Study of Immunotherapy Alone or with Chemotherapy as Treatment in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Clinical Trial Title

A randomized, phase III study of firstline immunotherapy alone or in combination with chemotherapy in induction/maintenance or postprogression in advanced nonsquamous non‐small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with immunobiomarker signature‐driven analysis.

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Rush Cancer Center Clinical Trials Office

Clinical Trial Protocol Description:

This phase III trial studies whether pembrolizumab alone as a first-line treatment, followed by pemetrexed and carboplatin with or without pembrolizumab after disease progression is superior to induction with pembrolizumab, pemetrexed and carboplatin followed by pembrolizumab and pemetrexed maintenance in treating patients with stage IV non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer.

Immunotherapy with monoclonal antibodies, such as pembrolizumab, may help the body's immune system attack the cancer, and may interfere with the ability of tumor cells to grow and spread. Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as pemetrexed and carboplatin, work in different ways to stop the growth of tumor cells, either by killing the cells, by stopping them from dividing, or by stopping them from spreading. It is not yet known whether giving first-line pembrolizumab followed by pemetrexed and carboplatin with or without pembrolizumab works better in treating patients with non-squamous non-small cell cancer.

Clinical Trial Eligibility Criteria:

In order to participate you must meet the following criteria:

  • Have histologically or cytologically confirmed stage IV non-squamous non‐small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) (includes M1a, M1b stage disease, American Joint Committee on Cancer [AJCC] 8th edition). Patients with T4NX disease (stage IIIB and IIIC) with nodule in ipsilateral lung lobe are eligible if they are not candidates for combined chemotherapy and radiation.
  • Have PD-L1 expression Tumor Proportion Score (TPS) >= 1% in tumor cells. If PD-L1 expression TPS is unevaluable or the testing could not be completed, the patients are not eligible. The assay must have been performed by a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA) (or equivalent) certified laboratory.
  • Have an Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status of 0 to 1.
  • Have had no prior systemic chemotherapy or immunotherapy for advanced metastatic NSCLC. Patients treated with any prior checkpoint inhibitors for metastatic lung cancer are ineligible. Chemotherapy for non-metastatic disease (e.g. adjuvant therapy) or immunotherapy for locally advanced stage III disease is allowed if at least 6 months have elapsed between the last dose of the prior therapy and study registration. Local therapy, e.g. palliative radiation, is allowed as long as a period of 14 days has passed between completion of local therapy and study registration.

This is a partial list of inclusion and exclusion criteria.

Study Details

Clinical Trial Investigator

Marta Batus, MD

Contact Information

Rush Cancer Center Clinical Trials Office


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