Phase II MEDI4736 in Combination With Chemotherapy for First-Line Treatment of Unresectable Mesothelioma

Not Recruiting

Trial ID: NCT02899195


Patients with pleural mesothelioma that can not be surgically removed will receive durvalumab, in combination with standard chemotherapy of pemetrexed and cisplatin as first-line treatment. Durvalumab is a type of drug called a monoclonal antibody (a type of protein). Laboratory tests show that it works by allowing the immune system to detect your cancer and reactivates the immune response. This may help to slow down the growth of cancer or may cause cancer cells to die. The purpose of this study is to see whether adding durvalumab to standard chemotherapy will improve overall survival (OS).

Official Title

Open Label, Phase II Study of Anti - Programmed Death - Ligand 1 Antibody, Durvalumab (MEDI4736), in Combination With Chemotherapy for the First-Line Treatment of Unresectable Mesothelioma

Stanford Investigator(s)

Joel Neal, MD, PhD
Joel Neal, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine (Oncology)



   - Histologically and/or cytologically confirmed malignant pleural mesothelioma.

   - Unresectable disease (defined as the participant not being a candidate for curative

   - Measurable disease, defined as at least 1 lesion (measurable) that can be accurately
   assessed at baseline by computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
   and is suitable for repeated assessment (modified RECIST for pleural mesothelioma).

   - Available unstained archived tumor tissue sample in sufficient quantity to allow for
   analyses. At least fifteen unstained slides or a tumor block (preferred). NOTE: A fine
   needle aspiration sample is not sufficient to make the patient eligible for
   enrollment. Given the complexity of mesothelioma pathological diagnosis and that these
   will be newly diagnosed patients it is expected that they will have a core needle
   biopsy or surgical tumor biopsy as part of their initial diagnostic work up.

   - Age ≥ 18 years.

   - Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status of 0-1.

   - Ability to understand and willingness to sign Institutional Review Board
   (IRB)-approved informed consent.

   - Willing to provide archived tumor tissue and blood samples for research.

   - Adequate organ function as measured by the following criteria, obtained ≤ 2 weeks
   prior to registration:

      - Absolute Neutrophil Count (ANC) ≥ 1500/mm³

      - Hemoglobin ˃9.0 g/dL

      - Platelets ˃100,000/mm³

      - Serum creatinine clearance (CL)>60 mL/min by the Cockcroft-Gault formula or by
      24-hour urine collection for determination of creatinine clearance. NOTE:
      Patients with a creatinine Cl ≥ 45 mL/min however ≤ 60 mL/min may be considered
      for enrollment provided they fulfill all other eligibility criteria, these
      subjects will receive pemetrexed carboplatin concurrent with durvalumab during
      the combination phase of treatment. Patients with a creatinine CL<45 mL/min
      should not be enrolled.

      - Albumin ≥ 2.8 g/dL

      - Total Bilirubin ≤ 1.5x Upper Limit of Normal (ULN)

      - Aspartate Aminotransferase (AST)/Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT) ≤ 2.5x ULN (≤ 5x
      ULN in patients with liver metastases)

   - Women must either be of non-reproductive potential or must have a negative serum
   pregnancy test upon study entry.

   - Women must not be pregnant or breastfeeding.

   - Patient is willing and able to comply with the protocol for the duration of the study
   including undergoing treatment and scheduled visits and examinations including

   - Patient must not have involvement in the planning and/or conduct of the study. No
   previous enrollment in the present study.

   - Patients may not have participated in another clinical study with an investigational
   product during the last 4 weeks.

   - Patients must not have any prior systemic therapy (chemotherapy, immunotherapy,
   endocrine therapy, targeted therapy, biologic therapy, tumor embolization, monoclonal
   antibodies, and other investigational agent) for mesothelioma.

   - No previous treatment with a PD1 or PD-L1 inhibitor, including durvalumab or any other
   agent targeting immune checkpoints.

   - Patients must not have non-pleural mesothelioma e.g. mesothelioma arising in
   peritoneum, tunica vaginalis or any serosal surface other than the pleura.

   - Patients must not have an active second malignancy other than non-melanoma skin cancer
   or cervical carcinoma in situ.

   - Patients must not have mean QT interval corrected for heart rate (QTc) ≥470 ms
   calculated from 3 electrocardiograms (ECGs) using Frediricia's Correction.

   - Patients must not have symptomatic or uncontrolled brain metastases requiring
   concurrent treatment, inclusive of but not limited to surgery, radiation and/or
   corticosteroids (prednisone >10 mg or equivalent). Surgery, radiation and/or
   corticosteroids (any dose >10 mg prednisone equivalent) must have been completed ≥ 2
   weeks prior to registration.

   - Patients must not have uncontrolled seizures.

   - Patients must not have current or prior use of immunosuppressive medication within 28
   days before the first dose of durvalumab, with the exceptions of intranasal and
   inhaled corticosteroids or systemic corticosteroids at physiological doses, which are
   not to exceed 10 mg/day of prednisone, or an equivalent corticosteroid. Standard
   steroid premedication given prior to chemotherapy or as prophylaxis for imaging
   contrast allergy should not be counted for this criterion.

   - No active or prior documented autoimmune or inflammatory disorders (including
   inflammatory bowel disease, diverticulitis with the exception of diverticulosis,
   celiac disease, irritable bowel disease; Wegner syndrome) within the past 2 years.
   Subjects with vitiligo, alopecia, Grave's disease, or psoriasis not requiring systemic
   treatment (within the past 3 years) are not excluded.

   - No history of primary immunodeficiency.

   - No history of allogeneic organ transplant.

   - No history of hypersensitivity to durvalumab, cisplatin, carboplatin, pemetrexed or
   any of their excipients.

   - No uncontrolled intercurrent illness including, but not limited to, ongoing or active
   infection, symptomatic congestive heart failure, uncontrolled hypertension, unstable
   angina pectoris, cardiac arrhythmia, active peptic ulcer disease or gastritis, active
   bleeding diatheses including any subject known to have psychiatric illness/social
   situations that would limit compliance with study requirements or compromise the
   ability of the subject to give written informed consent.

   - No active infection including tuberculosis (clinical evaluation including: physical
   examination findings, radiographic findings, positive PPD test, etc.), hepatitis B
   (known positive HBV surface antigen [HBsAg] result), hepatitis C, or human
   immunodeficiency virus (positive HIV 1/2 antibodies as defined by a positive ELISA
   test). Patients with a past or resolved HBV infection (defined as the presence of
   hepatitis B core antibody [anti-HBc] and absence of HBsAg) are eligible. Patients
   positive for hepatitis C (HCV) antibody are eligible only if polymerase chain reaction
   is negative for HCV RNA. HIV testing is not required in absence of clinical suspicion.

   - No known history of leptomeningeal carcinomatosis.

   - Patients must not have received live attenuated vaccination within 30 days prior to
   study entry or within 30 days of receiving durvalumab.

   - Patients must not have any condition that, in the opinion of the investigator, would
   interfere with evaluation of study treatment or interpretation of patient safety or
   study results.


drug: Durvalumab

Not Recruiting

Contact Information

Stanford University
School of Medicine
300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305

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