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.

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  • 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 (resected). 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: 345 locations

  • 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: 246 locations

  • 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, Study of KRT-232 in Patients with p53 Wild-Type (p53WT) Merkel Cell Carcinoma
    Location: 11 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 - Merkel Cell Cancer - Penile cancer-No longer enrolling this tumor type - Vaginal and vulvar cancer-No longer enrolling this tumor type - Nasopharyngeal Cancer - No longer enrolling this tumor type - Head and Neck Cancer - No longer enrolling this tumor type
    Location: 10 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: 10 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: 9 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 intra-tumoral (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 bempegaldesleukin. After determination of the recommended Phase 2 dose (RP2D) of NKTR-262, between 6 and 12 patients may be enrolled at the RP2D to further characterize the safety and tolerability profile of the combination of NKTR 262 plus bempegaldesleukin (doublet) or NKTR 262 plus bempegaldesleukin in combination with nivolumab (triplet) in Cohorts A and B, respectively. In the Phase 2 dose expansion portion, patients will be treated with doublet or triplet in the relapsed / refractory setting and earlier lines of therapy.
    Location: 14 locations

  • A Study of INCMGA00012 in Metastatic Merkel Cell Carcinoma (POD1UM-201)

    The purpose of this study is to assess the clinical activity and safety of INCMGA00012 in participants with advanced / metastatic Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC).
    Location: 8 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: 6 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 a specific population to provide a preliminary estimate of efficacy in patients who have previously received and not responded to anti-PD-1 or anti-PD-L1 antibody therapy.
    Location: 7 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: 5 locations

  • 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 subjects 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: 6 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

  • FT500 as Monotherapy and in Combination With Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors in Subjects With Advanced Solid Tumors

    FT500 is an off-the-shelf, iPSC-derived NK cell product that can bridge innate and adaptive immunity, and has the potential to overcome multiple mechanisms of immune checkpoint inhibitor (ICI) resistance. The preclinical data provide compelling evidence supporting the clinical investigation of FT500 as monotherapy and in combination with ICI in subjects with advanced solid tumors.
    Location: 3 locations

  • Tacrolimus, Nivolumab, and Ipilimumab in Treating Kidney Transplant Recipients with Selected Unresectable or Metastatic Cancers

    This phase I trial studies how well tacrolimus, nivolumab, and ipilimumab work in treating kidney transplant recipients with cancer that cannot be removed by surgery (unresectable) or has spread to other places in the body (metastatic). Tacrolimus may stop the growth of tumor cells by blocking some of the enzymes needed for cell growth. 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. Giving tacrolimus, nivolumab, and ipilimumab may work better in treating kidney transplant recipients with cancer compared to chemotherapy, surgery, radiation therapy, or targeted therapies.
    Location: 2 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

  • Evaluating Safety and Efficacy of SB 11285 Alone and in Combination With Nivolumab in Patients With Advanced Solid Tumors

    A Phase 1a / 1b, multicenter, open-label, non-randomized, dose-escalation, and cohort expansion study to examine the DLTs, MTD, and RP2D of SB 11285 administered as an IV infusion in patients with advanced solid tumors.
    Location: M D Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas

  • Pembrolizumab and Radiation Therapy for the Treatment of Metastatic Merkel Cell Carcinoma

    This phase II trial studies the side effects and how well pembrolizumab and radiation therapy work in treating patients with Merkel cell carcinoma that has spread to other places in the body (metastatic). 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. Radiation therapy uses high energy x-rays to kill tumor cells and shrink tumors. Giving pembrolizumab and radiation therapy may increase the benefit of pembrolizumab.
    Location: Stanford Cancer Institute Palo Alto, Palo Alto, California

  • A Study of LY3434172, a PD-1 and PD-L1 Bispecific Antibody, in Advanced Cancer

    The main purpose of this study is to evaluate the safety and tolerability of the study drug LY3434172, a PD-1 / PD-L1 bispecific antibody, in participants with advanced solid tumors.
    Location: M D Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas

  • Cell Therapy for the Treatment of Locally Advanced, Metastatic, or Recurrent Solid Cancers

    This phase II trial studies how well cell therapy (with tumor infiltrating lymphocytes) works for the treatment of solid cancer that has spread to nearby tissue or lymph nodes (locally advanced), has spread to other parts of the body (metastatic), or has come back (recurrent). This trial involves taking cells called lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell) from patients' tumors, growing them in the laboratory in large numbers, and then giving the cells back to the patient. These cells are called tumor infiltrating lymphocytes and the therapy is called cell therapy. Giving chemotherapy drugs, such as cyclophosphamide and fludarabine, before treating with these cells may temporarily suppress the immune system to improve the chances that the tumor fighting cells will be able to survive in the body. Giving aldesleukin after the cell administration may help the tumor fighting cells stay alive longer. Giving tumor fighting cells (tumor infiltrating lymphocytes) followed by aldesleukin may cause the cancer to shrink.
    Location: University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • 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

  • Pembrolizumab (MK-3475) as First-line Therapy for Advanced Merkel Cell Carcinoma (MK-3475-913)

    This is a single-arm, open-label, multicenter, efficacy, and safety study of pembrolizumab in adult and pediatric participants with previously untreated advanced Merkel Cell Carcinoma (MCC). The primary objective of the trial is to assess the objective response rate, as assessed by blinded independent central review per Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors version 1.1 (RECIST 1.1) modified to follow a maximum of 10 target lesions and a maximum of 5 target lesions per organ, following administration of pembrolizumab.
    Location: Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center at NYU Langone, New York, New York

  • 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

  • A Safety and Tolerability Study of INCAGN02390 in Select Advanced Malignancies

    The purpose of this study is to determine the safety, tolerability, and preliminary efficacy of INCAGN02390 in participants with select advanced malignancies.
    Location: Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, New Jersey


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