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Window Study of Nivolumab With or Without Ipilimumab in Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT02919683
Recruitment Status : Active, not recruiting
First Posted : September 29, 2016
Last Update Posted : September 20, 2019
Bristol-Myers Squibb
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Jonathan Schoenfeld, MD, MPH, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Brief Summary:

This research study is studying nivolumab, an investigational drug, in combination with ipilimumab, also an investigational drug, as a possible treatment for Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the oral cavity.

The following drugs are involved in this study:

  • Nivolumab (Opdivo™)
  • Ipilimumab (Yervoy™)

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Head and Neck Cancer Drug: Nivolumab Drug: Ipilimumab Procedure: Standard of Care Surgery Phase 2

Detailed Description:

This research study is a Phase II clinical trial. Phase II clinical trials test the safety and effectiveness of an investigational intervention to learn whether the intervention works in treating a specific disease. "Investigational" means that the intervention is being studied.

The purpose of this study is to evaluate effectiveness (how well the drug/s work) of Nivolumab or Nivolumab combined with Ipilimumab prior to standard of care surgery.

Nivolumab and Ipilimumab are types of immunotherapy. Immunotherapy works by encouraging the body's own immune system to attack cancer cells. Both nivolumab and Ipilimumab have been demonstrated to activate the immune system to attack cancer cells in laboratory studies and in patients with different types of cancers.

Nivolumab (Opdivo ™) has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of metastatic melanoma (a type of skin cancer), and specific types of previously treated advanced lung and kidney cancers. Ipilimumab (Yervoy™) is approved by the FDA for the treatment of metastatic melanoma.

Because Nivolumab and Ipilimumab help the immune system work in different ways, the combination of Nivolumab and Ipilimumab was tested in laboratory studies. The data from these studies suggested that giving the two drugs together could be of benefit to patients, and this was indeed found to be the case in patients with melanoma. The combination of Nivolumab and Ipilimumab is now FDA approved as treatment for patients with metastatic melanoma. However, the use of Nivolumab as well as Ipilimumab alone or in combination for the treatment of patients with head and neck cancer is not approved. Results from clinical trials investigating the safety and efficacy of Nivolumab and Ipilimumab in patients with head and neck cancer are not available at this time.

In the proposed study, either Nivolumab or the combination of Nivolumab and Ipilimumab is being tested is being tested prior to surgery to remove cancers of the oral cavity. By stimulating the immune system to attack cancer cells, these drugs may cause the cancer to decrease in size prior to surgery and prevent the cancer from coming back.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 40 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Window Study of Nivolumab With or Without Ipilimumab in Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity
Study Start Date : November 2016
Estimated Primary Completion Date : April 2020
Estimated Study Completion Date : April 2024

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Nivolumab With Ipilimumab
  • Nivolumab to be delivered at a pre-determine dose for two weeks
  • Ipilimumab to be delivered at a pre-determine dose for one week
  • Blood Sample Collected
  • Standard of Care Surgery
Drug: Nivolumab
Other Name: Opdivo

Drug: Ipilimumab
Other Name: Yervoy

Procedure: Standard of Care Surgery
Experimental: Nivolumab
  • Nivolumab to be delivered at a pre-determine dose for two weeks
  • Blood Sample Collected
  • Standard of Care Surgery
Drug: Nivolumab
Other Name: Opdivo

Procedure: Standard of Care Surgery

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Response rates to treatment [ Time Frame: At time of surgery ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Pathological Response [ Time Frame: At the time of surgery ]
  2. Local failure Rate [ Time Frame: 2 years ]
  3. Regional Failure Rate [ Time Frame: 2 years ]
  4. Local Progression Free Survival [ Time Frame: 2 years ]
  5. Regional Progression Free Survival [ Time Frame: 2 years ]
  6. Disease Free Survival [ Time Frame: 2 years ]
  7. Overall Survival [ Time Frame: 2 years ]
  8. Number of participants with treatment-related adverse events as assessed by CTCAE v4.0 [ Time Frame: At the time of surgery ]

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Pathologically confirmed squamous cell carcinoma of the oral cavity. Clinical stage >=T2 (primary tumor greater than 2 cm in size) and/or evidence of regional nodal involvement by clinical exam or imaging
  • Only patients 18 years and older are eligible. There is no upper age limit but the patients must be able to medically tolerate the regimen. Adverse event data are currently unavailable on the use immune checkpoint blockade for participants < 18 years of age, and thus children are excluded from this study
  • ECOG performance status <=1
  • Patients much be a surgical candidate (e.g. their disease must be considered resectable before any treatment and must have no serious medical contraindications that definitively preclude undergoing general anesthesia) Ability to understand and the willingness to sign a written informed consent document
  • Women of childbearing potential (WOCBP) must agree to use appropriate method(s) of contraception (see Appendix B). WOCBP should use an adequate method to avoid pregnancy for 23 weeks (30 days plus the time required for nivolumab to undergo five half-lives) after the last dose of investigational drug. WOCBP is defined as any woman or adolescent who has begun menstruation and is not post- menopausal. A post-menopausal woman is defined as a woman who is over the age of 45 and has not had a menstrual period for at least 12 months
  • Women of childbearing potential must have a negative serum or urine pregnancy test (minimum sensitivity 25 IU/L or equivalent units of HCG) within 24 hours prior to the start of nivolumab
  • Men who are sexually active with WOCBP must agree to use any contraceptive method (see Appendix B) with a failure rate of less than 1% per year. Men receiving nivolumab and who are sexually active with WOCBP will be instructed to adhere to contraception for a period of 31 weeks after the last dose of investigational product Women who are not of childbearing potential (ie, who are postmenopausal or surgically sterile as well as azoospermic men do not require contraception)
  • Participants must have normal organ and marrow function as defined below:

Laboratory parameters: WBC ≥ 2000/uL, Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) ≥ 1500/mm3; Platelets ≥ 100,000/mm3; Hemoglobin (Hgb) ≥ 9 g/dL; Hgb-A1C ≤ 7.5%; Aspartate aminotransferase (AST) and alanine aminotransferase (ALT) ≤ 3 × upper limit of normal (ULN); Bilirubin ≤ 2.5 × ULN (≤ 4 × ULN for subjects with Gilbert's disease); Alkaline phosphatase ≤ 2.5 × ULN; Creatinine ≤ 1.5 × ULN

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Pathologically proven, radiologic or clinical evidence of distant metastatic disease (this includes all disease below the clavicles, as well as disease metastatic to the bone, brain, or in the spinal canal)
  • Any prior immunologic cancer therapy with systemic inhibitors of the PD-1 or CTLA-4 pathway
  • Uncontrolled intercurrent illness including but not limited to ongoing or active infection, symptomatic congestive heart failure, unstable angina pectoris, cardiac arrhythmia, or psychiatric illness/social situations that would limit compliance with study requirements
  • Individuals with a history of a different malignancy are ineligible except for the following circumstances: if they have been disease-free for at least 2 years and are deemed by the investigator to be at low risk for recurrence of that malignancy; or if diagnosed and treated within the past 2 years for cervical cancer in situ or basal cell or squamous cell carcinoma of the skin
  • Prior radiation to the head and neck region
  • Prior chemotherapy within the last 2 years
  • History of pneumonitis or interstitial lung disease
  • Has evidence of active, noninfectious pneumonitis that required treatment with steroids.
  • Active, suspected or prior documented autoimmune disease that has required systemic treatment in the last 2 years with immune modifying agents (e.g. replacement therapy such as thyroxine, insulin or physiologic corticosteroids is not an exclusion criteria). This does not include patients with vitiligo or type 1 diabetes mellitus, residual hypothyroidism due to autoimmune condition only requiring hormone replacement, psoriasis not requiring systemic treatment, or conditions not expected to recur in the absence of an external trigger
  • The subject is known to be positive for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), HepBsAg, or HCV RNA
  • Lack of availability for follow up assessments
  • Concurrent administration of other cancer specific therapy during the course of this study is not allowed
  • Patients who require systemic treatment with either corticosteroids (> 10 mg daily prednisone equivalents) or other immunosuppressive medications within 14 days of study drug administration. Inhaled or topical steroids and adrenal replacement doses > 10 mg daily prednisone equivalents are permitted in the absence of active autoimmune disease
  • History of allergy to study drug components
  • History of severe hypersensitivity reaction to any monoclonal antibody
  • The investigator's belief that the subject is medically unfit to receive nivolumab, and/or ipilimumab or unsuitable for any other reason
  • Has received a live vaccine within 28 days of planned start of study therapy

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To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT02919683

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United States, Massachusetts
Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02115
Sponsors and Collaborators
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Bristol-Myers Squibb
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Principal Investigator: Jonathan Schoenfeld, MD Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

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Responsible Party: Jonathan Schoenfeld, MD, MPH, Principal Investigator, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Identifier: NCT02919683    
Other Study ID Numbers: 16-284
First Posted: September 29, 2016    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: September 20, 2019
Last Verified: September 2019
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No
Keywords provided by Jonathan Schoenfeld, MD, MPH, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute:
Head and Neck Cancer
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Carcinoma, Squamous Cell
Head and Neck Neoplasms
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms, Squamous Cell
Neoplasms by Site
Antineoplastic Agents, Immunological
Antineoplastic Agents