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Phase I/II Trial of Combination Immunotherapy in Subjects with Advanced HPV Associated Malignancies

This study is NOT currently recruiting participants.

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Sponsoring Institute

National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Recruitment Detail

Type: No longer recruiting/follow-up only
Gender: Male & Female
Min Age: 18 Years
Max Age: N/A

Referral Letter Required


Population Exclusion(s)

Pregnant Women;


HPV Cancers;
HPV Associated Malignancies;

Recruitment Keyword(s)



Cervical Cancer;
HPV Cancers;
Anal Cancer;
Oropharyngeal Cancer;
Vulvar, Vaginal, Penile, Rectal Cancer

Investigational Drug(s)


Investigational Device(s)



Biological/Vaccine: PDS0101
Biological/Vaccine: M7824
Biological/Vaccine: NHS-IL12

Supporting Site

National Cancer Institute


More than 30,000 cases of human papillomavirus (HPV) associated cancers occur annually in the United States. When these cancers spread, they do not respond well to standard treatments and are often incurable. Researchers want to see if a mix of drugs can help.


To learn if a mix of immunotherapy drugs can shrink tumors in people with HPV associated cancers.


People ages 18 and older with locally advanced or metastatic HPV associated cancer, such as cervical cancers; P16+ oropharyngeal cancers; anal cancers; vulvar, vaginal, penile, and squamous cell rectal cancers; or other locally advanced or metastatic solid tumors (e.g., lung, esophagus) that are known HPV+ cancers


Participants will be screened with:

-medical history

-disease confirmation (or tumor biopsy)

-physical exam

-body scans (computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and/or nuclear)

-blood tests

-electrocardiogram (to measure the electrical activity of the heart)

-urine tests.

Participants will get PDS0101 injected under the skin every 4 weeks for 6 doses. Then they will get it every 3 months for 2 doses.

Participants will get M7824 (MSB0011395C) by intravenous infusion every 2 weeks. For this, a needle is inserted into a vein. The drug is given over a 1-hour period.

Participants will get NHS-IL12 injected under the skin every 4 weeks.

Participants will get the study drugs for up to 1 year. They will visit the NIH every 2 weeks. They will repeat the screening tests during the study.

About 28 days after treatment ends, participants will have a follow-up visit or telephone call. Then they will be contacted every 3 months for 1 year, and then every 6 months after that, for the rest of their life.

Patients with cervical cancer with prior pelvic radiation and boost brachytherapy will be enrolled in a separate cohort to evaluate safety and preliminary evidence of efficacy

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Subjects with cytologically or histologically confirmed locally advanced or metastatic HPV associated malignancies:

--Cervical cancers;

--P16+ Oropharyngeal cancers;

--Anal cancers;

--Vulvar, vaginal, penile, and squamous cell rectal cancers;

--Other locally advanced or metastatic solid tumors (e.g., lung, esophagus) that are known HPV+.

Subjects must have measurable disease, per response evaluation criteria in solid tumors (RECIST) 1.1.

Subjects must have received one prior line of systemic chemotherapy as well as checkpoint therapy if checkpoint therapy is Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved for that specific tumor type (e.g., head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) and programmed death-ligand 1 (PDL1+) cervical cancer). Prior checkpoint therapy is not needed where checkpoint therapy has not been FDA approved for that specific tumor type (e.g. anal, vaginal, vulvar, penile, PDL1 negative cervical). Exceptions to the above include participant who are not eligible to receive the above therapies or who decline these standard treatment options after appropriate counseling has been provided. t.

Age >= 18 years.

Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status <= 2.

Adequate hematologic function at screening, as follows:

--Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) >=1 x 10^9/L;

--Hemoglobin >= 9 g/dL;

--Platelets >=75,000/microliter.

Adequate renal and hepatic function at screening, as follows:

-- Serum creatinine <= 1.5 x upper limit of normal (ULN) OR Measured or calculated creatinine clearance >=40 mL/min for participant with creatinine levels > 1.5 X institutional ULN (GFR can also be used in place of creatinine or CrCl);

--Bilirubin <= 1.5 x ULN OR in subjects with Gilbert's syndrome, a total bilirubin <= 3.0 x ULN;

--Alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and aspartate aminotransferase (AST) <= 2.5 x ULN, unless liver metastases are present, then values must be <= 3 x ULN).

The effects of the immunotherapies on the developing human fetus are unknown. For this reason and because immunotherapeutic agents as well as other therapeutic agents used in this trial are known to be teratogenic, women of child-bearing potential and men must agree to use highly effective contraception (hormonal or barrier method of birth control; abstinence) prior to study entry and for two months after study treatment. Should a woman become pregnant or suspect she is pregnant while she or her partner is participating in this study, she should inform her treating physician immediately.

Participants serologically positive for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis (Hep) B, Hep C are eligible as long as the viral loads are undetectable by quantitative polymerase chain reaction (PCR). HIV positive participants must have clusters of differentiation 4 (CD4) count >= 200 cells per cubic millimeter at enrollment, be on stable antiretroviral therapy for at least 4 weeks and have no reported opportunistic infections or Castleman's disease within 12 months prior to enrollment.

Ability of subject to understand and the willingness 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 28 days prior to the first drug administration except if the investigator has assessed that all residual treatment-related toxicities have resolved or are minimal and feel the participant is otherwise suitable for enrollment. Partaicipants may continue adjuvant hormonal therapy in the setting of a definitively treated cancer (e.g. breast cancer).

Known intolerance to or life threatening side effects resulting from prior checkpoint inhibitor therapy.

Major surgery within 28 days prior to the first drug administration (minimally invasive procedures such as diagnostic biopsies are permitted).

Known active brain or central nervous system metastasis (less than a month out from definitive radiotherapy or surgery), seizures requiring anticonvulsant treatment (<3 months) or clinically significant cerebrovascular accident (<3 months). In order to be eligible participant must have repeat central nervous system (CNS) imaging at least a month after definitive treatment showing stable CNS disease. Participants with evidence of intratumoral or peritumoral hemorrhage on baseline imaging are also excluded unless the hemorrhage is grade <= 1 and has been shown to be stable on two consecutive imaging scans.

Pregnant women are excluded from this study because these drugs have not been tested in pregnant women and there is potential for teratogenic or abortifacient effects. Because there is an unknown but potential risk for adverse events in nursing infants secondary to treatment of the mother with these immunotherapies, breastfeeding should be discontinued if the mother is treated on this protocol.

Active autoimmune disease that might deteriorate when receiving an immunostimulatory agent with exception of:

--Diabetes type I, eczema, vitiligo, alopecia, psoriasis, hypo- or hyperthyroid disease or other mild autoimmune disorders 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) is acceptable;

--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 immunosuppressives 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 weeks prior to enrollment for recent short course use (<= 14 days) or discontinued at least 4 weeks prior to enrollment for long term use (> 14 days). In addition, the use of corticosteroids as premedication for contrast- enhanced studies is allowed prior to enrollment and on study.

Subjects with a history of serious intercurrent chronic or acute illness, such as cardiac or pulmonary disease, hepatic disease, bleeding diathesis or recent (within 3 months) clinically significant bleeding events, or other illness considered by the Investigator as high risk for investigational drug treatment.

Subjects unwilling to accept blood products as medically indicated.

History of non-HPV associated second malignancy within 3 years of enrollment except localized malignancy which has been adequately treated or malignancy which does not require active systemic treatment (e.g., low risk chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CCL). Patients taking adjuvant hormonal therapy for definitively treated cancers (e.g., breast cancer) are eligible.

Subjects with a known severe hypersensitivity reaction to a monoclonal antibodies (grade >/= 3 National Cancer Institute (NCI)-Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events (CTCAE) v5) will be evaluated by the allergy/immunology team prior to enrollment.

Receipt of prior lymphodepleting chemotherapy (e.g. cyclophosphamide, fludarabine) or any organ transplantation requiring ongoing immunosuppression.

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Principal Investigator

Referral Contact

For more information:

Charalampos Floudas, M.D.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
(240) 858-3032

Deneise Francis, R.N.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
National Institutes of Health
Building 10
Room 13N222
10 Center Drive
Bethesda, Maryland 20892
(240) 858-3974

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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