Phase III Randomized Trial Comparing Physician/Patient Choice of Either High Dose Interferon or Ipilimumab to MK-3475 (Pembrolizumab) in Patients with High Risk Resected Melanoma.
This randomized phase III trial studies how well high-dose recombinant interferon alfa-2B works compared with pembrolizumab in treating patients with stage III-IV melanoma that has been removed by surgery but is likely to come back or spread. High-dose recombinant interferon alfa-2B may help shrink or slow the growth of melanoma. Monoclonal antibodies, such as pembrolizumab, may block tumor growth in different ways by targeting certain cells. It is not yet known whether high-dose recombinant interferon alfa-2B is more effective than pembrolizumab in treating patients with melanoma.
* Patients must have completely resected melanoma of cutaneous origin or of unknown primary in order to be eligible for this study; patients must be classified as stage IIIA (N2a), IIIB, IIIC, or stage IV melanoma; patients with melanoma of mucosal or other non-cutaneous origin are eligible; patients with melanoma of ocular origin are not eligible; patients with a history of brain metastases are ineligible
* Patients are eligible for this trial either at initial presentation of their melanoma or at the time of the first detected nodal, satellite/in-transit, distant metastases, or recurrent disease in prior lymphadenectomy basin or distant site; nodal, satellite/in-transit metastasis, distant metastases or disease in a prior complete lymphadenectomy basin must have been confirmed histologically by hematoxylin and eosin (H & E) stained slides
* Patients with multiple regional nodal basin involvement are eligible; gross or microscopic extracapsular nodal extension is permitted
* Patients at initial presentation of melanoma must undergo an adequate wide excision of the primary lesion, if present; patients with previously diagnosed melanoma must have had all current disease resected with pathologically negative margins and must have no evidence of disease at the primary site or must undergo re-resection of the primary site; a full lymphadenectomy meeting the criteria outlined is required for all patients including those with positive sentinel nodes; patients with recurrent disease who have had a prior complete lymphadenectomy fulfill this requirement as long as all recurrent disease has been resected; for all patients, all disease must have been resected with negative pathological margins and no clinical, radiologic, or pathological evidence of any incompletely resected melanoma; patients must be registered within 98 days of the last surgery performed to render the patient free of disease
Gary Goodman, M.D.
SWOG (Southwest Oncology Group)
The Pacific Cancer Research Consortium clinical trials are offered at multiple locations throughout Oregon, Washington, Alaska, California, and Idaho. To find a location near you, please contact the Patient Engagement Center at 844-552-2734.