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A Phase II Multicenter Study of Enfortumab Vedotin with or without Pembrolizumab in Rare Genitourinary Tumors (E-VIRTUE)

This study is NOT currently recruiting participants.

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Sponsoring Institute

National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Recruitment Detail

Type: Recruitment has not started
Gender: Male & Female
Min Age: 18 Years
Max Age: 120 Years

Referral Letter Required


Population Exclusion(s)

Pregnant Women;


nectin 4;
rare genitourinary cancers;
programmed cell death 1 ligand 1

Recruitment Keyword(s)



adenocarcinoma of the bladder;
squamous cell carcinoma of the bladder;
testicular germ cell tumors

Investigational Drug(s)


Investigational Device(s)



Drug: Pembrolizumab
Drug: Enfortumab vedotin

Supporting Site

National Cancer Institute


Many cancers of the testicles and urinary tract are rare diseases; these are diseases that affect less than 200,000 people in the United States. It can be hard to study treatments for these diseases. One combination of drugs-enfortumab vedotin (EV) and pembrolizumab-has already been approved to treat some urinary cancers. Researchers want to see if they can help people with other types of testicle and urinary cancers.


To test EV, with or without pembrolizumab, in patients with rarer cancers of the testicles or urinary tract.


People aged 18 and older with rarer cancers of the testicles or urinary tract.


Participants will be screened. They will have a physical exam with blood and urine tests. Their ability to perform normal daily activities will be tested. They will have exams of their skin and eyes. They will have imaging scans. A biopsy may be needed: A sample of tissue will be removed from the tumor.

The study drugs are both given through a tube attached to a needle inserted into a vein in the arm. Some participants will receive treatments 3 times during 28-week cycles; others will receive treatments 2 times during 21-day cycles.

All participants may continue to receive treatments for up to 5 years. Imaging scans and other tests will be repeated.

Participants who stop taking the drugs will have follow-up visits every 3 to 4 weeks until the disease gets worse. They will have imaging scans and blood tests.

After that, follow-up visits will continue by phone every 3 months for up to 5 years after study therapy is finished.

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-Participants must have histologically confirmed locally advanced or metastatic pure adenocarcinoma of the urinary tract, pure squamous cell carcinoma of the uriniary tract, or treatment-refractory testicular germ cell tumors.

-Participants must have measurable disease, per RECIST 1.1.

-Participants must have locally advanced or metastatic disease defined as new or progressive lesions on cross sectional imaging.

-Participants in Cohorts A1, B1, and C1 must have received prior anti-PD-1/PD-L1 therapy in any setting.

-Participants in Cohorts A2, B2, and C2 must be immune checkpoint inhibitor naive.

-Participants may be systemic treatment naive except for participants with testicular germ cell tumors, whom must have received and be refractory to all standard options of curative-intent treatment.

-Age >= 18 years.

-Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status <= 1 (Karnofsky >= 70%)

-Participants must have adequate organ and marrow function as defined below:

--Hemoglobin >= 9g/dL

--Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) >= 1,500/mcL

--Platelets >= 100,000/mcL

--Total bilirubin <= 1.5 x upper limit of normal (ULN) (<= 3 x ULN in participants with known/suspected Gilbert s disease)

--AST(SGOT/ALT(SGPT) <= 2.5 X institutional upper limit of normal (ULN)

--Creatinine clearance (CrCl) >= 30 mL/min/1.73m^2 as estimated per institution standards.

-Pre-study treatment tissue availability (sufficient tissue for 25 unstained slides) is mandatory for enrollment. If tissue is determined to be insufficient/unsuitable, a fresh biopsy prior to study therapy will be required.

-Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) positive participants are eligible if on stable dose of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) for at least 3 months, CD4 counts are > 200 cells/mm^3 and viral load is undetectable.

-Hepatitis B virus (HBV) positive participants are eligible if they have been treated or are on an appropriate course of antivirals at study entry and with planned monitoring and management according to appropriate guidance. For previously treated participants or those with prior infection that has been cleared, prophylaxis is permitted, and hepatology consultation recommended.

-Hepatitis C virus (HCV) positive participants are eligible if participants are on active HCV therapy at study entry and on a stable dose of antivirals without documented clinically significant impaired liver function test or hematologic abnormalities and with planned monitoring and management according to appropriate labeling, or if they are post-treatment for HCV. Participants that are positive for hepatitis C must have a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR).

-Women of child-bearing potential (WOCBP) and men must agree to use an effective method of contraception (barrier, surgical sterilization, abstinence for the duration of study participation, and for at least 4 months after the last dose of study drug(s).

-Men must agree to use an effective method of contraception (barrier, surgical sterilization, abstinence) for the duration of the study treatment and up to 4 months after the last dose of the study drug(s). We also will recommend men with female partners of childbearing potential to ask female partners to be on an effective birth control (hormonal, intrauterine device (IUD), surgical sterilization).

-Breastfeeding participants must be willing to discontinue breastfeeding from study treatment initiation through 4 months after the last dose of the pembrolizumab and 3 weeks after the last dose of EV.

-Participants must be able to understand and willing to sign a written informed consent document.


-Participants with prior investigational drug, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, or any prior radiotherapy (except for palliative bone directed therapy) within the past 2 weeks prior to the first study drug administration. Note: FDA-approved hormonal therapy for the treatment or prevention of other malignancies (e.g., breast cancer, prostate cancer) are allowed to be continued where in the opinion of the investigator stopping such therapies may increase the risk of disease progression. Potential drug-drug interactions with the hormonal agent will be assessed by the investigator prior to enrollment.

-Participants with prior treatment with EV or other MMAE-based ADCs.

-Participants with preexisting sensory or motor neuropathy Grade >= 2.

-History of severe allergic reactions attributed to compounds of similar chemical or biologic composition to EV and/or pembrolizumab.

-Symptomatic or untreated central nervous system (CNS) metastases. Note: Participants with previously treated brain or CNS metastases are eligible if the subjects have recovered from any acute effects of radiotherapy and not requiring steroids, and any whole brain radiation therapy or any stereotactic radiosurgery was completed at least 2 weeks prior to initiation of study therapy.

-Participants will be excluded if they have an active autoimmune disease that might deteriorate when receiving pembrolizumab except for:

--Diabetes type I, eczema, vitiligo, psoriasis, or hypo- or hyperthyroid diseases not requiring immunosuppressive treatment.

--Subjects requiring hormone replacement with corticosteroids are eligible if the steroids are administered only for the purpose of hormonal replacement and at doses <= 10 mg of prednisone or equivalent per day.

--Administration of steroids for other conditions through a route known to result in a minimal systemic exposure (topical, intranasal, intro-ocular, or inhalation).

--Subjects on systemic intravenous or oral corticosteroid therapy with the exception of physiologic doses of corticosteroids (<= the equivalent of prednisone 10 mg/day) or other immunosuppressive agents such as azathioprine or cyclosporin A are excluded on the basis of potential immune suppression. For these subjects these excluded treatments must be discontinued at least 1 week prior to treatment initiation for recent short course use (<= 14 days) or discontinued at least 4 weeks prior to treatment initiation for long term use (> 14 days). In addition, the use of corticosteroids as premedication for contrast-enhanced studies is allowed prior to treatment initiation and on study.

-History of uncontrolled diabetes mellitus within 3 months before the first dose of EV. Uncontrolled diabetes is defined as hemoglobin A1C (HbA1c) >= 8% or HbA1c between 7 and < 8% with associated diabetes symptoms (polyuria or polydipsia) that are not otherwise explained.

-Active keratitis or corneal ulcerations.

-Participants who have received or will receive a live vaccine within 30 days prior to the first administration of study intervention. Seasonal flu vaccines that do not contain a live virus are permitted. Locally approved COVID-19 vaccines are permitted.

-Pregnant women as evaluated by a positive serum or urine beta-human chorionic gonadotropin (Beta-hCG) test at screening.

-Participants with severe uncontrolled intercurrent illness that would limit compliance with study requirements, as evaluated by history, physical exam, and chemistry panel.

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Principal Investigator

Referral Contact

For more information:

Andrea B. Apolo, M.D.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
(301) 480-0536

Lisa Ley, R.N.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
BG 10 RM 13N254
(240) 858-3524

NCI Referral Office
National Institute of Health Clinical Center (CC), 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, Maryland 20892, United States: NCI Clinical Trials Referral Office

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