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    MA04 - Novel Approaches with IO (ID 900)

    • Event: WCLC 2018
    • Type: Mini Oral Abstract Session
    • Track: Immunooncology
    • Presentations: 2
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    • Coordinates: 9/24/2018, 13:30 - 15:00, Room 107
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      MA04.09 - Neoadjuvant Atezolizumab in Resectable Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC): Updated Results from a Multicenter Study (LCMC3) (ID 12941)

      14:30 - 14:35  |  Author(s): Katja Schulze

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      Background

      Cisplatin-based chemotherapy, before or after surgery, provides only a 5% benefit in 5yr. OS in resectable NSCLC. A 20 patient study (NEJM April 2018) showed that preoperative immune checkpoint inhibitor therapy yielded a clinically meaningful major pathologic response rate (MPR ≤10% residual viable tumor cells) and did not delay or complicate surgery. This large multicenter trial measures MPR and biomarkers of benefit using neoadjuvant atezolizumab (atezo) [NCT02927301].

      a9ded1e5ce5d75814730bb4caaf49419 Method

      We planned 2 cycles of atezo (1200mg, days 1, 22) in patients with stages IB -selected IIIB resectable NSCLC prior to surgical resection (day 40 +/- 10). Chest CT, PET were planned pre-atezo and presurgery to assess response. Primary tumor +/- node biopsies and blood samples were obtained before atezo and presurgery for biomarker studies. The primary endpoint was MPR. Secondary endpoints included safety, response by PD-L1, OS, and DFS.

      4c3880bb027f159e801041b1021e88e8 Result

      For this updated efficacy and safety analysis (Feb’18 datacut), we report first 54 of 180 planned pts: 29 males, median age 65 yr, all ECOG 0-1; 17 current, 33 former smokers; 35 non-squamous NSCLC; clinical stages Ib/IIa/IIb/IIIa/IIIb = 5/11/13/20/5. Two pts received one dose of atezo due to treatment related AE (Gr 1 pyrexia, Gr 2 dyspnea) but underwent uncomplicated resection with MPR assessment. There was 1 unrelated Gr 5 AE (sudden cardiac death post surgical resection), 16 Gr 3-4 AEs (3 treatment related). Surgery was delayed in 1 pt due to Gr3 pneumonitis. By RECIST, 3 pts had PR, and 49 had SD. 50 pts underwent surgery and 47 pts had MPR assessment: 2 pts discontinued study preop due to radiographic PD and 2 discontinued due to other reasons; 3 pts had unresectable disease. MPR rate was 10/50 (20%, 95% CI 10-34%) including 3 pts who had pCR (no viable tumor cells) in the primary tumor. Excluding 5 pts who had known driver mutations (4 EGFR+, 1 ALK+), MPR rate was 10/45 (22%, 95% CI 11-37%). PD-L1 status was evaluable in 44/54 pts; 8/10 pts with MPR had PD-L1+ status and 2 had unknown PD-L1 status; 8/28 PDL-1 (+) patients had MPR (29%).

      8eea62084ca7e541d918e823422bd82e Conclusion

      In a multicenter study, neoadjuvant atezo was well tolerated. MPR rate is encouraging. Clinical and pathological responses are often discordant. Correlative analyses on pre- and post atezo tissues are ongoing. Preliminary correlative analyses in blood samples are included in a separate abstract.

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      MA04.10 - Comprehensive Peripheral Blood Immunophenotyping and T-Cell Clonal Analysis During Neoadjuvant Immunotherapy with Atezolizumab in NSCLC (ID 13118)

      14:35 - 14:40  |  Author(s): Katja Schulze

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      Background

      Immune-checkpoint blockade targeting PD-L1/PD-1 to activate anti-tumor immunity is associated with improved response rates and survival compared to chemotherapy in selected metastatic NSCLC patients. Evaluation of the pre-therapeutic immune profile and its treatment-related evolution associated with clinical benefit will guide future immunotherapy development and support clinical decision-making. Here, we present an analysis of peripheral blood (PB) immunophenotyping and T-cell-receptor (TCR) clonality before and after immunotherapy from an ongoing 180-patient phase II study of atezolizumab as neoadjuvant therapy with stage IB-IIIB resectable NSCLC (NCT02927301; LCMC3).

      a9ded1e5ce5d75814730bb4caaf49419 Method

      As of February 5th datacut, the first 54 enrolled and dosed patients are presented. The biomarker evaluable population (BEP) further subset to patients with paired PB samples analyzed within 72 hours after collection and a major pathological response (MPR) assessment. Comprehensive immune cell phenotyping (10-color flow cytometry, IMMUNOME) and TCR-Vß-analysis by flow cytometry were performed. Immunoprofile analyses were correlated with atezolizumab treatment, pathological response and PD-L1 expression.

      4c3880bb027f159e801041b1021e88e8 Result

      In this ongoing analysis, BEP included 31 patients. 5 patients (16%, 95% CI (5%, 34%)) had a MPR; all of which stained positive for PD-L1 by IHC using 22C3 (TPS≥1%) and SP142 (PD-L1 expression on ≥1% tumor cells (TC) and/or tumor infiltrating immune cells (IC)) at baseline. We observed significant increases in natural killer (NK) cells (p=0.005) and CD8+ T-cells (p=0.031) and a Th1-response related dendritic cell (DC) subpopulation (p=0.031) and significant decreases in B-cells (p=0.015) after treatment.

      Patients who achieved MPR show lower baseline levels of degranulated CD8+ T-cells (p=0.015), late-activated NK-cells (p=0.043), memory CD4+ (p=0.048) and memory CD8+ T-cells (p=0.032); changes in PB NK-cells (p=0.041), a decrease in M-MDSCs and a Th-2 and Th-17-response related DC subpopulation (p=0.043) in response to treatment were noted in patients with MPR versus non-MPR.

      Among the 16 patients with TC/IC 1/2/3 (> 1% PD-L1 expression) the following significant differences were observed compared to TC0/IC0 (7 patients): higher levels of late-activated CD4+ T-cells (p=0.025) and mid-activated CD8+ T-cells (p=0.044) at baseline, decrease of senescent T-cells (p=0.041), monocytic myeloid-suppressor cell subpopulations (M-MDSCs) and an increase in a Th1-response related DC subpopulation (p=0.026) after treatment.

      TCR clonality analysis showed expansions in Vß-subtypes after atezolizumab treatment.

      8eea62084ca7e541d918e823422bd82e Conclusion

      Immunophenotyping and TCR-Vß-repertoire analysis in peripheral blood samples from NSCLC patients treated with neoadjuvant atezolizumab show differences in immune cell subsets in baseline samples and changes after treatment.

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    P3.17 - Treatment of Locoregional Disease - NSCLC (Not CME Accredited Session) (ID 983)

    • Event: WCLC 2018
    • Type: Poster Viewing in the Exhibit Hall
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    • Presentations: 1
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    • Coordinates: 9/26/2018, 12:00 - 13:30, Exhibit Hall
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      P3.17-12 - Phase II Trial of Atezolizumab Before and After Chemoradiation for Unresectable Stage III NSCLC (AFT-16): Trial in Progress (ID 13929)

      12:00 - 13:30  |  Author(s): Katja Schulze

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      Background

      Cure is possible for a substantial minority of stage III NSCLC patients, but most will relapse after conventional chemoradiation (CRT). Combining checkpoint inhibition through PD-L1 blockade with CRT may attenuate tumor related immunosuppression via depletion of Tregs and clonal expansion of effector T-cells, thereby improving tumor immunogenicity. Further, CRT may reveal hidden antigens that can present additional targets to the reconstituting immune system. Whether anti-PD-L1 therapy before CRT will improve outcomes in this setting is the subject of this trial.

      a9ded1e5ce5d75814730bb4caaf49419 Method

      This phase II single arm Alliance Foundation Trials study (AFT-16, NCT03102242) explores safety and efficacy of atezolizumab before and after definitive CRT. 63 patients with stage III NSCLC, PS 0-1, no active autoimmune disease and no significant organ dysfunction will enroll at 15 Alliance sites. Participants receive 4 cycles of neoadjuvant atezolizumab 1200 mg IV q 21 days with restaging after cycles 2 and 4. Non-progressing patients undergo carboplatin and paclitaxel (C/P) weekly with 60 Gy RT followed by 2 cycles of C/P consolidation and adjuvant atezolizumab to complete one year of therapy. The primary endpoint is disease control rate (CR+PR+SD) after neoadjuvant atezolizumab. Secondary endpoints include ORR, PFS, OS, safety and QoL by the EORTC QLQ-30.

      aft-16 schema bw.pngCorrelatives include the role of PD-L1 and tumor mutation burden as predictive biomarkers. Tumor tissue is obtained at study entry, and plasma and immune cells are isolated at study entry, post neoadjuvant atezolizumab, post CRT, during adjuvant atezolizumab and at study end. Explorative endpoints include potential predictive biomarkers development that may define how atezolizumab affects the proportions of immunologic subtypes and immune activation using flow cytometry and T cell receptor immunophenotyping, multiplex immunohistochemistry and cytokine analysis.

      The trial was activated on 11/1/17. As of 5/4/18, the trial is open at 8 centers with 14 patients enrolled.

      4c3880bb027f159e801041b1021e88e8 Result

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      8eea62084ca7e541d918e823422bd82e Conclusion

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