Efficacy of Immunotherapy Plus a Drug in Patients With Progressive Advanced Mucosal Cancer of Different Locations

  • End date
    Oct 27, 2024
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
Updated on 27 June 2021
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squamous cell carcinoma
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Interventional study evaluating the efficacy of an immunotherapy (pembrolizumab) in combination with a targeted therapy (vorinostat) in patient with recurrent and/or metastatic squamous cell carcinoma (localisations : head and neck, lung, cervix, anus, vulva, and penis)


Open-label, non-randomized, multi-center, basket phase II trial, evaluating the efficacy of pembrolizumab in combination with vorinostat in adult patients with recurrent and/or metastatic squamous cell carcinoma of different locations.

Antitumor activity of the combination will be evaluated using the objective response rate (ORR) during treatment (investigator assessment).

Condition Squamous Cell Carcinoma of Head and Neck, anal carcinoma, cancer of the cervix, vulvar cancer, Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Malignant neoplasm of vulva, Squamous Cell Carcinoma of Lung, cervical cancer, uterine, Uterine Cancer, Rectal Cancer, Malignant neoplasm of penis, Anal Cancer, Disorders of cervix NOS, Uterine Serous Carcinoma, carcinoma of the cervix uteri, carcinoma of cervix, cervical carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Head and Neck, Vulvar Carcinoma, Cervical Cancer, carcinoma of the cervix, Squamous Cell Lung Cancer, vulva cancer, cervix cancer
Treatment pembrolizumab; vorinostat
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04357873
Last Modified on27 June 2021


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Inclusion Criteria

Aged 18 years old
Patients with Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status 1
Patients must have histologically confirmed recurrent and/or metastatic squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck, cervix, lung, anus, vulva, or penis
Patients must have radiologically confirmed progressive recurrent and/or metastatic disease
Patients naive or previously treated for recurrent and/or metastatic disease for which a treatment with an anti-PD1/PD-L1 agents and vorinostat is an acceptable option according to investigator
Disease amenable to biopsy for study purpose
Measurable disease according to RECIST v1.1
Adequate renal function: serum creatinine 1.5 x upper limit of normal (ULN) (OR creatinine clearance [Cockcroft and Gault] 30 mL/min for participant with creatinine levels >1.5 ULN) within 14 days prior inclusion
Adequate liver function: aspartate aminotransferase (AST) and alanine aminotransferase (ALT) levels 3 ULN (5 ULN when documented liver metastases) and total bilirubin level 1.5 ULN, within 14 days prior inclusion
Adequate bone marrow function: absolute neutrophil count (ANC) 1,000/mm, platelet count 100,000/mm, and hemoglobin 9 g/dL, within 14 days prior inclusion
Adequate coagulation: prothrombin time (PT)/international normalized ratio (INR) 1.5 ULN within 14 days prior inclusion If participant is receiving anticoagulant therapy then the PT or activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT) should be within the therapeutic range of intended use of anticoagulant
Female of child-bearing potential must have a negative serum pregnancy test within 72 h before starting study treatment
Female of childbearing potential, must use "highly effective" methods of contraception for the study duration and for 4 months following the last dose of pembrolizumab and 6 months following the last dose of vorinostat
Male participants must agree to use an effective contraceptive for the duration of the trial and for at least 4 months after the last the last dose of pembrolizumab and 6 months following the last dose of vorinostat (to allow for effective elimination of the study drugs). Also, they should refrain from donating sperm during this period
Patients must be willing and able to comply with the protocol for the duration of the study including scheduled visits, treatment plan, and laboratory tests
Patients must be willing and able to comply with other study procedures, including a baseline tumor biopsy and a series of blood samples throughout the study
Patients able to swallow oral medications
Patients must be affiliated to a Social Security System (or equivalent)
Patients must have signed a written informed consent prior to any trial-specific procedures. When the patient is physically unable to give their written consent, a trusted person of their choice, independent from the investigator or the sponsor, can confirm in writing the patient's consent

Exclusion Criteria

Prior treatment with anti-PD-1/PD-L1 agents or histone deacetylases (HDAC) inhibitors
Patients with central nervous system involvement that has not been controlled for >3 months
Patients with no other site for biopsy than bone lesions
Patients with other concurrent severe and/or uncontrolled medical disease which could compromise participation in the study, including uncontrolled diabetes, cardiac disease, uncontrolled hypertension, congestive cardiac failure, ventricular arrhythmias, active ischemic heart disease, myocardial infection within one year, chronic liver or renal disease, active gastrointestinal tract ulceration, severely impaired lung function
Known history of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), Hepatitis B virus (HBV; defined as Hepatitis B surface antigen [HBsAg] reactive) or known active Hepatitis C virus (HCV; defined as HCV RNA detected) virus infection
History of autoimmune disease with the exception of
(1) Patients with a history of autoimmune hypothyroidism on a stable dose of thyroid replacement hormone
(2) Patients with controlled Type 1 diabetes mellitus on a stable insulin regimen
(3) Patients with eczema, psoriasis, lichen simplex chronicus, or vitiligo with dermatologic manifestations only (e.g., patients with psoriatic arthritis would be excluded) provided that they meet the following conditions: (i) Rash must cover less than 10% of body surface area; (ii) Disease is well controlled at baseline and only requiring low potency topical steroids; (iii) No acute exacerbations of underlying condition within the previous 12 months (not requiring psoralen plus ultraviolet A radiation [PUVA], methotrexate, retinoid, biologic agents, oral calcineurin inhibitors, high-potency or oral steroids)
History of allogeneic organ or bone marrow transplantation
History of non-infectious pneumonitis that required steroids or has current pneumonitis
Has an active infection requiring systemic therapy
Has received a live vaccine within 30 days prior to the first dose of study drug. Examples of live vaccines include, but are not limited to, the following: measles, mumps, rubella, varicella/zoster (chicken pox), yellow fever, rabies, Bacillus Calmette-Gurin (BCG), and typhoid vaccine. Seasonal influenza vaccines for injection are generally killed virus vaccines and are allowed; however, intranasal influenza vaccines (eg, FluMist) are live attenuated vaccines and are not allowed
Known prior severe hypersensitivity to investigational products or its excipients
Has received prior systemic anti-cancer therapy including investigational agents within 4 weeks [could consider shorter interval for kinase inhibitors or other short half-life drugs] prior to first dose of study treatments
Note: Participants must have recovered from all adverse events due to previous
therapies to Grade 1 or baseline. Participants with Grade 2 neuropathy may be
\. Has received prior radiotherapy within 2 weeks of start of study
treatment. Participants must have recovered from all radiation-related
toxicities, not require corticosteroids, and not have had radiation
pneumonitis. A 1-week washout is permitted for palliative radiation (2 weeks
of radiotherapy) to non-central nervous system disease
\. Major surgery within 28 days prior to the first dose of study treatments
Note: Local surgery of isolated lesions for palliative intent is acceptable
\. Current or prior use of immunosuppressive medication within 7 days before
the first dose of pembrolizumab. The following are exceptions to this
Intranasal, inhaled, topical steroids, or local steroid injections (e.g., intra articular injection)
Systemic corticosteroids at physiologic doses 10 mg/day of prednisone or its equivalent
Steroids as premedication for hypersensitivity reactions (e.g., CT scan premedication). 16. Patients using drugs that could have pharmacokinetics interaction with investigational drugs. This includes, but is not limited to, valproic acid, coumarin-derivative anticoagulants, drugs that disrupt electrolyte levels, drugs that may prolong QT. 17. Pregnant women or women who are breast-feeding. 18. Patients enrolled in another therapeutic study within 30 days prior to inclusion and during the treatment period. Patients can participate in an independent approved non-interventional studies. 19. Patients unwilling or unable to comply with the medical follow-up required by the trial because of geographic, familial, social, or psychological reasons. 20. Persons deprived of their liberty or under protective custody or guardianship
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