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Summary

for people ages 18 years and up (full criteria)
study started
estimated completion:

Description

Summary

This is a study of pembrolizumab (MK-3475, KEYTRUDA®) versus standard treatment (methotrexate, docetaxel or cetuximab) for the treatment of recurrent or metastatic head and neck squamous cell cancer (HNSCC). Participants will be randomly assigned to receive either pembrolizumab or Investigator's choice of standard treatment. The primary study hypothesis is that pembrolizumab treatment prolongs overall survival when compared to standard treatment.

Official Title

A Phase III Randomized Trial of MK-3475 (Pembrolizumab) Versus Standard Treatment in Subjects With Recurrent or Metastatic Head and Neck Cancer

Keywords

Head and Neck Squamous Cell Cancer Squamous cell carcinoma Head and neck carcinoma PD1 PD-1 PDL1 PD-L1 Docetaxel Pembrolizumab Methotrexate Cetuximab

Eligibility

You can join if…

Open to people ages 18 years and up

  • Has histologically- or cytologically-confirmed recurrent disease not amenable to curative treatment with local or systemic therapy, or metastatic (disseminated) head and neck squamous cell carcinoma of the oral cavity, oropharynx, hypopharynx, and larynx that is considered incurable by local therapies
  • Failure of prior platinum therapy
  • Radiographically-measurable disease based on RECIST 1.1
  • Tumor tissue available for PD-L1 biomarker analysis
  • Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status of 0 or 1
  • Adequate organ function
  • Female participants of childbearing potential must be willing to use 2 methods of birth control or abstain from heterosexual activity for the course of the study through 120 days after last dose of pembrolizumab or through 120-180 days after the last dose of docetaxel, methotrexate or cetuximab, acccording to local standard of care
  • Male participants must agree to use an adequate method of contraception starting with the first dose of study therapy through 120 days after last dose of pembrolizumab or through 120-180 days after the last dose of docetaxel, methotrexate or cetuximab,acccording to local standard of care

You CAN'T join if...

  • Disease is suitable for local therapy administered with curative intent
  • Currently participating in or has participated in a study of an investigational agent or using an investigational device within 4 weeks prior to randomization
  • Previously treated with 3 or more systemic regimens given for recurrent and/or metastatic disease
  • Diagnosis of immunodeficiency or receiving systemic steroid therapy or any other form of immunosuppressive therapy within 7 days prior to the first dose of study therapy
  • Not recovered from adverse events due to therapy more than 4 weeks earlier
  • Prior anti-cancer monoclonal antibody (mAb) therapy within 4 weeks prior to study Day 1, or not recovered from adverse events due to agents administered more than 4 weeks earlier
  • Prior chemotherapy, targeted small molecule therapy, or radiation therapy within 2 weeks prior to study Day 1
  • Diagnosed and/or treated additional malignancy within 5 years of randomization, with the exception of curatively-treated basal cell or squamous cell carcinoma of the skin,and/or curatively-resected in situ cervical and/or breast cancers
  • Active autoimmune disease that has required systemic therapy in the past 2 years with modifying agents, corticosteroids, or immunosuppressive agents
  • Active central nervous system (CNS) metastases and/or carcinomatous meningitis
  • Active, non-infectious 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 trial therapy according to local standard of care
  • Prior therapy with an anti-PD-1 or anti-PD1-L1 or -L2 therapy or previously participated in a Merck pembrolizumab (MK-3475) trial
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
  • Hepatitis B or C
  • Live vaccine within 30 days of planned start of study therapy

Details

Status
in progress, not accepting new patients
Start Date
Completion Date
(estimated)
Sponsor
Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.
ID
NCT02252042
Phase
Phase 3
Lead Scientist
Alain Algazi
Study Type
Interventional
Last Updated
May 1, 2017