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    MA05 - Update on Clinical Trials and Treatments (ID 123)

    • Event: WCLC 2019
    • Type: Mini Oral Session
    • Track: Mesothelioma
    • Presentations: 1
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      MA05.11 - Safety and Efficacy of Nintedanib in Combination with Pembrolizumab in Patients with Refractory/Relapsing Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma (Now Available) (ID 2170)

      13:30 - 15:00  |  Presenting Author(s): Andreea Varga

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      Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is an aggressive disease with no standard of care after progression to first line pemetrexed and platinum-based chemotherapy. Combinations between anti-angiogenic agents and immunotherapy are being developed as angiogenesis and immunosuppression influence each other leading to a more powerful anti-tumor response. Both Nintedanib and Pembrolizumab have been investigated as single agents or in different treatment combinations in MPM patients with interesting activity.


      The PEMBIB trial is a multi-centric open-label non-randomized basket phase 1 trial evaluating the combination of nintedanib with pembrolizumab in multiple tumor types. The safety and activity of the dose escalation part of the study were reported at AACR & ASCO meetings in 2018 with an established DLT defined as grade 3 alanine and/or aspartate aminotransferase elevation (ALT/AST). The recommended phase 2 dose is set at 150 mg BID of nintedanib with 200 mg flat dose of pembrolizumab. We would like to report the safety and activity of one of the expansion cohorts of patients with relapsing/refractory MPM which has now been completed. Eligible MPM patients were 18 years or older with an ECOG performance status of 0 or 1, histologically proven MPM that relapsed after at least one line of pemetrexed and platinum-based combination, specific anti-angiogenic eligibility criteria such as no radiographic evidence of cavitary/necrotic or tumors with local invasion of major blood vessels.

      Updated results on the safety profile and efficacy of this anti-angiogenic and anti-PD-1 combination therapy including overall response rate as per RECIST, irRC and mRECIST criteria, disease control rate will be presented at the meeting.


      The first patient from the MPM cohort was enrolled in July 2017 and the last one in April 2019. Thirty-one eligible MPM patients have been evaluable at the data cut off onJuly 2019, one of them had been enrolled since the dose-escalation part at dose level of 200mg. The age at inclusion was 68 (ranging from 38 to 85), 68% of the patients having an ECOG of 1 and 58% of the histological type was epithelioid. The most frequent adverse events (grades 1, 2 and 3) related to any of the combination drugs were liver enzymes increase, fatigue, decreased appetite, nausea, diarrhea and hypothyroidism. There were two cases of myocarditis, one of grade 3 (pembrolizumab related) and one of grade 5(pembrolizumab and nintedanib related). At the time of the data analysis the efficacy data shows six partial responses (overall response rate of 21%) and seventeen stable disease (disease control rate at 61%.).


      The combination of Nintedanib with Pembrolizumab shows promising activity in relapsed MPM patients .The toxicity profile appear consistent with previous reports of anti-angiogenic agents and immunotherapy combination.

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