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Study of Pembrolizumab (MK-3475) as First-Line Monotherapy and Combination Therapy for Treatment of Advanced Gastric or Gastroesophageal Junction Adenocarcinoma (MK-3475-062 / KEYNOTE-062)

Trial Status: Closed to Accrual

This is a study of pembrolizumab (MK-3475) as first-line treatment for participants with advanced gastric or gastroesophageal junction (GEJ) adenocarcinoma. Participants whose tumors express programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) will be randomly assigned to one of the three treatment arms of the study: pembrolizumab as monotherapy [pembro mono], pembrolizumab plus standard of care (SOC) chemotherapy with cisplatin plus 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) or capecitabine [pembro combo], or placebo plus SOC chemotherapy with cisplatin plus 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) or capecitabine [SOC]. The primary study hypotheses are that pembrolizumab in combination with SOC chemotherapy is superior to SOC chemotherapy alone in terms of Progression-free Survival (PFS) and Overall Survival (OS) in participants with PD-L1 Combined Positive Score (CPS) ≥1, pembrolizumab in combination with SOC chemotherapy is superior to SOC chemotherapy alone in terms of OS in participants with PD-L1 CPS ≥10, pembrolizumab monotherapy is non-inferior to SOC chemotherapy alone in terms of OS in participants with PD-L1 CPS ≥1, and pembrolizumab monotherapy is superior to SOC chemotherapy alone in terms of OS in participants with PD-L1 CPS ≥1 and in participants with PD-L1 CPS ≥10.

Inclusion Criteria

  • Inclusion Criteria: - Performance status of 0 or 1 on the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) Performance Scale within 3 days prior to first dose of study medication - Has histologically- or cytologically-confirmed diagnosis of locally advanced unresectable or metastatic gastric or GEJ adenocarcinoma - Human epidermal growth factor receptor 2- (HER2/neu-) negative and programmed cell death ligand 1 (PD-L1)-positive - Has measurable disease - Female participants of childbearing potential must be willing to use adequate contraception 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 - Male participants of childbearing potential should agree to use an adequate method of contraception starting with the first dose of study medication through 120 days after the last dose of study medication - Adequate organ function Exclusion Criteria: - Squamous cell or undifferentiated gastric cancer - Previous therapy for locally advanced, unresectable or metastatic gastric/GEJ cancer. Participant may have received prior neoadjuvant or adjuvant therapy as long as it was completed at least 6 months prior to randomization - Major surgery, open biopsy or significant traumatic injury within 28 days prior to randomization, or anticipation of the need for major surgery during the course of study treatment. - Radiotherapy within 14 days of randomization - Known additional malignancy that is progressing or requires active treatment with the exception of basal cell carcinoma of the skin, squamous cell carcinoma of the skin that has undergone potentially curative therapy or in situ cervical cancer - Known active central nervous system (CNS) metastases and/or carcinomatous meningitis - Active autoimmune disease that has required systemic treatment in past 2 years - Diagnosis of immunodeficiency or is receiving chronic systemic steroid therapy (in dosing exceeding 10 mg daily of prednisone equivalent) or any other form of immunosuppressive therapy within 7 days prior the first dose of study medication - History of non-infectious pneumonitis that required steroids or current pneumonitis - Active infection requiring systemic therapy - Pregnant, breastfeeding, or expecting to conceive or father children within the projected duration of the trial, starting with the screening visit through 120 days after the last dose of study medication - Prior therapy with an anti-programmed cell death (PD)-1, anti-PD-L1, or anti-PD-L2 agent - Known history of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) - Known active Hepatitis B or C - Currently participating in and receiving study therapy or has participated in a study of an investigational agent or has used an investigational device within 4 weeks prior to the first dose of study medication - Received a live vaccine within 30 days prior to the first dose of study medication

California

Duarte
City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center
Status: CLOSED_TO_ACCRUAL
Lancaster
City of Hope Antelope Valley
Status: CLOSED_TO_ACCRUAL
Los Angeles
UCLA / Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
Status: ACTIVE
San Diego
University of California San Diego
Status: ACTIVE
San Francisco
UCSF Medical Center-Mount Zion
Status: CLOSED_TO_ACCRUAL
Contact: Jennifer Luan
Phone: 415-514-6220
South Pasadena
City of Hope South Pasadena
Status: CLOSED_TO_ACCRUAL
Upland
City of Hope Upland
Status: CLOSED_TO_ACCRUAL

Connecticut

New Haven
Yale University
Status: ACTIVE

Illinois

Chicago
Northwestern University
Status: ACTIVE
University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center
Status: CLOSED_TO_ACCRUAL

Iowa

Iowa City
University of Iowa / Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center
Status: CLOSED_TO_ACCRUAL

Maryland

Baltimore
MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center / Weinberg Cancer Institute
Status: CLOSED_TO_ACCRUAL

Massachusetts

Boston
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Status: ACTIVE
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Status: ACTIVE
Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center
Status: CLOSED_TO_ACCRUAL

Michigan

Detroit
Wayne State University / Karmanos Cancer Institute
Status: ADMINISTRATIVELY_COMPLETE

New Jersey

New Brunswick
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
Status: CLOSED_TO_ACCRUAL

Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI)
Status: CLOSED_TO_ACCRUAL
Contact: Weijing Sun
Phone: 412-647-8073
Email: sunw@upmc.edu

South Carolina

Charleston
Medical University of South Carolina
Status: CLOSED_TO_ACCRUAL

Texas

Houston
M D Anderson Cancer Center
Status: WITHDRAWN

Washington

Seattle
Fred Hutch / University of Washington Cancer Consortium
Status: ACTIVE

Wisconsin

Madison
University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics
Status: CLOSED_TO_ACCRUAL

As specified by the protocol, primary and secondary efficacy analyses will be evaluated in

gastric cancer participants with PD-L1 CPS ≥1 (all participants) and PD-L1 CPS ≥10 (OS) by

comparing the pembro mono arm or pembro combo arm separately to the SOC arm.

Trial Phase Phase III

Trial Type Treatment

Lead Organization
Merck and Company Inc

  • Primary ID 3475-062
  • Secondary IDs NCI-2015-01332, 2015-000972-88, 163187, KEYNOTE-062, MK-3475-062
  • Clinicaltrials.gov ID NCT02494583