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Anti-PD-1 Monoclonal Antibody in Advanced, Trastuzumab-resistant, HER2-positive Breast Cancer (PANACEA)

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02129556
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : May 2, 2014
Last Update Posted : September 28, 2018
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
Breast International Group
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
International Breast Cancer Study Group

Brief Summary:
Panacea is a phase Ib/II trial evaluating the efficacy of MK-3475 and trastuzumab in patients with trastuzumab-resistant, HER2- positive metastatic breast cancers

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Metastatic Breast Cancer Drug: MK-3475 Phase 1 Phase 2

Detailed Description:

A significant amount of preclinical and correlative clinical data suggest that HER2-positive breast cancer could be amenable to immune¬therapeutic approaches. The presence of HER2-overexpression in breast cancers is associated with higher levels of proliferation, high histologic grade and higher levels of tumor infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) compared with HER2-negative tumors. The investigators therefore hypothesize that for HER2-positive tumors, avoidance of destruction by the host immune system must be an important mechanism contributing to tumor growth and progression.

The term "immune evasion" refers to the ability of the tumor to suppress and change host anti-tumor immune reactions. The programmed cell death 1 (PD-1) pathway represents a major immune control switch which may be engaged by tumor cells to overcome active T-cell immune surveillance. The ligands for PD-1 (PD-L1 and PD-L2) are constitutively expressed or can be induced in various tumors. High expression of PD-L1 on tumor cells (and to a lesser extent of PD-L2) has been found to correlate with poor prognosis and survival in various other solid tumor types. Furthermore, PD-1 has been suggested to regulate tumor-specific T-cell expansion in patients with malignant melanoma. These observations suggest that the PD-1/PD-L1 pathway plays a critical role in the tumor immune evasion and could be considered an attractive target for therapeutic intervention in several solid organ types.

MK-3475 (previously known as SCH 900475) is a potent and highly-selective humanized mAb of the IgG4/kappa isotype designed to directly block the interaction between PD-1 and its ligands, PD-L1 and PD-L2. MK-3475 strongly enhances T lymphocyte immune responses in cultured blood cells from healthy human donors, cancer patients, and primatesMK-3475 also modulates the level of interleukin-2 (IL-2), tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFα), interferon gamma (IFNγ), and other cytokines.

The investigators therefore propose to evaluate if the addition of an immunotherapy can reverse trastuzumab resistance and improve clinical outcomes in HER2-positive disease. In this study the investigators will determine if a monoclonal antibody targeted against PD-1, a T cell negative regulator, can reverse trastuzumab resistance in patients previously progressing on trastuzumab.


Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 58 participants
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase Ib/II Trial Evaluating the Efficacy of MK-3475 and Trastuzumab in Patients With Trastuzumab-resistant, HER2-positive Metastatic Breast Cancers
Study Start Date : December 2014
Actual Primary Completion Date : August 4, 2017
Actual Study Completion Date : August 4, 2017

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MedlinePlus related topics: Breast Cancer

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: MK-3475 with trastuzumab (single arm)

Phase Ib: MK-3475 at dose of 2 mg/kg or 10 mg/kg (i.v.), or a fall-back dose of 1 mg/kg, together with trastuzumab 6mg/kg by (i.v.) once every 3 weeks.

Phase II: MK-3475 at a flat dose of 200mg (i.v.) together with trastuzumab 6mg/kg (i.v.) once every 3 weeks until progression, lack of tolerability, or 24 months of treatment.

A dose of 8mg/kg trastuzumab will be used in cycle 1 if prior treatment with trastuzumab was stopped more than 3 months before.

Drug: MK-3475
The phase Ib trial will determine the recommended dose from three MK-3475 dose levels: 1mg/kg, 2 mg/kg or 10 mg/kg.
Other Name: Pembrolizumab




Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Phase Ib: Recommended dose of MK-3475 in combination with trastuzumab [ Time Frame: Within the first 21 days ]
    Determination of dose-limiting toxicity (DLT) which is defined as an adverse event or abnormal laboratory value assessed as suspected to be trial treatment related (possible, probable or definite) and unrelated to disease or disease progression. Toxicities and lab values will be graded according to the NCI CTCAE (v4.0).

  2. Phase II: Response to MK-3475 combined with trastuzumab [ Time Frame: Clinical and radiological tumor assessment will be performed by CT scan or MRI at progression or 24 weeks after stop of treatment, whichever occurs first. ]
    At the time of each restaging, patients will be classified as achieving complete Response (CR), partial response (PR), stable disease (SD), progressive disease (PD), or non-evaluable for response according to RECIST (Version 1.1) criteria.


Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Incidence of Treatment-Emergent Adverse Events [ Time Frame: Adverse events are reported from the date of first dose of trial treatment until 90 days following treatment completion which occur after a maximum of 24 months. ]
    The incidence of events that are new or worsening will be summarized according to system organ class and/or preferred term, severity (based on CTCAE V4.0 grade), type of adverse event, and relation to study treatment.

  2. Disease control (DC) [ Time Frame: From the start of trial treatment until confirmed CR, PR, or SD lasting for 24 weeks or longer ]
    Disease control (DC) defined as best overall response of confirmed CR, PR, or SD lasting for 24 weeks or longer.

  3. Duration of Response (DoR) [ Time Frame: From date of first documentation of objective response until first documentation of progressive disease, up to 24 weeks after stop of treatment (=30 months) ]
    Duration of response (DoR) is defined among patients with objective response (confirmed CR or PR as best overall response) as the interval between dates of first documentation of objective response and first documentation of progressive disease. In the absence of documented progressive disease, follow-up will be censored at date of last disease assessment.

  4. Time to Progression (TTP) [ Time Frame: From the first trial treatment until first documentation of progressive disease up to 24 weeks after stop of treatment (=30 months) ]
    Time to progression (TTP) defined as the interval between the dates of the start of trial treatment and first documentation of progressive disease. In the absence of documented progressive disease, follow-up will be censored at date of last disease assessment

  5. Progression-free survival (PFS) [ Time Frame: From the date of first treatment dose until documented disease progression or death from any cause. whichever occur first, assessed up to 30 months ]
    For patients without progression, follow-up will be censored at the date of last disease assessment without progression, unless death occurs within 12 weeks following the date last known progression-free, in which case the death will be counted as a PFS event. Patients who discontinue or initiate non-protocol treatment prior to documented disease progression will be followed for disease progression

  6. Overall survival (OS) [ Time Frame: Time from start of trial treatment to death from any cause, assessed up to 30 months ]
    For patients who are lost to follow-up or who have no documentation of death at the time of final analysis, follow-up will be censored at the date of last assessment of vital status.

  7. Response to the drug combination in PD-L1 negative pts [ Time Frame: Clinical and radiological tumor assessment will be performed by CT scan or MRI at progression or 24 weeks after stop of treatment, whichever occurs first. ]
    At the time of each restaging, patients will be classified as achieving complete Response (CR), partial response (PR), stable disease (SD), progressive disease (PD), or non-evaluable for response according to RECIST (Version 1.1) criteria.



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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion criteria for screening:

  • Female gender
  • Age ≥ 18 years
  • Histologically confirmed breast adenocarcinoma that is unresectable loco-regional, or metastatic.
  • Locally confirmed HER2-positivity (immunohistochemistry score 3+) or ERBB2-amplification (Ratio ERBB2/centromeres ≥2.0 or mean gene copy number ≥ 6) of primary tumor or of biopsy from metastatic or unresectable loco-regional lesion.
  • Trastuzumab resistant disease, defined by:

    • progression of disease while on-treatment with trastuzumab
    • recurrence while on adjuvant trastuzumab or within 12 months of completing adjuvant trastuzumab
    • Any number of prior lines of anti-HER2 therapy acceptable. Patients for whom the treatment with the current first-line combination of trastuzumab, pertuzumab and taxanes is not an option can be considered for enrollment
  • If a patient has received a subsequent anti-HER2 therapy, she must also have progressed on the subsequent therapy.
  • Presence of at least one measurable lesion (RECIST 1.1)
  • LVEF ≥50%
  • Patient agrees to submit an FFPE tumor biopsy for central confirmation of HER2 positivity and central assessment of PD-L1 status.
  • Written Informed Consent (IC) for screening procedures and trial participation must be signed and dated by the patient and the Investigator prior to screening.
  • Written consent to biological material submission, indicating the patient has been informed of and agrees to tissue and blood material use, transfer and handling, must be signed and dated by the patient and the investigator prior to any procedures specific for this trial, including consent to translational research on FFPE and fresh frozen tumor biopsies in case the patient is enrolled into the trial.
  • The patient has been informed of and agrees to data transfer and handling, in accordance with national data protection guidelines.
  • Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) Performance Status 0-1
  • Life expectancy >3 months.
  • Hematopoietic status:

    • Absolute neutrophil count ≥ 1.5 × 109/L,
    • Platelet count ≥ 100 × 109/L,
    • Hemoglobin ≥ 9 g/dL
  • Hepatic status:

    • Serum total bilirubin ≤ 1.5 × upper limit of normal (ULN). In the case of known Gilbert's syndrome, a higher serum total bilirubin (< 2 × ULN) is allowed.
    • AST and ALT ≤ 2.5 × ULN; if the patient has liver metastases, ALT and AST must be ≤ 5 × ULN.
  • Renal status:

    • Creatinine ≤ 1.5 ×ULN or creatinine clearance > 60 ml/min
    • Proteinuria <1 g/day
  • International Normalized Ratio (INR) or Prothrombin Time (PT) ≤1.5 × ULN unless patient is receiving anticoagulant therapy as long as PT or PTT (partial thromboplastin time) is within therapeutic range of intended use of anticoagulant.

Inclusion criteria for enrollment:

All inclusion criteria for screening, plus:

  • Central lab confirmation on a metastatic biopsy (or biopsy from unresectable loco-regional disease) of:

    • HER2-positivity (immunohistochemistry score 3+) or ERBB2- amplification (Ratio ERBB2/centromeres ≥2.0 or mean gene copy number ≥ 6),
    • Presence of PD-L1 expression assessed by IHC (during the phase II portion of the trial a parallel, secondary cohort of 15 patients with PD-L1 negative disease will be enrolled)
  • Patient agrees to submit tumor tissue for translational research:

    • tissue biopsy from unresectable loco-regional or metastatic disease obtained ≤1 year prior to enrollment or new tissue material from a recently obtained surgical or diagnostic biopsy. For patients who have presented with stage 4 disease de novo, a biopsy taken from the presumed primary breast lesion is acceptable (provided this was taken ≤1 year prior to enrollment).
    • if available: FFPE tumor block from primary surgery or diagnostic biopsy.
    • if available: pre-treatment fresh frozen tumor biopsy.
    • if feasible: FFPE tumor block from post-treatment biopsy will be taken at time of disease progression or end of all treatment if ended prior to progression. This re-biopsy is strongly advised.
    • if feasible: fresh frozen tumor biopsy from post-treatment biopsy will be taken at time of disease progression or end of all treatment if ended prior to progression.
  • Patient agrees to submit baseline (pre-treatment) blood and serial plasma for translational research
  • For patient of childbearing potential, negative serum pregnancy test. Pregnancy test has to be repeated within 72h before treatment start.
  • All anti-cancer treatment including endocrine therapy, with the exception of trastuzumab, must stop 3 weeks prior to first dose of trial treatment.

Exclusion criteria for screening:

  • Prior therapy with other anti-PD-1, anti- PD-L1, L2 or anti-CTLA4 therapy.
  • No FFPE material to centrally assess HER2-positivity and PD-L1 expression.
  • Known Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) (HIV 1/2 antibodies), or positive for Hepatitis B (HBsAg reactive) or Hepatitis C (HCV RNA [qualitative]).
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • History of or active pneumonitis requiring treatment with steroids
  • Active central nervous system metastases, as indicated by clinical symptoms, cerebral edema, and/or progressive growth (patients with history of CNS metastases or spinal cord compression are eligible if they are clinically and radiologically stable for at least 4 weeks before first dose of investigational product and have not required high-dose steroid treatment in the last 4 weeks).
  • Leptomeningeal disease
  • History of clinically significant or uncontrolled cardiac disease, including congestive heart failure (New York Heart Association functional classification ≥3), angina, myocardial infarction or ventricular arrhythmia.
  • Previous severe hypersensitivity reaction to treatment with another monoclonal antibody.
  • Active infection requiring systemic therapy.
  • Chronic systemic therapy with immunosuppressive agents including cortico¬steroids.
  • Concurrent disease or condition that would make the patient inappropriate for trial participation or any serious medical disorder that would interfere with the patient's safety.
  • Known history of uncontrolled hypertension (≥ 180/110), unstable diabetes mellitus, dyspnea at rest, or chronic therapy with oxygen.
  • Dementia, altered mental status, or any psychiatric condition that would prevent the understanding or rendering of Informed Consent.
  • Treatment with an investigational agent in the 4 weeks before enrollment.
  • Active autoimmune disease or a documented history of autoimmune disease, or a syndrome that requires systemic steroids or immunosuppressive agents. Patients with vitiligo or resolved childhood asthma/atopy would be an exception to this rule. Patients that require intermittent use of bronchodilators or local steroid injections would not be excluded from the trial. Patients with hypothyroidism stable on hormone replacement or Sjögren's syndrome will not be excluded from the trial.
  • Chemotherapy, radioactive therapy, and/or biological cancer therapy within 3 weeks prior to the first trial dose and has not recovered to CTCAE v.4 grade 1 or better from adverse events.
  • Pregnant or lactating women; lactation has to stop before enrollment.
  • The patient of childbearing potential who is unwilling to use highly effective contraception during treatment and up to 7 months after stop of trial treatment. Acceptable methods are intrauterine devices (without hormones), bilateral tubal occlusion, vasectomized partner or total abstinence. Oral, injectable, or implant hormonal contraceptives are not allowed.
  • Unresolved or unstable, serious adverse events from prior administration of another investigational drug.
  • Active or uncontrolled infection CTCAE v.4 grade 2 or higher.
  • Live vaccines within 30 days prior to the first dose of trial therapy and during trial treatment.

Exclusion criteria for enrollment:

  • All exclusion criteria for screening apply for enrollment as well. Excluded are especially patients who have received any of the treatments below:
  • Live vaccines within 30 days prior to the first dose of trial therapy and during trial treatment.
  • History of CNS metastases or spinal cord compression if they have not been clinically stable for at least 4 weeks before first dose of investigational product and require high-dose steroid treatment.
  • Treatment with an investigational agent in the 4 weeks before enrollment.
  • Patient has not recovered to CTCAE v.4 grade 1 or better from adverse events of prior therapy, except alopecia grade 2.
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) (HIV 1/2 antibodies), or positive for Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C.

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Locations
Australia
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
East Melbourne, Australia
Westmead Hospital
Westmead, Australia
Austria
Medical University of Vienna
Vienna, Austria, 1090
Belgium
Jules Bordet Institute
Brussels, Belgium, 1000
CHU Sart Tilman
Liège, Belgium, 4000
France
Institut de Cacérologie de l`OUEST
Angers, France
Institut Bergonie
Bordeaux, France
Centre Leon Berard
Lyon, France, 69008
Institut Gustave Roussy
Villejuif, France, 94805
Italy
Istituto Europeo di Oncologia
Milan, Italy, 435
Azienda USL4 Prato
Prato, Italy, 59100
Sponsors and Collaborators
International Breast Cancer Study Group
Breast International Group
Investigators
Study Chair: Sherene Loi, MD Department of Medical Oncology,Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre,East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Study Chair: Fabrice André, Prof. Department of Medical Oncology Institut Gustave Roussy,Villejuif,France
  Study Documents (Full-Text)

Documents provided by International Breast Cancer Study Group:
Study Protocol  [PDF] April 14, 2014
Statistical Analysis Plan  [PDF] August 11, 2015


Publications:

Responsible Party: International Breast Cancer Study Group
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02129556     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: IBCSG 45-13 / BIG 4-13
2013-004770-10 ( EudraCT Number )
First Posted: May 2, 2014    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: September 28, 2018
Last Verified: September 2018

Keywords provided by International Breast Cancer Study Group:
Metastatic
Breast
trastuzumab-resistant
PD-L1 expressing
HER2-positive

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Breast Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Neoplasms
Breast Diseases
Skin Diseases
Pembrolizumab
Trastuzumab
Antineoplastic Agents