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A Phase 2 Study of Pembrolizumab (MK-3475) in Combination With Azacitidine in Subjects With Chemo-refractory Metastatic Colorectal Cancer

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02260440
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : October 9, 2014
Results First Posted : May 16, 2017
Last Update Posted : September 17, 2019
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
Merck Sharp & Dohme LLC
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Anuradha Krishnamurthy, University of Pittsburgh

Brief Summary:

This is an open label, single-arm, Phase 2 trial to evaluate the anti-tumor activity, safety, and tolerability of Pembrolizumab in combination with azacitidine in subjects with chemo-refractory mCRC without any further standard treatment options

Dosage and regimen for all study periods

  • Pembrolizumab will be given at 200 mg every 21 days.
  • Azacitidine will be given at 100 mg daily subcutaneous injection on days 1-5 every 21 days.

The first assessment of tumor response will be performed after cycle 3 (9 weeks), and thereafter approximately every 9 weeks, every 3 cycles of therapy. The modified RECIST 1.1 will be used to establish disease response or progression.

All patients will be evaluated and graded for adverse events according to the NCI Common Terminology for Adverse Events, version 4.0 (NCI-CTCAE).


Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Drug: Pembrolizumab Drug: Azacitidine Phase 2

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 31 participants
Allocation: N/A
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase 2 Study of Pembrolizumab (MK-3475) in Combination With Azacitidine in Subjects With Chemo-refractory Metastatic Colorectal Cancer
Study Start Date : January 2015
Actual Primary Completion Date : March 2016
Actual Study Completion Date : September 2017

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Pembrolizumab and Azacitidine Arm

9 cycles

  • Pembrolizumab will be given at 200 mg every 21 days.
  • Azacitidine will be given at 100 mg daily subcutaneous injection on days 1-5 every 21 days.
Drug: Pembrolizumab
Pembrolizumab will be given at 200 mg every 21 days

Drug: Azacitidine
Azacitidine will be given at 100 mg daily subcutaneous injection on days 1-5 every 21 days.




Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Objective Response Rate (ORR) [ Time Frame: Up to 14 months ]
    The objective response rate is estimated by the proportion (percentage) of participants with the best response of complete response (CR), or partial response (PR) by RECIST 1.1 criteria, with corresponding exact 95% confidence limits being reported. Response Evaluation Criteria In Solid Tumors Criteria (RECIST v1.1) for target lesions and assessed by MRI: Complete Response (CR), Disappearance of all target lesions; Partial Response (PR), >=30% decrease in the sum of the longest diameter of target lesions; Overall Response (OR) = CR + PR.


Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Progression-free Survival (PFS) [ Time Frame: Up to 2 years ]
    Progression-free Survival (PFS) (median) was determined using the number of months measured from the initial date of treatment to the date of documented progression, or the date of death (in the absence of progression) of participants. Progression is defined using Response Evaluation Criteria In Solid Tumors Criteria (RECIST v1.1), as a 20% increase in the sum of the longest diameter of target lesions, or a measurable increase in a non-target lesion, or the appearance of new lesions.

  2. Overall Survival (OS) [ Time Frame: Up to 2 years ]
    Overall Survival (OS) (median) was determined using the number of months measured from the initial date of treatment to the recorded date of death of participants.



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

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Be willing and able to provide written informed consent/assent for the trial.
  2. Be 18 years of age or older on day of signing informed consent.
  3. The diagnosis of mCRC will be based on histologic or cytologic confirmation.
  4. Have mCRC that has been previously treated with currently approved standard therapies.
  5. Have measurable disease based on RECIST 1.1.
  6. At least 1 of the tumor sites must be amenable to core needle biopsy and this may not be the site of disease used to measure antitumor response. Patient must agree to this mandatory biopsy.
  7. Have a performance status of 0 or 1 on the ECOG Performance Scale.
  8. Demonstrate adequate organ function, all screening labs should be performed within 14 days of treatment initiation.
  9. Female subject of childbearing potential should have a negative urine or serum pregnancy within 72 hours prior to receiving the first dose of study medication. If the urine test is positive or cannot be confirmed as negative, a serum pregnancy test will be required.
  10. Female subjects of childbearing potential should be willing to use 2 methods of birth control or be surgically sterile, or abstain from heterosexual activity for the course of the study through 120 days after the last dose of study medication. Subjects of childbearing potential are those who have not been surgically sterilized or have not been free from menses for > 1 year.
  11. Male subjects should agree to use an adequate method of contraception starting with the first dose of study therapy through 120 days after the last dose of study therapy.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Is currently participating in or has participated in a study of an investigational agent or using an investigational device within 4 weeks of the first dose of treatment.
  2. Has a diagnosis of immunodeficiency or is receiving systemic steroid therapy or any other form of immunosuppressive therapy within 7 days prior to the first dose of trial treatment.
  3. Has had a prior monoclonal antibody within 4 weeks prior to study Day 1 or who has not recovered (i.e., ≤ Grade 1 or at baseline) from adverse events due to agents administered more than 4 weeks earlier.
  4. Has had prior chemotherapy, targeted small molecule therapy, or radiation therapy within 4 weeks prior to study Day 1 or who has not recovered (i.e., ≤ Grade 1 or at baseline) from adverse events due to a previously administered agent.

    - Note: Subjects with ≤ Grade 2 neuropathy are an exception to this criterion and may qualify for the study.

  5. Has a known additional malignancy that is progressing or requires active treatment. Exceptions include basal cell carcinoma of the skin, squamous cell carcinoma of the skin, or in situ cervical cancer that has undergone potentially curative therapy..
  6. Has extensive metastatic tumor burden in the liver with serum albumin <3.0 g/dL.
  7. Has known renal tubular acidosis with serum bicarbonate <20 mEq/L.
  8. Has a known hypersensitivity to azacitidine or mannitol.
  9. Has known active central nervous system (CNS) metastases and/or carcinomatous meningitis. Subjects with previously treated brain metastases may participate provided they are stable (without evidence of progression by imaging for at least four weeks prior to the first dose of trial treatment and any neurologic symptoms have returned to baseline), have no evidence of new or enlarging brain metastases, and are not using steroids for at least 7 days prior to trial treatment.
  10. Has an active autoimmune disease requiring systemic treatment within the past 3 months or a documented history of clinically severe autoimmune disease, or a syndrome that requires systemic steroids or immunosuppressive agents. Subjects with vitiligo or resolved childhood asthma/atopy would be an exception to this rule. Subjects that require intermittent use of bronchodilators or local steroid injections would not be excluded from the study. Subjects with hypothyroidism stable on hormone replacement or Sjorgen's syndrome will not be excluded from the study.
  11. Has evidence of interstitial lung disease or active, non-infectious pneumonitis.
  12. Has an active infection requiring systemic therapy.
  13. Has a history or current evidence of any condition, therapy, or laboratory abnormality that might confound the results of the trial, interfere with the subject's participation for the full duration of the trial, or is not in the best interest of the subject to participate, in the opinion of the treating investigator.
  14. Has known psychiatric or substance abuse disorders that would interfere with cooperation with the requirements of the trial.
  15. Is pregnant or breastfeeding, or expecting to conceive or father children within the projected duration of the trial, starting with the pre-screening or screening visit through 120 days after the last dose of trial treatment.
  16. Has received prior therapy with an anti-PD-1, anti-PD-L1, anti-PD-L2, anti-CD137, or anti-Cytotoxic T-lymphocyte-associated antigen-4 (CTLA-4) antibody (including ipilimumab or any other antibody or drug specifically targeting T-cell co-stimulation or checkpoint pathways).
  17. Has a known history of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) (HIV 1/2 antibodies).
  18. Has known active Hepatitis B (e.g., HBsAg reactive) or Hepatitis C (e.g., HCV RNA [qualitative] is detected).

Has received a live vaccine within 30 days prior to the first dose of trial treatment.


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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT02260440


Locations
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United States, Pennsylvania
Hillman Cancer Center
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, 15232
Sponsors and Collaborators
Anuradha Krishnamurthy
Merck Sharp & Dohme LLC
Investigators
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Principal Investigator: Anuradha Krishnamurthy, MD University of Pittsburgh
Publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
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Responsible Party: Anuradha Krishnamurthy, Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02260440    
Other Study ID Numbers: 14-118
First Posted: October 9, 2014    Key Record Dates
Results First Posted: May 16, 2017
Last Update Posted: September 17, 2019
Last Verified: September 2019
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Colorectal Neoplasms
Intestinal Neoplasms
Gastrointestinal Neoplasms
Digestive System Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Neoplasms
Digestive System Diseases
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Colonic Diseases
Intestinal Diseases
Rectal Diseases
Pembrolizumab
Azacitidine
Antineoplastic Agents, Immunological
Antineoplastic Agents
Antimetabolites, Antineoplastic
Antimetabolites
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Enzyme Inhibitors