Combination of Pembrolizumab and Cabozantinib in Patients With Advanced Sarcomas (PEMBROCABOSARC)

  • End date
    Oct 31, 2025
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Institut Bergonié
Updated on 4 October 2022
systemic therapy
measurable disease
cancer chemotherapy
undifferentiated pleomorphic sarcoma


Phase II trial with three independent strata to independently assess the effects of the association of pembrolizumab and cabozantinib in advanced sarcomas.


3 independent, multicenter, prospective, signel-arm phase II trial, based on 2-stage Simon's optimal design, will be conducted in parallel to assess the efficacy of pembrolizumab + cabozantinib, in distinct populations of sarcomas:

  • stratum 1: advanced undiffenrentiated pleomorphic sarcoma
  • stratum 2: advanced osteosarcoma
  • stratum 3: advanced ewing sarcoma

Condition Soft Tissue Sarcoma Adult, Advanced Soft-tissue Sarcoma, Ewing Sarcoma, Osteosarcoma, Undifferentiated Pleomorphic Sarcoma
Treatment Association of pembrolizumab + cabozantinib
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT05182164
SponsorInstitut Bergonié
Last Modified on4 October 2022


Yes No Not Sure

Inclusion Criteria

Histology: undifferentiated pleomorphic sarcoma (stratum 1), osteosarcoma (stratum 2) or Ewing sarcoma (stratum 3)
Advanced non resectable / metastatic disease
Recurrent disease or progression after standard therapy
Documented progression according to RECIST criteria
Have provided tissue of a tumor lesion from < 3 months old archival tissue sample obtained on locally advanced disease, or metastatis with no subsequent treatment since or from a newly obtained core or excisional biopsy
No more of three previous lines of systemic therapy for advanced disease
Age ≥ 18 years
Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group ≤ 1
Measurable disease according to RECIST v1.1 outside any previously irradiated field. At least one site of disease must be uni-dimensionally ≥ 10 mm
Life expectancy > 3 months
Participant must have advanced disease and must not be a candidate for other approved therapeutic regimen known to provide significant clinical benefit based on investigator judgement
No symptomatic central nervous system disease
No chronic use of glucocorticoids
Adequate hematological, renal, metabolic and hepatic function
No prior or concurrent malignant disease diagnosed or treated in the last 2 years except for adequately treated in situ carcinoma of the cervix, basal or squamous skin cell carcinoma, or in situ transitional bladder cell carcinoma
At least three weeks since last chemotherapy, immunotherapy and two weeks for any other pharmacological treatment and/or radiotherapy
Recovery to grade ≤ 1 from any adverse event (AE) derived from previous treatment (excluding alopecia of any grade, non-painful peripheral neuropathy grade ≤ 2 and endocrine-related grade ≤ 2 requiring treatment or hormone replacement) (according to NCI-CTCAE, version 5.0). For patients previously treated by radiotherapy, they must have recovered from all radiation-related toxicities, not require corticosteroids, and not have had radiation pneumonitis
Women of childbearing potential must have a negative serum pregnancy test within 72 hours prior to receiving the first dose of study medication. Both women and men must agree to use 2 medically acceptable methods of contraception throughout the treatment period and for 6 months after discontinuation of treatment. Subjects of childbearing potential are those who have not been surgically sterilized or have not been free from menses for ≥ 1 year
Voluntary signed and dated written informed consents prior to any specific study procedure
Patients with a social security in compliance with the French Law

Exclusion Criteria

Previous treatment with Pembrolizumab or Cabozantinib
Has received prior therapy with an anti-PD-1, anti-PD-L1, anti-PD-L2, anti-CD137, or anti-Cytotoxic T-lymphocyte-associated antigen-4 (CTLA-4) antibody (including ipilimumabor any other antibody or drug specifically targeting T-cell co-stimulation or checkpoint pathways)
Evidence of progressive or symptomatic central nervous system or leptomeningeal metastases
Men or women of childbearing potential who are not using an effective method of contraception; women who are pregnant or breast feeding, men or women who are planning to conceive or father children within the projected duration of the study, starting with the screening visit through 120 days after the last dose of study treatment
Participation to a study involving a medical or therapeutic intervention in the last 21 days
Previous enrolment in the present study
Patient unable to follow and comply with the study procedures because of any geographical, familial, social or psychological reasons
Patient unable to swallow
Known hypersensitivity to any involved study drug or of its formulation components
Has an active autoimmune disease that has required systemic treatment in the past 2 years (i.e. with use of disease modifying agents, corticosteroids or immunosuppressive drugs). Replacement therapy is not considered a form of systemic treatment and is allowed
Has a diagnosis of immunodeficiency or is receiving systemic steroid therapy or any other form of immunosuppressive therapy within 7 days prior to the first dose of trial treatment
History of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, history of non-infectious pneumonitis that required steroids, current pneumonitis/interstitial lung disease, drug-induced pneumonitis, organizing pneumonia, or evidence of active pneumonitis on screening chest CT scan. History of radiation pneumonitis in the radiation field (fibrosis) is permitted
Has a known history of Hepatitis B (defined as Hepatitis B surface antigen [HBsAg] reactive) or known active Hepatitis C virus (defined as HCV RNA [qualitative] is detected) infection
Has a known history of HIV infection and/or of active TB (Bacillus Tuberculosis)
Treatment with anticoagulants such as anti-Vitamin K, thrombin or Factor Xa inhibitors, or antiplatelet agents (e.g., clopidogrel)
Previous allogenic bone marrow transplant or solid organ transplantation
Has an active infection requiring systemic treatment at study entry
The subject has a corrected QT interval calculated by the Fridericia formula (QTcF) > 500 ms within 28 days before treatment. Note: if initial QTcF is found to be > 500 ms, two additional ECGs separated by at least 3 minutes should be performed. If the average of these three consecutive results for QTcF is ≤ 500 ms, the subject meets eligibility in this regard
The subject requires chronic concomitant treatment of strong CYP3A4 inducers
The subject has experienced any of the following: Clinically-significant gastrointestinal bleeding within 6 months before the first dose of study treatment, Hemoptysis of ≥ 2.5 mL of red blood within 3 months before the first dose of study treatment, Any other signs indicative of pulmonary hemorrhage within 3 months before the first dose of study treatment, The subject has radiographic evidence of cavitating pulmonary lesion(s), The subject has tumor in contact with, invading or encasing any major blood vessels, or The subject has evidence of tumor invading the GI tract, or any evidence of endotracheal or endobronchial tumor within 28 days before the first dose of cabozantinib
The subject has uncontrolled, significant intercurrent or recent illness including, but not limited to, the following conditions which are fully described in the study protocol: Cardiovascular disorders, Gastrointestinal disorders particularly those associated with a high risk of perforation or fistula formation, Other disorders associated with a high risk of fistula formation including PEG tube placement within 3 months before the first dose of study 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-Guérin (BCG), and typhoid vaccine. Note: 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
Has an history or current evidence of any condition, therapy, or laboratory abnormality that might counfound the results of the study, interfere with the subject's participation for the full duration of the study, or is not in the best interest of the subject to participate, in the opinion of the treating investigator
The subject is planning to have oral surgery/invasive dental procedure within the projected duration of the study, starting with the screening visit through 3 months after the last dose of study treatment or had such a procedure within 3 months of first dose of study treatment
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