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A Pilot Surgical Trial To Evaluate Early Immunologic Pharmacodynamic Parameters For The PD-1 Checkpoint Inhibitor, Pembrolizumab (MK-3475), In Patients With Surgically Accessible Recurrent/Progressive Glioblastoma

This study is currently recruiting participants.
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Verified June 2017 by Patrick Y. Wen, MD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Patrick Y. Wen, MD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT02852655
First received: July 27, 2016
Last updated: June 21, 2017
Last verified: June 2017
  Purpose
This research study is studying an immunotherapy as a possible treatment for Glioblastoma.

Condition Intervention
Brain Cancer Drug: MK-3475

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: No masking
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Pilot Surgical Trial To Evaluate Early Immunologic Pharmacodynamic Parameters For The PD-1 Checkpoint Inhibitor, Pembrolizumab (MK-3475), In Patients With Surgically Accessible Recurrent/Progressive Glioblastoma

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Further study details as provided by Patrick Y. Wen, MD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Tumor Infiltrating T Lymphocyte (TIL) Density [ Time Frame: 2 years ]
    To measure changes in tumor infiltrating T lymphocyte (TIL) density. It will be assessed using pooled Group A and Group B patients and compared to appropriate historical controls.

  • Incidence of Treatment-Emergent Adverse Events [ Time Frame: 2 years ]
    Safety will be assessed by quantifying the toxicities and grades experienced by subjects who have received Pembrolizumab, including serious adverse events (SAEs) and events of clinical interest (ECIs). The following will also be measured as part of safety: laboratory safety assessments, KPS status, vital signs and physical examinations.


Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Progression Free Survival [ Time Frame: 180 Days ]
    To determine the efficacy of pembrolizumab in patients with surgically accessible recurrent/progressive glioblastoma (GBM) participants as measured by 6-month progression-free survival (PFS6) using RANO criteria.


Estimated Enrollment: 30
Study Start Date: September 2016
Estimated Study Completion Date: August 2021
Estimated Primary Completion Date: August 2019 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Pre-surgery MK-3475

-After a screening phase of 14 days, eligible subjects will be randomized into two groups.

  • Pembrolizumab (MK3475) pre-surgery at pre-determine dosage followed by Pembrolizumab at pre-determine dosage every 3 weeks post surgery.
  • MK-3475 will be administered intravenously
Drug: MK-3475
Other Name: Pembrolizumab
Active Comparator: No MK-3475 at Pre-Surgery

-After a screening phase of 14 days, eligible subjects will be randomized into two groups.

  • Pembrolizumab (MK-3475) at pre-determine dosage every 3 weeks post surgery.
  • MK-3475 will be administered intravenously
Drug: MK-3475
Other Name: Pembrolizumab

Detailed Description:

PD-1 works to help tumor cells continue to grow and multiply. Pembrolizumab (MK-3475) is a humanized monoclonal antibody. Humanized monoclonal is an antibody that is designed to block the action of the receptor, PD-1.

The FDA (the U.S. Food and Drug Administration) has not approved Pembrolizumab for Glioblastoma but it has been approved for other uses.

  Eligibility

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Have histologically confirmed World Health Organization Grade IV malignant glioma (glioblastoma or gliosarcoma). Participants will be eligible if the original histology was low-grade glioma and a subsequent histological diagnosis of glioblastoma or variants is made.
  • Be willing and able to provide written informed consent/assent for the trial.
  • Be 18 years of age on day of signing informed consent.
  • Have a Karnofsky performance status (KPS) ≥ 70 (Appendix A).
  • Previous first line therapy with at least radiotherapy.
  • Be at first or second relapse. Note: Relapse is defined as progression following initial therapy (i.e., radiation ± chemotherapy). For participants who had prior therapy for a low-grade glioma, the surgical diagnosis of a high-grade glioma will be considered the first relapse.
  • Participants must have shown unequivocal evidence for tumor progression by MRI or CT scan.
  • Demonstrate adequate organ function as defined in Table 1, all screening labs should be performed within 14 days of registration.

Table 1 Adequate Organ Function Laboratory Values

  • System Laboratory Value
  • Hematological

    • Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) ≥1,500 /mcL
    • Platelets ≥100,000 / mcL
    • Hemoglobin ≥9 g/dL or ≥5.6 mmol/L without transfusion or EPO dependency (within 7 days of assessment)
  • Renal

    • Serum creatinine OR Measured or calculated creatinine clearance (GFR can also be used in place of creatinine or CrCl) ≤1.5 X institutional upper limit of normal (ULN) OR ≥60 mL/min for subject with creatinine levels > 1.5 X institutional ULN Hepatic
    • Serum total bilirubin ≤ 1.5 X institutional ULN OR Direct bilirubin ≤ institutional ULN for subjects with total bilirubin levels > 1.5 institutional ULN
    • AST (SGOT) and ALT (SGPT) ≤ 2.5 X institutional ULN OR ≤ 5 X institutional ULN for subjects with Gilberts syndrome
    • Albumin >2.5 mg/dL
  • Coagulation

    • International Normalized Ratio (INR) or Prothrombin Time (PT)
    • Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time (aPTT) ≤1.5 X institutional ULN unless subject is receiving anticoagulant therapy as long as PT or PTT is within therapeutic range of intended use of anticoagulants

      ≤1.5 X institutional ULN unless subject is receiving anticoagulant therapy as long as PT or PTT is within therapeutic range of intended use of anticoagulants

    • Creatinine clearance should be calculated per institutional standard.
  • CT or MRI within 14 days prior of registration.
  • An interval of at least 4 weeks (to registration) between prior surgical resection or one week for stereotactic biopsy.
  • An interval of at least 12 weeks from the completion of radiation therapy to registration unless there is unequivocal histologic confirmation of tumor progression.
  • Participants must have recovered to grade 0 or 1 or pre-treatment baseline from clinically significant toxic effects of prior therapy (including but not limited to exceptions of alopecia, laboratory values listed per inclusion criteria, and lymphopenia which is common after therapy with temozolomide).
  • From registration, the following time periods must have elapsed: 5 half-lives from any investigational agent, 4 weeks from cytotoxic therapy (except 23 days for temozolomide and 6 weeks from nitrosoureas), 6 weeks from antibodies, or 4 weeks (or 5 half-lives, whichever is shorter) from other anti-tumor therapies (including vaccines). No wash-out period required from TTF.
  • Participants must have sufficient tissue from prior surgery revealing glioblastoma or variants for submission following registration. The following amount of tissue is required:

    • 1 formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tumor tissue block (preferred) OR
    • 10 FFPE unstained slides (5 μm thick)
  • Patients must be undergoing surgery that is clinically indicated as determined by their care providers. Patients must be eligible for surgical resection with the expectation that the surgeon is able to resect at least 400mg of tumor with low risk of inducing neurological injury.
  • Female subject of childbearing potential must have a negative urine or serum pregnancy within 72 hours prior to registration. If the urine test is positive or cannot be confirmed as negative, a serum pregnancy test will be required. Women are considered post-menopausal and not of child bearing potential if they have had 12 months of natural (spontaneous) amenorrhea with an appropriate clinical profile (e.g., age appropriate, history of vasomotor symptoms) or six months of spontaneous amenorrhea with serum FSH levels > 40 mIU/mL and estradiol < 20 pg/mL or have had surgical bilateral oophorectomy (with or without hysterectomy) at least six weeks ago. In the case of oophorectomy alone, only when the reproductive status of the woman has been confirmed by follow up hormone level assessment is she considered not of child bearing potential.
  • Women of child-bearing potential (WOCBP), defined as all women physiologically capable of becoming pregnant, must agree to use highly effective contraception during study treatment and for 120 days after study discontinuation. Highly effective contraception is defined as either:

    • True Abstinence: When this is in line with the preferred and usual lifestyle of the subject. Periodic abstinence (e.g., calendar, ovulation, symptothermal, post-ovulation methods) and withdrawal are not acceptable methods of contraception.
    • Sterilization: Surgical bilateral oophorectomy (with or without hysterectomy) or tubal ligation at least six weeks ago. In case of oophorectomy alone, only when the reproductive status of the woman has been confirmed by follow up hormone level assessment (as described in item 3.1.16 above).
    • Male Partner Sterilization (with the appropriate post-vasectomy documentation of the absence of sperm in the ejaculate). For female subjects on the study, the vasectomised male partner must be the sole partner for that participant.
    • Use of a combination of any two of the following:

      • Placement of an intrauterine device (IUD) or intrauterine system (IUS)
      • Barrier methods of contraception: Condom or Occlusive cap (diaphragm or cervical/vault caps) with spermicidal foam/gel/film/cream/vaginal suppository
      • Appropriate hormonal contraceptives (including any registered and marketed contraceptive agent that contains an estrogen and/or a progestational agent - including oral, subcutaneous, intrauterine, or intramuscular agents)
  • Male subjects must agree to use adequate method of contraception starting with the first dose of study therapy through 120 days after the last dose of therapy.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Current or planned participation in a study of an investigational agent or using an investigational device.
  • Has a diagnosis of immunodeficiency.
  • Has tumor primarily localized to the brainstem or spinal cord.
  • Has presence of diffuse leptomeningeal disease or extracranial disease.
  • Has received systemic immunosuppressive treatments, aside from systemic corticosteroids (such as methotrexate, chloroquine, azathioprine, etc) within six months of registration.
  • Has received anti-angiogenic or anti-VEGF targeted agents (e.g. bevacizumab, cediranib, aflibercept, vandetanib, XL-184, sunitinib, etc).
  • Requires treatment with high dose systemic corticosteroids defined as dexamethasone > 4 mg/day or bioequivalent for at least 3 consecutive days within 2 weeks of registration.
  • Has received prior interstitial brachytherapy, implanted chemotherapy, stereotactic radiosurgery or therapeutics delivered by local injection or convection enhanced delivery.
  • Has history of known coagulopathy that increases risk of bleeding or a history of clinically significant hemorrhage within 12 months of registration.
  • Has a known history of active TB (Bacillus Tuberculosis).
  • Has gastrointestinal bleeding or any other hemorrhage/bleeding event CTCAE Grade > 3 within 6 months of registration.
  • Has a known additional malignancy that is progressing or requires active treatment within 3 years of registration. 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.
  • Has active autoimmune disease that has required systemic treatment in the past 2 years (i.e. with use of disease modifying agents, corticosteroids or immunosuppressive drugs). Replacement therapy (eg., thyroxine, insulin, or physiologic corticosteroid replacement therapy for adrenal or pituitary insufficiency, etc.) is not considered a form of systemic treatment.
  • Has known history of, or any evidence of active non-infectious pneumonitis.
  • Has an active infection requiring systemic therapy.
  • 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. Examples include but are not limited to symptomatic congestive heart failure, unstable angina pectoris, cardiac arrhythmia or psychiatric illness/social situations that would limit compliance with study requirements.
  • Has known psychiatric or substance abuse disorders that would interfere with cooperation with the requirements of the trial.
  • 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).
  • Has a known history of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) (HIV 1/2 antibodies).
  • 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 registration.
  • Has a known hypersensitivity to any of the study therapy products.
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT02852655

Contacts
Contact: Patrick Wen, MD 617-632-2166 pwen@partners.org

Locations
United States, California
University of California, Los Angeles Recruiting
Los Angeles, California, United States, 90095
Contact: Timothy Clouthesy, MD    310-825-5321    tcloughesy@mednet.ucla.edu   
University of California, San Francisco Recruiting
San Francisco, California, United States, 94143-0372
Contact: Jennifer Clarke, MD    415-353-2966    jennifer.clarke@ucsf.edu   
United States, Massachusetts
Massachusetts General Hospital Recruiting
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02114
Contact: Isabel Arrillaga-Romany, MD    617-724-8770    iarrillaga@partners.org   
Principal Investigator: Isabel Arrillaga-Romany, MD         
Dana Farber Cancer Institute Recruiting
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02115
Contact: Patrick Wen, MD    617-632-2166    pwen@partners.org   
Principal Investigator: Patrick Wen, MD         
United States, New York
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Recruiting
New York, New York, United States, 10065
Contact: Thomas Kaley, MD    212-639-5122    kaleyt@mskcc.org   
United States, Texas
UT, MD Anderson Cancer Center Recruiting
Houston, Texas, United States, 77030
Contact: John de Groot, MD    713-745-3072    jdegroot@mdanderson.org   
United States, Utah
Huntsman Cancer Institute Recruiting
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States, 84112
Contact: Howard Colman, MD    801-587-4042    howard.colman@hci.utah.edu   
Sponsors and Collaborators
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Patrick Wen, MD Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  More Information

Responsible Party: Patrick Y. Wen, MD, Patrick Wen, MD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02852655     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 16-225
Study First Received: July 27, 2016
Last Updated: June 21, 2017
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

Keywords provided by Patrick Y. Wen, MD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute:
Brain Tumor

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Glioblastoma
Brain Neoplasms
Astrocytoma
Glioma
Neoplasms, Neuroepithelial
Neuroectodermal Tumors
Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Neoplasms, Nerve Tissue
Central Nervous System Neoplasms
Nervous System Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Pembrolizumab
Antineoplastic Agents

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on July 28, 2017