A Phase II Trial of Durvalumab (MEDI4736) and Tremelimumab and Radiation Therapy in Hepatocellular Carcinoma and Biliary Tract Cancer
Although this is my first time posting, I’ve been reading multiple entries on this site for information, solace, and hope.
My 35 year old wife was diagnosed month ago with stage 4 intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma. She was excited to begin her second in law school when she went to see a doctor for a cramp in her right abdomen. She initially thought it could be an appendicitis, and when her doctor ordered ultrasound and referred her to a larger hospital, the most horrific month of our lives began to unfold.
After a series of CT, PET, MRI scans and a needle biopsy, they confirmed that it was ICC metasized to liver, inoperable and not suited for radiation treatment. Her PET shows about 2/3 of her liver is taken over by tumor cells, the largest one in the right lobe.
Our oncologist suggested that she immediately begin chemo theraphy consisting of standard gemcitabine and cisplatin, and also a clinical trial for chemo-naive patients aiming to block immune checkpoint consisting of tremelimumab and durvalumab.
She began her regiment of gem/cis two weeks ago and is thus far enduring it remarkably well. She gets fever symptoms on the third and the fourth day from the treatment, high temperature and general muscle aches. She tries to eat well and much as possible to maintain her weight. She exercises regularly and keeps up with her law school readings even though she withdrew from this semester and probably more.
It pains to me see this otherwise beautiful, healthy, young person beginning a struggle against enormous odds. There is a fleet of family and friends that is devoted to support her through this, but I feel powerless that I can’t do anything else for her to win over this dreadful illness.
We live in Korea and are receiving treatment here. But thus far, no doctor is suggesting a solution other than the chemo regiment that she started. Should we seek an overseas opinion from major cancer centers in the US?
Any feedback or advise will be most appreciated.
Durvalumab(MEDI4736)/Tremelimumab in Combination With Gemcitabine/Cisplatin in Chemotherapy-naïve Biliary Tract Cancer
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The dynamics of immune systems by cytotoxic chemotherapy and its changes by combination with immuno-oncology agents will be uncovered.
The combination of Durvalumab/Tremelimumab with gemcitabine/cisplatin chemotherapy is feasible and efficacious in chemo-naïve biliary tract cancer.
To assess the effect of Durvalumab/Tremelimumab in combination with gemcitabine/cisplatin on response rate (RR) in chemo-naïve advanced biliary tract cancer patients.
Condition Intervention Phase
Biliary Tract Neoplasms
Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: No masking
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Biomarker-oriented Study of Durvalumab(MEDI4736)/Tremelimumab in Combination With Gemcitabine/Cisplatin in Chemotherapy-naïve Biliary Tract Cancer
Resource links provided by NLM:
MedlinePlus related topics: Cancer
Drug Information available for: Cisplatin Gemcitabine Gemcitabine hydrochloride
Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center resources: Biliary Tract Cancer
U.S. FDA Resources
Further study details as provided by Seoul National University Hospital:
Primary Outcome Measures:
Response rate [ Time Frame: 6 weeks ]
According to RECIST v1.1 criteria
Secondary Outcome Measures:
Disease control rate [ Time Frame: 6 weeks ]
Progression-free survival [ Time Frame: 6 weeks ]
Duration of response [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
Overall survival [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
Quality-of-life [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
Overall response rate [ Time Frame: 6 week ]
According to immune-related response criteria
Toxicity [ Time Frame: 6 week ]
Estimated Enrollment: 31
Anticipated Study Start Date: March 2017
Estimated Study Completion Date: March 2019
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2018 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Durvalumab and Tremelimumab in combination with gemcitabine/cisplatin.
Durvalumab 1.12 g iv on D1 every 3 weeks
Other Name: MEDI4736
Tremelimumab 75mg iv on D1 every 3 weeks
Gemcitabine 1000 mg/m2 iv on D1& D8 every 3 weeks
Cisplatin 25 mg/m2 iv on D1& D8 every 3 weeks
Rational #1. The incidence of biliary tract cancer (BTC) is higher in Korea than the West. (Korea: 10 new cases/100,000 population every year, the West:1-2 cases/100,100 population every year). Therefore, to conduct clinical study of BTC in Korea is very feasible and efficient.
Rational #2 The Gemcitabine/cisplatin is the current standard of care in 1st-line treatment for advanced BTC ((N Engl J Med 2010; 362 (14): 1273-81). No one-targeted therapy has been approved in BTC, yet. The overall survival of advanced BTC with cytotoxic chemotherapy is only 8-10 months, in general. Therefore, there is a huge unmet medical need.
Rational #3 In recent sequencing data of BTC showed the BTC patients with the worse prognosis had significant enrichment of hypermutated tumors and a characteristic elevation in the expression of immune checkpoint molecules. According, immune-modulating therapies also be potentially promising options for these patients (Nat Genet. 2015 Sep;47(9):1003-10.)
Rational #4 In PDL1 (+) BTC, anti-PD1 Ab shows promising activity as a monotherapy (Bang YJ, et al. ECC/ESMO 2015) In one clinical study of pembrolizumab, 37 out of 89 BTC patients (41.6%) showed the PDL1 (+) tumor. Among 24 PDL1 (+) patients who were enrolled and treated with pembrolizumab, 50% were Asian, 62.5% had ECOG 1, 16.7% had gallbladder cancer, 80% were at the 3rd-line or later setting. Four patients showed PR (3 from Seoul National University Hospital), 4 patients SD, which led the overall response rate of 17.4%. A total 40% of patients showed tumor shrinkage. The decreases in tumor size were generally maintained over time. This study gives us the evidence that immune checkpoint inhibitor is working on BTC likewise other solid tumors.
Rational #5 In recent studies have shown the combination of CTLA4 inhibitor with anti-PD1/PDL1 agents shows the enhanced clinical activities, especially, regardless of PDL1 status. This combination strategy is being actively under test in many solid tumors.
Rational #6 Certain chemotherapeutic drugs stimulate cancer-specific immune responses by inducing immunogenic cell death and other effector mechanisms (Immunity 2013, Annu Rev Immunol 2013) With the cytotoxic chemotherapy, the PDL-1 is induced and this increased expression of PDL1 contributes the resistance to cytotoxic chemotherapy. Successful eradication of tumors by immunogenic chemotherapy requires removal of immunosuppressive IgA+, PDL1+plasmocytes (Nature 2015). More importantly, still vast majorities of dynamic changes of immune system by cytotoxic chemotherapy are unanswered. These support that the combination of cytotoxic chemotherapy with immuno-oncology agents including immune checkpoint inhibitors might be efficacious and needed.
Rational #7 The advantages of “Immunotherapy and cytotoxic chemotherapy” combination are; 1) can explore science on the dynamic immunologic changes by cytotoxic chemotherapy and its overcome by immunotherapy 2) easy way to be incorporated in the current clinical practice 3) can be applied to variety of tumor types such as NSCLC, urothelial cancer. 4) relatively affordable than “immunotherapy and targeted agent” combination. Durvalumab/Tremelimumab in combination of cytotoxic chemotherapy has not been tested, especially in BTC.
Primary efficacy endpoint is response rate. In BTC, the response rate of 1st-line gemcitabine/cisplatin chemotherapy is about 20% (20% in BT22 clinical trial, 25% in ABC-02 clinical trial). Therefore, we set H0 as 20%, and H1 as 40%. Using 75% of power and a-error of 0.05, a total 28 patients will be needed. When we assume the drop-out rate of 10%, a total of 31 patients will be enrolled.
Ages Eligible for Study: 18 Years and older (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers: No
Histologically proven BTC, including intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma, extrahepatic bile duct cancer, gallbladder cancer, ampulla of vater cancer
Unresectable or recurrent
chemotherapy -naïve for their unresectable or recurrent cancer (Previous expose to adjuvant chemotherapy is allowed)
should have measurable lesion
ECOG 0, 1
Without previous expose to immune-oncology agents including anti-CTLA4, anti-PD1, anti-PDL1, etc
Adequate organ function : ANC>1500/mm3, platelet>100K/mm3, HgB>9 g/Dl, bilirubin<1.5 x ULN, ALT/AST<2.5 X UNL, (in case of liver metastasis, <5 Xunl), Cr<1.5 mg/Dl
Previous treatment for unresectable or recurrent cancer
Under immunosuppressive agents higher than equivalent dose of prednisone 10mg/day
Uncontrolled disease such as current active infection, congestive heart failure, uncontrolled hypertension, unstable angina, arrhythmia, interstitial lung disease
Current active pulmonary tuberculosis
Current active hepatitis B or hepatitis C (simple carrier is allowed)
Pregnant, breast-feeding women
Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT03046862
Contact: Oh email@example.com
Korea, Republic of
Seoul National University Hospital
Seoul, Korea, Republic of, 110-744
Sponsors and Collaborators
Seoul National University Hospital
Principal Investigator: Do youn Oh, MD, PhD Seoul National University Hospital
Responsible Party: Do-Youn Oh, Professor, Seoul National University Hospital
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03046862 History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: BTC-1st MEDITREME
Study First Received: February 6, 2017
Last Updated: February 7, 2017
Individual Participant Data
Plan to Share IPD: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: Yes
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
Product Manufactured in and Exported from the U.S.: No
Topic: Tremelimumab and Durvalumab
Our son Sean was receiving Gem/Cis from Aug ’15 until June ’16, when scans showed some progression. He also received three TACE treatments, which seemed to help control the tumors for a time.
We have been in communication with a group at NIH since July. Yesterday, he was able to start on a trial combining Tremelimumab and Durvalumab. The study number is 11-C-0112.
The drugs have been used in combination for some other cancers (NSCLC and melanoma), but this is the first try on cholangio. I think there is at least one other cholangio patient in this trial.
No side effects yet, but it’s just been hours since he received the infusions.
Topic: NIH Tremelimumab study
anyone part of this? They opened it to CC a few months ago
Tremelimumab, a monoclonal antibody against CTLA-4, in combination with subtotal ablation (trans-catheter arterial chemoembolization [TACE], radiofrequency ablation [RFA] or cryoablation) in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and biliary tract carcinoma (BTC).
Tremelimumab-associated tumor regression following after initial progression: two case reports.
Sounds promising to me, fingers crossed.
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