Study of Capmatinib Efficacy in Comparison With Docetaxel in Previously Treated Participants With Non-small Cell Lung Cancer Harboring MET Exon 14 Skipping Mutation (GeoMETry-III)

  • End date
    Apr 22, 2025
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Novartis Pharmaceuticals
Updated on 6 June 2022
systemic therapy
measurable disease
growth factor
epidermal growth factor receptor
cancer chemotherapy
epidermal growth factor
lung carcinoma


The purpose of the study is to learn whether the study drug (capmatinib) helps to control lung cancer better compared to a single agent chemotherapy (docetaxel) and whether it is safe when given to patients suffering from a particular type of lung cancer. This type of cancer is called non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with certain specific genetic alterations (called mutations) of a gene called MET, within a specific part of the gene called exon 14.


Approximately 90 patients with advanced or metastatic lung cancer, with these specific mutations in the MET gene but without changes in their epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) or anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) genes, will be enrolled in this study. Participants will be randomly assigned to get either capmatinib or docetaxel in a 2 to 1 ratio. The randomization will be stratified by prior lines of systemic therapy received for advanced/metastatic disease (one line vs. two lines).

During treatment, visits will be scheduled every 21 days.

For all participants, the respective treatment (either with capmatinib or docetaxel) may be continued beyond initial disease progression as per RECIST 1.1 (as assessed by the investigator and confirmed by BIRC) if, in the judgment of the investigator, there is evidence of clinical benefit, and the participant wishes to continue on the study treatment. After treatment discontinuation, all participants will be followed for safety evaluations during the safety follow-up period, and the participant's status will be collected every 12 weeks as part of the survival follow-up.

Participants randomized to docetaxel treatment will be eligible to crossover to receive capmatinib treatment after BIRC-confirmed, RECIST 1.1-defined progressive disease and after meeting the eligibility criteria prior to crossover.

Condition Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung
Treatment docetaxel, capmatinib
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04427072
SponsorNovartis Pharmaceuticals
Last Modified on6 June 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

Stage IIIB/IIIC (not amenable to surgery, radiation or multi modality therapy) or IV NSCLC (according to Version 8 of the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) Staging Manual) at the time of study entry
Histologically or cytologically confirmed diagnosis of NSCLC that is
EGFR wt. Assessed as part of participant's standard of care by a validated test for EGFR mutations as per local guidelines. The EGFR wt status (for EGFR mutations that predict sensitivity to EGFR therapy, including, but not limited to exon 19 deletions and exon 21 L858R substitution mutations
AND ALK rearrangement negative. Assessed as part of participant's standard of care by a validated test
AND has METΔex14 mutation as determined by Novartis-designated central laboratory or by locally performed, tissue-based test, validated according to local regulation, from a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)-certified US laboratory or an accredited local laboratory outside of the US. The positive METΔex14 mutation result as determined per local test must be documented in the participant's source documents and in the CRF prior to entering main screening
Mandatory provision of a formalin-fixed, paraffin embedded tumor tissue sample
(archival tumor block or slides, or a newly obtained tumor sample) with
quality and quantity sufficient to allow assessment of METΔex14 mutation
At least one measurable lesion as defined by RECIST 1.1
status (as defined in the study [laboratory manual]). This pertains to all
Adequate organ function
participants, including those who have a METΔex14 mutation result from a local
Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status (PS) of 0 or 1
test. Tumor samples must contain at least 10% tumor content
\. Participants must have progressed on one or two prior lines of
Progressed on one or two prior lines of systemic therapy for advanced/metastatic disease (stage IIIB/IIIC [not candidates for surgery, radiation or multi modality therapy] or IV NSCLC) and must be docetaxel naïve and candidates for single agent chemotherapy (docetaxel). Treatment failure is defined as documented disease progression or intolerance to treatment., however participants must have progressed on or after the last therapy before study entry
Participants must have a life expectancy of at least 3 months

Exclusion Criteria

Prior treatment with any MET inhibitor or HGF-targeting therapy
Participants with symptomatic central nervous system (CNS) metastases who are neurologically unstable or have required increasing doses of steroids within the 2 weeks prior to study entry to manage CNS symptoms
Presence or history of interstitial lung disease or interstitial pneumonitis, including clinically significant radiation pneumonitis (i.e., affecting activities of daily living or requiring therapeutic intervention)
Substance abuse, active infection or other severe, acute, or chronic medical or psychotic conditions or laboratory abnormalities that in the opinion of the investigator may increase the risk associated with study participation
Other protocol-defined inclusion/exclusion criteria may apply
Participants with known druggable molecular alterations (such as ROS1and RET rearrangement, BRAF mutation, KRAS mutation, NTRK fusion, etc.) which might be a candidate for alternative targeted therapies
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