Last updated on June 2019

Ficlatuzumab w/wo Cetuximab in Patients w/Cetuximab-Resistant Recurrent or Metastatic Head/Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma


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You may be eligible for this study if you meet the following criteria:

  • Conditions: Squamous Cell Carcinoma of Unknown Primary Origin | Stage IVB Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma | Stage IV Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma | Stage IVA Lip and Oral Cavity Squamous Cell Carcinoma | Stage IVB Lip and Oral Cavity Squamous Cell Carcinoma AJCC v6 and v7 | Stage IVB Lip and Oral Cavity Squamous Cell Carcinoma | Stage IV Lip and Oral Cavity Squamous Cell Carcinoma AJCC v6 and v7 | Stage IVC Lip and Oral Cavity Squamous Cell Carcinoma | Stage IV Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Lip and Oral Cavity | head and neck cancer | Stage IVB Nasal Cavity and Paranasal Sinus Squamous Cell Carcinoma | Stage IVC Nasopharyngeal Keratinizing Squamous Cell Carcinoma AJCC v7 | Stage IVB Nasopharyngeal Keratinizing Squamous Cell Carcinoma | Stage IV Nasopharyngeal Keratinizing Squamous Cell Carcinoma | Stage IV Lip and Oral Cavity Squamous Cell Carcinoma | Stage IVC Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma | Stage IV Nasal Cavity and Paranasal Sinus Squamous Cell Carcinoma AJCC v7 | Stage IVA Nasal Cavity and Paranasal Sinus Squamous Cell Carcinoma | Stage IVB Nasal Cavity and Paranasal Sinus Squamous Cell Carcinoma AJCC v7 | Stage IVC Nasopharyngeal Keratinizing Squamous Cell Carcinoma | Stage IVC Lip and Oral Cavity Squamous Cell Carcinoma AJCC v6 and v7 | Stage IVC Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma AJCC v7 | Stage IVB Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma AJCC v7 | Stage IV Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma AJCC v7 | Stage IVC Nasal Cavity and Paranasal Sinus Squamous Cell Carcinoma AJCC v7 | Stage IVA Nasopharyngeal Keratinizing Squamous Cell Carcinoma AJCC v7 | Recurrent Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma | Stage IV Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Paranasal Sinus and Nasal Cavity | HNSCC | Stage IVA Nasal Cavity and Paranasal Sinus Squamous Cell Carcinoma AJCC v7 | Stage IVC Nasal Cavity and Paranasal Sinus Squamous Cell Carcinoma | Oropharyngeal Cancer | Head and Neck Basaloid Carcinoma | Stage IVA Nasopharyngeal Keratinizing Squamous Cell Carcinoma | Stage IV Nasopharyngeal Keratinizing Squamous Cell Carcinoma AJCC v7 | Stage IVA Lip and Oral Cavity Squamous Cell Carcinoma AJCC v6 and v7 | Stage IVA Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma AJCC v7 | Recurrent Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma | Stage IVB Nasopharyngeal Keratinizing Squamous Cell Carcinoma AJCC v7 | Stage IVA Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Age: Between 18 - 100 Years
  • Gender: Male or Female

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients must have histologically confirmed HNSCC from any primary site; basaloid, poorly differentiated, and undifferentiated carcinoma histologies will be accepted; nasopharyngeal carcinoma, World Health Organization (WHO) type I and II (keratinizing, non-Epstein-Barr virus [EBV] positive), will be included; paranasal sinus, lip and external auditory canal sites will be included; squamous cell carcinoma of unknown primary, clearly related to the head and neck, will be included
  • Recurrent/metastatic disease, fulfilling at least one of the criteria defined below:
  • Incurable disease as assessed by surgical or radiation oncology
  • Metastatic (M1) disease
  • Persistent or progressive disease following curative-intent radiation, and not a candidate for surgical salvage due to incurability or morbidity; patients who decline radical surgery are eligible
  • For patients with oropharyngeal primary site or unknown primary site only: tumoral human papillomavirus (HPV) status must be known, as established by the local site; acceptable standards include p16 immunohistochemistry (where a tumor is classified as p16-positive when showing diffuse nuclear and cytoplasmic staining in at least 70% of tumor cells) and/or assessment of HPV deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA)
  • Patients must be cetuximab-resistant by fulfilling at least one of the criteria defined below:
  • Disease persistence or recurrence within 6 months of completing definitive radiotherapy for locally advanced disease; radiation must have included concurrent cetuximab; induction chemotherapy, if given, may or may not have included cetuximab
  • Disease progression during, or within 6 months, of cetuximab treatment in the recurrent/metastatic setting
  • Prior cetuximab exposure may have occurred in any line of therapy (first line, second line, etc.) and cetuximab is not required to be the most recent therapy received
  • Patients must be platinum-resistant or platinum-ineligible by fulfilling at least one of the criteria defined below:
  • Disease persistence or recurrence within 6 months of completing definitive radiotherapy for locally advanced disease, where platinum chemotherapy was administered as a component of induction and/or concurrent systemic treatment
  • Disease progression during, or within 6 months, of treatment with platinum chemotherapy (eg. carboplatin or cisplatin) in the recurrent/metastatic setting
  • The patient is not an acceptable candidate for platinum chemotherapy due to medical comorbidities, in the judgment of the local investigator
  • Prior platinum exposure may have occurred in any line of therapy (first line, second line, etc.) and is not required to be the most recent therapy received
  • Prior exposure to immunotherapy, including anti-PD1/PDL1, anti-CTLA4, anti-tumor necrosis factor receptor (TNFR) antibodies or other investigational immunotherapies, is acceptable
  • Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group performance status 0-1 at time of informed consent
  • Patients must consent to a research biopsy of tumor tissue at baseline, for conduct of correlative studies; archived biopsy material may only be substituted only if no interval anti-cancer systemic therapy has been administered
  • Measurable disease per Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors (RECIST) criteria, version 1.1
  • Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) >= 1500/mm^3 (measured within 28 days of registration)
  • Platelet count (PLT) >= 75,000/mm^3 (measured within 28 days of registration)
  • Creatinine clearance >= 40 ml/min as determined by 24-hour collection or estimated by the Cockcroft-Gault formula (measured within 28 days of registration)
  • Serum bilirubin =< 1.5 times upper-limit of normal (ULN) (measured within 28 days of registration)
  • AST (aspartate aminotransferase) and ALT (alanine aminotransferase) =< 3 times ULN (measured within 28 days of registration)
  • No prior severe infusion reaction to cetuximab or a monoclonal antibody
  • Written informed consent must be obtained from all patients prior to beginning therapy; patients should have the ability to understand and the willingness to sign a written informed consent document
  • If a woman of childbearing potential, documentation of negative pregnancy within 14 days prior to registration; a negative pregnancy test must also be confirmed within 3 days of the first dose of ficlatuzumab; sexually active women of childbearing potential must agree to use adequate contraceptive measures, while on study and for 30 days after the last dose of study drug; all fertile female subjects (and their partners) must agree to use a highly effective method of contraception; effective birth control includes (a) intrauterine device (IUD) plus one barrier method; or (b) 2 barrier methods; effective barrier methods are male or female condoms, diaphragms, and spermicides (creams or gels that contain a chemical to kill sperm)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Nasopharyngeal primary site, if WHO type III (non-keratinizing and EBV-positive as established at the local site)
  • History of severe allergic or anaphylactic reactions or hypersensitivity to recombinant proteins or excipients in the investigational agent
  • Prior treatment with an hepatocyte growth factor (HGF)/cMet inhibitor such as rilotumumab, crizotinib, MetMAb, or ARQ197
  • Uncontrolled central nervous system (CNS) metastases, including leptomeningeal metastases, are not allowed; subjects with previously treated brain metastases will be allowed if the brain metastases have been stable without steroid treatment for at least 2 weeks (radiotherapy or surgery)
  • Failure to recover to grade 1 or baseline from all toxic effects of previous chemotherapy, radiation therapy, biologic therapy, immunotherapy, and/or experimental therapy, with the exception of: alopecia, grade =< 2 peripheral neuropathy, grade =< 2 cetuximab-related rash or other skin changes, hypomagnesemia (acceptable values detailed below), hypokalemia (acceptable values detailed below), and the acceptable hematologic values summarized above; a washout period of 2 weeks from prior cetuximab is required; a washout period of 3 weeks from any prior cytotoxic chemotherapy, targeted therapy, immunotherapy or investigational drug is required
  • Significant pulmonary disease, including pulmonary hypertension or interstitial pneumonitis
  • Decreased serum albumin < 30 g/L (< 3 g/dL)
  • Peripheral edema >= grade 2 per National Cancer Institute (NCI)-Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events (CTCAE) version 4.0
  • Significant electrolyte imbalance prior to enrollment (note that patients may be supplemented to achieve acceptable electrolyte values):
  • Hypomagnesemia < 1.2 mg/dL or 0.5 mmol/L
  • Hypocalcemia < 8.0 mg/dL or 2.0 mmol/L
  • Hypokalemia < 3.0 mmol/L
  • Significant cardiovascular disease, including:
  • Cardiac failure New York Heart Association (NYHA) class III or IV
  • Myocardial infarction, severe or unstable angina within 6 months prior to study day 1
  • History of serious ventricular arrhythmia (i.e., ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation)
  • Cardiac arrhythmia requiring anti-arrhythmic medication(s); note that beta-blockers, calcium channel blockers, and digoxin administered for the purpose rate control of supraventricular tachycardia, including atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter, are not classified as anti-arrhythmic medications for purposes of trial eligibility
  • Significant thrombotic or embolic events within 4 weeks prior to study day 1; significant thrombotic or embolic events include but are not limited to stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA); catheter-related thrombosis is not a cause for exclusion; diagnosis of deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism is allowed if it occurred > 4 weeks prior to study day 1 and the patient is asymptomatic and stable on anti-coagulation therapy
  • Any other medical condition (eg, alcohol abuse) or psychiatric condition that, in the opinion of the investigator, might interfere with the subject?s participation in the trial or interfere with the interpretation of trial results
  • History of second malignancy within 2 years prior to study day 1 (except for excised and cured non-melanoma skin cancer, carcinoma in situ of breast or cervix, superficial bladder cancer, stage I differentiated thyroid cancer that is resected or observed, or pT1a /pT1b prostate cancer comprising < 5% of resected tissue with normal prostate specific antigen (PSA) since resection, or cT1a/cT1b prostate cancer treated with brachytherapy or external beam radiation therapy with normal PSA since radiation)
  • Major surgery within 6 weeks prior to study day 1 (subjects must have completely recovered from any previous surgery prior to study day 1)
  • Active infection requiring systemic antibiotics or antifungals within 7 days prior to first dose of study drug; exception: tetracycline family antibiotics (tetracycline, doxycycline, minocycline) administered for the management of cetuximab-related rash may be continued per the investigator?s judgment
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-positive patients receiving combination anti-retroviral therapy are excluded from the study; appropriate studies will be undertaken in patients receiving combination anti-retroviral therapy when indicated; Note: HIV testing is not required for entry into this protocol
  • Women must not be pregnant or breastfeeding; pregnant women are excluded from this study

Recruitment Status: Open


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