In this study, these special immune T-cells will be taken from a sample of the participant's
tumor tissue that will be surgically removed. Certain parts of these cells will be
multiplied, or grown, in the laboratory. They will then be given back to the patient by an
infusion in their veins. These cells are called tumor infiltrating lymphocytes (TIL). The
investigators want to study the benefits and side effects of TIL when they are given with the
following combination of drugs:
- Vemurafenib - a type of drug used to slow the growth of certain types of cancer cells.
This drug will be given for about three weeks while T-cells are being grown in the lab
and then again after T-cell infusion for up to two years.
- Fludarabine and cyclophosphamide - two types of chemotherapy drugs. These drugs will be
used for what is called lymphodepletion. The purpose of lymphodepletion in this study is
to temporarily reduce the number of normal lymphocytes circulating in the patient's body
before they are given the T-cells that were grown in the lab. This is so that there will
be more "space" for the lymphocytes (T-cells) that will be infused in their veins.
- Interleukin-2 (IL-2) - a drug used to help the body's response to treatment on the
immune system. A high dose regimen of IL-2 will be given after they receive the infusion
of the T-cells.
The use of TIL is investigational, meaning it has not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration (FDA). Vemurafenib and IL-2 have been approved by the FDA for the treatment of
metastatic melanoma and melanoma that cannot be surgically removed. The chemotherapy drugs
fludarabine and cyclophosphamide, used for lymphodepletion, have been approved by the FDA,
but not for the treatment of metastatic melanoma.
The combination of vemurafenib followed by lymphodepletion with chemotherapy, TIL infusion,
and high dose IL-2 is investigational, and has not been proven to help treat melanoma. This
combination is not FDA approved; however, the FDA is allowing its use in this study.
- Must have unresectable metastatic stage IV melanoma or stage III intransit or regional
nodal disease and in the opinion of the PI or treating Coinvestigator is an acceptable
candidate for adoptive cell transfer (ACT).
- Residual measurable disease after resection of target lesion(s) for TIL growth
- Tumor must have a B-RAF V600E, D or K mutation by pyrosequencing, Cobas assay, or
- Clinical performance status of Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) 0 - 1. ECOG
performance status of 0-1 will be inferred if the patient's level of energy is ≥ 50%
- May be treatment-naïve or may have been previously treated for metastatic disease.
- Women of childbearing potential (WOCBP) must have a negative serum pregnancy test
within 7 days of starting Vemurafenib.
- Adequate renal, hepatic and hematologic function, including creatinine of less than or
equal to 1.7 gm/dL, total bilirubin less than or equal to 2.0 mg/dL, except in
patients with Gilbert's Syndrome who must have a total bilirubin less than 3.0 mg/dL,
aspartic transaminase (AST) and alanine transaminase (ALT) of less than 3X
institutional upper limit of normal, hemoglobin of 8 gm/dL or more, white blood count
(WBC) of 3000 per mcL and total granulocytes of 1000 per mcL or more, and platelets of
100,000 per mcL or more.
- Must have a positive screening Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) antibody titre on screening
- Patients with antibiotic allergies per se are not excluded; although the production of
TIL for adoptive transfer includes antibiotics, extensive washing after harvest will
minimize systemic exposure to antibiotics.
- At screening, patients with ≤ 3 untreated CNS metastases may be included provided none
of the untreated lesions are > 1 cm in greatest dimension, and there is no
peri-tumoral edema present on brain imaging (MRI or CT if MRI is contraindicated).
- At screening, patients with ≤ 3 treated central nervous system (CNS) metastases
treated with either surgical resection and/or radiation therapy may be included.
Patients may be included if the largest lesion is ≤ 1 cm, and there is no evidence of
progressive CNS disease on brain imaging at least 28 days after treatment.
- At screening, may be included if the largest lesion is > 1 cm or > 3 in number, and
there is no evidence of progressive CNS disease on brain imaging at least 90 days
after treatment with surgery and/or radiation therapy.
- At screening, must have no known history of congenital long QT syndrome and must have
a corrected mean QTc interval ≤ 450 msec at baseline.
- No evidence of ongoing cardiac dysrhythmia ≥ grade 2, NCI Common Terminology Criteria
for Adverse Events (CTCAE) v4.0
- All laboratory and imaging studies must be completed and satisfactory within 30 days
of signing the consent document, with the exceptions of: negative serum pregnancy test
for WOCBP must be negative within 7 days of starting Vemurafenib, human leukocyte
antigen (HLA) typing which will not be repeated if performed previously, and pulmonary
function tests/cardiac stress tests whose results are valid for 6 months if performed
- Patients with active systemic infections requiring intravenous antibiotics,
coagulation disorders or other major medical illness of the cardiovascular,
respiratory or immune system, which in the opinion of the principal investigator (PI)
or treating co-investigator is not acceptable risk for ACT, are excluded.
- Patients testing positive for HIV titre, Hepatitis B surface antigen, Hepatitis B core
antibody, Hepatitis C antibody, human T-cell lymphotropic virus type (HTLV) I or II
antibody, or both rapid plasma reagin (RPR) and fluorescent treponemal antibodies
- Patients who are pregnant or nursing
- Patients needing chronic, immunosuppressive systemic steroids are excluded
- Patients with autoimmune diseases that require immunosuppressive medications
- Presence of a significant psychiatric disease, which in the opinion of the principal
investigator or his designee, would prevent adequate informed consent or render
immunotherapy unsafe or contraindicated
- Patients with > 3 untreated CNS metastases or evidence of peri-tumoral edema
- Patients with ≤ 3 untreated CNS metastases but with at least one lesion >1 cm or
- Patients with congenital long QT syndrome
- Patients with invasive malignancy other than melanoma at the time of enrollment and
within 2 years prior to the first Vemurafenib administration are excluded, except for
adequately treated (with curative intent) basal or squamous cell carcinoma of the
skin, in situ carcinoma of the cervix, in situ ductal adenocarcinoma of the breast, in
situ prostate cancer, or limited stage bladder cancer or other cancers from which the
patient has been disease-free for at least 2 years.
- Unable to swallow pills
- Patients with treated CNS metastases > 1 cm or > 3 in number will be excluded if there
is evidence of progressive CNS disease on brain imaging at least 90 days after
treatment with surgery and/or radiation therapy.
- Unable to comprehend and give informed consent
- Previous BRAF inhibitor treatment
- Male patients with female partners of childbearing potential who do not agree to use 2
FDA-accepted forms of contraception during sexual intercourse with women of
child-bearing potential from the start of Vemurafenib and up to at least 6 months
after discontinuing Vemurafenib
- WOCBP who do not agree to use 2 FDA forms of contraception during sexual intercourse
from the start of Vemurafenib and up to at least 6 months after discontinuing