Treatment Clinical Trials for Merkel Cell Cancer

Clinical trials are research studies that involve people. The clinical trials on this list are for Merkel cell cancer treatment. All trials on the list are supported by NCI.

NCI’s basic information about clinical trials explains the types and phases of trials and how they are carried out. Clinical trials look at new ways to prevent, detect, or treat disease. You may want to think about taking part in a clinical trial. Talk to your doctor for help in deciding if one is right for you.

Trials 1-21 of 21
  • Pembrolizumab with or without Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy in Treating Patients with Advanced or Metastatic Merkel Cell Cancer

    This randomized phase II trial studies how well pembrolizumab with or without stereotactic body radiation therapy works in treating patients with Merkel cell cancer that has spread to other places in the body. Immunotherapy with monoclonal antibodies, such as pembrolizumab, may help the body's immune system attack the cancer, and may interfere with the ability of tumor cells to grow and spread. Stereotactic body radiation therapy uses special equipment to position a patient and deliver radiation to tumors with high precision. This method can kill tumor cells with fewer doses over a shorter period and cause less damage to normal tissue. Giving pembrolizumab with stereotactic body radiation therapy may work better in treating patients with Merkel cell cancer.
    Location: 158 locations

  • Pembrolizumab Compared to Standard of Care Observation in Treating Patients with Completely Resected Stage I-III Merkel Cell Cancer

    This phase III trial studies how well pembrolizumab works compared to standard of care observation in treating patients with stage I-III Merkel cell cancer that has been completely removed by surgery. Immunotherapy with monoclonal antibodies, such as pembrolizumab, may help the body's immune system attack the cancer, and may interfere with the ability of tumor cells to grow and spread.
    Location: 139 locations

  • Talimogene Laherparepvec and Nivolumab in Treating Patients with Refractory Lymphomas or Advanced or Refractory Non-melanoma Skin Cancers

    This phase II trial studies how well talimogene laherparepvec works and nivolumab in treating patients with lymphomas that do not responded to treatment or non-melanoma skin cancers that have spread to other places in the body or do not responded to treatment. Biological therapies, such as talimogene laherparepvec, use substances made from living organisms that may stimulate or suppress the immune system in different ways and stop tumor cells from growing. Immunotherapy with monoclonal antibodies, such as nivolumab, may help the body’s immune system attack the cancer, and may interfere with the ability of tumor cells to grow and spread. Giving talimogene laherparepvec and nivolumab may work better in treating patients with lymphomas or non-melanoma skin cancers.
    Location: 21 locations

  • A Study of RO7198457 (Personalized Cancer Vaccine [PCV]) as a Single Agent and in Combination With Atezolizumab in Participants With Locally Advanced or Metastatic Tumors

    This is a Phase 1a / 1b, open-label, multicenter, global, dose-escalation study designed to evaluate the safety, tolerability, immune response, and pharmacokinetics of RO7198457 as a single agent and in combination with atezolizumab (MPDL3280A, an engineered anti-programmed death-ligand 1 [anti-PD-L1] antibody).
    Location: 11 locations

  • Adjuvant Avelumab in Merkel Cell Cancer

    This randomized phase III trial studies how well avelumab works in treating patients with Merkel cell cancer that has spread to the lymph nodes and have undergone surgery with or without radiation therapy. Monoclonal antibodies, such as avelumab, may stimulate the immune system and interfere with the ability of tumor cells to grow and spread.
    Location: 7 locations

  • A Study of NKTR-262 in Combination With NKTR-214 and With NKTR-214 Plus Nivolumab in Patients With Locally Advanced or Metastatic Solid Tumor Malignancies

    Patients will receive intratumoral (IT) NKTR-262 in 3-week treatment cycles. During the Phase 1 dose escalation portion of the trial, NKTR-262 will be combined with systemic administration of NKTR-214. After determination of the recommended Phase 2 dose (RP2D) of NKTR-262, NKTR-262 will be combined with NKTR-214 (Cohort A) and with NKTR-214 plus nivolumab (Cohort B). In the Phase 2 dose expansion portion, patients will be treated with NKTR-262 and NKTR-214 (doublet) or NKTR-262 and NKTR-214 plus nivolumab (triplet) in the relapsed / refractory setting and earlier lines of therapy.
    Location: 9 locations

  • PEN-221 in Somatostatin Receptor 2 Expressing Advanced Cancers Including Neuroendocrine and Small Cell Lung Cancers

    Protocol PEN-221-001 is an open-label, multicenter Phase 1 / 2a study evaluating PEN-221 in patients with SSTR2 expressing advanced gastroenteropancreatic (GEP) or lung or thymus or other neuroendocrine tumors or small cell lung cancer or large cell neuroendocrine carcinoma of the lung.
    Location: 7 locations

  • A Phase 1 / 2 Study of In Situ Vaccination With Tremelimumab and IV Durvalumab Plus PolyICLC in Subjects With Advanced, Measurable, Biopsy-accessible Cancers

    This is an open-label, multicenter Phase 1 / 2 study of the CTLA-4 antibody, tremelimumab, and the PD-L1 antibody, durvalumab (MEDI4736), in combination with the tumor microenvironment (TME) modulator polyICLC, a TLR3 agonist, in subjects with advanced, measurable, biopsy-accessible cancers.
    Location: 5 locations

  • An Investigational Immuno-therapy Study to Investigate the Safety and Effectiveness of Nivolumab, and Nivolumab Combination Therapy in Virus-associated Tumors

    The purpose of this study to investigate the safety and effectiveness of nivolumab, and nivolumab combination therapy, to treat patients who have virus-associated tumors. Certain viruses have been known to play a role in tumor formation and growth. This study will investigate the effects of the study drugs, in patients who have the following types of tumors: - Anal canal cancer-No longer enrolling this tumor type - Cervical cancer - Epstein Barr Virus (EBV) positive gastric cancer-No longer enrolling this tumor type - HPV positive and negative squamous cell cancer of the head and neck (SCCHN) - Merkel Cell Cancer - Nasopharyngeal cancer (NPC) - Penile cancer-No longer enrolling this tumor type - Vaginal and vulvar cancer-No longer enrolling this tumor type
    Location: 9 locations

  • QUILT-3.055: A Study of ALT-803 in Combination With PD-1 / PD-L1 Checkpoint Inhibitor in Patients With Advanced Cancer

    This is a Phase IIb, single-arm, multicohort, open-label multicenter study of ALT-803 in combination with an FDA-approved PD-1 / PD-L1 checkpoint inhibitor in patients with advanced cancers who have progressed following an initial response to treatment with PD-1 / PD-L1 checkpoint inhibitor therapy. All patients will receive the combination treatment of PD-1 / PD-L1 checkpoint inhibitor plus ALT-803 for up to 16 cycles. Each cycle is six weeks in duration. All patients will receive ALT-803 once every 3 weeks. Patients will also receive the same checkpoint inhibitor that they received during their previous therapy. Radiologic evaluation will occur at the end of each treatment cycle. Treatment will continue for up to 2 years, or until the patient experiences confirmed progressive disease or unacceptable toxicity, withdraws consent, or if the Investigator feels it is no longer in the patient's best interest to continue treatment. Patients will be followed for disease progression, post-therapies, and survival through 24 months past administration of the first dose of study drug.
    Location: 4 locations

  • Trial of Intratumoral Injections of TTI-621 in Subjects With Relapsed and Refractory Solid Tumors and Mycosis Fungoides

    This is a multicenter, open-label, phase 1 study conducted to test intratumoral injections of TTI-621 in subjects that have relapsed and refractory percutaneously accessible solid tumors or mycosis fungoides. The study will be performed in two different parts. Part 1 is the Dose Escalation phase and Part 2 is the Dose Expansion phase. The purpose of this study is to characterize the safety profile of TTI-621 and to determine the optimal dose and delivery schedule of TTI-621. In addition, the safety and antitumor activity of TTI-621 will be evaluated in combination with other anti-cancer agents or radiation.
    Location: 4 locations

  • A Study of INCMGA00012 in Metastatic Merkel Cell Carcinoma

    The purpose of this study is to assess the clinical activity and safety of INCMGA00012 in participants with metastatic merkel cell carcinoma (MCC).
    Location: 5 locations

  • Talimogene Laherparepvec with or without Hypofractionated Radiation Therapy in Treating Patients with Metastatic Melanoma, Merkel Cell Carcinoma, or Other Solid Tumors

    This randomized phase II trial studies the side effects of talimogene laherparepvec and to see how well it works with or without hypofractionated radiation therapy in treating patients with skin melanoma, Merkel cell carcinoma, or other solid tumors that have spread to places not suitable for surgical removal. Drugs used in the immunotherapy, such as talimogene laherparepvec, may stimulate the body's immune system to fight tumor cells. Hypofractionated radiation therapy delivers higher doses of radiation therapy over a shorter period of time and may kill more tumor cells and have fewer side effects. It is not yet known if giving talimogene laherparepvec with or without hypofractionated radiation therapy will work better in treating patients with cutaneous melanoma, Merkel cell carcinoma, or solid tumors.
    Location: 3 locations

  • Nivolumab and Ipilimumab with or without Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy in Treating Patients with Recurrent or Stage IV Merkel Cell Cancer

    This randomized phase II trial studies how well nivolumab and ipilimumab with or without stereotactic body radiation therapy work in treating patients with Merkel cell cancer that has come back or is stage IV. Immunotherapy with monoclonal antibodies, such as nivolumab and ipilimumab, may help the body’s immune system attack the cancer, and may interfere with the ability of tumor cells to grow and spread. Stereotactic body radiation therapy uses special equipment to position a patient and deliver radiation to tumors with high precision. This method can kill tumor cells with fewer doses over a shorter period and cause less damage to normal tissue. Giving nivolumab and ipilimumab with or without stereotactic body radiation therapy may work better in treating patients with Merkel cell cancer.
    Location: 2 locations

  • Cisplatin or Carboplatin and Etoposide With or Without Vandetanib in Treating Patients With Previously Untreated Extensive Stage Small Cell Lung Cancer or High-Grade or Poorly Undifferentiated Neuroendocrine Cancer

    This randomized phase II trial studies how well cisplatin or carboplatin and etoposide with or without vandetanib works in treating patients with previously untreated extensive stage small cell lung cancer or high-grade or poorly differentiated neuroendocrine cancer. Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as cisplatin, carboplatin, and etoposide, work in different ways to stop the growth of tumor cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. Vandetanib may stop the growth of tumor cells by blocking some of the enzymes needed for cell growth. It is not yet known whether giving cisplatin or carboplatin and etoposide is more effective with or without vandetanib in treating small cell lung cancer or neuroendocrine cancer.
    Location: 2 locations

  • Intratumoral AST-008 Combined With Pembrolizumab in Patients With Advanced Solid Tumors

    This is a phase 1b / 2, open-label, multicenter trial designed to evaluate the safety, tolerability, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and preliminary efficacy of intratumoral AST-008 injections alone and in combination with intravenous pembrolizumab in patients with advanced solid tumors. Phase 1b of this trial is a 3+3 dose escalation study evaluating escalating or intermediate dose levels of AST-008 given with a fixed dose of pembrolizumab. Phase 2 is an expansion cohort to further evaluate AST-008 given in combination with pembrolizumab in specific a population to provide a preliminary estimate of efficacy in patients who have previously received and not responded anti-PD-1 or anti-PD-L1 antibody therapy.
    Location: University of Iowa / Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, Iowa City, Iowa

  • A Safety and Tolerability Study of INCAGN02385 in Select Advanced Malignancies

    The purpose of this study is to determine the safety, tolerability, and preliminary efficacy of INCAGN02385 in participants with advanced malignancies.
    Location: Vanderbilt University / Ingram Cancer Center, Nashville, Tennessee

  • Study of RP1 Monotherapy and RP1 in Combination With Nivolumab

    RPL-001-16 is a Phase 1 / 2, open label, dose escalation and expansion clinical study of RP1 alone and in combination with nivolumab in adult patients with advanced and / or refractory solid tumors, to determine the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) and recommended Phase 2 dose (RP2D), as well as to evaluate preliminary efficacy.
    Location: 2 locations

  • Nivolumab and Radiation Therapy or Ipilimumab as Adjuvant Therapy in Treating Patients with Merkel Cell Cancer

    This phase I trial studies the side effects and how well nivolumab works when given together with radiation therapy or ipilimumab as adjuvant therapy in treating patients with Merkel cell cancer. Immunotherapy with monoclonal antibodies, such as nivolumab and ipilimumab, may help the body’s immune system attack the cancer, and may interfere with the ability of tumor cells to grow and spread. Radiation therapy uses high energy x-rays, gamma rays, neutrons, protons or other sources to kill tumor cells and shrink tumors. Giving nivolumab with radiation therapy or ipilimumab after surgery may kill any remaining tumor cells.
    Location: Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, Columbus, Ohio

  • This Study Evaluates KRT-232, a Novel Oral Small Molecule Inhibitor of MDM2, for the Treatment of Patients With (p53WT) Merkel Cell Carcinoma Who Have Failed Anti-PD-1 / PD-L1 Immunotherapy

    This study evaluates KRT-232, a novel oral small molecule inhibitor of MDM2, for the treatment of patients with Merkel Cell Carcinoma (MCC) who have failed treatment with at least one anti-PD-1 or anti-PD-L1 immunotherapy. Inhibition of MDM2 is a novel mechanism of action in MCC. This study is Phase 2, Open-Label, Single-Arm Study of KRT-232 in Patients with p53 Wild-Type (p53WT) Merkel Cell Carcinoma
    Location: 2 locations

  • Gene-Modified Immune Cells (FH-MCVA2TCR) in Treating Patients with Metastatic or Unresectable Merkel Cell Cancer

    This phase I / II trial studies the side effects of gene-modified immune cells (FH-MCVA2TCR) and to see how well they work in treating patients with Merkel cell cancer that has spread to other parts of the body (metastatic) or that cannot be removed by surgery (unresectable). Placing a gene that has been created in the laboratory into immune cells may improve the body's ability to fight Merkel cell cancer.
    Location: Fred Hutch / University of Washington Cancer Consortium, Seattle, Washington