Last updated on February 2019

Cetuximab & Nivolumab in Patients With Recurrent/Metastatic Head & Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma


Brief description of study

The purpose of this study is to find out if the combination of two established anti-cancer therapies are beneficial in participants with Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC). Specifically, investigators want to determine if the combination of Cetuximab and nivolumab can help people with advanced cases of HNSCC. Both cetuximab and nivolumab have been used separately to treat HNSCC and are Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved in this type of cancer.

Detailed Study Description

PHASE I: Participants will be enrolled sequentially and treated at Dose Level 1, or Dose Level -1, every 2 weeks for 12 cycles or until discontinuation.

Each cycle is 4 weeks. Cetuximab is given alone in lead-in period at Day -14 before Cycle 1 only. In all subsequent doses starting Cycle 1 Day 1, nivolumab and cetuximab will be given concurrently. Dose limiting toxicity (DLT) assessment will be performed during Cycle 1 and will start with the initiation of the combination of cetuximab and nivolumab (4 weeks).

PHASE II: Once the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) or the recommended phase II dose of cetuximab is determined in Phase I, accrual to the phase II will begin.

FOLLOW-UP: Participants will be followed for 2 years from End of Treatment. The imaging studies will be performed every 8 weeks (2 cycles) of the treatments during Cycle 1-6 and then every 12 weeks during Cycle 7-12 as per standard of care. Patient will be followed by treating physicians as per standard of care.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03370276

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Christine H. Chung, M.D.

H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute
Tampa, FL United States
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Nabil Saba, M.D.

Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, GA United States
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James Rocco, M.D., Ph.D.

The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH United States
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Recruitment Status: Open


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