Neoadjuvant Treatment With Selpercatinib in RET-Altered Thyroid Cancers

  • End date
    Sep 10, 2024
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Updated on 24 October 2022


This phase II trial studies the effect of selpercatinib given before surgery in treating patients with thyroid cancer whose tumors have RET alterations (changes in the genetic material [deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA)]). Selpercatinib may stop the growth of tumor cells by blocking some of the enzymes needed for cell growth. Giving selpercatinib before surgery may help shrink the tumors and help control the disease.



I. To evaluate the efficacy of neoadjuvant selpercatinib in medullary thyroid cancer by objective response rate (ORR) per RECIST (standard Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors [RECIST]).


I. To evaluate the efficacy of neoadjuvant selpercatinib in medullary thyroid cancer by ORR per modified neck RECIST.

II. To evaluate the efficacy of neoadjuvant selpercatinib in medullary thyroid cancer per surgical margin status, which is categorized as R0, R1, and R2 surgical resection.

III. To evaluate the safety profile of neoadjuvant selpercatinib. IV. To evaluate the efficacy of neoadjuvant selpercatinib on progression-free survival (PFS), including overall PFS and locoregional PFS.

V. To measure changes in expected and actual surgical morbidity/complexity as well as evaluate changes of R0/R1 resection rates in pre-specified extrathyroidal anatomic target interfaces before and after selpercatinib treatment.


I. In patients with differentiated thyroid cancer [DTC] and anaplastic thyroid cancer [ATC] only, to evaluate the efficacy of neoadjuvant selpercatinib by ORR per RECIST (standard RECIST and modified neck RECIST), surgical margin status (R0/R1 versus [vs.] R2), safety profile, surgical morbidity/complexity, PFS and overall survival (overall survival [OS], ATC only).

II. To define and measure changes of patient-reported outcomes and quality of life as measured by MD Anderson Symptom Inventory (MDASI) and European Quality of Life Five Dimension (EQ-5D) in patients with RET-altered thyroid cancer who receive selpercatinib treatment.

III. To explore translational endpoints in selpercatinib neoadjuvant therapy with biopsies/tissue collection before selpercatinib treatment and during surgery.

IV. To explore peripheral and tissue measures associated with selpercatinib mechanisms of resistance in patients who experience disease progression after selpercatinib treatment.


Patients receive selpercatinb orally (PO) twice daily (BID) on days 1-28. Treatment repeats every 28 days for up to 7 cycles in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. Patients then undergo standard of care surgery.

After completion of study treatment, patients are followed up for disease progression status every 3-4 months for the first 2 years. ATC patients continue follow-up every 6 months for year 3 and 4, and once in year 5.

Condition Malignant Thyroid Gland Neoplasm, Poorly Differentiated Thyroid Gland Carcinoma, Recurrent Thyroid Gland Carcinoma, Thyroid Gland Anaplastic Carcinoma, Thyroid Gland Medullary Carcinoma, Thyroid Gland Papillary Carcinoma, Thyroid Gland Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Treatment questionnaire administration, quality-of-life assessment, therapeutic conventional surgery, Selpercatinib
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04759911
SponsorM.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Last Modified on24 October 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

Patients with RET-altered thyroid cancer who present with locally advanced primary tumor, defined as T3 or T4 by imaging or invasive/bulky nodal disease, or with recurrent/residual invasive/bulky nodal disease will be enrolled in this trial, regardless of whether distant metastases are present or not
At least 12 years of age on the day of signing informed consent
Pathologic findings supporting the clinical impression of medullary thyroid carcinoma, papillary thyroid carcinoma, poorly differentiated thyroid carcinoma, or anaplastic thyroid carcinoma. Diagnosis of anaplastic thyroid carcinoma may include consistent with or suggestive of terminology associated with: anaplastic thyroid carcinoma, undifferentiated carcinoma, squamous carcinoma; carcinoma with spindled, giant cell, or epithelial features; poorly differentiated carcinoma with pleomorphism, extensive necrosis with tumor cells present
Having an activating RET gene alteration (fusion or mutation). The RET alteration result should be generated from a laboratory with Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA), ISO/EIC, College of American Pathologists (CAP), or other similar certification that clearly denotes the presence of a RET alteration in tumor, or institutional-approved cell free DNA blood test for RET alteration
Prior multikinase inhibitors (MKIs) with anti-RET activity are allowed. The specific agent(s), duration of treatment, clinical benefit, and reason for discontinuation (e.g., progressive disease [PD], drug toxicity, or intolerance) should be documented for all kinase inhibitors the patient has been exposed to
At least one measurable lesion as defined by RECIST 1.1
Surgical morbidity/complexity score of 1 to 4 (moderate, severe, very severe, or unresectable)
Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status of 0 to 2 (age >= 16 years) or Lansky Performance Score (LPS) >= 40% (age < 16 years) with no sudden deterioration 2 weeks prior to study registration
Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) >= 1500/uL
Hemoglobin >= 9 g/dL (5.58 mmol/L)
Platelets >= 100,000/uL
Total bilirubin =< 1.5 X upper limit of normal (ULN) (Except participants with a documented history of Gilbert syndrome who must have a total bilirubin < 3 X ULN)
Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT)/Aspartate Aminotransferase (AST) < 2.5 X ULN OR < 5 X ULN if the liver has tumor involvement
Normal serum potassium, calcium, and magnesium levels (may be receiving supplements). Grade 1 hypocalcemia (corrected serum calcium > 8) is acceptable
Willing to undergo tumor biopsy prior to trial treatment, unless in the opinion of the treating physician, a biopsy is not feasible or safe. Subjects must be willing to ultimately undergo surgery if their tumor becomes surgically resectable
Ability to comply with outpatient treatment, laboratory monitoring, and required clinic visits for the duration of study participation
Willing and able to provide written informed consent signed by study patient (or legally acceptable representative if applicable)
Willingness of men with partners of childbearing potential or women of childbearing potential to use a highly effective contraceptive method during treatment with study drug and for 3 months following the last dose of study drug. Male study participants should refrain from sperm donation during study treatment and for up to 6 months following the last dose of selpercatinib
Unless not allowed by local regulations, women of childbearing potential who are
A postmenopausal woman will be defined as having no menses for 12 months without an alternative medical cause. Male sterility will be defined as only men sterilized surgically. For male patients with a pregnant partner, a condom should be used for contraception. For male patients with a non-pregnant female partner of child-bearing potential and woman of childbearing potential one of the following birth control methods with a failure rate of less than 1% per year when used consistently and correctly are recommended
abstinent (if this is complete abstinence, as their preferred and usual
lifestyle) or in a same-sex relationship (as part of their preferred and usual
Combined estrogen and progesterone containing hormonal contraception associated with inhibition of ovulation given orally, intravaginally, or transdermally
lifestyle) must agree to either remain abstinent or stay in a same-sex
Intrauterine device (IUD)
Progesterone-only hormonal contraception associated with inhibition of ovulation given orally, by injection, or by implant
Intrauterine hormone-releasing system (IUS)
relationship without sexual relations with males. Periodic abstinence (e.g
Bilateral tubal occlusion
calendar, ovulation, symptothermal, post ovulation methods), declaration of
Vasectomized partner
abstinence just for the duration of the trial, and withdrawal are not
Sexual abstinence
acceptable methods of contraception
Women of childbearing potential must have a negative pregnancy test (serum) documented at screening and then negative serum or urine pregnancy testing at day 1 of every treatment cycle (exception: negative pregnancy testing within 21 days prior to cycle 1 day 1 [C1D1] is allowed)

Exclusion Criteria

An additional validated oncogenic driver that could cause resistance to selpercatinib treatment (if known)
Prior treatment with a selective RET inhibitor(s) (pralsetinib [BLU-667], including investigational selective RET inhibitor[s])
Investigational agent or anticancer therapy (including chemotherapy, biologic therapy, or immunotherapy) within 5 half-lives or 3 weeks (whichever is shorter) prior to planned start of selpercatinib
Exception: Patients with ATC
No concurrent investigational anti-cancer therapy is permitted
Major surgery (excluding placement of vascular access and diagnostic procedures) within 4 weeks prior to planned start of selpercatinib
Exception: Patients with ATC
Any unresolved toxicities from prior therapy greater than Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events (CTCAE) grade 1 at the time of starting study treatment with the exception of alopecia and grade 2, prior platinum therapy related neuropathy
Symptomatic primary central nervous system (CNS) tumor, metastases, leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, or untreated spinal cord compression
Exception: Patients are eligible if neurological symptoms and CNS imaging are stable and steroid dose is stable for 14 days prior to the first dose of selpercatinib and no CNS surgery or radiation has been performed for 28 days, 14 days if stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS)
Patients with clinically significant active malabsorption syndrome or other condition likely to affect gastrointestinal absorption of the drug
Use of a concomitant medication that is known to cause QTc prolongation
Active uncontrolled systemic bacterial, viral, or fungal infection, or serious ongoing intercurrent illness, such as uncontrolled hypertension (systolic blood pressure [BP] >= 140 mmHg or diastolic BP >= 90 mmHg per CTCAE) or diabetes, despite optimal treatment. Screening for chronic conditions is not required
Uncontrolled symptomatic hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism
Radiotherapy with a limited field of radiation for palliation within 1 week of the
Exception: Patients with papillary thyroid cancer (PTC)
first dose of study treatment, with the exception of patients receiving
Uncontrolled symptomatic hypercalcemia or hypocalcemia
radiation to more than 30% of the bone marrow or with a wide field of
Pregnancy or lactation
radiation, which must be completed at least 4 weeks prior to the first dose of
study treatment
Active second malignancy other than minor treatment of indolent cancers
Exception: Patients with PTC or patients with stable pheochromocytoma in MEN2
Patients with clinically significant active cardiovascular disease, Torsades de
pointes, or history of myocardial infarction within 6 months prior to planned
start of study treatment or prolongation of the QT interval corrected for
heart rate using Fridericia's formula (QTcF) > 470 msec
History of severe hypersensitivity (>= grade 3) to selpercatinib and/or any of its
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