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Checkpoint Inhibitor

Rituximab + Hyaluronidase with Immunotherapy for Melanoma

Phase 2
Led By Kavita Dhodapkar, MD
Research Sponsored by Emory University
Eligibility Criteria Checklist
Specific guidelines that determine who can or cannot participate in a clinical trial
Must have
Aspartate aminotransferase (AST) and alanine aminotransferase (ALT) ≤ 3 x ULN (≤ 5 x ULN for patients with documented liver metastases)
Prior adjuvant ipilimumab, nivolumab, or pembrolizumab as single agent is allowed if greater than 1 year since last treatment and patient had no grade 3 or 4 toxicities from the checkpoint inhibitors
Screening 3 weeks
Treatment Varies
Follow Up at 12 weeks and every 12 weeks thereafter up to 1 year
Awards & highlights

Study Summary

This trial looks at whether a two-drug combo can prevent harmful immune reactions in people with advanced melanoma who are also receiving other immunotherapy treatments.

Who is the study for?
This trial is for adults with advanced melanoma that can't be surgically removed, who are about to start treatment with nivolumab and ipilimumab. They must have certain blood test levels within normal ranges and no severe side effects from previous similar treatments. Excluded are those with inflammatory bowel disease, active CNS metastases, hepatitis B or C, HIV, autoimmune disorders like lupus or type I diabetes, or on corticosteroids.Check my eligibility
What is being tested?
The study is testing if Rituxan Hycela (rituximab and hyaluronidase human) can prevent serious immune-related side effects in patients receiving standard care therapy with nivolumab and ipilimumab for unresectable stage III-IV melanoma.See study design
What are the potential side effects?
Possible side effects include allergic reactions to rituximab or its components, potential worsening of infections due to immune system suppression by the drugs being tested. The exact side effect profile will be monitored closely during the trial.

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria

You may be eligible if you check “Yes” for the criteria below
My liver function tests are within the required range.
I had ipilimumab, nivolumab, or pembrolizumab over a year ago without severe side effects.
I have been treated with interferon in the past.
I am eligible for standard melanoma treatment with ipilimumab and nivolumab.
I haven't had immune checkpoint inhibitor therapy in the last year.
My kidney function, measured by creatinine levels, is within the normal range.


Screening ~ 3 weeks
Treatment ~ Varies
Follow Up ~at 12 weeks and every 12 weeks thereafter up to 1 year
This trial's timeline: 3 weeks for screening, Varies for treatment, and at 12 weeks and every 12 weeks thereafter up to 1 year for reporting.

Treatment Details

Study Objectives

Outcome measures can provide a clearer picture of what you can expect from a treatment.
Primary outcome measures
Rate of Common Terminology Criteria (CTC) (version [v]5.0) grade 3 or greater immune-related adverse events
Secondary outcome measures
Objective tumor response
Rate of CTC (v5.0) toxicity related to rituximab and hyaluronidase human
Rate of overall survival
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Trial Design

2Treatment groups
Experimental Treatment
Active Control
Group I: Arm B (rituximab, hyaluronidase human)Experimental Treatment3 Interventions
This includes induction with 4 cycles of ipilimumab and nivolumab X 4 cycles followed by continuation with nivolumab alone every month for 1 year as in standard of care arm. Each induction cycle is 21 days and includes ipilimumab on day 1 plus nivolumab on day 1. In addition, patients will receive 4 weekly doses of Rituxan (first dose intravenously and then 3 weekly doses subcutaneously). First dose of Rituxan will be administered one week following the start of cycle 1 of ipilimumab and nivolumab. All treatments will have a +/-3 business day window for administration.
Group II: Arm A (standard of care)Active Control2 Interventions
This is standard of care arm: induction with 4 cycles (21 days each) of Ipilimumab and nivolumab followed by continuation with nivolumab alone every month X1 year (13 doses).
First Studied
Drug Approval Stage
How many patients have taken this drug
Completed Phase 3
Completed Phase 3

Find a Location

Who is running the clinical trial?

Emory UniversityLead Sponsor
1,635 Previous Clinical Trials
2,560,120 Total Patients Enrolled
7 Trials studying Melanoma
142 Patients Enrolled for Melanoma
Genentech, Inc.Industry Sponsor
1,538 Previous Clinical Trials
567,709 Total Patients Enrolled
34 Trials studying Melanoma
1,672 Patients Enrolled for Melanoma
Kavita Dhodapkar, MDPrincipal Investigator - Emory University
Emory University

Media Library

Ipilimumab (Checkpoint Inhibitor) Clinical Trial Eligibility Overview. Trial Name: NCT03719131 — Phase 2
Melanoma Research Study Groups: Arm A (standard of care), Arm B (rituximab, hyaluronidase human)
Melanoma Clinical Trial 2023: Ipilimumab Highlights & Side Effects. Trial Name: NCT03719131 — Phase 2
Ipilimumab (Checkpoint Inhibitor) 2023 Treatment Timeline for Medical Study. Trial Name: NCT03719131 — Phase 2

Frequently Asked Questions

These questions and answers are submitted by anonymous patients, and have not been verified by our internal team.

What maladies has Rituximab and Hyaluronidase Human been shown to ameliorate?

"Rituximab and Hyaluronidase Human can be used as treatments for b-cell lymphomas, polyangium, and malignant neoplasms."

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Are people with the qualifying condition able to participate in this research project at this time?

"This trial, which was originally posted on June 5th, 2019 and last updated on June 27th, 2022, is currently looking for participants."

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Are Rituximab and Hyaluronidase Human commonly used in other medical studies?

"Currently, 1232 clinical trials are ongoing which investigate Rituximab and Hyaluronidase Human. Of these studies, 188 are in Phase 3. Wuhan is running out of locations for these types of study however Other has 59793 active sites."

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How many people are the most that can be a part of this research project?

"That is correct, the online information about this clinical trial reveals that it is still recruiting patients. The study was first posted on June 5th, 2019 and has been updated as recently as June 27th, 2022. The aim is to recruit 44 patients from a single location."

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What are the short-term risks associated with taking Rituximab and Hyaluronidase Human?

"There is early clinical data suggesting that Rituximab and Hyaluronidase Human are safe, but no studies have been done to confirm efficacy. Therefore, it received a score of 2."

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~8 spots leftby Apr 2025