RWF_UCSD 160114

An Open-label, Single-arm, Multi-institutional Phase II Trial of Avelumab for Recurrent, Metastatic Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma

The purpose of this study is to determine whether avelumab, an investigational antibody against programmed death-ligand (PD-L1), has an effect on recurrent nasopharyngeal cancer. Avelumab is designed to block the interaction between programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1), a known immune checkpoint, and PD-L1. By blocking this interaction, the immune system may be stimulated, allowing it to more effectively recognize and attack the cancer.

Inclusion Criteria:
• Patient has histologically/cytologically confirmed, non-keratinizing/undifferentiated, EBV-related nasopharyngeal carcinoma, not amenable to curative intent therapy. EBV testing may be completed per institutional standards.
• Patient must have at least one measurable site of disease as defined by RECIST v1.1, determined by investigator review
• Patient has received at least one prior line of systemic therapy in the recurrent/metastatic setting
• Patient is willing to undergo a fresh tumor biopsy (core or excisional) for correlative analyses (ie. PD-L1 expression).The study chair may grant exceptions to the mandatory biopsy should the treating physician deem that a biopsy is not feasible or unsafe for the patient, and archival tissue is available and provided for study purposes. A conversation with the study chair is required to obtain an exception.
• Patient has adequate organ and marrow function (absolute neutrophil count ≥ 1000, hemoglobin ≥ 8.0 gram/deciliter (g/dL), platelet count ≥ 75,000, total bilirubin ≤1.5 times institution's upper limit of normal, AST/SGOT and ALT/SPGT ≤ 2.5 times institutional upper limit of normal, albumin ≥ 2.0 g/dL, serum creatinine ≤ 1.5 times institutional upper limit of normal or creatinine clearance ≥ 30 milliliters per minute (mL/min) according to Cockroft-Gault formula, or local institutional standard method)
• Female patient of childbearing potential has a negative serum or urine pregnancy within 72 hours prior to receiving the first dose of study medication

Exclusion Criteria:
• Patient is currently receiving or has received another investigational agent within 4 weeks prior to Day 1 of study.
• Patient has received chemotherapy or radiotherapy within 4 weeks prior to Day 1 of study. Prior palliative radiotherapy to metastatic lesion(s) is permitted, provided there is at least one measurable lesion that has not been radiated.
• Patient has received prior immunotherapy with inhibitors of PD-1/PD-L1 axis.
• Patient has had major surgery or insufficient recovery from surgical-related trauma or wound healing within 14 days of Study Day 1.
• Patient has a known additional malignancy that is progressing or requires active treatment. Exceptions include basal cell carcinoma of the skin or squamous cell carcinoma of the skin that has undergone potentially curative therapy or in situ cervical cancer.
• Patient has an active autoimmune disease that has required systemic treatment in the past 2 years (i.e. with use of disease modifying agents, corticosteroids or immunosuppressive drugs).Patients with vitiligo, Grave's disease, or psoriasis not requiring systemic treatment within the past 2 years are not excluded.Replacement therapy (e.g., thyroxine, insulin, or physiologic corticosteroid replacement therapy for adrenal or pituitary insufficiency, etc.) is not considered a form of systemic treatment.
• Patient has a diagnosis of immunodeficiency, or is receiving systemic steroid therapy (>10mg prednisone daily, or steroid equivalent) or any other form of immunosuppressive therapy within 7 days prior to the first dose of avelumab.
Phase II
Oral, Head and Neck
Rom Leidner, M.D.
University of California San Diego (UCSD)
George Morris
  • Oncology and Hematology Care Eastside