SAKK 19/17 : First line durvalumab in patients with PD-L1 positive, advanced NSCLC with performance status 2 unsuitable for combination chemotherapy. A multicenter, single-arm phase II trial
Indication :

PD-L1 positive advanced Non Small Cell Lung Cancer

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Phase :


Ligne :

First Line

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Site :


Contact(s) :
Dr Alfredo Addeo
Principal Investigator


Rue Gabrielle Perret-Gentil, 4

+4179 55 35 035
Virginie Ancrenaz-Sirot
Study Coordinator


Rue Gabrielle Perret-Gentil, 4

+41795532 381

Primary objective :

To assess efficacy and safety of the treatment with durvalumab in PS2 patients with treatment-naïve, locally advanced or metastatic, PD-L1 positive NSCLC who are considered unsuitable for combination platinum-containing therapy

Inclusion criteria :
  • Written informed consent according to Swiss law and ICH/GCP regulations before registration and prior to any trial specific procedures
    • Histologically confirmed NSCLC, advanced or recurrent disease (stage IIIB or IV). Cytology could be accepted if histology is not possible
    • PD-L1 expression of ≥ 25% of the tumor cells by local testing (Ventana SP142 excluded)
    • No sensitizing EGFR mutation (L858R or exon 19 deletions), ALK fusion oncogene or rearrangements of the ROS1 gene detected
    • Patient unsuitable for platinum-containing combination chemotherapy according to investigator or due to patient preference
    • WHO PS of 2
    • Age ≥ 18 years
    • Baseline QoL forms and GA questionnaires have been completed
    • Bone marrow function: hemoglobin ≥ 90 g/L, neutrophil count ≥ 1.5 x 109/L, platelet count ≥ 100 x 109/L
    • Hepatic function: bilirubin ≤ 1.5 x ULN (except for patients with Gilbert's disease ≤ 3.0 x ULN); patients without liver metastases: AST and ALT ≤ 2.5 x ULN, patients with documented liver metastases: AST and ALT ≤ 5 x ULN
    • Renal function: estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR)> 30 mL/min/1.73m² (according to CKD-EPI formula)
    • Measurable or evaluable disease (by RECIST v1.1)
    • Patients with asymptomatic untreated CNS metastases are eligible, provided they meet the following:
      ≤ 5 CNS lesions with a maximum diameter of one lesion of 10 mm
      Only supratentorial metastases allowed (i.e., no metastases to midbrain, pons, cerebellum, medulla, or spinal cord)
      No evidence of progression at registration compared to the latest brain imaging
      No ongoing requirement for corticosteroids as therapy for CNS disease
    • Patients with symptomatic treated CNS metastases are eligible, provided they meet the following:
      No ongoing requirement for corticosteroids as therapy for CNS disease; anticonvulsants at a stable dose allowed
      No stereotactic radiation or whole-brain radiation within 7 days prior to registration
      No evidence of progression at registration, after completion of CNS-directed therapy
    • Tumor tissue available for central PD-L1 assessment and translational research (preferably histology but cytology could be allowed if histology is not possible). In case of scarce tumor material, a rebiopsy, if clinically possible, is encouraged
    • 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 the 3 months thereafter. A negative pregnancy test before inclusion into the trial is required for all women with child-bearing potential
    • Men agree not to father a child during trial treatment and during 3 months thereafter
    • Body weight > 30kg.

Exclusion criteria :
  • History of hematologic or primary solid tumor malignancy, unless in remission for at least 3 years before registration with the exception of pT1-2 prostate cancer Gleason score <6, adequately treated cervical carcinoma in situ or localized non-melanoma skin cancer
    • Prior adjuvant systemic anti-cancer treatment within 6 months before registration
    • Prior systemic treatment for metastatic NSCLC
    • Prior treatment with a PD-1 or PD-L1 inhibitor
    • Current or prior use of immunosuppressive medication within 28 days before the first dose of durvalumab, with the exceptions of intranasal and inhaled corticosteroids or systemic corticosteroids at physiological doses (i.e. which must not exceed 10 mg/day of prednisone or an equivalent corticosteroid)
    • Concomitant drugs contraindicated for use with durvalumab such as corticosteroids, methotrexate, azathioprine and tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α blockers
    • Concurrent treatment with other experimental drugs or other anticancer therapy, treatment in a clinical trial within 28 days prior to registration
    • Major surgical procedure within 14 days prior to registration
    • Active or prior documented autoimmune or inflammatory disorders (including inflammatory bowel disease [e.g., colitis or Crohn's disease], diverticulitis [with the exception of diverticulosis], systemic lupus erythematosus, sarcoidosis syndrome, or Wegener syndrome [granulomatosis with polyangiitis, Graves' disease, rheumatoid arthritis, hypophysitis, uveitis, etc]). The following are exceptions to this criterion:
      Patients with vitiligo or alopecia
      Patients with hypothyroidism (e.g., following Hashimoto syndrome) stable on hormone replacement
      Any chronic skin condition that does not require systemic therapy
      Patients without active disease in the last 5 years may be included but only after consultation with the coordinating investigator
      Patients with celiac disease controlled by diet alone
      Uncontrolled diabetes mellitus
    • Known history of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or active chronic Hepatitis C or Hepatitis B Virus infection or any uncontrolled active systemic infection requiring intravenous (iv) antimicrobial treatment
    • Known history of tuberculosis
    • Known history of primary immunodeficiency
    • Known history of allogeneic organ transplant
    • Receipt of live attenuated vaccine within 28 days prior to registration
    • 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), significant QT-prolongation, uncontrolled hypertension
    • 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.