Testing the Effects of MK-3475 (Pembrolizumab) With or Without the Usual Chemotherapy Treatment for Patients 70 Years of Age and Older With Advanced Non-small Cell Lung Cancer

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Status and phase

Active, not recruiting
Phase 2

Conditions

Stage IVA Lung Cancer AJCC v8
Metastatic Lung Non-Small Cell Carcinoma
Stage IVB Lung Cancer AJCC v8
Recurrent Lung Non-Small Cell Carcinoma
Recurrent Lung Adenocarcinoma
Metastatic Lung Adenocarcinoma
Stage IV Lung Cancer AJCC v8

Treatments

Other: Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment
Drug: Carboplatin
Other: Quality-of-Life Assessment
Drug: Pembrolizumab
Other: Questionnaire Administration
Drug: Pemetrexed

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other
NIH

Identifiers

NCT04533451
UG1CA189823 (U.S. NIH Grant/Contract)
NCI-2020-00544 (Registry Identifier)
A171901

Details and patient eligibility

About

This trial studies the side effects of pembrolizumab with or without chemotherapy in treating patients with stage IV non-small cell lung cancer that has come back (recurrent) and has spread to other places in the body (advanced). 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. Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as pemetrexed and carboplatin, 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 pembrolizumab with or without chemotherapy may shrink the tumor in older patients with non-small cell lung cancer.

Full description

The primary and secondary objectives of the study: PRIMARY OBJECTIVE: I. To estimate the adverse event profile of MK-3475 (pembrolizumab) in non-small cell lung cancer patients who are age 70 years of age or older and who are treated with MK-3475 (pembrolizumab) +/- chemotherapy in a first-line setting. SECONDARY OBJECTIVES: I. To estimate overall survival. II. To describe patient quality of life during the treatment using the Linear Analogue Self-Assessment (LASA) questionnaire. III. To explore whether Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA) -derived risk score is able to predict rates of severe adverse events in older cancer patients who receive MK-3475 (pembrolizumab) or MK-3475 (pembrolizumab) + chemotherapy. OUTLINE: Patients are assigned to 1 of 2 groups. GROUP A: Patients receive pembrolizumab intravenously (IV) over 30 minutes on day 1. Cycles repeat every 21 days in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. GROUP B: Patients receive pembrolizumab IV over 30 minutes, pemetrexed IV over 10 minutes, and carboplatin IV per institutional guidelines 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 annually for up to 5 years after registration.

Enrollment

101 patients

Sex

All

Ages

70+ years old

Volunteers

No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion and exclusion criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

Documentation of Disease: Histologic or cytologic diagnosis of non-small cell lung cancer (adenocarcinoma). Stage IV or recurrent metastatic non-small cell lung cancer. No planned initiation of definitive (potentially curative) concurrent chemo-radiation

Planning to begin MK-3475 (pembrolizumab) treatment within 14 days of registration, with or without combination chemotherapy. Treating physician considers pembrolizumab as appropriate and plans to proceed with one of the following treatment schedules:

  • MK-3475 (pembrolizumab) 200 mg IV flat dose every 21 days or 400 mg IV every 42 days.
  • MK-3475 (pembrolizumab) 200 mg IV or 400 mg IV + carboplatin area under the curve (AUC) = 5 + pemetrexed 500 mg/m^2 (20% chemotherapy dose reduction is permitted per the discretion of the treating physician)
  • Patients will be ineligible if they have an autoimmune disorder, are post-organ transplantation, or are receiving ongoing immunosuppression treatment
  • Prior adjuvant therapy is allowed and must have been completed at least 6 months prior to registration
  • No planned radiation or other cancer treatment in the 3 months following registration
  • No untreated brain metastases. Patients must be off corticosteroids and asymptomatic at registration
  • Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) >= 1500/mm^3 (1.5 x 10^9/L)
  • Platelet count: >= 100,000/mm^3 (100 x 10^9/L)

Creatinine >= 30 mL/min* for patients enrolled to pembrolizumab alone and > 45 mL/min for patients enrolled to chemotherapy + pembrolizumab

* Calculated using the Cockcroft-Gault formula

  • Total serum bilirubin =< 1.5 upper limit of normal (ULN) (< 3 ULN if Gilbert's disease)
  • Aspartate aminotransferase (AST) and/or alanine aminotransferase (ALT) =< 3 x ULN (=< 5.0 x ULN if liver metastases present)
  • Alkaline phosphatase =< 2.5 x ULN (=< 5 x ULN if bone or liver metastases present) Language: Patients must be able to speak and comprehend English in order to complete the mandatory patient-completed measures

Trial design

Primary purpose

Treatment

Allocation

Non-Randomized

Interventional model

Parallel Assignment

Masking

None (Open label)

101 participants in 2 patient groups

Group A (pembrolizumab)
Experimental group
Description:
Patients receive pembrolizumab IV over 30 minutes on day 1. Cycles repeat every 21 days in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.
Treatment:
Other: Questionnaire Administration
Other: Quality-of-Life Assessment
Drug: Pembrolizumab
Other: Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment
Group B (pembrolizumab, pemetrexed, carboplatin)
Experimental group
Description:
Patients receive pembrolizumab IV over 30 minutes, pemetrexed IV over 10 minutes, and carboplatin IV per institutional guidelines on day 1. Cycles repeat every 21 days in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.
Treatment:
Drug: Pemetrexed
Other: Questionnaire Administration
Other: Quality-of-Life Assessment
Drug: Pembrolizumab
Drug: Carboplatin
Other: Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment

Trial contacts and locations

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Central trial contact

Aminah Jatoi, MD

Data sourced from clinicaltrials.gov

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