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Pembrolizumab With Locally Delivered Radiation Therapy for the Treatment of Metastatic Esophageal Cancers

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02642809
Recruitment Status : Active, not recruiting
First Posted : December 30, 2015
Last Update Posted : January 14, 2021
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Washington University School of Medicine

Brief Summary:

The investigators propose to treat patients with metastatic esophageal cancers and dysphagia with two fractions of brachytherapy followed by pembrolizumab. The brachytherapy is hypofractionated and will provide a radiation dose of sufficient intensity to induce the release of tumor-derived antigens and trigger an antitumor immune response. The simplicity of the design should maximize the chance to examine the hypothesis that radiotherapy can induce an immune response, which can then be augmented by pembrolizumab treatment. Success in this study would provide the impetus to conduct further trials aimed at developing this unique strategy as a more broadly applicable therapeutic option in the treatment of patients suffering from these deadly cancers, and will provide important mechanistic insights into the relationship between radiation treatment and immune therapy augmentation.

Taken together, these data indicate that targeting the PD-1/PD-L1 axis in esophageal cancers in combination with radiation therapy may be a rational treatment strategy for these cancers.


Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Esophageal Neoplasms Esophageal Cancer Cancer of the Esophagus Drug: Pembrolizumab Radiation: Brachytherapy Procedure: Endoscopic biopsy Procedure: Computed tomography-guided biopsy Procedure: Peripheral blood collection Phase 1

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 16 participants
Allocation: N/A
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Pilot Study Combining Pembrolizumab With Locally Delivered Radiation Therapy for the Treatment of Metastatic Esophageal Cancers
Actual Study Start Date : June 8, 2016
Actual Primary Completion Date : September 24, 2020
Estimated Study Completion Date : August 25, 2021

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Arm 1: Pembrolizumab and Brachytherapy
  • Brachytherapy dose=16 Gy delivered in 2 fractions of 8 Gy per fraction, separated by 7-10 days between fractions.
  • Pembrolizumab started within 1 week after completion of brachytherapy administered as an intravenous infusion over 30 minutes. It will be given every 3 weeks.
  • Standard of care endoscopic biopsy will take place at time of enrollment and 2-6 months (optional) after pembrolizumab initiation.
  • Research endoscopic biopsy for 8 consented patients will take place 1-2 weeks after initiation of brachytherapy.
  • Peripheral blood will be collected: Pre-brachytherapy, Post-brachytherapy but pre-pembrolizumab (on day 1), Day 22 after the start of pembrolizumab, 3, 6, and 12 months (+/- 2 weeks) after the start of pembrolizumab, and time of progression
Drug: Pembrolizumab
Other Names:
  • MK-3475
  • Keytruda

Radiation: Brachytherapy
Procedure: Endoscopic biopsy
Procedure: Computed tomography-guided biopsy
Other Name: CT-guided biopsy

Procedure: Peripheral blood collection



Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Tolerability of localized esophageal hypofractionated brachytherapy administered in two fractions when combined with pembrolizumab as measured by treatment related adverse events [ Time Frame: 30 days after completion of treatment (estimated to be 7 months) ]
    -The descriptions and grading scales found in the revised NCI Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events (CTCAE) version 4.0 will be utilized for all toxicity reporting.


Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Local antitumor effect of hypofractionated brachytherapy followed by pembrolizumab as determined by endoscopic measurements of change in tumor length [ Time Frame: Up to 8 weeks post-pembrolizumab treatment (estimated to be 8 months) ]
  2. Local antitumor effect of hypofractionated brachytherapy followed by pembrolizumab as determined by esophageal lumen diameter [ Time Frame: Up to 8 weeks post-pembrolizumab treatment (estimated to be 8 months) ]
  3. Local antitumor effect of hypofractionated brachytherapy followed by pembrolizumab as determined by grade of dysphagia per CTCAE criteria. [ Time Frame: Up to 8 weeks post-pembrolizumab treatment (estimated to be 8 months) ]
  4. Systemic efficacy of hypofractionated brachytherapy to the esophagus combined with systemic pembrolizumab on non-radiated metastatic lesions as measured by the total tumor size of all the target lesions as measured by irRC-based criteria [ Time Frame: Up to 8 weeks post-pembrolizumab treatment (estimated to be 8 months) ]
    -At the baseline tumor assessment, the sum of the products of the two largest perpendicular diameters (SPD) of all index lesions (five lesions per organ, up to 10 visceral lesions and five cutaneous index lesions) is calculated. At each subsequent tumor assessment, the SPD of the index lesions and of new, measurable lesions (≥5 x5 mm; up to 5 new lesions per organ: 5 new cutaneous lesions and 10 visceral lesions) are added together to provide the total tumor burden

  5. Progression-free survival (PFS) [ Time Frame: Up to 1 year after completion of treatment (estimated to be 12 months) ]
  6. Overall survival (OS) [ Time Frame: Up to 1 year after completion of treatment (estimated to be 12 months) ]


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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:

  • Any patient with metastatic esophageal cancer that is deemed a candidate for brachytherapy for local control or treatment of dysphagia as determined by treating physician
  • Presence of an evaluable metastatic lesion (locoregional lymph nodes are acceptable)
  • At least 18 years of age.
  • ECOG performance status 0-2
  • Adequate bone marrow and organ function as defined below:

    • Absolute neutrophil count ≥ 1,500/mcL
    • Platelets ≥ 100,000/mcL
    • Hemoglobin ≥ 9 g/dL
    • Total bilirubin ≤ 1.5 x IULN OR Direct bilirubin ≤ IULN for patients with total bilirubin > 1.5 x IULN
    • AST(SGOT)/ALT(SGPT) ≤ 2.5 x IULN (or ≤ 5 x IULN for patients with liver metastases)
    • Serum creatinine ≤ 1.5 x IULN OR Creatinine clearance by Cockcroft-Gault ≥ 60 mL/min/1.73 m2 for patients with creatinine levels > 1.5 x IULN
    • INR or PT ≤ 1.5 x IULN unless patient is receiving anticoagulant therapy as long as INR or PTT is within therapeutic range of intended use of anticoagulants
    • aPTT ≤ 1.5 x IULN unless patient is receiving anticoagulant therapy as long as INR or PTT is within therapeutic range of intended use of a anticoagulants
  • Sexually active women of childbearing potential and men must agree to use contraceptive methods prior to study entry, for the duration of study participation, and for 120 days after the last dose of pembrolizumab. Should a woman become pregnant or suspect she is pregnant while participating in this study, she must inform her treating physician immediately.
  • Either enrolled in HRPO# 201107221 ("Tissue and Blood Acquisition for Genomic Analysis and Collection of Health Information for Patients with Gastrointestinal Cancers"), which facilitates the collection of specimens for correlative studies, or consenting to collection of blood and tissue as part of this protocol for research testing.
  • Ability to understand and willingness to sign an IRB approved written informed consent document (or that of legally authorized representative, if applicable).

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Prior treatment with an anti-PD-1, anti-PD-L1, or anti-PD-L2 agent
  • Received a live vaccine within 30 days prior to the first dose of pembrolizumab. Examples of live vaccines include, but are not limited to, the following: measles, mumps, rubella, varicella/zoster (chicken pox), yellow fever, rabies, Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG), and typhoid vaccine. Seasonal influenza vaccines for injection are generally killed virus vaccines and are allowed; however, intranasal influenza vaccines (e.g. FluMist) are live attenuated vaccines and are not allowed.
  • Has a diagnosis of immunodeficiency or is receiving chronic systemic steroid therapy (in dosing exceeding 10 mg daily of prednisone equivalent) or any other form of immunosuppressive therapy within 7 days prior to the first dose of pembrolizumab.
  • Currently receiving any other investigational agents, has participated in a study of an investigational agent, or use of an investigational device within 4 weeks of the first dose of pembrolizumab.

Has received systemic therapy within 4 weeks of the first dose of pembrolizumab.

  • Known active central nervous system 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 4 weeks prior to the first dose of MK-3475 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. This exception does not include carcinomatous meningitis which is excluded regardless of clinical stability.
  • A history of allergic reactions attributed to compounds of similar chemical or biologic composition to pembrolizumab or other agents used in the study.
  • Uncontrolled intercurrent illness that would limit compliance with study requirements. This would include, but is not limited to: ongoing or active infection, symptomatic congestive heart failure, unstable angina pectoris, cardiac arrhythmia, immunosuppression, autoimmune conditions, underlying pulmonary disease, or psychiatric illness/social situations.
  • Has an active autoimmune disease requiring systemic treatment within the past 2 years (i.e. with use of disease modifying agents, corticosteroids, or immunosuppressive drugs). Replacement therapy (e.g. thyroxine, insulin, or physiologic corticosteroid replacement therapy for adrenal or pituitary insufficiency, etc.) is not considered a form of systemic treatment.
  • History of (non-infectious) pneumonitis that required steroids or current pneumonitis
  • Pregnant and/or breastfeeding. Women of childbearing potential must have a negative pregnancy test within 72 hours of study entry.
  • Known history of hepatitis B (defined as hepatitis B surface antigen [HBsAg] reactive) or known active hepatitis C virus (defined as HCV RNA [qualitative] is detected).
  • Known history of active TB.
  • Known history of HIV (HIV 1/2 antibodies).

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT02642809


Locations
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United States, Missouri
Washington University School of Medicine
Saint Louis, Missouri, United States, 63110
Sponsors and Collaborators
Washington University School of Medicine
Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.
Investigators
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Principal Investigator: Cliff Robinson, M.D. Washington University School of Medicine
Additional Information:
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Responsible Party: Washington University School of Medicine
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02642809    
Other Study ID Numbers: 201603087
First Posted: December 30, 2015    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: January 14, 2021
Last Verified: January 2021
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: Yes
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: Yes
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Esophageal Neoplasms
Gastrointestinal Neoplasms
Digestive System Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Neoplasms
Head and Neck Neoplasms
Digestive System Diseases
Esophageal Diseases
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Pembrolizumab
Antineoplastic Agents, Immunological
Antineoplastic Agents