Last updated on February 2018

Perioperative Chemo and Pembrolizumab in Gastric Cancer

Brief description of study

This is a non-randomized, multi-site, open-label trial of pembrolizumab and chemotherapy in subjects with gastric or gastroesophageal (GE) junction adenocarcinoma. The purpose of this study is to determine and evaluate the efficacy of combination therapy with immune checkpoint blockade and chemotherapy used in the perioperative period in eradicating micrometastatic disease; and to compare paired tissue and serum samples (pre-treatment and post-treatment) from individually treated patients to explore the immune effects of combination therapy and predictors of response.

Detailed Study Description

Gastric cancer is one of the most common cancers worldwide. Surgical resection is the primary treatment for gastric cancer but most patients present with locally advanced disease and recurrence is common after surgery. Many patients (35%) will have early recurrence within 6-9 months of surgery indicating the need for more aggressive upfront therapy in these subjects. In addition, the majority of patients will ultimately have recurrence and 5 year survival rates are 35-40% despite aggressive therapy.

The ability to combine immunotherapy with pembrolizumab gives the potential to increase therapeutic options while continuing standard of care chemotherapy. The particular use of maintenance therapy may delay or eliminate the growth of residual micrometastatic disease and lead to durable disease control. Additionally, this study provides the foundation for substantial correlative work to define tumor and patient characteristics that may predict for response to pembrolizumab in gastric cancer.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT02918162

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Manish Shah, MD

Weill Cornell Medical College/ NewYork-Presbyterian
New York, NY United States
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Paul Oberstein, MD

Columbia University Medical Center
New York, NY United States
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