Assessment of Efficacy and Safety of Monalizumab Plus Cetuximab Compared to Placebo Plus Cetuximab in Recurrent or Metastatic Head and Neck Cancer (INTERLINK-1)

  • End date
    Mar 28, 2024
  • participants needed
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Updated on 12 July 2022


This is a randomized, double-blind, multicenter, global Phase 3 study to assess the efficacy and safety of monalizumab and cetuximab, compared to placebo and cetuximab, in patients with recurrent or metastatic head and neck cancer.


Patients with recurrent or metastatic squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN) who had prior immune checkpoint inhibitor and platinum-based chemotherapy treatment will be randomized in a 2:1 ratio to monalizumab and cetuximab or placebo and cetuximab. Efficacy and safety assessments will be performed periodically from the time of enrollment and throughout the study. Patients in all arms will continue therapy until progression, unacceptable toxicity, withdrawal of consent, or another discontinuation criterion is met. All patients will be followed for survival after progression is confirmed.

Condition Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Head and Neck
Treatment Cetuximab, monalizumab
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04590963
Last Modified on12 July 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

Are aged 18 years and over
Recurrent or metastatic squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN), (oral cavity, oropharynx, hypopharynx, or larynx) which has progressed on or after previous systemic cancer therapy and is not amenable to curative therapy
Received prior treatment using a PD-(L)1 inhibitor
Prior platinum failure
Received 1 or 2 prior systemic regimens for recurrent or metastatic SCCHN
Has measurable disease per RECIST 1.1
A fresh or recently acquired tumor tissue for the purpose of biomarker testing
World Health Organization (WHO)/ Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) Performance Status of 0 or 1

Exclusion Criteria

Head and neck cancer of any primary anatomic location in the head and neck not specified in the inclusion criteria, including participants with SCCHN of unknown primary or non-squamous histologies
Had prior cetuximab therapy (unless it was administered in curative locally advanced setting with radiotherapy and no disease progression for at least 6 months following the last cetuximab dose)
Active or prior documented autoimmune or inflammatory disorders (including inflammatory bowel disease [eg, colitis or Crohn's disease], diverticulitis
Any concurrent anticancer treatment, except for hormonal therapy for non-cancer-related conditions (eg, hormone replacement therapy)
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