Atezolizumab Plus One-year BCG Bladder Instillation in BCG-naive High-risk Non-muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer Patients (ALBAN)

  • End date
    Feb 1, 2028
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
Updated on 16 June 2022
gilbert's syndrome
neutrophil count
carcinoma in situ
bladder cancer
invasive bladder cancer
transitional cell carcinoma
transurethral resection
bladder tumor
bladder instillation
intravesical administration


This is an open-label, randomized, multicentric study in patients with high-risk non-muscle invasive bladder cancer who had never received BCG for this disease.

The objective is to evaluate the efficacy of atezolizumab as measured by recurrence-free survival.


ALBAN study will randomize 516 patients in 45 centers in Europe (France, Belgium and Spain), according to a ratio 1:1 in the following arms of treatment:

  • Arm A (control arm): BCG only
  • Arm B (experimental arm): BCG+ atezolizumab

The are two factors of stratifications (center and CIS).

Condition Bladder Cancer
Treatment Atezolizumab, BCG
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT03799835
Last Modified on16 June 2022


Yes No Not Sure

Inclusion Criteria

Signed informed consent form after the last endoscopic surgery (TURBT)
Adult man and women ( age ≥18 years)
Any high risk non muscle invasive urothelial carcinoma histologically confirmed (mixed histology tumors allowed if urothelial carcinoma histology is predominant) defined on the TURBT as any of the following
T1 tumor and/or
High grade (WHO 2004) and/or
Grade 3 (WHO1973) and/or
Carcinoma in situ (CIS)
Tumor tissue available from the surgery for central confirmation of the diagnosis and
At least one additional (second) resection of the primary tumor has been performed in any of the following cases [without upstaging towards Muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer (EAU guidelines, 2017)]
analysis the expression of PD-L1
T1 tumors at physician's discretion
incomplete initial TURB
no muscle in the specimen (can be omitted if TaLG/G1 tumors or primary CIS only was found)
Absence of metastasis in pelvis, abdomen, or chest, as confirmed by a negative
baseline computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan no
Systolic blood pressure (BP) <160 mmHg and diastolic BP <95 mmHg, as documented within 7 days prior to the first study treatment (hypertension allowed provided it is controlled)
more than 90 days prior to the first study treatment
Adequate hematologic and end-organ function, as defined by the following laboratory results obtained within 7 days prior to the first study treatment
Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status of ≤2
Life expectancy ≥12 weeks
absolute neutrophil count (ANC) ≥1500 cells/μL
white blood cell (WBC) counts >2500/μL
Lymphocyte count ≥300/μL
Platelet count ≥100,000/μL
Hemoglobin ≥9.0 g/dL
aspartate aminotransferase (ASAT), alanine aminotransferase (ALAT), and alkaline phosphatase ≤2.5 × the upper limit of normal (ULN)
Serum bilirubin ≤1.0 × ULN Patients with known Gilbert disease who have serum bilirubin level ≤3 × ULN may be enrolled
Patients affiliated to the social security system
Partial thromboplastin time (PTT)/Prothrombin Time (PT) ≤1.5 × ULN or international normalized ratio (INR) <1.7 × ULN
Patient is willing and able to comply with the protocol for the duration of the trial including undergoing treatment and scheduled visits, and examinations including follow-up
Calculated creatinine clearance ≥20 mL/min (Cockcroft-Gault formula)
For women of childbearing potential: agreement to remain abstinent (refrain from
heterosexual intercourse) or use contraceptive methods that result in a
failure rate of <1% per year during the treatment period and for at least 5
months after the last dose of atezolizumab

Exclusion Criteria

Patient having received previous BCG therapy for bladder cancer
Any approved anti-cancer therapy, including systemic chemotherapy, or hormonal therapy within 3 weeks prior to initiation of study treatment. Hormone-replacement therapy or oral contraceptives are allowed
Treatment with any other investigational agent or participation in another clinical trial with therapeutic intent within 28 days or five half-lives of the drug, whichever is longer, prior to day 1 of study treatment
Malignancies other than urothelial cancer within 5 years prior to Day 1 of cycle 1 of treatment except the following
Patients with malignancies of a negligible risk of metastasis or death (e.g., risk of metastasis or death <5% at 5 years) are eligible provided they meet all of the following criteria: malignancy treated with expected curative intent (such as adequately treated carcinoma in situ of the cervix, basal or squamous cell skin cancer, or ductal carcinoma in situ treated surgically with curative intent) and no evidence of recurrence or metastasis by follow-up imaging and any disease-specific tumor markers
Pregnancy or breastfeeding
History of severe allergic, anaphylactic, or other hypersensitivity reactions to chimeric or humanized antibodies or fusion proteins
Known hypersensitivity to biopharmaceuticals produced in Chinese hamster ovary cells or any component of the atezolizumab formulation
Patients with localized low risk prostate cancer (defined as Stage ≤T2b, Gleason score ≤7, and PSA at prostate cancer diagnosis ≤20 ng/mL [if measured]) treated with curative intent (radiotherapy and/or prostatectomy) and without prostate-specific antigen (PSA) recurrence are eligible
Patients with a history of autoimmune-related hypothyroidism/hyperthyroidism on a stable dose of thyroid replacement hormone may be eligible for this study
Patients with low risk prostate cancer (defined as Stage T1/T2a, Gleason score ≤7 and PSA ≤10 ng/mL) who are treatment-naive and undergoing active surveillance are eligible
Patients with controlled Type I diabetes mellitus on a stable dose of insulin regimen may be eligible for this study
History of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, organizing pneumonia (e.g., bronchiolitis obliterans), drug-induced pneumonitis, idiopathic pneumonitis, or evidence of active pneumonitis on screening chest CT scan may be eligible
History of radiation pneumonitis in the radiation field (fibrosis) is permitted
Serum albumin <2.5 g/dL
Known HIV infection
History of autoimmune disease or history of immunosuppression, or conditions associated with congenital or acquired immune deficiency , including, but not limited to, myasthenia gravis, myositis, autoimmune hepatitis, systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, vascular thrombosis associated with antiphospholipid syndrome, Wegener's granulomatosis, Sjögren's syndrome, Guillain-Barré syndrome, multiple sclerosis, vasculitis, or glomerulonephritis (see Appendix 6 for a more comprehensive list of autoimmune diseases)
Patients with active hepatitis B virus (HBV; chronic or acute; defined as having a positive hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) test prior the randomisation) or hepatitis C
Patients with past HBV infection or resolved HBV infection (defined as the presence of hepatitis B core antibody (HBc Ab) and absence of HBsAg) are eligible. HBV DNA must be obtained in these patients prior to randomisation
Patients positive for hepatitis C virus (HCV) antibody are eligible only if polymerase chain reaction is negative for HCV RNA
Known active tuberculosis
Severe infections within 4 weeks prior to Cycle 1, Day 1, including but not limited to hospitalization for complications of infection, bacteremia, or severe pneumonia
Signs or symptoms of urinary infection and/or other signs and symptoms > grade 1 (NCI CTCAE v5.0) within 2 weeks prior to Cycle 1, Day 1
Patients receiving therapeutic oral or IV antibiotics within 2 weeks prior to Cycle 1, Day 1 are not eligible
Patients receiving prophylactic antibiotics (e.g., for prevention of a urinary tract infection or to prevent chronic obstructive pulmonary disease exacerbation) are eligible
Patients with known coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure not meeting the above criteria, or left ventricular ejection fraction <50% must be on a stable medical regimen that is optimized in the opinion of the treating physician, in consultation with a cardiologist if appropriate
Prior allogeneic stem cell or solid organ transplant
Administration of a live, attenuated vaccine within 4 weeks before Cycle 1, Day 1 or anticipation if such a live, attenuated vaccine will be required during the study
Significant cardiovascular disease, such as New York Heart Association cardiac disease
Prior treatment with CD137 agonists or immune checkpoint-blockade therapies, including anti-CD40, anti-CTLA-4, anti-PD-1, and anti-PD-L1 therapeutic antibodies
(Class II or greater), myocardial infarction within the previous 3 months
Treatment with systemic immunostimulatory agents (including but not limited to interferons, interleukin 2 (IL-2)) within 6 weeks or five half-lives of the drug, whichever is shorter, prior to Cycle 1, Day 1
before Cycle1, Day 1, unstable arrhythmias, or unstable angina
Treatment with systemic corticosteroids or other systemic immunosuppressive medications (including but not limited to prednisone, dexamethasone, cyclophosphamide, azathioprine, methotrexate, thalidomide, and anti-tumor necrosis factor (anti-TNF) agents) within 2 weeks prior to Cycle 1, Day 1, or anticipated requirement for systemic immunosuppressive medications during the trial
Patients who have received acute, low-dose, systemic immunosuppressant medications (e.g., a one-time dose of dexamethasone for nausea, multiple doses for contrast allergy) may be enrolled in the study
Major surgical procedure other than for diagnosis within 4 weeks prior to Cycle 1, Day
or anticipation of need for a major surgical procedure during the course of
Person deprived of their liberty or under protective custody or guardianship
the study
Influenza vaccination should be given during influenza season only (approximately October through May in the Northern Hemisphere and approximately April through September in the Southern Hemisphere). Patients must agree not to receive live, attenuated influenza vaccine (e.g., FluMist®) within 4 weeks prior to Cycle 1, Day 1, at randomization, during treatment or within 5 months following the last dose of atezolizumab (for patients randomized to atezolizumab)
Any other disease, metabolic dysfunction, physical examination finding, or clinical
laboratory finding giving reasonable suspicion of a disease or condition that
contraindicates the use of an investigational drug or that may affect the
interpretation of the results or render the patient at high risk from
treatment complications
The use of inhaled or low-dose (e.g., ≤10 mg/day prednisone) corticosteroids for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or asthma, mineralocorticoids (e.g., fludrocortisone for adrenal insufficiency) and low-dose corticosteroids for patients with orthostatic hypotension or adrenocortical insufficiency is allowed
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