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MK-4830 + Pembrolizumab for Cancer

Phase 1
Waitlist Available
Research Sponsored by Merck Sharp & Dohme LLC
Eligibility Criteria Checklist
Specific guidelines that determine who can or cannot participate in a clinical trial
Must have
Expansion phase Arm C participants: Has histologically confirmed recurrent or metastatic head and neck squamous cell cancer (HNSCC) of the oral cavity, oropharynx, hypopharynx, and/or larynx that is considered incurable by local therapies, Has experienced disease progression at any time during or after treatment with a platinum-containing (eg, carboplatin or cisplatin) regimen with or without cetuximab
Expansion phase Arm D participants: Has histologically confirmed advanced or metastatic HNSCC of the oral cavity, oropharynx, hypopharynx, and/or larynx that is considered incurable by local therapies, Has not had any prior programmed cell death 1 (PD-1)/ programmed cell death ligand 1 (PD-L1) therapy
Must not have
Expansion phase Arm H participants: Has received prior systemic anticancer therapy for advanced RCC with a tyrosine kinase inhibitor, Has a clinically significant gastrointestinal (GI) abnormality, Has a history of untreated deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism within 6 months prior to screening, Has poorly controlled hypertension, Has active GI bleeding, Has evidence of inadequate wound healing, Has active bleeding disorder or other history of significant bleeding episodes within 30 days prior to randomization, Has hemoptysis within 6 weeks prior to randomization, Has radiographic evidence of encasement or invasion of a major blood vessel, or of intratumoral cavitation
Has an active infection requiring therapy
Timeline
Screening 3 weeks
Treatment Varies
Follow Up up to approximately 27 months
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Summary

This trial is testing the safety and effectiveness of a new cancer drug, MK-4830, either alone or in combination with other drugs.

Who is the study for?
This trial is for adults with various advanced solid tumors, including specific types such as pancreatic adenocarcinoma, renal cell cancer, and non-small-cell lung cancer. Participants must have tried certain treatments without success or be ineligible for them. They should have measurable disease, adequate organ function, and agree to contraception if applicable.Check my eligibility
What is being tested?
The study tests MK-4830 alone and combined with Pembrolizumab in treating advanced tumors. It includes dose escalation to assess safety and preliminary efficacy; dose expansion to evaluate response rates; plus a coformulation part testing a mix of MK-4830 and Pembrolizumab.See study design
What are the potential side effects?
Possible side effects include reactions at the infusion site, fatigue, changes in blood counts leading to increased infection risk or bleeding problems, potential liver or kidney issues due to organ inflammation, allergic reactions, and other immune-related adverse events.

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria

You may be eligible if you check “Yes” for the criteria below
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My cancer in the head or neck area has returned or spread and didn't respond to platinum-based treatment.
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My cancer is in the mouth or throat and can't be cured with surgery or radiation, and I haven't had PD-1/PD-L1 therapy.
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I have advanced non-squamous NSCLC and haven't had systemic therapy for it.
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My mesothelioma has returned or spread and cannot be cured with standard treatments, but I can receive chemotherapy.
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I have metastatic pancreatic cancer and received 1-3 prior treatments.
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My cancer is a type of pancreatic cancer that has spread.
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I have advanced or recurrent kidney cancer with clear cells and haven't had systemic therapy for it.
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I have had 1 to 3 treatments for my condition.

Exclusion Criteria

You may be eligible for the trial if you check “No” for criteria below:
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I am currently being treated for an infection.
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I have serious heart problems, including recent heart attacks or severe heart failure.
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I have had lung inflammation treated with steroids or have it now.
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I have or had lung disease that affects the tissue and space around the air sacs.
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I have an autoimmune disease but haven't needed systemic treatment in the last 2 years, except for vitiligo or childhood asthma.
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My cancer does not have a high MSI status.
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I still have side effects from radiation that are not mild and I need steroids for lung inflammation.
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I have recovered from major surgery and have no infections.
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I have had more than 3 treatments for advanced pancreatic cancer.
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I have lost more than 10% of my weight in the last 2 months, have fluid in my abdomen, and cancer has spread to the lining of my abdomen.
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I have symptoms like cough or chest pain due to fluid in my chest and have had a transplant.
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My tumor is in the brainstem or spinal cord, is larger than 6 cm, or needs steroids.
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I have had chemotherapy or targeted therapy for Stage IIIb/IV non-squamous NSCLC and treatment with anti-PD-1, PD-L1, or PD-L2.
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I stopped immunotherapy due to severe side effects.
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I have been taking more than 10 mg of steroids daily in the last week.
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I've had a severe allergic reaction to monoclonal antibody treatment or am allergic to pembrolizumab or its chemotherapy components.

Timeline

Screening ~ 3 weeks
Treatment ~ Varies
Follow Up ~up to approximately 27 months
This trial's timeline: 3 weeks for screening, Varies for treatment, and up to approximately 27 months for reporting.

Treatment Details

Study Objectives

Outcome measures can provide a clearer picture of what you can expect from a treatment.
Primary outcome measures
Dose-Limiting Toxicities (DLTs)
Number of Participants Who Discontinued Study Treatment Due to an AE
Number of Participants Who Experienced an Adverse Event (AE)
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Secondary outcome measures
Area Under the Curve (AUC) of Plasma MK-4830
Maximum Drug Concentration (Cmax) of Plasma MK-4830
Maximum Drug Concentration (Cmax) of Plasma Pembrolizumab in Arm M
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Trial Design

17Treatment groups
Experimental Treatment
Group I: Dose Expansion, Arm M: Advanced Solid Tumor in Chinese Participants In ChinaExperimental Treatment2 Interventions
Combination therapy with the preliminary RP2D A of MK-4830, and pembrolizumab, in Chinese participants, who reside in China, have histologically or cytologically-confirmed advanced/metastatic solid tumor, and who have been previously treated with at least 2 prior lines of therapy. MK-4830 will be administered IV following pembrolizumab infusion, Q3W, starting with Cycle 1, Day 1, for a maximum of 35 cycles. Each cycle is 21 days. Pembrolizumab will be administered by IV, Q3W, starting with Cycle 1, Day 1. Each cycle is 21 days. The combination may be administered for a maximum of 35 cycles (up to approximately 2 years).
Group II: Dose Expansion, Arm L: MesotheliomaExperimental Treatment4 Interventions
Triple combination therapy with pembrolizumab plus preliminary RP2D A of MK-4830 plus pemetrexed plus cisplatin in participants who have histologically confirmed advanced mesothelioma. MK-4830 will be administered IV following pembrolizumab infusion, Q3W, starting with Cycle 1, Day 1, for a maximum of 35 cycles. Each cycle is 21 days. Pembrolizumab will be administered by IV, Q3W, starting with Cycle 1, Day 1 for a maximum of 35 cycles (up to approximately 2 years). Each cycle is 21 days. Pemetrexed will be administered by IV, on Day 1 of each Q3W cycle for a maximum of 6 cycles. Each cycle is 21 days. Cisplatin will be administered by IV, on Day 1 of each Q3W cycle for a maximum of 6 cycles. Each cycle is 21 days.
Group III: Dose Expansion, Arm K: Triple negative Breast Cancer (TNBC)Experimental Treatment3 Interventions
Triple combination therapy with pembrolizumab plus preliminary RP2D A of MK-4830 plus paclitaxel in participants who have histologically confirmed TNBC. MK-4830 will be administered IV following pembrolizumab infusion, Q3W, starting with Cycle 1, Day 1, for a maximum of 35 cycles. Each cycle is 21 days. Pembrolizumab will be administered by IV, Q3W, starting with Cycle 1, Day 1 for a maximum of 35 cycles (up to approximately 2 years). Each cycle is 21 days. Paclitaxel will be administered by IV on Days 1, 8, and 15 every 4 weeks (Q4W) until disease progression or prohibitive toxicity.
Group IV: Dose Expansion, Arm J: Ovarian CancerExperimental Treatment3 Interventions
Triple combination therapy with pembrolizumab plus preliminary RP2D A of MK-4830 plus paclitaxel in participants who have histologically confirmed, ovarian cancer. MK-4830 will be administered IV following pembrolizumab infusion, Q3W, starting with Cycle 1, Day 1, for a maximum of 35 cycles. Each cycle is 21 days. Pembrolizumab will be administered by IV, Q3W, starting with Cycle 1, Day 1 for a maximum of 35 cycles (up to approximately 2 years). Each cycle is 21 days. Paclitaxel will be administered by IV, once every week (QW) on Days 1, 8, and 15 of each 21-day cycle until disease progression or prohibitive toxicity.
Group V: Dose Expansion, Arm I: R/M Gastric/GE Junction AdenocarcinomaExperimental Treatment2 Interventions
Combination therapy with the preliminary RP2D A of MK-4830, and pembrolizumab, in participants who have histologically or cytologically-confirmed recurrent or metastatic (R/M) gastric or gastroesophageal (GE) junction adenocarcinoma and who have been previously treated with at least 2 prior lines of therapy. MK-4830 will be administered IV following pembrolizumab infusion, Q3W, starting with Cycle 1, Day 1, for a maximum of 35 cycles. Each cycle is 21 days. Pembrolizumab will be administered by IV, Q3W, starting with Cycle 1, Day 1. Each cycle is 21 days. The combination may be administered for a maximum of 35 cycles (up to approximately 2 years).
Group VI: Dose Expansion, Arm H: RCC, +LenvatinibExperimental Treatment3 Interventions
Combination therapy with the preliminary RP2D A of MK-4830, pembrolizumab, and lenvatinib in participants with advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC). MK-4830 will be administered IV, Q3W, starting with Cycle 1 following pembrolizumab infusion, Day 1, for a maximum of 35 cycles. Each cycle is 21 days. Pembrolizumab will be administered by IV, Q3W, starting with Cycle 1, Day 1. Each cycle is 21 days. The combination may be administered for a maximum of 35 cycles (up to approximately 2 years). Lenvatinib will be administered orally once daily for up to 35 cycles of 21 days (up to approximately 2 years).
Group VII: Dose Expansion, Arm G: NSCLC, +Carboplatin/PemetrexedExperimental Treatment4 Interventions
Combination therapy with the preliminary RP2D A of MK-4830, pembrolizumab, and carboplatin/pemetrexed in participants with advanced non-squamous non-small-cell-lung-cancer (NSCLC) (Stage IIIB or IV). MK-4830 will be administered IV following pembrolizumab infusion, Q3W, starting with Cycle 1, Day 1, for a maximum of 35 cycles. Each cycle is 21 days. Pembrolizumab will be administered by IV, Q3W, starting with Cycle 1, Day 1. Each cycle is 21 days. The combination may be administered for a maximum of 35 cycles. Carboplatin and pemetrexed will be administered IV Q3W, starting with Cycle 1, Day 1, for 4 cycles, followed by pemetrexed Q3W continuous with MK-4830 and pembrolizumab, up to 35 cycles. Each cycle is 21 days (up to approximately 2 years).
Group VIII: Dose Expansion, Arm F: First-Line Advanced NSCLC, Dose BExperimental Treatment2 Interventions
Combination therapy with the preliminary RP2D B of MK-4830, and pembrolizumab, in participants who have histologically-confirmed, first-line treatment advanced non-small-cell-lung-cancer (NSCLC) (Stage IIIB or IV). MK-4830 will be administered IV following pembrolizumab infusion, Q3W, starting with Cycle 1, Day 1, for a maximum of 35 cycles. Each cycle is 21 days. Pembrolizumab will be administered by IV, Q3W, starting with Cycle 1, Day 1. Each cycle is 21 days. The combination may be administered for a maximum of 35 cycles (up to approximately 2 years).
Group IX: Dose Expansion, Arm E: First-Line Advanced NSCLC, Dose AExperimental Treatment2 Interventions
Combination therapy with the preliminary RP2D A of MK-4830, and pembrolizumab, in participants who have histologically-confirmed, first-line treatment advanced non-small-cell-lung-cancer (NSCLC) (Stage IIIB or IV). MK-4830 will be administered IV following pembrolizumab infusion, Q3W, starting with Cycle 1, Day 1, for a maximum of 35 cycles. Each cycle is 21 days. Pembrolizumab will be administered by IV, Q3W, starting with Cycle 1, Day 1. Each cycle is 21 days. The combination may be administered for a maximum of 35 cycles (up to approximately 2 years).
Group X: Dose Expansion, Arm D: PD-L1 positive HNSCC, Dose AExperimental Treatment2 Interventions
Combination therapy with the preliminary RP2D A of MK-4830, and pembrolizumab, in participants who have histologically or cytologically-confirmed advanced programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) positive head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). MK-4830 will be administered IV following pembrolizumab infusion, Q3W, starting with Cycle 1, Day 1, for a maximum of 35 cycles. Each cycle is 21 days. Pembrolizumab will be administered by IV, Q3W, starting with Cycle 1, Day 1. Each cycle is 21 days. The combination may be administered for a maximum of 35 cycles (up to approximately 2 years).
Group XI: Dose Expansion, Arm C: R/M HNSCCExperimental Treatment2 Interventions
Combination therapy with the preliminary RP2D A of MK-4830, and pembrolizumab, in participants who have histologically or cytologically-confirmed recurrent or metastatic head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (R/M HNSCC) whose disease progressed on an anti-programmed cell death 1/programmed cell death ligand 1 (PD1/L1) therapy. MK-4830 will be administered IV following pembrolizumab infusion, Q3W, starting with Cycle 1, Day 1, for a maximum of 35 cycles. Each cycle is 21 days. Pembrolizumab will be administered by IV, Q3W, starting with Cycle 1, Day 1. Each cycle is 21 days. The combination may be administered for a maximum of 35 cycles (up to approximately 2 years).
Group XII: Dose Expansion, Arm B: Glioblastoma (GBM)Experimental Treatment2 Interventions
Combination therapy with the preliminary RP2D A of MK-4830, and pembrolizumab, in participants with histologically or cytologically confirmed GBM. MK-4830 will be administered IV following pembrolizumab infusion, Q3W, starting with Cycle 1, Day 1, for a maximum of 35 cycles. Each cycle is 21 days. Pembrolizumab will be administered by IV, Q3W, starting with Cycle 1, Day 1. Each cycle is 21 days. The combination may be administered for a maximum of 35 cycles (up to approximately 2 years).
Group XIII: Dose Expansion, Arm A: Pancreatic AdenocarcinomaExperimental Treatment2 Interventions
Combination therapy with the preliminary recommended phase 2 dose (RP2D) A of MK-4830, and pembrolizumab, in participants with histologically or cytologically confirmed pancreatic adenocarcinoma. MK-4830 will be administered IV following pembrolizumab infusion, Q3W, starting with Cycle 1, Day 1, for a maximum of 35 cycles. Each cycle is 21 days. Pembrolizumab will be administered by IV, Q3W, starting with Cycle 1, Day 1. Each cycle is 21 days. The combination may be administered for a maximum of 35 cycles (up to approximately 2 years).
Group XIV: Dose Escalation, Part C: MK-4830 and PembrolizumabExperimental Treatment2 Interventions
Combination therapy with MK-4830 and pembrolizumab (with MK-4830 doses determined by an mTPI design). MK-4830 will be administered IV following pembrolizumab infusion, Q3W, starting with Cycle 1, Day 1, for a maximum of 35 cycles. Each cycle is 21 days. Pembrolizumab will be administered by IV, Q3W, starting with Cycle 1, Day 1. Each cycle is 21 days. The combination may be administered for a maximum of 35 cycles (up to approximately 2 years).
Group XV: Dose Escalation, Part B: MK-4830 MonotherapyExperimental Treatment1 Intervention
MK-4830 monotherapy (with MK 4830 doses determined by a modified toxicity probability interval [mTPI] method) will be administered IV, Q3W, starting with Cycle 1, Day 1, for a maximum of 35 cycles (up to approximately 2 years). Each cycle is 21 days. Participants enroll with histologically or cytologically confirmed pleural or peritoneal malignant mesothelioma, epithelial, sarcomatoid, or biphasic subtypes.
Group XVI: Dose Escalation, Part A: MK-4830 MonotherapyExperimental Treatment1 Intervention
MK-4830 monotherapy (with MK-4830 doses determined by an accelerated titration design [ATD]) will be administered intravenously (IV), every 3 weeks (Q3W), starting with Cycle 1, Day 1, for a maximum of 35 cycles (up to approximately 2 years). Each cycle is 21 days. Participants enroll with histologically or cytologically confirmed pancreatic adenocarcinoma.
Group XVII: Coformulation Phase, Arm N: MK-4830A (Coformulation of MK-4830 + pembrolizumab)Experimental Treatment1 Intervention
Monotherapy with MK-4830A, a coformulation of MK-4830 800 mg + pembrolizumab 200 mg, in participants with histologically or cytologically-confirmed advanced/metastatic solid tumor, and who and have received, been intolerant to, been ineligible for, or refused all treatment known to confer clinical benefit. MK-4830A will be administered IV, Q3W, starting with Cycle 1, Day 1, for a maximum of 35 cycles (up to approximately 2 years). Each cycle is 21 days.
Treatment
First Studied
Drug Approval Stage
How many patients have taken this drug
Paclitaxel
2011
Completed Phase 4
~5380
Cisplatin
2013
Completed Phase 3
~1940
Pembrolizumab
2017
Completed Phase 2
~2010
Carboplatin
2014
Completed Phase 3
~6670
Lenvatinib
2020
Completed Phase 4
~2650
Pemetrexed
2014
Completed Phase 3
~5250

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Who is running the clinical trial?

Merck Sharp & Dohme LLCLead Sponsor
3,919 Previous Clinical Trials
5,067,821 Total Patients Enrolled
11 Trials studying Tumors
2,324 Patients Enrolled for Tumors
Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.Lead Sponsor
2,286 Previous Clinical Trials
4,581,570 Total Patients Enrolled
5 Trials studying Tumors
149 Patients Enrolled for Tumors
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8,069,888 Total Patients Enrolled
2 Trials studying Tumors
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MK-4830 (Other) Clinical Trial Eligibility Overview. Trial Name: NCT03564691 — Phase 1
Tumors Research Study Groups: Dose Expansion, Arm J: Ovarian Cancer, Dose Expansion, Arm E: First-Line Advanced NSCLC, Dose A, Dose Expansion, Arm D: PD-L1 positive HNSCC, Dose A, Dose Expansion, Arm I: R/M Gastric/GE Junction Adenocarcinoma, Dose Escalation, Part A: MK-4830 Monotherapy, Dose Expansion, Arm G: NSCLC, +Carboplatin/Pemetrexed, Dose Expansion, Arm L: Mesothelioma, Dose Escalation, Part B: MK-4830 Monotherapy, Dose Escalation, Part C: MK-4830 and Pembrolizumab, Dose Expansion, Arm K: Triple negative Breast Cancer (TNBC), Dose Expansion, Arm M: Advanced Solid Tumor in Chinese Participants In China, Dose Expansion, Arm H: RCC, +Lenvatinib, Dose Expansion, Arm A: Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma, Coformulation Phase, Arm N: MK-4830A (Coformulation of MK-4830 + pembrolizumab), Dose Expansion, Arm C: R/M HNSCC, Dose Expansion, Arm B: Glioblastoma (GBM), Dose Expansion, Arm F: First-Line Advanced NSCLC, Dose B
Tumors Clinical Trial 2023: MK-4830 Highlights & Side Effects. Trial Name: NCT03564691 — Phase 1
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