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Immunotherapy (Cemiplimab and Motixafortide) and Chemotherapy (Gemcitabine and Nab-Paclitaxel) for the Treatment of Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer, the Chemo4METPANC Trial

Trial Status: Active

This phase II trial investigates how well immunotherapy (cemiplimab and motixafortide) and chemotherapy (gemcitabine and nab-paclitaxel) work in treating patients with stage IV pancreatic cancer. Immunotherapy with monoclonal antibodies, such as cemiplimab, may help the body’s immune system attack the cancer, and may interfere with the ability of tumor cells to grow and spread. Motixafortide may stop the growth of tumor cells by blocking some of the enzymes needed for cell growth. Chemotherapy drugs, such as gemcitabine and nab-paclitaxel, work in different ways to stop the growth of tumor cells, either by killing the cells, by stopping them from dividing, or by stopping them from spreading. Giving immunotherapy (cemiplimab and motixafortide) and chemotherapy (gemcitabine and nab-paclitaxel) may decrease tumor size and prolong life in patients with pancreatic cancer.

Inclusion Criteria

  • Histological or pathological confirmation of metastatic pancreas adenocarcinoma * Cytologic or histologic proof of pancreas adenocarcinoma needs to be verified by the treating institution pathologist, either from the initial diagnostic biopsy or from the required pre-treatment biopsy, prior to initiation of any study-related therapy * Pathologic confirmation of metastatic (stage IV) disease (unresectable) on research pre-treatment biopsy is required prior to initiation of therapy * Patients with endocrine or acinar pancreatic carcinoma are not eligible for the study
  • Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status of 0 or 1
  • Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) >= 1.5 x 10^9/L without granulocyte colony-stimulating factor support (within 14 days prior to initiation of study treatment)
  • White blood cell (WBC) count >= 2.5 x 10^9/L (2500/uL) (within 14 days prior to initiation of study treatment)
  • Lymphocyte count >= 0.5 x 10^9/L (500/uL) (within 14 days prior to initiation of study treatment)
  • Platelet count >= 100 x 10^9/L (100,000/uL) without transfusion (within 14 days prior to initiation of study treatment)
  • Hemoglobin (Hgb) >= 9.0 g/dL (within 14 days prior to initiation of study treatment)
  • Aspartate aminotransferase (AST), alanine aminotransferase (ALT), and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) =< 2.5 X upper limit of normal (ULN) (within 14 days prior to initiation of study treatment), unless elevated secondary to biliary obstruction from the pancreas mass and amenable to decompression prior to initiation of therapy
  • Serum total bilirubin =< 1.5 X ULN (within 14 days prior to initiation of study treatment), unless in patients with known Gilbert disease (=< 3 X ULN), or unless elevated secondary to biliary obstruction from the pancreas mass and amenable to decompression prior to administration of investigational therapy
  • Albumin >= 3.5 g/dL (within 14 days prior to initiation of study treatment)
  • Creatinine within ULN or calculated creatinine clearance (CrCl) > 50 mL/min using the Cockcroft-Gault formula (within 14 days prior to initiation of study treatment)
  • International normalized ratio (INR) and activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT) =< 1.5 X ULN (within 14 days prior to initiation of study treatment), except for those on stable anticoagulation for at least two weeks
  • Measurable disease according to Immune-Modified Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors (IM-RECIST) and tumor accessible for fresh biopsy
  • Women of child-bearing potential must have a negative serum pregnancy test at screening and must agree to use an effective form of contraception from the time of the negative pregnancy test until a minimum of 3 months after the last dose of study drug. Effective forms of contraception include abstinence, hormonal contraceptive (injectable or implantable) in conjunction with a barrier method. Women of non-child-bearing potential must have been postmenopausal for >= 1 year or surgically sterile
  • Fertile men must agree to use an effective method of birth control with female partners of childbearing potential (condoms plus an additional contraceptive method such as an injectable or implantable hormonal contraceptive) during the study and for up to 3 months after the last dose of study drug
  • Participants must be willing and able to provide written informed consent prior to any study-related procedures and to comply with all study requirements
  • Participants must be able to comply with the study protocol, according to the investigator’s judgement
  • Participants must have undergone lower extremity dopplers to rule out deep venous thrombosis (DVT) within the screening period, and undergo therapeutic anticoagulation if evidence of DVT is identified
  • Subjects who are stable on full-dose anticoagulation medication for at least 2 weeks are considered eligible. However, subjects who have an increased clot burden on full-dose anticoagulation, such as central pulmonary embolism, or peripheral pulmonary embolism, and DVT within the extremities will be considered eligible only with the approval of the principal investigator

Exclusion Criteria

  • Participants may not have had systemic chemotherapy, investigational therapy, or treatment with T-cell co-stimulating or immune check point blockade therapies (including anti-CTLA-4, anti PD-1, and anti PD-L1 therapeutic antibodies) prior to initiation of study treatment
  • Participants may not have had radiation therapy to within two weeks prior to initiation of study treatment. Participants may not have had previous radiotherapy to the primary pancreas lesion or a metastatic site except for palliation for pain. Participants who receive radiation to 25% or more of the bone marrow will be excluded
  • Participants may not have had surgical resection of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) prior to initiation of study treatment
  • Patients currently receiving any other investigational agents
  • Adverse events from prior anti-cancer therapy that have not resolved to grade =< 1 or better, with the exception of alopecia of any grade and grade =< 2 peripheral neuropathy
  • Concomitant treatment with other anti-neoplastic agents (hormone therapy acceptable)
  • Uncontrolled pleural effusion, pericardial effusion, or ascites. Subjects who required drainage within the four weeks prior or require pleural, pericardial, or peritoneal catheters for drainage are ineligible
  • Patients requiring narcotic pain medication must be on a stable regimen for at least two weeks prior to study entry
  • History of leptomeningeal or brain/central nervous system (CNS) metastases
  • Uncontrolled hypercalcemia (ionized calcium > 1.5 mmol/L, calcium > 12 mg/dL, or corrected serum calcium > upper limit of normal) or symptomatic hypercalcemia requiring continued use of bisphosphonate therapy
  • Participants may not have undergone major surgery or experienced significant traumatic injury within 14 days prior to initiating study treatment, or be recovering from procedure-related adverse events of > grade 1
  • Includes, but is not limited to, myasthenia gravis, myositis, autoimmune hepatitis, systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, Wegener granulomatosis, Sjogren’s syndrome, Guillain-Barre syndrome, or multiple sclerosis, with the following exceptions: * Patients with a history of autoimmune-related hypothyroidism who are on stable thyroid-replacement hormone for the past three months are eligible for the study * Patients with controlled type 1 diabetes mellitus who are on a stable insulin regimen for the past month are eligible for the study * Patients with eczema, psoriasis, lichen simplex chronicus, or vitiligo with dermatologic manifestations only (e.g., patients with psoriatic arthritis are excluded) are eligible for the study provided all of following conditions are met: ** Rash must cover < 10% of body surface area ** Disease is well-controlled at baseline and requires only low-potency topical corticosteroids ** No occurrence of acute exacerbations of the underlying condition requiring psoralen plus ultraviolet A radiation, methotrexate, retinoids, biologic agents, oral calcineurin inhibitors, or high-potency or oral corticosteroids within the previous 12 months
  • History of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, interstitial lung disease, organizing pneumonia (e.g., bronchiolitis obliterans), drug-induced pneumonitis, or idiopathic pneumonitis, or evidence of active pneumonitis on screening chest computed tomography scan (history of radiation pneumonitis or fibrosis in the radiation field is permitted)
  • Positive for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) at screening or any time prior to screening * Patients without prior positive HIV test result will undergo an HIV test at screening, unless not permitted under local regulations
  • Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection (chronic or acute) * Defined as having a positive hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) test at screening. Patients with a past or resolved HBV infection, defined as having a negative HBsAg test and a positive total hepatitis B core antibody test at screening, are eligible for the study
  • Active hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection * Defined as positive HCV antibody test followed by a positive HCV RNA test at screening. The HCV RNA test will be performed only for patients who have a positive HCV antibody test
  • Known clinically significant liver disease, including alcoholic hepatitis, cirrhosis, fatty liver disease, and inherited liver disease
  • Active tuberculosis
  • Patients may not have had a severe infection requiring antibiotic treatment within the two weeks prior to initiation of study treatment. This includes, but is not limited to, hospitalization for complications of infection, bacteremia, or severe pneumonia. However, patients who were admitted for biliary tract infection due to bile duct obstruction at time of diagnosis must have a functioning biliary stent (as evidenced by declining total bilirubin and =< 2 X ULN) and resolved infection (defined by normalization of elevated white blood cell count, absence of signs of infection) and completion of an antibiotic course (at least a seven-day course) prior to initiation of therapy. Patients receiving prophylactic antibiotics (e.g., to prevent a urinary tract infection or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease exacerbation) are eligible for the study
  • Patient may not have significant cardiovascular disease (such as New York Heart Association class II or greater cardiac disease, myocardial infarction, or cerebrovascular accident) within 12 months prior to initiation of study treatment, seizure disorder, uncontrolled hypertension, or unstable arrhythmia or unstable angina within 3 months prior to initiation of study treatment
  • Left ventricular ejection fraction below institutional lower limit of normal or below 50%, whichever is lower
  • Baseline Fridericia's correction formula (QTcF) >= 450 ms (males) or >= 470 ms (females)
  • Grade >= 3 hemorrhage or bleeding event within 28 days prior to initiation of study treatment
  • Prior autologous stem cell, allogeneic stem cell, or solid organ transplantation
  • Patient may not have a history of malignancy other than PDAC within two years prior to screening, with the exception of those with a negligible risk of metastasis or death (e.g., 5-year overall survival of > 90%), such as adequately treated carcinoma in situ of the cervix, non-melanoma skin carcinoma, localized prostate cancer, ductal carcinoma in situ, or stage I uterine cancer
  • Patients may not have been treated with a live, attenuated vaccine within four weeks prior to initiation of study treatment, or anticipate the need for such a vaccine during treatment with cemiplimab or within five months after the last dose of cemiplimab
  • History of severe allergic anaphylactic reactions to chimeric or humanized antibodies or fusion proteins
  • Known allergy or hypersensitivity to any of the study drug excipients
  • Patients may not have been treated with systemic immunosuppressive medication (including, but not limited to, corticosteroids, cyclophosphamide, azathioprine, methotrexate, thalidomide, calcineurin inhibitors, and anti-tumor necrosis factor alpha agents) within two weeks prior to initiation of study treatment, or anticipate the need for systemic immunosuppressive medication during the course of the study, with the following exceptions: * Patients who received a one-time pulse dose of systemic immunosuppressant medication are eligible for the study after approval from the principal investigator
  • Pregnant women are excluded from this study because there is an unknown, but potential risk for adverse events to the fetus. Breastfeeding should be discontinued prior to start of treatment because there is an unknown, but potential risk for adverse events in nursing infants secondary to treatment
  • Any other disease, metabolic dysfunction, physical examination finding, or clinical laboratory finding that contraindicates the use of an investigational drug, may affect the interpretation of the results, or may render the patient at high risk from treatment complications in the opinion of the treating investigator
  • Uncontrolled psoriasis, porphyria, proximal myopathy or neuropathy
  • Subjects hospitalized for depression within the past two years, or who have prior suicidal attempts will be excluded
  • Has received transfusions of blood products (including platelets or red blood cells) within 4 weeks prior to study day 1
  • Patients who received mineralocorticoids (e.g., fludrocortisone), corticosteroids for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or asthma, or low-dose corticosteroids for orthostatic hypotension or adrenal insufficiency are eligible for the study if receiving equivalent to =< 10 mg of prednisone daily (10 mg prednisone is equivalent to either cortisone – 50 mg; hydrocortisone – 40 mg; triamcinolone – 8 mg; prednisolone – 10 mg; methylprednisolone – 8 mg; betamethasone – 1.5 mg; or dexamethasone – 1.5 mg). Patients receiving > 10 mg of prednisone or equivalent per day for greater than five days within 28 days of starting study related therapy are not eligible. Steroids administered prior to gemcitabine and nab-paclitaxel should be administered as per standard institutional guidelines

New York

New York
NYP / Columbia University Medical Center / Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center
Status: ACTIVE
Contact: Gulam Abbas Manji
Phone: 212-305-0592

PRIMARY OBJECTIVE:

I. To assess the preliminary efficacy based on the response rate of motixafortide, cemiplimab, gemcitabine, and nab-paclitaxel at the proposed dose compared to historical controls.

SECONDARY OBJECTIVES:

I. To evaluate the preliminary safety of motixafortide, cemiplimab, gemcitabine, and nab-paclitaxel at the proposed dose.

II. To estimate the median progression free survival, disease control rate, duration of clinical benefit, and median overall survival of motixafortide, cemiplimab, gemcitabine, and nab-paclitaxel at the proposed dose.

EXPLORATORY OBJECTIVES:

I. To compare the ratio of CD8+ to FoxP3+ T-cells within the tumor obtained from biopsies after treatment with motixafortide, cemiplimab, gemcitabine, and nab-paclitaxel to the ratio of CD8+ to FoxP3+ T-cells identified within the tumor from pre-treatment biopsy.

II. To compare the median distance analysis between CD8+ T-cells and CK19+ neoplastic cells within the tumor obtained from biopsies after treatment with motixafortide, cemiplimab, gemcitabine, and nab-paclitaxel to the ratio of CD8+ to FoxP3+ T-cells identified within the tumor from pre-treatment biopsy.

III. To determine the effects of combination of motixafortide, cemiplimab, gemcitabine, and nab-paclitaxel on tumor immune infiltrate from pre- and on-treatment biopsy using available optimized techniques including but not limited to ribonucleic acid sequencing (RNA-seq) and potentially FLOW cytometry.

IV. To determine the effects of combination of motixafortide, cemiplimab, gemcitabine, and nab-paclitaxel on cytokine levels including IL-1, IL-6, IL-8, IL-23, TNF-alpha, TGF-beta.

V. Generate organoids ex vivo from paired biopsy for in vitro experiments.

OUTLINE:

Patients receive cemiplimab intravenously (IV) over 30 minutes on days 1 and 22, motixafortide subcutaneously (SC) on days 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, and 25, nab-paclitaxel IV over 30 minutes, and gemcitabine IV over 30 minutes on days 1, 8, and 15. Cycles repeat every 28 days in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

After completion of study treatment, patients are followed up every 3 months for up to 5 years.

Trial Phase Phase II

Trial Type Treatment

Lead Organization
NYP / Columbia University Medical Center / Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center

Principal Investigator
Gulam Abbas Manji

  • Primary ID AAAS9513
  • Secondary IDs NCI-2020-06604
  • Clinicaltrials.gov ID NCT04543071