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SAKK 17/16 – Efficacy and safety of lurbinectedin in case of pleural mesothelioma

In this trial, we investigate the efficacy and safety of chemotherapy with lurbinectedin to treat progressive pleural mesothelioma. Since current treatment options have shown low efficacy in case of progressive pleural mesothelioma, there is a clear need to investigate new treatment options.

Lurbinectedin is not yet approved for any indication. However, it has been tested in several other tumors and has shown promising outcomes in terms of efficacy without pronounced side effects. This medication supports the process that inhibits tumor growth and will at best lead to the destruction of the tumor. This is a single-arm trial (all participants receive the same treatment) and includes a total of 43 patients at several hospitals in Switzerland as well as in Italy.

Study chair: Dr. med. Ioannis Metaxas, Cantonal Hospital Graubünden, +41 81 256 66 46

  • Contacts at the hospitals

  • Inclusion Criteria

    • Written informed consent according to ICH/GCP regulations before registration and prior to any trial specific procedures
    • Histologically confirmed malignant mesothelioma (all histologies are eligible)
    • Progression on or after one line of platinum-based combination chemotherapy. Any previous treatment with surgery or radiotherapy is allowed
    • ≤ 1 line of treatment with an immune checkpoint inhibitor
    • Prior systemic treatment stopped at least 4 weeks before registration
    • Measurable or evaluable disease according to the modified RECIST criteria for malignant pleural mesothelioma
    • Age ≥ 18 years
    • ECOG performance status ≤ 1
    • Adequate bone marrow function: hemoglobin ≥ 90 g/L; absolute neutrophil count ≥ 2 x 109/L, platelet count ≥ 100 x 109/L
    • Adequate hepatic function: total bilirubin ≤ 1.5 ULN (except for patients with Gilbert's disease ≤ 3.0 x ULN); aspartate aminotransferase and alanine aminotransferase ≤ 3.0 x ULN; albumin ≥ 30 g/L
    • Adequate renal function: creatinine clearance ≥ 30 mL/min/1.73, calculated according to the corrected formula of Cockcroft-Gault
    • Women with child-bearing potential are using effective contraception, are not pregnant or lactating and agree not to become pregnant during trial treatment and during 6 months thereafter. A negative pregnancy test before registration (within 7 days) into the trial is required for all women with child-bearing potential
    • Men agree not to father a child during trial treatment and during 6 months after last treatment infusion.
  • Exclusion Criteria

    • Known brain or leptomeningeal metastases
    • History of another hematologic or primary solid tumor (except for curatively treated basal or squamous cell carcinoma of the skin, properly treated in situ malignant melanoma, in situ carcinoma of the uterine cervix or pT1-2 prostate cancer with Gleason score ≤6) within five years prior to registration
    • More than one previous line of chemotherapy. Re-challenge is not allowed
    • Prior treatment with lurbinectedin or trabectedin
    • Treatment with any other experimental drug within 4 weeks before registration
    • Concomitant use of other anti-cancer drugs, anti-cancer surgical intervention or radiotherapy except for local pain control and/or other local symptoms (e.g. pleurodesis due to dyspnea)
    • Grade > 1 from any AE derived from previous treatment; alopecia any grade, grade ≤ 2 peripheral neuropathy and clinically not significant elevation of GGT grade ≤ 2 (according to the NCI-CTCAE v4.03) are allowed
    • Treatment with cortisone (prednisolone > 10 mg or equivalent) for immune-mediated side effects from previous immunotherapy (if applicable)
    • Severe or uncontrolled cardiovascular disease (congestive heart failure NYHA III or IV), unstable angina pectoris, history of myocardial infarction within the last six months, serious arrhythmias requiring medication (with exception of atrial fibrillation or paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia)
    • Severe or uncontrolled endocrinopathy due to previous immune checkpoint inhibitor treatment (if applicable)
    • Known history of human immunodeficiency virus or active chronic hepatitis C or hepatitis B virus infection or any uncontrolled active systemic infection requiring intravenous antimicrobial treatment
    • Known hypersensitivity to the trial drug or to any component of the trial drug
    • Any other serious underlying medical, psychiatric, psychological, familial or geographical condition, which in the judgment of the investigator may interfere with the planned staging, treatment and follow-up, affect patient compliance or place the patient at high risk from treatment-related complications.

Locations for this trial:

Istituto Oncologico della Svizzera Italiana IOSI
Via Ospedale
0 6500 Bellinzona
Kantonsspital St. Gallen
Rorschacher Strasse 95
0 9007 St. Gallen
Kantonsspital Graubünden
Loëstrasse 170
7000 Chur
Kantonsspital Winterthur
Brauerstrasse 15
0 8401 Winterthur
Spital STS AG Thun
Krankenhausstrasse 12
0 3600 Thun
Kantonsspital Baden
Im Ergel 1
4600 Baden
A.O.SS Antonio e Biagio e C. Arrigo
Via Venezia 16
0 15121 Alessandria AL
Instituto Clinico Humanitas
Via Manzoni 56
0 20089 Rozzano