Pembrolizumab, Gemcitabine Hydrochloride and Radiation Therapy in Treating Patients with Bladder Urothelial Cancer

Status: Active

Description

This phase II trial studies how well pembrolizumab, gemcitabine hydrochloride and hypofractionated radiation therapy work in treating patients with bladder urothelial cancer. Monoclonal antibodies, such as pembrolizumab, may interfere with the ability of tumor cells to grow and spread. Gemcitabine hydrochloride may stop the growth of tumor cells by blocking some of the enzymes needed for cell growth. 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. Giving pembrolizumab, gemcitabine hydrochloride and hypofractionated radiation therapy may kill more tumor cells in patients with bladder urothelial cancer.

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria

  • Histologically confirmed muscle-invasive urothelial cancer of the bladder within 60 days of study enrollment * Patients must be willing to provide a TURBT specimen during screening and prior to enrollment if adequate specimen (formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded [FFPE] tissue block or 20 unstained slides) from initial TURBT documenting muscle-invasive urothelial bladder cancer is not available
  • Clinical stage T2-T4a, N0, M0 urothelial bladder cancer
  • Deemed to not be a candidate for radical cystectomy by attending urologic oncologist or refuse radical cystectomy
  • Be willing and able to provide written informed consent/assent for the trial
  • Have a performance status of 0 or 1 on the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance scale
  • Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) >= 1,500 /mcL (performed within 10 days of protocol enrollment)
  • Platelets >= 100,000 / mcL (performed within 10 days of protocol enrollment)
  • Hemoglobin >= 9.0 g/dL (performed within 10 days of protocol enrollment)
  • Serum creatinine =< 1.5 X upper limit of normal (ULN) OR calculated creatinine clearance >= 30 mL/min as calculated by Cockcroft-Gault formula or by 24 hour urine collection (performed within 10 days of protocol enrollment)
  • Serum total bilirubin =< 1.5 X ULN OR direct bilirubin =< ULN for subjects with total bilirubin levels > 1.5 ULN (performed within 10 days of protocol enrollment)
  • Aspartate aminotransferase (AST) (serum glutamic-oxaloacetic transaminase [SGOT]) and alanine aminotransferase (ALT) (serum glutamate pyruvate transaminase [SGPT]) =< 1.5 X ULN (performed within 10 days of protocol enrollment)
  • Albumin >= 2.5 mg/dL (performed within 10 days of protocol enrollment)
  • International normalized ratio (INR) or prothrombin time (PT) =< 1.5 X ULN unless subject is receiving anticoagulant therapy as long as PT or partial thromboplastin time (PTT) is within therapeutic range of intended use of anticoagulants (performed within 10 days of protocol enrollment)
  • Activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT) =< 1.5 X ULN unless subject is receiving anticoagulant therapy as long as PT or PTT is within therapeutic range of intended use of anticoagulants (performed within 10 days of protocol enrollment)
  • Female subject of childbearing potential should have a negative urine or serum pregnancy within 72 hours prior to receiving the first dose of study medication; if the urine test is positive or cannot be confirmed as negative, a serum pregnancy test will be required
  • Female subjects of childbearing potential should be willing to use 2 methods of birth control or be surgically sterile, or abstain from heterosexual activity for the course of the study through 120 days after the last dose of study medication; subjects of childbearing potential are those who have not been surgically sterilized or have not been free from menses for > 1 year
  • Male subjects should agree to use an adequate method of contraception starting with the first dose of study therapy through 120 days after the last dose of study therapy

Exclusion Criteria

  • Has received prior targeted small molecule therapy, radiation therapy or systemic chemotherapy for urothelial bladder cancer including neoadjuvant chemotherapy * Prior intravesical chemotherapy or intravesical immunotherapy is permissible, however, no prior intravesical therapy is permitted within 4 weeks of study enrollment; adjuvant therapy is not permitted
  • Has received prior pelvic radiation therapy
  • Has a history of inflammatory bowel disease or history of scleroderma
  • Is currently participating and receiving study therapy or has participated in a study of an investigational agent and received study therapy or used an investigational device within 4 weeks of the first dose of treatment
  • 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
  • Has a known history of active TB (bacillus tuberculosis)
  • Hypersensitivity to pembrolizumab or any of its excipients
  • Has had a prior anti-cancer monoclonal antibody (mAb) within 4 weeks prior to study day 1 or who has not recovered (i.e., =< grade 1 or at baseline) from adverse events due to agents administered more than 4 weeks earlier
  • If subject received major surgery, they must have recovered adequately from the toxicity and/or complications from the intervention prior to starting therapy
  • Any prior history of invasive malignancy within the past 5 years except non-melanoma skin cancer, carcinoma in-situ, localized prostate cancer without biochemical recurrence following definitive treatment
  • Has other 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 (e.g., thyroxine, insulin, or physiologic corticosteroid replacement therapy for adrenal or pituitary insufficiency, etc.) is not considered a form of systemic treatment
  • History of Guillain-Barre syndrome or Stevens-Johnson syndrome
  • Has known history of, or any evidence of active, non-infectious pneumonitis
  • Has an active infection requiring systemic therapy
  • Has a history or current evidence of any condition, therapy, or laboratory abnormality that might confound the results of the trial, interfere with the subject’s participation for the full duration of the trial, or is not in the best interest of the subject to participate, in the opinion of the treating investigator
  • Has known psychiatric or substance abuse disorders that would interfere with cooperation with the requirements of the trial
  • Is pregnant or breastfeeding, or expecting to conceive or father children within the projected duration of the trial, starting with the pre-screening or screening visit through 120 days after the last dose of trial treatment
  • Has received prior therapy with an anti-PD-1, anti-PD-L1, or anti-PD-L2 agent
  • Has a known history of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) (HIV 1/2 antibodies)
  • Has known active hepatitis B (e.g., hepatitis B surface antigen [HBsAg] reactive) or hepatitis C (e.g., hepatitis C virus [HCV] ribonucleic acid [RNA] [qualitative] is detected)
  • Has received a live vaccine within 30 days of planned start of study therapy * Note: Seasonal influenza vaccines for injection are generally inactivated flu vaccines and are allowed; however intranasal influenza vaccines (e.g., Flu-Mist) are live attenuated vaccines, and are not allowed

Locations & Contacts

Illinois

Chicago
University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center
Status: Active
Contact: Peter H. O'Donnell
Email: podonnel@medicine.bsd.uchicago.edu

Michigan

Ann Arbor
University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center
Status: Active
Contact: Ajjai Shivaram Alva
Email: ajjai@med.umich.edu

New York

New York
Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center at NYU Langone
Status: Active
Contact: Arjun V. Balar
Phone: 212-731-5820
Email: arjun.balar@nyumc.org
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Status: Active
Contact: Marisa Ariane Kollmeier
Email: KollmeiM@mskcc.org

North Carolina

Chapel Hill
UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
Status: Active
Contact: Matthew Milowsky
Email: matt_milowsky@med.unc.edu

Trial Objectives and Outline

PRIMARY OBJECTIVES:

I. To evaluate the anti-tumor activity of pembrolizumab (MK3475) added to standard chemotherapy and radiation as definitive treatment for patients with cT2-4aN0 muscle-invasive urothelial bladder cancer who are not candidates for or refuse radical cystectomy.

SECONDARY OBJECTIVES:

I. Safety as defined by National Cancer Institute (NCI) Common Toxicity Criteria for Adverse Events (CTCAE) version 4.0.

II. Complete response (CR) rate in the bladder as assessed by pathologic assessment of exam under anesthesia and transurethral resection of bladder tumor (TURBT) specimen obtained at the completion of all protocol therapy.

III. Metastasis-free survival as assessed by time to the development of radiographic distant metastases from beginning of protocol therapy.

IV. Overall survival as measured by time to death from beginning of protocol therapy.

EXPLORATORY OBJECTIVES:

I. Evaluate PD-1, PD-L1, PD-L2, TIM-3 and VISTA expression in pre and post-treatment tumor samples and correlate to response.

II. Evaluate the type, density and distribution of tumor infiltrating lymphocytes in pre- and post-treatment tumor samples and correlate to response.

III. Evaluate changes in T-cell clonal diversity via T-cell receptor next-generation sequencing and clonotype diversity analysis.

IV. Determine presence of and changes in T-cell responses to common viral and microbial antigens with treatment and correlate to outcomes.

V. Determine the presence of and changes in antibody responses to a broad range of antigens with treatment.

OUTLINE:

Patients receive a single dose of pembrolizumab intravenously (IV) over 30 minutes and undergo TURBT 2-3 weeks later. After 3-5 weeks, patients receive gemcitabine hydrochloride IV over 30 minutes twice per week for a total of 8 courses, pembrolizumab IV on day 1 once every 3 weeks (Q3W) for a total of 4 courses and external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) on days 1-5 over 4 weeks for a total of 20 fractions. Approximately 12 weeks after completion of radiation, patients undergo TURBT. Treatment continues in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

After completion of study treatment, patients are followed up at 30 days and then every 3 months for up to 5 years.

Trial Phase & Type

Trial Phase

Phase II

Trial Type

Treatment

Lead Organization

Lead Organization
Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center at NYU Langone

Principal Investigator
Arjun V. Balar

Trial IDs

Primary ID S15-00220
Secondary IDs NCI-2016-00717, s15-00220
Clinicaltrials.gov ID NCT02621151