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    ORAL 10 - SCLC (ID 98)

    • Event: WCLC 2015
    • Type: Oral Session
    • Track: Small Cell Lung Cancer
    • Presentations: 1
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      ORAL10.04 - Pembrolizumab for ED SCLC: Efficacy and Relationship with PD-L1 Expression (ID 3285)

      10:45 - 12:15  |  Author(s): E. Elez

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      Patients with extensive-stage disease (ED) small cell lung cancer (SCLC) have limited treatment options and poor survival following failure of platinum-based chemotherapy. Pembrolizumab, a humanized IgG4 monoclonal antibody against PD-1 designed to block the interaction between PD-1 and its ligands PD-L1 and PD-L2, has demonstrated robust antitumor activity and a manageable toxicity profile in several advanced cancers, including NSCLC. We assessed the safety and efficacy of pembrolizumab in patients with PD-L1–positive SCLC in the ongoing, multicohort, phase 1b KEYNOTE-028 study (, NCT02054806).

      Key eligibility criteria for the SCLC cohort include failure of or inability to receive standard therapy, ≥1 measurable lesion per RECIST v1.1, ECOG performance status 0 or 1, PD-L1 expression in ≥1% of cells in tumor nests or PD-L1–positive bands in stroma as assessed by IHC using the 22C3 antibody at a central laboratory, no autoimmune disease, no interstitial lung disease, and no prior anti–PD-1 or anti–PD-L1 therapy. Pembrolizumab is given at 10 mg/kg every 2 weeks for 24 months or disease progression, intolerable toxicity, or investigator decision. Patients with progressive disease who are clinically stable may continue treatment until confirmation of progression 4 weeks later. Response will be assessed per RECIST v1.1 by investigator review every 8 weeks for the first 6 months, then every 12 weeks thereafter. Adverse events (AEs), including potentially immune-related adverse events, will be collected throughout the study and for 30 days (90 days for serious AEs) thereafter. Primary end points are safety and tolerability and the overall response rate. The relationship between pembrolizumab antitumor activity and potential biomarkers, including the level of PD-L1 expression, is an exploratory end point.

      Of the 147 patients with SCLC who had evaluable tumor samples and were screened for PD-L1 expression, 42 (29%) had PD-L1–positive tumors. Overall, 24 patients with SCLC were enrolled and received ≥1 pembrolizumab dose. Among the 20 patients treated as of March 13, 2015, median age was 59.5 years, 55% were men, and 75% had an ECOG performance status of 1. All patients had received prior chemotherapy with a platinum + etoposide.

      Analyses of safety and tolerability and response are ongoing, as are analyses on the relationship between the level of PD-L1 expression and pembrolizumab response. These data will be available for presentation.

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