First-line Gemcitabine/Cisplatin +/- Avelumab in Locally Advanced or Metastatic Bladder Carcinoma

  • End date
    Dec 31, 2022
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    University Hospital, Bordeaux
Updated on 26 January 2021
measurable disease
bladder tumor
bladder carcinoma
metastatic bladder carcinoma


This study will assess efficacy (based on response rate) and safety (based on grade 3 severe adverse effects) of the combination Gemcitabine Cisplatin (GC) + anti-PD-L1 (avelumab) in first-line treatment for locally advanced or metastatic urothelial bladder cancer patients, after 6 cycles of treatment (or at 18 weeks if less than 6 cycles have been given, or earlier if a second line treatment is needed, before this new anticancer treatment has been started).


Recent results in cancer research highlight the importance of immune checkpoints in the control of immune response and provide access to molecules interfering with the inhibited immune response during the development of cancer. Drugs targeted against CTLA-4, PD-1 or PD-L1 have shown efficacy in various tumor types. In locally advanced or metastatic urothelial bladder cancer (MBC), the standard first-line treatment is the association of Gemcitabine and Cisplatin (GC). Objective responses and prolonged objective responses have been reported with monoclonal antibodies against PD-1 or PD-L1 in MBC patients after failure of chemotherapy. Avelumab is an investigational fully human anti-PD-L1 IgG1 monoclonal antibody. Avelumab treatment did not show unexpected cross-toxicity with chemotherapy when studied in phase I / II in patients with different tumor types. So the combination at full doses of GC and avelumab seems appropriate.

The experimental treatment is a combination of GC and avelumab given for 6 cycles. The duration of each cycle is 3 weeks (Gemcitabine: dose of 1000 mg/m2 as an intravenous infusion over 30 minutes on Days 1 and 8 of each 21-day cycle; Cisplatin: dose of 70 mg/m2 as a slow intravenous infusion over 2 to 4 hours on Day 1 of each 21-day cycle; Avelumab: 10 mg/kg body weight administered Iv once every 3 weeks).

Patients who have received all scheduled treatments and whose disease has not progressed at the end of treatment will enter into disease follow-up. During this follow-up period, patients will have disease and safety assessments performed every 3 months. Patients will remain in follow-up for up to 1 year from last dose of treatment and will have survival follow-up.

Condition bladder cancer, Urothelial Cancer, Bladder Carcinoma, carcinoma of the bladder
Treatment Avelumab, GC, GC
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT03324282
SponsorUniversity Hospital, Bordeaux
Last Modified on26 January 2021


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