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Immune-Mediated Pathophysiology And Clinical Triage Program (IMPACT 2)

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. Know the risks and potential benefits of clinical studies and talk to your health care provider before participating. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT04354649
Recruitment Status : Recruiting
First Posted : April 21, 2020
Last Update Posted : October 21, 2021
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
AHS Cancer Control Alberta

Brief Summary:

Many people develop joint pain, stiffness and swelling due to their cancer treatment that targets the immune system. The severity of symptoms ranges from mild to debilitating and sometimes requires delaying or stopping cancer treatment.

The usual plan is to discontinue cancer treatment and give relatively high doses of a medication called prednisone (a steroid, which is an anti-inflammatory medication which may suppress the immune system) with a gradual lowering of the dose over several weeks. While this can be effective, prednisone can cause a number of side effects, and it is not known if this is the best or safest treatment.

Hydroxychloroquine is a medication that is often used to treat inflammatory joint pain, such as rheumatoid arthritis, has relatively few side effects when compared to prednisone, and may be effective at treating this condition.

The purpose of this study is to find out whether it is better to receive hydroxychloroquine and prednisone, or prednisone alone for joint pain. To do this, some participants will get hydroxychloroquine and some will receive a placebo (a substance that looks like the study drug but does not have any active or medicinal ingredients). A placebo is used to make the results of the study more reliable.

This is a double-blinded study, which means that neither participants nor the study doctor or study staff will know which group participants are allocated. After 12 weeks of study treatment, the blind will be opened and participants will be informed which treatment was given.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Arthritis Arthralgia Drug: Hydroxychloroquine Other: Placebo Phase 2

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 46 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Triple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Study to Evaluate the Efficacy and Safety Hydroxychloroquine in Immune Related Arthritis or Arthralgias
Actual Study Start Date : July 29, 2021
Estimated Primary Completion Date : July 2025
Estimated Study Completion Date : July 2028

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MedlinePlus related topics: Arthritis Steroids

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Hydroxychloroquine, plus prednisone
Hydroxychloroquine 5mg/kg PO daily, plus prednisone starting at 20 mg PO daily for 8 weeks tapering dose.
Drug: Hydroxychloroquine
Hydroxychloroquine 5mg/kg PO daily

Placebo Comparator: Hydroxychloroquine-matching placebo, plus prednisone
Matching placebo daily, plus prednisone starting at 20 mg PO daily for 8 weeks tapering dose.
Other: Placebo
Hydroxychloroquine-matching placebo

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Recurrence of grade ≥2 Immune-Related Arthritis or Arthralgia [ Time Frame: Through study completion, an average of 1 year ]

    Recurrence will be defined as the development of grade ≥2 irAA in a participant whose symptoms initially improved to grade ≤1.

    Symptoms will be investigator assessed and graded according to CTCAEv5.0.

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Total Steroid Usage [ Time Frame: Through study completion, an average of 1 year ]
    The total cumulative dose of prednisone measured in mg used by the participant. If corticosteroids other than prednisone are used, their equivalent dosage in mg of prednisone will be calculated and used for this analysis.

  2. Development of immune related adverse events (irAE's) other than irAA [ Time Frame: Through study completion, an average of 1 year ]
    Defined as the emergence of adverse events that were not present at study baseline that are deemed by the investigator to be related to prior use of immune checkpoint inhibitors. Causality will be investigator assessed and graded according to CTCAEv5.0.

  3. Adverse Event [ Time Frame: Through study completion, an average of 1 year ]
    The emergence of new or worsening baseline symptoms, physical findings, or laboratory/imaging abnormalities. Causality to study treatment, immune checkpoint inhibitors, or underlying disease status will be investigator assessed and graded according to CTCAEv5.0.

  4. Re-initiation of immune checkpoint inhibitor therapy [ Time Frame: Through study completion, an average of 1 year ]
    The proportion of participants in each study arm that are re-treated with an immune checkpoint inhibitor.

  5. Response to standard of care treatments after Week 13 Day 1. [ Time Frame: From Week 13 Day 1 to Week 52. ]
    Participants that still have active irAA symptoms of CTCAEv5.0 grade ≥1 after unblinding at Week 13 Day 1 visit who have a change in irAA therapy.

  6. Progression free survival [ Time Frame: Upon completion of follow-up period, an average of 3 years after intervention ]
    The time elapsed between randomization and tumor progression (radiographically or clinically) or death from any cause.

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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:

  1. Patients must be 18 years of age, or older;
  2. Patients must be capable of providing consent to enrolment and treatment.
  3. Patients with a performance status of ECOG 0-2 will be eligible for enrolment (see appendix A).
  4. Patients with histologically confirmed cancer receiving anti-PD1 or anti-PDL1 monoclonal antibody ICI therapy, either alone or in combination with anti-CTLA4 monoclonal antibody ICI therapy who develop CTCAEv5.0 grade ≥2 arthritis or arthralgia that has developed on, or after, ICI therapy and is felt to be treatment related (irAA).
  5. Adequate hepatic and renal function defined by the following laboratory parameters:

    • AST and ALT and alkaline phosphatase ≤ 2.5x ULN,
    • Total bilirubin ≤ 1.5x ULN,
    • Serum creatinine ≤ upper limit of institutional normal OR calculated creatinine clearance of ≥ 60 mL/min using the Cockcroft-Gault formula.
  6. Women of child bearing potential (WOCBP) must have a negative serum (or urine) pregnancy test at the time of screening. WOCBP is defined as any female who has experienced menarche and who has not undergone surgical sterilization (hysterectomy or bilateral oophorectomy or bilateral salpingectomy) and is not postmenopausal. Menopause is defined as 12 months of amenorrhea in a woman over age 45 years in the absence of other biological or physiological causes. In addition, females under the age of 55 years must have a serum follicle stimulating hormone, (FSH) level > 40 mIU/mL to confirm menopause.
  7. Patients of childbearing / reproductive potential should use highly effective birth control methods, during the study treatment period and for a period of 3 months after the last dose of study drug. A highly effective method of birth control is defined as those that result in low failure rate (i.e. less than 1% per year) when used consistently and correctly. These may include: hormonal contraceptives (e.g. combined oral contraceptives, patch, vaginal ring, injectables, and implants); intrauterine device (IUD) or intrauterine system (IUS); vasectomy and tubal ligation. Double-barrier methods may be acceptable in circumstances when highly effective methods cannot be implemented (e.g. male condom with diaphragm, male condom with cervical cap). Note: Contraceptive requirements for the oncology regiments will apply, if they are more stringent than those for this trial. Abstinence is acceptable if this is established and preferred contraception for the patient and is accepted as a local standard.
  8. Female patients who are breast-feeding should discontinue nursing prior to the first dose of study treatment and until 3 months after the last dose of study drug.
  9. Male patients should agree to not donate sperm during the study and for a period of at least 3 months after last dose of study drug.
  10. Absence of any condition hampering compliance with the study protocol and follow- up schedule; those conditions should be discussed with the patient before registration in the trial.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. History of inflammatory arthritis, including, but not limited to: Rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, Sjogren's syndrome, Ankylosing spondylitis or other chronic inflammatory arthritis. Note: Patients with a known history of stable osteoarthritis will not be excluded.
  2. Patients with an indication for systemic immunosuppressive medications or corticosteroids. Patients with CTCAEv5.0 grade ≥2 irAE's other than irIAA (ie. colitis, pneumonitis, rash, etc) are not eligible for trial, with the exception of endocrinopathies that are being treated with hormone replacement alone and not systemic immunosuppressive medications or corticosteroids.
  3. Patients weighing < 40 kg.
  4. Patients with G6PD deficiency, porphyria or psoriasis.
  5. Clinically significant (i.e., active) cardiovascular disease: cerebral vascular accident/stroke (< 6 months prior to enrollment), myocardial infarction (< 6 months prior to enrollment), unstable angina, congestive heart failure (≥ New York Heart Association Classification Class II), or serious cardiac arrhythmia requiring medication.
  6. Prolonged corrected QT interval or concurrent medications that prolong QT interval.
  7. Diagnosis of immunodeficiency.
  8. Current use of immunosuppressive medication, EXCEPT for the following: a. intranasal, inhaled, topical steroids, or local steroid injection (e.g., intra-articular injection); b. Steroids as premedication for hypersensitivity reactions (e.g., CT scan premedication).
  9. Known prior severe hypersensitivity to investigational product or any component in its formulations, including known severe hypersensitivity reactions to monoclonal antibodies (CTCAEv5.0 Grade ≥ 3).
  10. Other severe acute or chronic medical conditions including inflammatory bowel disease, immune pneumonitis, pulmonary fibrosis or psychiatric conditions including recent (within the past year) or active suicidal ideation or behavior; or laboratory abnormalities that may increase the risk associated with study participation or study treatment administration or may interfere with the interpretation of study results and, in the judgment of the investigator, would make the patient inappropriate for entry into this study.

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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): NCT04354649

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Contact: Michael Kolinsky

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Canada, Alberta
Cross Cancer Institute Recruiting
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T6G 1Z2
Sponsors and Collaborators
AHS Cancer Control Alberta
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Principal Investigator: Michael Kolinsky AHS-CCI
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Responsible Party: AHS Cancer Control Alberta Identifier: NCT04354649    
Other Study ID Numbers: IIT-0011
First Posted: April 21, 2020    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: October 21, 2021
Last Verified: October 2021

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Joint Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Neurologic Manifestations
Antiprotozoal Agents
Antiparasitic Agents
Anti-Infective Agents
Enzyme Inhibitors
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Antirheumatic Agents