Ipilimumab and Imatinib Mesylate in Advanced Cancer

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified February 2016 by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First received: November 28, 2012
Last updated: February 10, 2016
Last verified: February 2016

The goal of this clinical research study is to find the highest tolerable dose of the combination of ipilimumab and imatinib that can be given to patients with advanced cancer. The safety of this drug combination will also be studied.

Ipilimumab is designed to increase the immune system's ability to fight cancer.

Imatinib is designed to bind to certain proteins on the tumor cells, which may prevent the cells from growing.

Condition Intervention Phase
Advanced Cancers
Drug: Ipilimumab
Drug: Imatinib Mesylate
Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase I Trial of Ipilimumab (Immunotherapy) and Imatinib Mesylate (c-Kit Inhibitor) in Patients With Advanced Malignancies

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Maximum Tolerated Dose (MTD) of Ipilimumab and Imatinib Mesylate [ Time Frame: 56 days ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
    Maximum tolerated dose (MTD) defined as highest dose level with less than 2 patients with dose limiting toxicity (DLT) out of at least six patients in the cohort.

Estimated Enrollment: 96
Study Start Date: February 2013
Estimated Primary Completion Date: February 2018 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Ipilimumab + Imatinib Mesylate
The dose escalation portion of this study will consist of an initial daily oral administration of imatinib mesylate 400 mg alone for 14 days. A single Ipilimumab treatment 1 mg/kg given on day 15 will be added to daily imatinib mesylate therapy. Dose escalation group first study cycle is 35 days. Each cycle after that is 21 days. This study has an expansion cohort using the MTD determined by the dose escalation study to treat patients with KITconfirmed GIST, melanoma, and uncategorized solid tumors. Both studies will consist of a screening visit and continuous 21-day treatment cycles. Cycles will be repeated every 21 days for 4 cycles until disease progression or development of intolerable toxicities, and a post-treatment visit.
Drug: Ipilimumab

Dose Escalation Group Starting Dose: 1 mg/kg by vein on day 15. The first study cycle is 35 days. Each cycle after that is 21 days.

Dose Expansion Group Starting Dose: MTD from Dose Escalation Group.

Other Names:
  • Yervoy
  • BMS-734016
  • MDX010
Drug: Imatinib Mesylate

Dose Escalation Group Starting Dose: 400 mg by mouth once per day for 35 days. The first study cycle is 35 days. Each cycle after that is 21 days.

Dose Expansion Group Starting Dose: MTD from Dose Escalation Group.

Other Names:
  • Imatinib
  • Gleevec
  • STI 571
  • NSC-716051

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Ages Eligible for Study:   15 Years and older   (Child, Adult, Senior)
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. For dose escalation study, patients must have histological confirmation of solid tumors that is metastatic or unresectable. For expansion cohorts, patients must have metastatic or unresectable GIST, melanoma, or uncategorized tumors with tumor biopsies that are positive for c-KIT mutations by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or immunohistochemistry (IHC). For patients enrolled in the melanoma expansion cohort, only select KIT mutations will be eligible. Patients with mutations in exon 13 V654X, 14 T6701, 17 D816X and all exon 18 mutations will not be eligible for enrollment.
  2. Patients who have completed previous therapies 4-weeks prior to (or within 5 drug half lives) enrollment on study. Radiation therapy wash out period will be 2 weeks. This includes an exception of patients with metastatic GIST tumors who are taking maintenance imatinib mesylate therapy. These patients are allowed to remain on imatinib mesylate therapy up to enrollment in this study.
  3. Age > or = 15 years
  4. ECOG performance status < 2 (Karnofsky > 60%).
  5. Patients must have normal organ and marrow function as defined below: leukocytes > 3,000/mcL; absolute neutrophil count >1,500/mcL; platelets > 100,000/mcL, total bilirubin < or = 2.0 mg/dL. (Does NOT apply to patients with Gilbert's Syndrome); AST(SGOT)/ALT(SGPT) < 2.5 X institutional upper limit of normal (patients with liver involvement will be allowed < or = 5.0 X institutional upper normal limit) serum creatinine < 2.0 mg/dL
  6. Patients MUST have recovered from all treatment related toxicities to Grade 1 NCI CTCAE (v 4.0) in severity
  7. Patients must be willing and able to review, understand, and provide written consent before starting therapy
  8. Patients with histologically proven intracranial glioblastoma, gliosarcoma or anaplastic astrocytoma will be eligible. Patients must have shown unequivocal radiographic evidence for tumor progression by MRI scan. A scan should be performed within 14 days prior to registration and on a steroid dose that has been stable for at least 5 days. If the steroid dose is increased between the date of imaging and registration, a new baseline MRI is required.
  9. Patients in the expansion cohort must also agree to participate in the immunotherapy platform protocol (PA13-0291).
  10. Patients must be willing to stay within 2 hours drive of MD Anderson Cancer Center whilst receiving Ipilimumab therapy. Patient must also agree to present to MD Anderson emergency center while on Ipilimumab therapy.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Autoimmune disease: Patients with a history of inflammatory bowel disease (including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis) and autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, systemic progressive sclerosis [scleroderma], Systemic Lupus Erythematosus or autoimmune vasculitis [e.g., Wegener's Granulomatosis] are excluded from this study.
  2. History of acute diverticulitis, intra-abdominal abscess, GI obstruction, abdominal carcinomatosis or other known risk factors for bowel perforation.
  3. Any underlying medical or psychiatric condition, which in the opinion of the Investigator, will make the administration of study drug hazardous or obscure the interpretation of Adverse Events (AEs): e.g. a condition associated with frequent diarrhea or chronic skin conditions, recent surgery or colonic biopsy from which the patient has not recovered, or partial endocrine organ deficiencies.
  4. Uncontrolled intercurrent illness including, but not limited to, ongoing or active infection, history of congestive heart failure, unstable angina pectoris, cardiac arrhythmia, or psychiatric illness/social situations that would limit compliance with study requirements.
  5. Known HIV, Hepatitis B, or Hepatitis C.
  6. Any non-oncology live vaccine therapy used for prevention of infectious diseases (for up to one month prior to or after any dose of ipilimumab).
  7. Concomitant therapy with any of the following: IL-2, interferon or other non-study immunotherapy regimens; cytotoxic chemotherapy; immunosuppressive agents; other investigational therapies; or chronic use of systemic corticosteroids (when used in the management of cancers other than intracranial glioblastoma, gliosarcoma or anaplastic astrocytoma, or when used to treat non-cancer-related illnesses).
  8. Patients who do not agree to practice appropriate birth control methods while on therapy.
  9. Pregnant women are excluded from this study. Women of child-bearing potential and men must agree to use contraception prior to study entry and for the duration of study participation. Should a woman become pregnant or suspect she is pregnant while participating in this study, she should inform her treating physician.
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01738139

Contact: David S. Hong, MD 713-563-1930

United States, Texas
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Recruiting
Houston, Texas, United States, 77030
Sponsors and Collaborators
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Principal Investigator: David S. Hong, MD M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
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Additional Information:
Responsible Party: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01738139     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2012-0784  NCI-2013-00030 
Study First Received: November 28, 2012
Last Updated: February 10, 2016
Health Authority: United States: Food and Drug Administration

Keywords provided by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center:
Advanced Cancers
Advanced Malignancies
Imatinib Mesylate
STI 571

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Imatinib Mesylate
Antibodies, Monoclonal
Antineoplastic Agents
Protein Kinase Inhibitors
Enzyme Inhibitors
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on July 26, 2016