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Phase III

A Phase 3, Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-controlled Study to Evaluate Pembrolizumab Versus Placebo as Adjuvant Therapy Following Surgery and Radiation in Participants With High-risk Locally Advanced Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma (LA cSCC) (KEYNOTE-630)

  • Study HIC#:2000024768
  • Last Updated:07/15/2021

This is a randomized, double-blind, study that compares pembrolizumab with placebo given as adjuvant therapy in participants with high-risk locally advanced cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (LA cSCC) that have undergone surgery with curative intent in combination with radiotherapy. The primary hypothesis is that pembrolizumab is superior to placebo in increasing recurrence free survival (RFS).

  • Age18 years and older
  • GenderBoth
  • Start Date06/10/2020
  • End Date09/29/2027

Trial Purpose and Description

Primary Outcome Measures  :

  1. Recurrence-free Survival (RFS) as Assessed by the Investigator and Confirmed by Biopsy [ Time Frame: Up to approximately 60 months ]RFS was defined as the time between the date of randomization to the date of first local or regional recurrence of the index lesion, distant metastasis, or death due to any cause; whichever occurred first.

Secondary Outcome Measures  :

  1. Overall Survival (OS) [ Time Frame: Up to approximately 60 months ]OS is the time from randomization to death due to any cause.
  2. Change From Baseline in European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) Quality of Life (QoL) Questionnaire (QLQ)-C30 [ Time Frame: Baseline and up to approximately 60 months ]Change from baseline in the score of EORTC QLQ-C30 is reported. The EORTC QLQ-C30 is a cancer specific health-related quality-of life (QoL) questionnaire, which contains 30 items and measures 5 functioning dimensions (physical, role, emotional, cognitive, and social), 3 symptom items (fatigue, nausea/vomiting, and pain), 6 single items (dyspnea, sleep disturbance, appetite loss, constipation, diarrhea, and financial impact), and a global health and QoL scale. Scores ranged from 0 -100. For functional and global quality of life (QoL) scales, higher scores meant a better level of function. For symptom-oriented scales, a higher score meant more severe symptoms and a decrease in QoL.
  3. Percentage of Participants Who Experience an Adverse Event (AE) [ Time Frame: Up to approximately 63 months ]An AE was defined as any untoward medical occurrence in a participant administered a study treatment and which does not necessarily have to have a causal relationship with this treatment. An AE can therefore be any unfavorable and unintended sign, symptom, or disease temporally associated with the use of a medicinal product or protocol-specified procedure, whether or not considered related to the study treatment or protocol-specified procedure. Any worsening (i.e., any clinically significant adverse change in frequency and/or intensity) of a pre-existing condition that is temporally associated with the use of study treatment, is also an AE. The percentage of participants who experience at least one AE will be presented.
  4. Percentage of Participants Who Discontinue Study Treatment Due to an Adverse Event (AE) [ Time Frame: Up to approximately 38 months ]An AE was defined as any untoward medical occurrence in a participant administered a study treatment and which does not necessarily have to have a causal relationship with this treatment. An AE can therefore be any unfavorable and unintended sign, symptom, or disease temporally associated with the use of a medicinal product or protocol-specified procedure, whether or not considered related to the study treatment or protocol-specified procedure. Any worsening (i.e., any clinically significant adverse change in frequency and/or intensity) of a pre-existing condition that is temporally associated with the use of study treatment, is also an AE. The percentage of participants who discontinue study treatment due to an AE will be presented.

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Has histologically confirmed cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC) as the primary site of malignancy (metastatic skin involvement from another primary cancer or from an unknown primary cancer is not permitted)
  • Has histologically confirmed LA cSCC with ≥1 high-risk feature(s) as the primary site of malignancy
  • Has undergone complete macroscopic resection of all known cSCC disease with or without microscopic positive margins
  • Has completed adjuvant radiotherapy (RT) for LA cSCC with last dose of RT ≥4 weeks and ≤16 weeks from randomization
  • Has completed at least 50 Gray (Gy) 25 fractions of adjuvant RT for LA cSCC prior to study entry
  • Is disease free as assessed by the investigator with complete radiographic staging assessment ≤28 days from randomization
  • Is not pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Is not a woman of childbearing potential (WOCBP)
  • Has a negative pregnancy test ≤72 hours before the first dose of study intervention
  • Has provided an archival or newly-obtained tumor tissue sample adequate for Programmed Cell Death Ligand 1 (PD-L1) testing as determined by central laboratory testing
  • Has a life expectancy of >3 months
  • Has an Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status of 0 or 1 ≤10 days prior to the first dose of study intervention

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Has macroscopic residual cSCC after surgery and/or recurrence with active cSCC disease before randomization
  • Has any other histologic type of skin cancer other than invasive cSCC (eg, basal cell carcinoma) that has not been definitively treated with surgery or radiation; Bowen's disease; Merkel cell carcinoma; or melanoma
  • Has received prior therapy with an anti-programmed cell death receptor 1(PD-1), anti- PD-L1, or anti-programmed cell death receptor ligand 2 (PD-L2) agent or with an agent directed to another co-stimulatory or co-inhibitory T-cell receptor (eg, cytotoxic T-lymphocyte-associated protein 4 [CTLA-4], OX-40, CD137)
  • Has received prior systemic anticancer therapy including investigational agents for cSCC ≤4 weeks prior to randomization
  • Has not recovered from all radiation-related toxicities; has not required corticosteroids; and has not had radiation pneumonitis
  • Has received a live vaccine ≤30 days prior to the first dose of study intervention
  • Is currently participating in or has participated in a study of an investigational agent or has used an investigational device ≤4 weeks prior to the first dose of study intervention
  • Has an active autoimmune disease that has required systemic treatment in past 2 years (ie, with use of disease modifying agents, corticosteroids or immunosuppressive drugs)
  • Has a history of (non-infectious) pneumonitis that required steroids or has current pneumonitis
  • Has an active infection requiring systemic therapy
  • Has a known history of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection
  • Has a known history of hepatitis B (defined as hepatitis B surface antigen [HBsAg] reactive) or known active hepatitis C virus (HCV; defined as HCV RNA [qualitative] is detected) infection
  • Is pregnant or breastfeeding or expecting to conceive or father children within the projected duration of the study, starting with the screening visit through 120 days after the last dose of study intervention
  • Has had an allogeneic tissue/solid organ transplant

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