, and may be contacted by telephone in at least 36 months of follow-up after treatment.


Pediatric Philadelphia Chromosome-positive Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (Ph+ALL), Ph+ Mixed Phenotype Acute Leukemia (MPAL), Philadelphia Chromosome-Like ALL (Ph-like ALL), Drug Therapy, Leukemia, Precursor Cell Lymphoblastic Leukemia-Lymphoma, Lymphoid Leukemia, Philadelphia Chromosome, Ponatinib, Ponatinib AAF, Chemotherapy Agents


You can join if…

Open to people ages 1-21

  1. Participants must have a diagnosis of Ph+ ALL, Philadelphia chromosome-positive plus mixed phenotype acute leukemia (Ph+ MPAL), or Ph-like ALL with:

    a) Involvement of BM with ALL, including one of the following: i. M2 BM (5%-24% lymphoblasts): by morphology with confirmatory testing consisting of at least one of the following: flow cytometry lymphoblasts ≥5%, or BCR-ABL1 fluorescence in situ hybridization, or ≥10-2 leukemic clone identified by immunoglobulin heavy chain-T-cell receptor polymerase chain reaction, OR ii. M3 BM (≥25% lymphoblasts): by morphology, OR iii. Participants with combined BM (as defined above) and extramedullary disease.

    b) Evidence of Ph+ ALL, MPAL, or Ph-like ALL: i. Definite evidence of BCR-ABL1 fusion (Ph) for Ph+ ALL and MPAL, OR ii. Definite evidence of Ph-like ALL with targetable kinase-activating lesions involving any of the following kinase genes: ABL1, ABL2, CSF1R, and PDGFRB.

    Ph-like ALL diagnosis requires the identification of specified targetable kinase-activating lesions preferably by ribonucleic acid (RNA) sequencing or by alternative accredited method used by the site.

    c) Disease status: (i) For non-US sites: participants who have relapsed (post 0 or 1 HSCT) or are resistant or intolerant to at least one prior therapy that contained a

    BCR-ABL-targeted tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI), or for US sites: participants who have relapsed (post 0 or 1 HSCT) or are resistant or intolerant to at least one prior therapy that contained a second-generation BCR-ABL1-targeted TKI (i.e, dasatinib, nilotinib, and bosutinib); OR (ii) Have a BCR-ABL1 T315I mutation irrespective of relapse, resistance/intolerance, or transplant status and irrespective of any prior TKI use.


    A participant will be defined as intolerant if they had a Grade ≥3 nonhematologic toxicity or a Grade 4 hematologic toxicity considered related to the last TKI and lasting for >2 weeks, and led to discontinuation of therapy.

  2. Weight: Participants must be weighing at least 5 kg at the time of enrollment.
  3. Performance Status: Karnofsky performance status ≥50% for participants ≥16 years of age or Lansky Play Scale ≥50% for participants <16 years of age.
  4. Have recovered to less than Grade 2 National Cancer Institute common terminology criteria for adverse events (NCI CTCAE) Version 5.0, or to baseline, from any nonhematologic toxicities (except alopecia) due to previous therapy.
  5. Participants must meet the following criteria related to prior therapies:
    • Cytoreduction with hydroxyurea: Hydroxyurea can be initiated and continued for up to 24 hours before the start of protocol therapy.
    • Participants who relapsed while receiving cytotoxic therapy: At least 14 days must have passed since the completion of the last dose of chemotherapy before the first dose of ponatinib can be given except for the following: intrathecal (IT) chemotherapy and/or maintenance therapy such as vincristine, mercaptopurine, methotrexate, or glucocorticoids. There is no waiting period for those relapsing on maintenance-like therapy.
    • HSCT: Participants who have experienced relapse after a HSCT are eligible, provided they have no evidence of acute or chronic graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), are not receiving GVHD prophylaxis or treatment, and are at least 90 days posttransplant at the time of enrollment.
    • Hematopoietic growth factors: Before the first dose of ponatinib, at least 7 days must have passed since completion of therapy with granulocyte colony-stimulating factor or other growth factors, and at least 14 days must have passed since completion of therapy with pegfilgrastim.
    • Biologics and targeted therapies: Before the first dose of ponatinib, at least 7 days must have passed since the last dose of a biologic agent. For agents that have known AEs occurring beyond 7 days after administration, this period must be extended beyond the time during which AEs are known to occur. The duration of this interval must be discussed with the sponsor's medical monitor/designee.
    • Monoclonal antibodies: After the last dose of monoclonal antibody, at least 3 half-lives of the administered antibody must have passed before the first dose of ponatinib.
    • Immunotherapy: Before the first dose of ponatinib, at least 30 days must have passed after the completion of any type of immunotherapy (eg, tumor vaccines, chimeric antigen receptor T-cell [CAR-T-cell]).
    • Immunosuppressive therapy: Before the first dose of ponatinib, at least 14 days must have passed after the completion of immunosuppressive therapy (including regimens following stem cell transplant).
    • Radiotherapy: No washout period is necessary for radiation given to any extramedullary site other than central nervous system (CNS); ≥90 days must have passed if participant received prior total body irradiation or craniospinal or cranial radiotherapy.
    • Anthracyclines: Participants must have had a lifetime exposure of <400 milligrams per square meter (mg/m2) of doxorubicin equivalents of anthracyclines.
  6. a) Adequate renal function defined as: Estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) using the Schwartz formula, OR radioisotope glomerular filtration rate (GFR)≥70 mL/min/1.73 m2, OR a normal serum creatinine based on age and sex.

    b) Adequate liver function defined as: Direct bilirubin ≤1.5 times the upper limit of normal (ULN) for age AND ALT ≤5 times the ULN for age.

  7. No clinical, radiological or laboratory evidence of pancreatitis, including:
    1. Serum lipase must be <2 times the ULN, AND
    2. Serum amylase must be <2 times the ULN.
  8. Adequate cardiac function defined as shortening fraction ≥27% by echocardiogram (ECHO) OR left ventricular ejection fraction of ≥50% by ECHO or multigated acquisition scan (MUGA).
  9. Normal QT interval with Fridericia correction method (QTcF) on screening electrocardiogram (ECG), defined as QTcF of ≤450 milliseconds (ms).

You CAN'T join if...

  1. A history or current diagnosis of Burkitt leukemia/lymphoma or mature B-cell leukemia.
  2. A history or current diagnosis of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML).
  3. Diagnosis of ALL, MPAL, or Ph-like ALL with targetable kinase-activating lesions after treatment with cytotoxic therapy for another cancer.
  4. Diagnosis of another concurrent primary malignancy.
  5. Clinically significant cardiovascular disease, including but not limited to:
    1. Any history of myocardial infarction (MI) or unstable angina.
    2. History of or presence of heart block, and/or clinically significant ventricular or atrial arrhythmias.
    3. Uncontrolled hypertension, defined as persistent elevation of systolic and/or diastolic blood pressures to ≥95th percentile based on age, sex, and height percentiles despite appropriate antihypertensive management.
  6. Current systemic use of drug(s) that are known to have a risk of causing prolonged corrected QT interval (QTc) or torsades de pointes unless drug(s) can be changed to acceptable alternatives (ie, an alternate class of agents that do not affect the cardiac conduction system) or the participants can safely discontinue the drug(s).
  7. Uncontrolled hypertriglyceridemia (triglycerides ≥450 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL)).
  8. Current systemic use of any medications or herbal supplements that are known to be strong inhibitors or strong inducers of cytochrome P450 3A (CYP3A) within 7 days before the first dose of study drug.
  9. Previous treatment with ponatinib.

    10. Planned non-protocol chemotherapy, radiation therapy, another investigational agent,

    or immunotherapy while participant is on study treatment.

    11. Known gastrointestinal disease or gastrointestinal procedure that could interfere with

    the oral absorption of ponatinib.

    12. Participants with deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) fragility syndromes, such as Fanconi

    anemia and Bloom syndrome.

    13. Participants with Down syndrome. 14. Participants with uncontrolled systemic infection, or known laboratory and/or clinical

    evidence of active infection with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B, or hepatitis C.

    15. Participants with pre-existing significant CNS pathology, including history of severe

    brain injury, dementia, cerebellar disease, organic brain syndrome, psychosis, coordination/movement disorder, or autoimmune disease with CNS involvement, are not eligible.

    16. Participants with a history of cerebrovascular ischemia/hemorrhage with residual

    deficits are not eligible. (Participants with a history of cerebrovascular ischemia/hemorrhage remain eligible provided all neurologic deficits and causative factor(s) have resolved).

    17. Uncontrolled seizure disorder. (Participants with seizure disorders that do not

    require antiepileptic drugs or are well controlled with stable doses of antiepileptic drugs are eligible).

    18. History of severe coagulopathy or cardiovascular or peripheral vascular events. 19. Treatment with live attenuated vaccinations within 30 days prior to initiation of

    study treatment regimen.


  • UCSF Medical Comprehensive Cancer
    San Francisco California 94143-3010 United States
  • Rady Childrens Hospital San Diego - PIN
    San Diego California 92123 United States
  • Children's Hospital Los Angeles
    Los Angeles California 90027 United States

Lead Scientist at University of California Health

  • Benjamin Braun (ucsf)
    Associate Professor, Pediatrics, School of Medicine. Authored (or co-authored) 45 research publications


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