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Fitness-adapted, Pembrolizumab-based Therapy for Untreated Classical Hodgkin Lymphoma Patients 60 Years of Age and Above

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT05404945
Recruitment Status : Recruiting
First Posted : June 3, 2022
Last Update Posted : July 29, 2022
Merck Sharp & Dohme LLC
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Craig Portell, MD, University of Virginia

Tracking Information
First Submitted Date  ICMJE May 22, 2022
First Posted Date  ICMJE June 3, 2022
Last Update Posted Date July 29, 2022
Actual Study Start Date  ICMJE July 26, 2022
Estimated Primary Completion Date October 3, 2027   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Current Primary Outcome Measures  ICMJE
 (submitted: May 31, 2022)
  • Complete Remission Rate [ Time Frame: 2 years ]
    Evaluate complete remission rate as defined by LYRIC criteria at end of induction in fit older participants with cHL following anthracycline-based chemotherapy.
  • Incidence of grade 3-5 treatment-related AEs [ Time Frame: 2 years ]
    Assess tolerance and safety of a fitness-adapted pembrolizumab-based regimen in fit older participants with cHL based on incidence of grade 3-5 treatment-related AEs (CTCAE v5.0)
Original Primary Outcome Measures  ICMJE Same as current
Change History
Current Secondary Outcome Measures  ICMJE
 (submitted: May 31, 2022)
  • 2-year PFS, 2-year OS, 2-year Lymphoma Specific Survival in the fit older population following pembrolizumab-based adaptive therapy [ Time Frame: 2 years ]
    Evaluate the efficacy, as determined by the 2-year progression free survival (PFS), overall survival (OS), and 2-year lymphoma specific survival in the fit older population.
  • Complete remission rate (by LYRIC criteria), 2-year PFS, 2-year OS, 2-year Lymphoma Specific Survival in the non-fit older population [ Time Frame: 2 years ]
    Evaluate the efficacy of a chemotherapy-free approach (pembrolizumab plus BV), as determined by the complete remission rate (LYRIC criteria), 2-year progression free survival (PFS), overall survival (OS), and 2-year lymphoma specific survival in participants who are not fit for anthracycline-based therapy.
  • Complete remission rate (LYRIC criteria) after lead-in BV/pembrolizumab [ Time Frame: 2 years ]
    Assess the efficacy of short course lead-in therapy and correlation with end-induction treatment efficacy for all participants.
  • Incidence of grade 2-5 immune-related toxicities (CTCAE v5.0) [ Time Frame: 2 years ]
    Assess safety, as determined by the frequency of higher-grade immune-related adverse events for all participants.
Original Secondary Outcome Measures  ICMJE Same as current
Current Other Pre-specified Outcome Measures
 (submitted: May 31, 2022)
  • Rate of Indeterminate Response (LYRIC criteria) [ Time Frame: 2 years ]
    Assess the rate of "indeterminate response" by LYRIC criteria at interim and end-induction PET/CT and correlate with the presence of active Hodgkin lymphoma on biopsy (when available) and clinical outcome for all participants.
  • Incidence of change in fitness assignment from baseline assessment. [ Time Frame: 2 years ]
    Evaluate and summarize incidence of changes in fitness assignments throughout therapy.
  • Incidence and Severity of treatment-related toxicities [ Time Frame: 2 years ]
    Summarize participant fitness throughout therapy by incidence and severity of treatment-related toxicities.
Original Other Pre-specified Outcome Measures Same as current
Descriptive Information
Brief Title  ICMJE Fitness-adapted, Pembrolizumab-based Therapy for Untreated Classical Hodgkin Lymphoma Patients 60 Years of Age and Above
Official Title  ICMJE Fitness-adapted, Pembrolizumab-based Therapy for Untreated Classical Hodgkin Lymphoma Patients 60 Years of Age and Above (cHL 001)
Brief Summary

This is a multi-center, open-label phase II study to assess the efficacy of a novel fitness-adapted regimen in previously untreated older patients with classical Hodgkin lymphoma. All participants will receive up to a total of 8 cycles of pembrolizumab (Q6 week dosing). The first cycle of pembrolizumab will be administered in combination with brentuximab vedotin (BV) ("lead-in treatment").

Following lead-in treatment, all participants will undergo interim PET/CT (iPET) as well as fitness testing to help inform participant level of fitness for subsequent lymphoma-directed therapies.

Participants deemed "non-fit" by this assessment will continue 3 additional 6 week cycles of concurrent pembrolizumab and BV ("induction therapy", each cycle is 42 days), then continue single-agent pembrolizumab to complete up to 4 additional cycles (i.e., 8 total) of therapy ("consolidation and maintenance therapy", Non-Fit cohort). Two additional BV doses will be given as consolidation, at days 1 and 22 of pembrolizumab cycle 5.

Those deemed "fit" after lead-in therapy (Fit cohort) will continue pembrolizumab and switch from BV to concurrently-administered combination chemotherapy using doxorubicin (A), vinblastine (V), and dacarbazine (D) for a total of 4 planned AVD cycles (3, 6-week pembrolizumab cycles, "induction therapy"). Chemotherapy drugs will be given at standard doses as in ABVD (no bleomycin will be given in this study) on days 1 and 15 of each 28-day cycle (C1AVD), and pembrolizumab dosing will remain every 42 days. Following end-induction PET/CT, pembrolizumab will continue every 42 days for up to 4 cycles in the consolidation/maintenance phase. Two additional BV doses will be given as consolidation, at days 1 and 22 of pembrolizumab cycle 5.

Detailed Description Not Provided
Study Type  ICMJE Interventional
Study Phase  ICMJE Phase 2
Study Design  ICMJE Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Condition  ICMJE Classical Hodgkin Lymphoma
Intervention  ICMJE
  • Drug: Pembrolizumab
    Pembrolizumab 400 mg IV
  • Drug: Doxorubicin
    Doxorubicin 25mg/m2 IV
    Other Name: Adriamycin
  • Drug: Vinblastine
    Vinblastine 6mg/m2 IV
  • Drug: Dacarbazine
    Dacarbazine 375mg/m2 IV
  • Drug: Brentuximab vedotin
    Brentuximab vedotin 1.8 mg/kg IV
Study Arms  ICMJE
  • Experimental: Fit Cohort
    Three 6-week cycles of 400 mg intravenous pembrolizumab + intravenous AVD (q 2 weeks).
    • Drug: Pembrolizumab
    • Drug: Doxorubicin
    • Drug: Vinblastine
    • Drug: Dacarbazine
  • Active Comparator: Non-Fit Cohort
    Three 6-week cycles of 400 mg intravenous pembrolizumab and concurrent (q 3 week) intravenous brentuximab vedotin (BV).
    • Drug: Pembrolizumab
    • Drug: Brentuximab vedotin
Publications * Not Provided

*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
Recruitment Information
Recruitment Status  ICMJE Recruiting
Estimated Enrollment  ICMJE
 (submitted: May 31, 2022)
Original Estimated Enrollment  ICMJE Same as current
Estimated Study Completion Date  ICMJE October 3, 2027
Estimated Primary Completion Date October 3, 2027   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Eligibility Criteria  ICMJE

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Participants of any sex who are ≥60 years of age on day 1, cycle 1.
  • The participant must be willing and able to provide written informed consent for the trial and participate in all planned study procedures.
  • Histologically confirmed diagnosis of classical Hodgkin lymphoma
  • PET-avid, measurable disease (≥1.5cm bi-dimensional measurement)
  • Have an Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status (PS) of 0 to
  • PS 2 may be allowed at the discretion of the treating investigator if impairment is considered to be primarily lymphoma-related. Evaluation of ECOG is to be performed within 10 days prior to the date of registration.
  • Participants who have received involved field radiation will be allowed. However, they will be excluded if any of the following are true:

    1. Radiation was dosed ≤6 months from registration.
    2. Radiation was delivered to > 1 lymph node group as defined by the NCCN criteria.
    3. The radiation dose was ≥30 Gy.
    4. The participant has radiation-related toxicities ≥ Grade 2 at the time of registration.
    5. The participant requires corticosteroids for radiation-related toxicities at the time of registration (regardless of dose).
    6. The participant has ever experienced radiation pneumonitis.
  • Have adequate organ function as defined per protocol. Specimens must be collected within 10 days prior to registration (confirmation of eligibility).

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Nodular lymphocyte-predominant Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Life expectancy < 6 months for any reason excluding lymphoma
  • Has received prior therapy with an immune checkpoint inhibitor, against targets including but not limited to PD1, PDL1, PDL2, CTLA-4, OX40, or LAG 3 unless given with curative intent for reasons other than lymphoma AND the last dose was more than 3 years from registration. Any participant who received prior immune checkpoint inhibitor therapy will be excluded if they experienced any toxicity related to or possibly related to the immunotherapy that required discontinuation of drug.
  • Prior systemic therapy for cHL, with the exception of steroids
  • If participant received major surgery, they must have recovered adequately from the toxicity and/or complications from the intervention prior to starting study treatment.
  • Presence of Grade ≥ 2 sensory and/or motor neuropathy
  • Prior solid organ or stem cell transplant.
  • Clinical suspicion or evidence of active involvement of lymphoma into the spinal cord, cerebral spinal fluid, or brain. External compression of the spinal cord or nerve roots is not considered involvement.

Has received a live vaccine or live-attenuated vaccine within 30 days prior to the first dose of study drug. Administration of killed vaccines, subunit vaccines, and nucleic acid vaccines is allowed.

  • Is currently participating in or has participated in a study of an investigational agent or has used an investigational device within 4 weeks prior to the first dose of study treatment.

Note: Participants who have entered the follow-up phase of an investigational study may participate as long as it has been 4 weeks after the last dose of the previous investigational agent.

  • Has a diagnosis of immunodeficiency or is receiving chronic systemic steroid therapy (in dosing exceeding 10 mg daily of prednisone equivalent [excluding steroids needed for lymphoma related symptoms]) or any other form of immunosuppressive therapy within 7 days prior to the first dose of study drug.
  • Known additional malignancy that is progressing or has required active treatment within the past 3 years. Note: Participants with basal cell carcinoma of the skin, squamous cell carcinoma of the skin or carcinoma in situ (excluding carcinoma in situ of the bladder) that have undergone potentially curative therapy are not excluded.
  • Has known severe hypersensitivity (≥Grade 3) to pembrolizumab and/or any of its excipients.
  • 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.
  • Interstitial lung disease or a history of (non-infectious) pneumonitis/interstitial lung disease that required steroids or has current pneumonitis/interstitial lung disease.
  • Any known history of pancreatitis as defined by Gandhi et al. 201432,36.
  • Has an active infection requiring oral or intravenous systemic therapy.
  • Has a known history of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).
  • Has a 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) infection. Prior exposure to hepatitis B is allowed as long as there are no HBsAg detected (ie positive Hepatitis B core antibody with negative HBsAg). Prior treatment with Hepatitis C is allowed if the screening HCV RNA by PCR is negative.
  • Has a known history of active tuberculosis (TB; Mycobacterium tuberculosis).
  • Is currently taking a strong CYP3A4 modulator. Subjects taking strong CYP34A modulators that can safely stop these medications prior to treatment should complete a washout period of 4 weeks or 5 times the half-life of a particular drug, whichever is shorter.
  • Has a history or current evidence of any condition, therapy, or laboratory abnormality that might confound the results of the study, interfere with the participant's participation for the full duration of the study, or is not in the best interest of the participant to participate, in the opinion of the treating investigator.
  • Has known psychiatric or substance abuse disorders that would interfere with cooperation with the requirements of the trial.
  • Is pregnant or breastfeeding, or expecting to conceive or father children within the projected duration of the study, starting with the screening visit through 120 days after the last dose of trial treatment.

Note: given older age at enrollment, WOCBP are not anticipated to enroll on this study.

Sex/Gender  ICMJE
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
Ages  ICMJE 60 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Accepts Healthy Volunteers  ICMJE No
Contacts  ICMJE
Contact: Dena Snyder 4349249969 DS6HE@hscmail.mcc.virginia.edu
Listed Location Countries  ICMJE United States
Removed Location Countries  
Administrative Information
NCT Number  ICMJE NCT05404945
Other Study ID Numbers  ICMJE cHL001
Has Data Monitoring Committee Yes
U.S. FDA-regulated Product
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: Yes
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
IPD Sharing Statement  ICMJE
Plan to Share IPD: No
Current Responsible Party Craig Portell, MD, University of Virginia
Original Responsible Party Same as current
Current Study Sponsor  ICMJE University of Virginia
Original Study Sponsor  ICMJE Same as current
Collaborators  ICMJE Merck Sharp & Dohme LLC
Investigators  ICMJE Not Provided
PRS Account University of Virginia
Verification Date July 2022

ICMJE     Data element required by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors and the World Health Organization ICTRP