Abemaciclib and Pembrolizumab in Treating Patients with Locally Advanced Unresectable or Metastatic Gastroesophageal, Gastric, or Esophageal Cancer

Status: Active

Description

This phase II trial studies how well abemaciclib and pembrolizumab work in treating patients with gastroesophageal, gastric, or esophageal cancer that has spread from its original site of growth to nearby tissues or lymph nodes and cannot be removed by surgery (locally advanced unresectable), or has spread to other places in the body (metastatic). Abemaciclib may stop the growth of tumor cells by blocking some of the enzymes needed for cell growth. 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. Giving abemaciclib and pembrolizumab may work better in treating patients with gastroesophageal, gastric, or esophageal cancer compared to pembrolizumab alone.

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria

  • Patients with histologically confirmed metastatic or locally advanced unresectable gastric, gastroesophageal junction or esophageal adenocarcinoma
  • Be willing and able to provide written informed consent for the trial
  • Prior treatment with at least two lines of systemic therapy for advanced disease. Patients who have received neoadjuvant or adjuvant therapy or definitive chemoradiation and had recurrence during or within 6 months of completion of all treatments may count adjuvant therapy as one chemotherapy line
  • Presence of measurable disease based on Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors (RECIST) 1.1 as determined by local site investigator/radiology assessment
  • Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status (PS) 0-1
  • Patients must have discontinued all previous treatments for cancer (including cytotoxic chemotherapy, molecularly targeted therapy, radiotherapy, and investigational therapy)
  • Patients who received chemotherapy must have recovered (Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events [CTCAE] grade =< 1) from the acute effects of chemotherapy except for residual alopecia or grade 2 peripheral neuropathy. A washout period of at least 21 days is required between last systemic therapy dose and treatment initiation per protocol
  • A washout period of at least 14 days is required between end of radiotherapy and treatment initiation
  • The patient is able to swallow oral medications
  • Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) >= 1.5 x 10^9/L
  • Platelet count >= 100 x 10^9/L
  • Hemoglobin >= 8 g/dL; transfusions to increase the patient’s hemoglobin are permitted; however, study treatment must not begin until the day after the transfusion
  • Calculated creatinine clearance < 1.5 x upper limit of normal (ULN) or >= 50 mL/min using the Cockcroft-Gault formula
  • Total bilirubin =< 1. 5 x ULN; patients with Gilbert’s syndrome with a total bilirubin =< 2.0 times ULN and direct bilirubin within normal limits are permitted
  • Aspartate aminotransferase (AST) =< 3 x ULN
  • Alanine aminotransferase (ALT) =< 3 x ULN
  • Females of childbearing potential must have a negative serum pregnancy test within 7 days prior to registration * NOTE: Females are considered of child bearing potential unless they are surgically sterile (have undergone a hysterectomy, bilateral tubal ligation, or bilateral oophorectomy) or they are naturally postmenopausal for at least 12 consecutive months
  • Females of childbearing potential must be willing to abstain from heterosexual activity or to use 2 forms of effective methods of contraception from the time of informed consent until 60 days after treatment discontinuation. The two contraception methods can be comprised of two barrier methods, or a barrier method plus a hormonal method
  • Men who are not surgically sterile (vasectomy) must agree to use an acceptable method of contraception. Male subjects with female sexual partners who are pregnant, possibly pregnant, or who could become pregnant during the study must agree to use condoms from the first dose of study drug through at least 60 days after the last dose of study drug. Total abstinence for the same time period is an acceptable alternative
  • As determined by the enrolling physician or protocol designee, ability of the subject to understand and comply with study procedures for the entire length of the study
  • Provided written informed consent and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) authorization for release of personal health information, approved by an Institutional Review Board (IRB) * NOTE: HIPAA authorization may be included in the informed consent or obtained separately

Exclusion Criteria

  • Active autoimmune disease that has required systemic treatment in 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 prior therapy with CDK4 or CDK6 inhibitors or prior immune checkpoint inhibitors
  • Patients with known microsatellite instability will be excluded
  • 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. The use of physiologic doses of corticosteroids may be approved after consultation with the study principal investigator (PI)
  • Serious preexisting medical condition(s) that would preclude participation in this study (for example, interstitial lung disease, severe dyspnea at rest or requiring oxygen therapy, history of major surgical resection involving the stomach or small bowel, or a preexisting chronic condition resulting in baseline grade 2 or higher diarrhea)
  • Symptomatic central nervous system metastasis. Screening of asymptomatic patients is not required for enrollment
  • Personal history of any of the following conditions: syncope of cardiovascular etiology, ventricular arrhythmia of pathological origin (including, but not limited to, ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation), or sudden cardiac arrest
  • Known additional malignancy that progressed or required active treatment within the last 2 years. Exceptions include curatively treated basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma of the skin, curatively resected in situ cervical and/or breast cancers, in situ or intramucosal pharyngeal cancer, and Gleason 6 prostate cancer with prostate-specific antigen (PSA) < 10
  • Patients who have received a live vaccine within 30 days of planned start of pembrolizumab * Note: The killed virus vaccines used for seasonal influenza vaccines for injection are allowed; however intranasal influenza vaccines (e.g., FluMist) are live attenuated vaccines, and are not allowed
  • History of (non-infectious) pneumonitis that required steroids or current pneumonitis
  • Active infection requiring systemic therapy
  • Patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding or expecting to conceive or father children within the projected duration of the trial, starting with the screening visit through 60 days after the last dose of pembrolizumab or abemaciclib * NOTE: Breast milk cannot be stored for future use while the mother is being treated on study

Locations & Contacts

Illinois

Chicago
Northwestern University
Status: In review
Contact: Al Bowen Benson III
Email: a-benson@northwestern.edu

Indiana

Indianapolis
Indiana University / Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center
Status: Active
Contact: Susan Hunter
Email: suehunte@iu.edu

Iowa

Iowa City
University of Iowa / Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center
Status: Active
Contact: Chandrikha Chandrasekharan
Email: chandrikha-chandrasekharan@uiowa.edu

New Jersey

New Brunswick
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
Status: Active
Contact: Howard S. Hochster
Email: howard.hochster@rutgers.edu

Wisconsin

Madison
University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics
Status: Active
Contact: Nataliya V. Uboha
Phone: 608-265-1700

Trial Objectives and Outline

PRIMARY OBJECTIVES:

I. Estimate progression-free survival (PFS) of treatment with abemaciclib in combination with pembrolizumab in patients with unresectable or metastatic gastric, gastroesophageal junction, or esophageal adenocarcinoma.

SECONDARY OBJECTIVES:

I. Estimate PFS rate at 6 months in patients with unresectable or metastatic gastric, gastroesophageal junction, or esophageal adenocarcinoma treated with abemaciclib in combination with pembrolizumab.

II. Estimate disease control rate (DCR) in patients with unresectable or metastatic gastric, gastroesophageal junction, or esophageal adenocarcinoma treated with abemaciclib in combination with pembrolizumab.

III. Estimate overall survival (OS) in patients with unresectable or metastatic gastric, gastroesophageal junction, or esophageal adenocarcinoma treated with abemaciclib in combination with pembrolizumab.

IV. Estimate the objective response rate (ORR) to abemaciclib in combination with pembrolizumab in subjects with unresectable or metastatic gastric, gastroesophageal junction, or esophageal adenocarcinoma.

V. Estimate the safety and tolerability of abemaciclib in combination with pembrolizumab in patients with unresectable or metastatic gastric, gastroesophageal junction, or esophageal adenocarcinoma.

EXPLORATORY OBJECTIVES:

I. Correlate PD-L1 expression status with clinical outcomes.

II. Correlate tumor molecular profiling results from next generation sequencing (NGS) testing with clinical outcomes and treatment response.

III. Correlate peripheral blood-based biomarkers that will include, but are not limited to, circulating tumor deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) and circulating immune markers, with clinical outcomes.

IV. Correlate saliva microbiome analysis results with clinical outcomes.

OUTLINE:

Patients receive abemaciclib orally (PO) twice daily (BID) on days 1-21 and pembrolizumab intravenously (IV) over 30 minutes on day 1. Cycles repeat every 21 days 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 2 years.

Trial Phase & Type

Trial Phase

Phase II

Trial Type

Treatment

Lead Organization

Lead Organization
University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics

Principal Investigator
Nataliya V. Uboha

Trial IDs

Primary ID UW19011
Secondary IDs NCI-2019-04146, 2019-0439, BTCRC-GI18-149
Clinicaltrials.gov ID NCT03997448