Responses to Tafasitamab/Lenalidomide in DLBCL Sustained at Three Years

Updated data from the pivotal L-MIND trial that were presented at the 2021 ASCO Annual Meeting continue to support the use of tafasitamab-cxix in patients with relapsed/refractory diffuse large B-cell lymphoma.

Tafasitamab-cxix (Monjuvi) plus lenalidomide (Revlimid) for the treatment of relapsed or refractory diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) was capable of inducing sustained responses, according to 3-year follow-up data from the phase 2 L-MIND study (NCT02399085) presented at the 2021 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting.1

As of the data cutoff on October 30, 2020, the best objective response rate (ORR) was 57.5% (95% CI, 45.9-68.5) at a median follow-up of at least 35 months. Overall, 40% of patients experienced a complete response (CR) and 17.5% had a partial response (PR).

Median duration of response (DOR) was 43.9 months (95% CI, 26.1-NR).

“The results of this long-term analysis of the L-MIND study demonstrate that tafasitamab plus lenalidomide followed by extended tafasitamab monotherapy provided durable responses in transplant-ineligible patients with relapsed or refractory DLBCL,” coauthor Johannes Düll, MD, of Germany’s University Hospital Wurzburg, said during a presentation of the data.

“These data suggest that this chemotherapy-free combination treatment may have the potential to achieve prolonged remission and survival benefit in this patient population, especially at first relapse.”

In the open-label, multinational, single-arm study, investigators assigned 81 patients with relapsed/refractory DLBCL to 12 mg/kg IV tafasitamab plus and 25 mg daily oral lenalidomide for up to 12 28-day cycles. Patients with stable disease or better then received the same dose of tafasitamab, an FC-modified humanized anti-CD19 monoclonal antibody, as monotherapy until disease progression.

Düll said that the best ORR was 67.5%, with a CR rate of 47.5% in patients who received 1 prior treatment. The ORR was 47.5% with a CR rate of 32.5% in patients who received 2 or more prior treatments.

The median progression-free survival (PFS) was 11.6 months and the overall survival (OS) of 33.5 months.

Düll noted that patients who had CR had better outcomes. The median DOR was not reached in this subgroup. Similarly, PFS (95% CI, 45.7-NR) and OS (95% CI, 45.7-NR) were not reached.

“Concerning safety, long-term follow-up in the L-MIND study shows that tafasitamab plus lenalidomide was tolerated with no unexpected toxicities or new safety signals,” Düll said. “Similar to the primary analysis, the most common treatment-emergent adverse events of grade 3 or higher severity during the extended follow-up phase were neutropenia, thrombocytopenia, and febrile neutropenia.”

Forty (49.4%) patients had grade ³3 treatment-emergent neutropenia. Fourteen (17.3%) had grade ³3 thrombocytopenia, while 10 (12.3%) had grade ³3 febrile neutropenia.

“The 3-year efficacy data, combined with the safety and tolerability profile of tafasitamab, further support a therapeutic option for patients with relapsed or refractory DLBCL who are ineligible for transplant—a traditionally difficult-to-treat population,” lead investigator Gilles Salles, MD, PhD, chief of the lymphoma service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, said in a news release.2

“I am encouraged to see the confirmed favorable outcome of patients in the L-MIND study, which suggest that this combination treatment regimen could potentially offer a paradigm shift and long-term disease control,” he added.

The FDA approved the tafasitamab/lenalidomide combination in July 2020 for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed/refractory DLBCL, including DLBCL arising from low-grade lymphoma, and who are not eligible for autologous stem cell transplant. The approval was based on previous data from L-MIND, which showed an ORR of 55%. The CR rate was 37% with a PR rate of 18%. The median DOR was 21.7 months.3

Findings from L-MIND later published in Lancet Oncology demonstrated even greater efficacy. At a median follow-up of 13.2 months, 60% (48/80; 95% CI, 48-71) of 80 patients who received the combination had an objective response with 34 (43%) CRs and 14 (18%) PRs.4


1. Düll J, Maddocks KJ, Gonzalez-Barca E, et al.Long-term analyses from L-MIND, a phase II study of tafasitamab (MOR208) combined with lenalidomide (LEN) in patients with relapsed or refractory diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (R/R DLBCL). J Clin Oncol. 2021,39(suppl 15):7513. doi:10.1200/JCO.2021.39.15_suppl.7513

2. Incyte and MorphoSys announce 3-year results from phase 2 L-MIND study of tafasitamab in combination with lenalidomide for the treatment of relapsed or refractory DLBCL. News release. Incyte. June 4, 2021. Accessed June 5, 2021.

3. FDA grants accelerated approval to tafasitamab-cxix for diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. FDA. Updated August 3, 2020. Accessed June 5, 2021.

4. Salles G, Duell J, González Barca E, et al. Tafasitamab plus lenalidomide in relapsed or refractory diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (L-MIND): a multicentre, prospective, single-arm, phase 2 study. Lancet Oncol. 2020 Jul;21(7):978-988. doi:10.1016/S1470-2045(20)30225-4