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Histone Deacetylase Inhibitor

Pembrolizumab + Entinostat for Lymphoma

Phase 2
Waitlist Available
Led By Gottfried von Keudell, MD
Research Sponsored by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Eligibility Criteria Checklist
Specific guidelines that determine who can or cannot participate in a clinical trial
Must have
Hodgkin lymphoma patients must have received at least 2 prior regimens and should have declined or be ineligible for autologous transplant
Patient has an Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status ≤ 1
Screening 3 weeks
Treatment Varies
Follow Up 2 years
Awards & highlights

Study Summary

This trial is testing the effects of two drugs, Pembrolizumab and Entinostat, when used together to treat lymphoma. The goal is to see if the combination is more effective than either drug used alone, and to learn about any potential side effects.

Who is the study for?
Adults over 18 with classical Hodgkin lymphoma, who have tried at least two treatments and aren't eligible for a transplant. They must have measurable disease, be in good physical condition (ECOG ≤ 1), and have proper organ function. Women of childbearing age need a negative pregnancy test and agree to use contraception; men also must commit to using birth control.Check my eligibility
What is being tested?
The trial is testing the combination of Pembrolizumab and Entinostat against lymphoma to see if they're more effective together than alone. The goal is to shrink the cancer but researchers are also watching for any side effects that might occur from this drug combo.See study design
What are the potential side effects?
Possible side effects include reactions related to the immune system attacking normal organs, infusion-related reactions, tiredness, stomach issues like nausea or diarrhea, blood cell count changes which can increase infection risk.

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria

You may be eligible if you check “Yes” for the criteria below
I have Hodgkin lymphoma and have tried at least 2 treatments but can't or won't get a stem cell transplant.
I am fully active and can carry on all pre-disease activities without restriction.
My diagnosis of classical Hodgkin lymphoma is confirmed by tissue analysis.
I am 18 years old or older.


Screening ~ 3 weeks
Treatment ~ Varies
Follow Up ~2 years
This trial's timeline: 3 weeks for screening, Varies for treatment, and 2 years for reporting.

Treatment Details

Study Objectives

Outcome measures can provide a clearer picture of what you can expect from a treatment.
Primary outcome measures
Response using the 2014 Lugano Classification

Side effects data

From 2024 Phase 2 trial • 57 Patients • NCT03004183
Back pain
Shortness of Breath
Abdominal pain
Kidney Injury and/or Infection
Weight Loss
Malnutrition, Hypercalcemia and Weakness
Intractable pain, back pain, hip pain
Activated partial thromboplastin time prolonged
Pleural effusion
Atrial fibrillation with rapid ventricular response
Respiratory failure
Skin rash
Study treatment Arm
Single Arm

Trial Design

1Treatment groups
Experimental Treatment
Group I: Entinostat and PembrolizumabExperimental Treatment2 Interventions
patients will be assigned to receive therapy with entinostat given by mouth once weekly and pembrolizumab given intravenously every 3 weeks
First Studied
Drug Approval Stage
How many patients have taken this drug
Completed Phase 2
Completed Phase 2

Find a Location

Who is running the clinical trial?

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CenterLead Sponsor
1,931 Previous Clinical Trials
597,642 Total Patients Enrolled
154 Trials studying Lymphoma
8,661 Patients Enrolled for Lymphoma
Merck Sharp & Dohme LLCIndustry Sponsor
3,871 Previous Clinical Trials
5,052,158 Total Patients Enrolled
91 Trials studying Lymphoma
8,718 Patients Enrolled for Lymphoma
Syndax PharmaceuticalsIndustry Sponsor
48 Previous Clinical Trials
2,727 Total Patients Enrolled
1 Trials studying Lymphoma
49 Patients Enrolled for Lymphoma

Media Library

Entinostat (Histone Deacetylase Inhibitor) 2023 Treatment Timeline for Medical Study. Trial Name: NCT03179930 — Phase 2

Frequently Asked Questions

These questions and answers are submitted by anonymous patients, and have not been verified by our internal team.

How many people with the disease are participating in this trial?

"47 individuals that meet the specified prerequisites are required for this clinical trial. Patients have the choice of participating at different locations, such as Memorial Sloan Kettering Basking Ridge in Basking Ridge, New jersey and Memorial Sloan Kettering Commack in Commack, New york."

Answered by AI

What other researchers have looked into Pembrolizumab?

"Pembrolizumab was first studied at Johns Hopkins University/Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center in 2009. In total, there have been 279 completed clinical trials on this medication. As of now, 1,013 different medical centres are actively recruiting patients for further study – many of these locations situated in Basking Ridge, New jersey."

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Are we still able to sign up for this experiment?

"That is correct, the available information does show that the trial is still looking for patients. According to the posting dates on clinicaltrials.gov, recruitment started on 6/7/2017 and was updated as recently as 8/1/2022. There are 9 different locations where 47 people can take part in the study."

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Are numerous locations in America administering this test currently?

"There are 9 sites enrolling patients at the moment, with locations in Basking Ridge, Commack, Middletown and 6 other cities. If you're considering participating in this trial, pick a clinic near you to limit travel."

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What are the most common side effects of Pembrolizumab?

"Pembrolizumab falls into the Phase 2 category, which means that while there is some evidence supporting its safety, none exists for efficacy. Our team at Power gave it a score of 2."

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What are the primary cancers that pembrolizumab is approved to target?

"Pembrolizumab is an effective treatment for malignant neoplasms, unresectable melanoma, and microsatellite instability high."

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~6 spots leftby Jun 2025