ANZUP - Non-clear Cell Post Immunotherapy CABozantinib (UNICAB)

  • End date
    Apr 30, 2024
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Australian and New Zealand Urogenital and Prostate Cancer Trials Group
Updated on 19 February 2021
Deepti Pandey
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ct scan
serum pregnancy test
growth factor
kinase inhibitor
neutrophil count
liver metastasis
curative surgery
renal function tests
kidney cancer
metastatic renal cell carcinoma
papillary renal cell carcinoma
24-hour urine protein


Renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is the 9th most common cancer in Australia, the 10th most common cancer in Western populations.~75% of kidney cancers are clear-cell renal cell carcinomas (ccRCC). Many patients present with advanced or unresectable disease at diagnosis and a number of treatments are now available for metastatic ccRCC included vascular endothelial growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitors (VEGFR TKIs), mTOR inhibitors, and cytokines. More recently first line use of immunotherapy demonstrated improved survival with checkpoint inhibitors. While many patients benefit from first-line treatment, progression is inevitable and these treatments remain on the whole palliative. Second-line VEGFR TKIs, mTOR inhibitors and immunotherapy have some benefit but in a smaller increment than first-line treatment.

While ~75% of kidney cancers are the clear-cell variant, ~25% of kidney cancers are non-clear cell histology (nccRCC) and include papillary, chromophobe, sarcomatoid, collecting duct carcinoma, Xp11 translocation carcinoma and unclassified. Patients with non-ccRCC have significantly lower response rates and poorer median progression-free survival and overall survival than those with ccRCC. Non clear cell histologies have largely been excluded from large phase III randomised clinical trials and therefore the optimal treatment and sequencing of therapies for these patients remains unclear.

Despite recent unprecedented advances in treatment, there continues to be an unmet need to improve outcomes for patients with previously untreated, unresectable or metastatic renal cell carcinoma. This is particularly relevant in non-clear cell RCC. Because it is a rarer subtype of metastatic renal cell carcinoma, it is more challenging to study, and treatment efficacy data is sparse.

The research project is testing a new treatment for participants with locally advanced or metastatic non-clear cell kidney cancer. The new treatment involves a drug called Cabozantinib (also known as Cabometyx). This drug has been used previously in many cancers, including clear cell kidney cancer and thyroid cancer.

The purpose of this study is to test the effectiveness (how well the drug works), safety, and tolerability of Cabozantinib. Cabozantinib is a anti-cancer drug that works by blocking cancer cell growth. It blocks particular proteins called protein kinases on cancer cells. Protein kinases encourage the cancer to grow. Cabozantinib is called a multi kinase inhibitor because it blocks a number of these proteins. How well cabozantinib works in cancer of the kidney will be tested by measuring the change in size of your tumours that are seen on CT scans.

Cabozantinib is approved to treat clear cell kidney cancer and thyroid cancer in Australia. It has not been tested in people with non-clear cell kidney cancer.

About 48 participants with non-clear cell kidney cancer are expected to participate in this study, from Australia. Even though this study may be suitable for you, it is possible that you may not be enrolled in this study.

This research study has been initiated by Dr. David Pook, is being conducted in collaboration with the Centre for Biostatistics and Clinical Trials (BaCT) and sponsored in Australia by the Australian and New Zealand Urogenital and Prostate (ANZUP) Cancer Trials Group Pty Ltd. Ipsen is supplying

Condition Adenocarcinoma, Malignant neoplasm of kidney, Renal Cell Carcinoma, Papillary Renal Cell Carcinoma Type 1, Papillary Renal Cell Carcinoma Type 2, Kidney Cancer, Malignant Adenoma, Renal Cell Cancer, Renal Cancer, Xp11.2 Translocation-Related Renal Cell Carcinoma, Xp11.2 Translocation-Related Renal Cell Carcinoma, Xp11.2 Translocation-Related Renal Cell Carcinoma, Xp11.2 Translocation-Related Renal Cell Carcinoma, clear cell renal cell carcinoma, Xp11.2 Translocation-Related Renal Cell Carcinoma, Xp11.2 Translocation-Related Renal Cell Carcinoma
Treatment Cabozantinib
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT03685448
SponsorAustralian and New Zealand Urogenital and Prostate Cancer Trials Group
Last Modified on19 February 2021


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Inclusion Criteria

Histologically confirmed un-resectable, locally advanced (defined as disease not amenable to curative surgery or radiation therapy) or metastatic non-clear cell renal cell histology (comprising greater than 50% of the tumour) including
Papillary renal cell carcinoma (type 1)
Papillary renal cell carcinoma (type 2)
Other subtypes: including chromophobe renal cell carcinoma, sarcomatoid renal cell carcinoma, Xp11 translocation (TFE3+ IHC) carcinoma, other renal carcinoma NOS
Patient is either
Ineligible for checkpoint inhibitor immunotherapy due to pre-existing autoimmune disorder in the opinion of the investigator, or
Has progressed following treatment with checkpoint inhibitor immunotherapy
Be greater than 18 years of age on the day of signing informed consent
At least 1 target lesion according to RECIST v1.1
Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status of 0-1 (refer to Appendix 1)
Adequate bone marrow function (performed within 14 days prior to registration and with values within the ranges specified below)
Haemoglobin 90g/L
Platelets 100x109/L
Neutrophil count 1.5x109/L
Adequate liver function (performed within 14 days prior to registration and with values within the ranges specified below)
Bilirubin 1.5 x upper limit of normal (ULN) except for participants with known Gilbert's syndrome who can have total bilirubin < 3.0 mg/dL
AST or ALT 3.0 x ULN (or 5.0x ULN in the presence of liver metastases)
Adequate renal function (performed within 14 days prior to registration and with values within the ranges specified below)
Creatinine 1.5x ULN, or Creatinine clearance (CrCl) 30mL/min (use Cockcroft-Gault Formula, refer to Appendix 2)
Urinalysis (dipstick) negative for protein, or for those with positive protein detected on urinalysis (2+), urine protein-to-creatinine ratio (UPCR) 1mg/mg ( 113.2mg/mmol)
Negative pregnancy test for female participants of childbearing potential within 72 hours prior to registration. If urine test cannot be confirmed as negative, a negative serum pregnancy test is required
Female participants of childbearing potential must be willing to use two 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. Participants of childbearing potential are those who have not been surgically sterilized or have not been free from menses for greater than 1 year
Male participants with sexual partners of childbearing age must agree to use an adequate method of contraception, must agree to use a condom during intercourse and must agree to refrain from sperm donation starting with the first dose of study therapy through 120 days after the last dose of study therapy
Able to provide a formalin-fixed paraffin embedded (FFPE) tumour block, representative of the participant's primary or metastatic disease (preferred), which must be forwarded to the Centre for Biostatistics and Clinical Trials (BaCT) within 10 working days post registration (if not previously collected for the UNISoN study). Note: If FFPE tumour tissue block is not obtainable, then unstained slides are also acceptable. If archival tissue is not available, patient must be willing to provide a fresh tumour biopsy
Willing and able to start treatment within 14 days of registration, and to comply with all study requirements, including the timing and/or nature of the required treatment and assessments
Has provided signed, written informed consent

Exclusion Criteria

Patients with urothelial or transitional cell carcinoma of the renal pelvis or ureter
Predominant clear cell renal cell carcinoma. A minority of clear cell histology (<50%) is acceptable, but there must be >50% non-clear cell histology predominant
Untreated brain or leptomeningeal metastases or current clinical or radiological progression of known brain metastases or requirement for steroid therapy for brain metastases. Participants with treated brain metastases are eligible if metastases have been shown to be stable on repeat imaging post treatment and steroid treatment has been ceased for 3 weeks
Serious Cardiovascular disorders
Congestive heart failure New York Heart Association class 3 or 4, unstable angina pectoris, serious cardiac arrhythmias
Uncontrolled hypertension defined as sustained BP > 150 mm Hg systolic or > 100 mm Hg diastolic despite optimal antihypertensive treatment
Stroke (including TIA), myocardial infarction, or other ischemic event, or thromboembolic event (e.g., deep venous thrombosis, pulmonary embolism) within 6 months before randomization
Concurrent treatment with strong CYP3A4 inducers or inhibitors (such as ketoconazole and rifampicin), P-glycoprotein substrates (such as fexofenadine, ambrisentan, dabigatran etexilate, digoxin, colchicine, maraviroc, posaconazole, ranolazine, saxagliptin, sitagliptin, talinolol and tolvaptan), MRP2 inhibitors (such as cyclosporine, efavirenz and emtricitabine), or direct oral anticoagulants such as thrombin inhibitors or factor Xa inhibitors. Use of low molecular weight heparin (LMWH) is permitted
Active infection requiring systemic therapy within 14 days before registration
Life expectancy of less than 3 months
Prior systemic therapy, surgery or radiation therapy within 4 weeks before registation. Note: If the participant has undergone major surgery, complete wound healing must have occurred 1 month prior to registration. Patients must not have received prior targeted therapy or chemotherapy, but may have received previous checkpoint immunotherapy, for example, via the UNISoN trial (NCT03177239)
History of another active malignancy except for locally curable cancers that have been apparently cured, such as low-grade thyroid carcinoma, prostate cancer not requiring treatment (Gleason grade 6), basal or squamous cell skin cancer, superficial bladder cancer, melanoma in situ or carcinoma in situ of the prostate, cervix, or breast. Participants who have been treated for other malignancies and have a <5% chance of relapse according to the investigator are eligible for this study
Other significant active infection, including hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV. Hepatitis and HIV testing is not mandatory unless clinically indicated
Participants should be excluded if they have a history of allergy to study drug components or problems of galactose intolerance, the Lapp lactase deficiency or glucose galactose malabsorption
Serious medical or psychiatric conditions that might limit the ability of the patient to comply with the protocol
Patient is pregnant or breastfeeding
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