Houston, Texas 77030


Purpose:

This randomized phase I/II trial studies the side effects and best dose of pembrolizumab when given together with stereotactic body radiation therapy or non-stereotactic wide-field radiation therapy (conventional radiation therapy) and to see how well they work in treating patients with non-small cell lung cancer. Immunotherapy with monoclonal antibodies, such as pembrolizumab, may help the body's immune system attack the cancer, and may interfere with the ability of tumor cells to grow and spread. Radiation therapy uses high-energy x-rays to kill tumor cells and shrink tumors. Stereotactic body radiation therapy uses special equipment to position a patient and deliver radiation to tumors with high precision. This method can kill tumor cells with fewer doses over a shorter period and cause less damage to normal tissue. Giving pembrolizumab together with radiation therapy may kill more tumor cells.


Study summary:

PRIMARY OBJECTIVES: I. To evaluate the safety and toxicity profile of intravenous MK-3475 (pembrolizumab) administered in combination with stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) targeting 1-4 liver or thoracic lesion(s) in patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). (Phase I) II. To evaluate the safety and toxicity profile of intravenous MK-3475 administered in combination with non-stereotactic wide-field radiation therapy (WFRT) targeting 1-4 liver or thoracic lesion(s) in patients with metastatic NSCLC. (Phase I) III. To determine the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) and dose limiting toxicities (DLTs) of MK-3475 and SBRT combination therapy. (Phase I) IV. To determine the MTD and DLTs of MK-3475 and WFRT combination therapy. (Phase I) V. To determine the rate of out-of-field objective responses (either complete response [CR] or partial response [PR]) of the non-irradiated disease sites. (Phase II) SECONDARY OBJECTIVES: I. To determine whether the addition of radiation therapy (XRT) to MK-3475 can improve the progression free survival (PFS) rate compared to MK-3475 alone. (Phase II) OUTLINE: This is a phase I, dose-escalation study of pembrolizumab followed by a phase II study. PHASE I: Patients are assigned to 1 of 2 treatment groups. GROUP I: Patients who exhibit a lung lesion of size and location amenable to SBRT receive pembrolizumab intravenously (IV) over 30 minutes on day 1. Patients also receive SBRT in 4 fractions daily on days 2-5 or either intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), proton beam radiation therapy (PBRT), or 3 dimensional conformation radiation therapy (3D-CRT) in 15 fractions total concurrent with pembrolizumab administration on days 1-19. Treatment repeats every 21 days for up to 16 courses in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. GROUP II: Patients who exhibit a lung lesion of size or location not amenable to SBRT, but amenable to WFRT receive pembrolizumab as in Group I and either IMRT, PBRT, or 3D-CRT in 15 fractions total concurrent with pembrolizumab administration. PHASE II: Patients for whom SBRT is recommended are randomized to Group 1 or 2, patients for whom conventional radiation therapy is recommended are randomized to Group 3 or 4, and patients with lesions amenable to SBRT or WFRT are assigned to Group 5. GROUP I: Patients who exhibit a lung lesion with size and location amenable to SBRT receive pembrolizumab IV on day 1 and SBRT on days 44-47 or IMRT, PBT, or 3D-CRT on days 43-61. Treatment with pembrolizumab repeats every 21 days for up to 16 courses in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. GROUP II: Patients who exhibit a lung lesion with size and location amenable to SBRT receive pembrolizumab IV as in Group I without XRT. At the first planned efficacy evaluation (5 weeks), patients exhibiting progressive disease (PD) are treated with SBRT concurrent with the remaining cycles of pembrolizumab. In the event that lesion size has progressed to the point where the attending physician no longer considers SBRT safe, then the patient will be salvaged with IMRT, PBRT, or 3D-CRT and analyzed as part of the fourth treatment group. GROUP III: Patients who exhibit a lung lesion with size and location not amenable to SBRT, but amenable to WFRT receive pembrolizumab IV as in Group I and IMRT, PBRT, or 3D-CRT on days 43-61. GROUP IV: Patients who exhibit a lung lesion with size and location not amenable to SBRT, but amenable to WFRT receive pembrolizumab IV as in Group I without XRT. The decision on when to start XRT will be assessed first at week 5 (after the second dose of pembrolizumab). If a patient has PD based on immune response related criteria (irRC) then XRT will be delivered after the third dose of pembrolizumab, while patients with stable disease (SD) or PR will not start XRT and will continue to be followed. These patients will then have follow up computed tomography (CT) scans 5 weeks after course 3 three and then approximately every 3 months for the remainder of the trial; any patient at this point with PD will then have XRT delivered with the sixth dose of pembrolizumab. GROUP V: Patients with lesions amenable to SBRT or WFRT receive pembrolizumab IV as in Group I. Patients also receive either IMRT, PBRT, or 3D-CRT in 15 fractions to the primary lesions and low dose radiation therapy to other lesions on days 43-61 or SBRT in 4 fractions to primary lesions and low dose radiation therapy to other lesions on days 44-47. After completion of study treatment, patients are followed up at 30 days and then every 12 weeks.


Criteria:

Inclusion Criteria: - Pathologically confirmed non-small lung cancer - Stage IV metastatic disease (only during the phase II) - At least one thoracic or liver lesion amenable to radiation, for group 5 we need one area that can safely receive SBRT or WFRT, not restricted to lung or liver sites - At least one additional non-contiguous lesion to the irradiated lesion amenable to radiographic evaluation - Be willing and able to provide written informed consent/assent for the trial - Have measurable disease based on immune related response criteria (irRC) criteria - Have a performance status of 0 or 1 on the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance scale - Patients with brain metastasis will be included as long as they are free of neurologic symptoms related to metastatic brain lesions and who do not require or receive systemic corticosteroid therapy in the 14 days prior to beginning MK-3475 therapy - Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) >= 1,500 /mcL (performed within 28 days prior to study registration up to the first dose of study drug) - Platelets >= 100,000 /mcL (performed within 28 days prior to study registration up to the first dose of study drug) - Hemoglobin >= 9 g/dL or >= 5.6 mmol/L (performed within 28 days prior to study registration up to the first dose of study drug) - Serum creatinine or measured or calculated creatinine clearance (glomerular filtration rate [GFR] can also be used in place of creatinine or calculated creatinine clearance [CrCl]) =< 1.5 X upper limit of normal (ULN) or >= 60 mL/min for subject with creatinine levels > 1.5 X institutional ULN (creatinine clearance should be calculated per institutional standard) (performed within 28 days prior to study registration up to the first dose of study drug) - Serum total bilirubin =< 1.5 X ULN or direct bilirubin =< ULN for subjects with total bilirubin levels > 1.5 ULN (performed within 28 days prior to study registration up to the first dose of study drug) - Aspartate aminotransferase (AST) serum glutamic-oxaloacetic transaminase (SGOT) and alanine aminotransferase (ALT) serum glutamic-pyruvic transaminase (SGPT) =< 2.5 X ULN or =< 5 X ULN for subjects with liver metastases (performed within 28 days prior to study registration up to the first dose of study drug) - International normalized ratio (INR) =< 1.5 X ULN unless subject is receiving anticoagulant therapy as long as prothrombin time (PT) or partial prothrombin time (PTT) is within therapeutic range of intended use of anticoagulants (performed within 28 days prior to study registration up to the first dose of study drug) - Prothrombin time =< 1.5 X ULN unless subject is receiving anticoagulant therapy as long as PT or PTT is within therapeutic range of intended use of anticoagulants (performed within 28 days prior to study registration up to the first dose of study drug) - Activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT) =< 1.5 X ULN unless subject is receiving anticoagulant therapy as long as PT or PTT is within therapeutic range of intended use of anticoagulants (performed within 28 days prior to study registration up to the first dose of study drug) - Female subject of childbearing potential should have a negative urine or serum pregnancy within 72 hours prior to receiving the first dose of study medication; if the urine test is positive or cannot be confirmed as negative, a serum pregnancy test will be required - Female subjects of childbearing potential should be willing to use 2 methods of birth control or be surgically sterile, or abstain from heterosexual activity for the course of the study through 120 days after the last dose of study medication; subjects of childbearing potential are those who have not been surgically sterilized or have not been free from menses for > 1 year - Male subjects should agree to use an adequate method of contraception starting with the first dose of study therapy through 120 days after the last dose of study therapy - We will allow XRT prior to study entry to other sites, with no washout period, allowed prior to study entry as long as at least one measurable sites of disease is kept unirradiated Exclusion Criteria: - Is currently participating in or has participated in a study of an investigational agent (except glutamine) or using an investigational device within 4 weeks of the first dose of treatment or 5 half lives, whichever is shorter - Has a diagnosis of immunodeficiency or is receiving systemic steroid therapy or any other form of immunosuppressive therapy within 7 days prior to the first dose of trial treatment; unless the steroid therapy is for physiological replacement - Has a diagnosis of active scleroderma, lupus, or other autoimmune disease which by the opinion of the treating radiation oncologist precludes safe radiation therapy - Has had prior radiation therapy to all available thoracic and liver lesions such that additional radiation therapy is unsafe by the opinion of the treating radiation oncologist - Has had a prior monoclonal antibody within 4 weeks or 5 half-lives, which ever is shorter, prior to study day 1 or who has not recovered (i.e., =< grade 1 or at baseline) from adverse events due to agents administered more than 4 weeks earlier - Has had prior chemotherapy or targeted small molecule therapy within 2 weeks prior to study day 1 or who has not recovered (i.e., =< grade 1 or at baseline) from adverse events due to a previously administered agent - Note: Subjects with =< grade 2 neuropathy are an exception to this criterion and may qualify for the study - Note: If subject received major surgery, they must have recovered adequately from the toxicity and/or complications from the intervention prior to starting therapy - Has a known additional malignancy that is progressing or requires active treatment; 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 known active central nervous system (CNS) 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 four weeks prior to the first dose of trial treatment 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 - Has an active autoimmune disease requiring systemic treatment within the past 3 months or a documented history of clinically severe autoimmune disease, or a syndrome that requires systemic steroids or immunosuppressive agents; subjects with vitiligo or resolved childhood asthma/atopy would be an exception to this rule; subjects that require intermittent use of bronchodilators or local steroid injections would not be excluded from the study; subjects with hypothyroidism stable on hormone replacement or Sjogren's syndrome will not be excluded from the study - Has evidence of interstitial lung disease or active, non-infectious pneumonitis - Has an active infection requiring systemic therapy or hospital admission - 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 - 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 trial, starting with the pre-screening or screening visit through 120 days after the last dose of trial treatment - Has a known history of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) (HIV 1/2 antibodies) - Has known active hepatitis B (e.g., hepatitis B virus HBsAg surface protein antigen [HBsAg] reactive) or hepatitis C (e.g., hepatitis C virus [HCV] ribonucleic acid [RNA] [qualitative] is detected) - Has received a live vaccine within 30 days prior to the first dose of trial treatment - Symptomatic brain metastasis - Has experienced a dose limiting toxicity on treatment with either prior radiation or anti programmed cell death 1 (PD-1) or programmed cell death 1 ligand 1 (PD-L1) inhibitor therapy


NCT ID:

NCT02444741


Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
James Welsh
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

James Welsh, MD
Phone: 713-563-2300
Email: jwelsh@mdanderson.org


Backup Contact:

N/A


Location Contact:

Houston, Texas 77030
United States

James Welsh
Phone: 713-563-2300

Site Status: Recruiting


Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: November 18, 2019

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