The INTEGA study assesses therapy Options for advanced or metastatic esophagogastric
Adenocarcinoma in patients overexpressing human epidermal receptor type 2 (HER2 positive
patients). Current treatment options in this situation include chemotherapy based palliative
treatment in combination withTrastuzumab.
Recent studies have shown that immunotherapy with Nivolumab or Ipilimumab after previous
chemotherapy can also improve survival in esophagogastric cancer.
This study assesses the efficacy of two experimental first line treatment strategies: A)
Chemo-free immunotherapy with Trastuzumab, Nivolumab and Ipilimumab and B) addition of
Nivolumab to the standard regimen (FOLFOX chemotherapy and Trastuzumab).
Gastric cancer is the fifth most common cancer in the world, and the third leading cause of
cancer death in both sexes worldwide.
Surgical resection is currently the only curative treatment option for gastric cancer;
however, ~50% of patients have metastatic disease at the time of diagnosis and chemotherapy
is the mainstay of palliation in this setting.
Trastuzumab, in combination with chemotherapy, significantly improved survival in patients
with overexpression of HER2.
In regard of the very limited therapeutic landscape of HER2 positive EGA, compared to breast
cancer, further treatment options to relevantly improve the outcome is warranted. The
integration of check-point inhibitors (e.g. Nivolumab, Ipilimumab) into the first line
setting either within a chemotherapy-free combination arm or within an intensified standard
arm of FOLFOX and trastuzumab with nivolumab may be able to improve the current limited
survival of median 14 months.
1. All subjects must have inoperable, advanced or metastatic GC or GEJ carcinoma and have
histologically confirmed predominant adenocarcinoma. The documentation of GEJ
involvement can include biopsy, endoscopy, or imaging.
2. Subjects must have HER2-positive disease defined as either IHC 3+ or IHC 2+, the
latter in combination with ISH+, as assessed locally on a primary or metastatic tumour
(Note: Availability of formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) representative tumor
tissue for central confirmation of HER2 is mandatory (Preferably fresh biopsy))
3. Subject must be previously untreated with systemic treatment (including HER 2
inhibitors) given as primary therapy for advanced or metastatic disease.
4. Prior adjuvant or neoadjuvant chemotherapy, radiotherapy and/or chemoradiotherapy are
permitted as long as the last administration of the last regimen (whichever was given
last) occurred at least 6 months prior to randomization.
5. Subjects must have measurable or evaluable non-measurable disease as assessed by the
investigator, according to RECIST v1.1 (Appendix D).
6. ECOG performance status score of 0 or 1 (Appendix B).
7. Screening laboratory values must meet the following criteria (using NCI CTCAE v.4.03
- WBC ≥ 2000/µL
- Neutrophils ≥ 1500/uL
- Platelets ≥ 100x10^3/µL
- Hemoglobin ≥ 9.0 g/dL
- eGFR ≥ 30ml/min (e.g. MDRD formula, appendix G)
- AST ≤ 3.0 x ULN (or ≤ 5.0X ULN if liver metastases are present)
- ALT ≤ 3.0 x ULN (or ≤ 5.0X ULN if liver metastases are present)
- Total Bilirubin ≤ 1.5 x ULN (except subjects with Gilbert Syndrome who must have
a total bilirubin level of < 3.0 x ULN)
8. Males and Females, ≥ 18 years of age
9. Subjects must have signed and dated an IRB/IEC approved written informed consent form
in accordance with regulatory and institutional guidelines. This must be obtained
before the performance of any protocol-related procedures that are not part of normal
10. Subjects must be willing and able to comply with scheduled visits, treatment schedule,
laboratory tests and other requirements of the study.
11. Women of childbearing potential (WOCBP) must have a negative serum or urine pregnancy
test (minimum sensitivity 25 IU/L or equivalent units of HCG) within 24 hours prior to
the start of study drug. Women must not be breastfeeding.
12. WOCBP must use a highly effective method(s) of contraception for a period of 30 days
(duration of ovulatory cycle) plus the time required for the investigational drug to
undergo 5 half-lives. The terminal half-lives of nivolumab and ipilimumab are
approximately 25 days and 15 days, respectively. WOCBP should use an adequate method
to avoid pregnancy for approximately 5 months (30 days plus the time required for
nivolumab to undergo 5 half-lives) after the last dose of investigational drug.
13. Males who are sexually active with WOCBP must agree to follow instructions for
method(s) of contraception for a period of 90 days (duration of sperm turnover) plus
the time required for the investigational drug to undergo 5 half-lives. The terminal
half-lives of nivolumab and ipilimumab are approximately 25 days and 15 days,
respectively. Males who are sexually active with WOCBP must continue contraception for
approximately 7 months (90 days plus the time required for nivolumab to undergo 5
half-lives) after the last dose of investigational drug. In addition, male subjects
must be willing to refrain from sperm donation during this time.
1. Malignancies other than disease under study within 5 years prior to inclusion, with
the exception of those with a negligible risk of metastasis or death (e.g., expected
5-year OS > 90%) treated with expected curative outcome (such as adequately treated
carcinoma in situ of the cervix, basal or squamous cell skin cancer, localized
prostate cancer treated surgically with curative intent, ductal carcinoma in situ
treated surgically with curative intent)
2. Subjects with untreated known CNS metastases. Subjects are eligible if CNS metastases
are adequately treated and subjects are neurologically returned to baseline (except
for residual signs or symptoms related to the CNS treatment) for at least 2 weeks
prior to randomization. In addition, subjects must be either off corticosteroids, or
on a stable or decreasing dose of < 10 mg daily prednisone (or equivalent) for at
least 2 weeks prior to randomization.
3. History of exposure to the following cumulative doses of anthracyclines (epirubicin >
720 mg/m2, doxorubicin or liposomal doxorubicin > 360 mg/m2, mitoxantrone > 120 mg/m2
and idarubicin > 90 mg/m2, other (e.g., liposomal doxorubicin or other anthracycline
greater than the equivalent of 360 mg/m2 of doxorubicin). If more than one
anthracycline has been used, then the cumulative dose must not exceed the equivalent
of 360 mg/m2 of doxorubicin
4. Baseline LVEF value < 55%, assessed by echocardiogram [ECHO], multigated acquisition
(MUGA) scan, or cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan
5. Subjects with active, known, or suspected autoimmune disease. Subjects with Type I
diabetes mellitus, residual hypothyroidism due to autoimmune thyroiditis only
requiring hormone replacement, or skin disorders (such as vitiligo, psoriasis, or
alopecia) not requiring systemic treatment are permitted to enroll. For any cases of
uncertainty, it is recommended that the medical monitor be consulted prior to signing
6. Subjects with a condition requiring systemic treatment with either corticosteroids (>
10 mg daily prednisone equivalents) or other immunosuppressive medications within 14
days of study drug administration. Inhaled or topical steroids, and adrenal
replacement doses > 10 mg daily prednisone equivalents are permitted in the absence of
active autoimmune disease.
7. Prior treatment with an anti-PD-1, anti-PD-L1, anti-PD-L2, anti-CD137, or anti-CTLA-4
antibody, or any other antibody or drug specifically targeting T-cell co-stimulation
or checkpoint pathways.
8. Persisting toxicity related to prior therapy (NCI CTCAE v. 4.03 Grade > 1); however,
alopecia, sensory neuropathy Grade ≤ 2, or other Grade ≤ 2 not constituting a safety
risk based on investigator's judgment are acceptable.
9. Any serious or uncontrolled medical disorder or active infection that, in the opinion
of the investigator, may increase the risk associated with study participation, study
drug administration, or would impair the ability of the subject to receive study drug.
10. Significant acute or chronic infections including, among others:
- Any positive test for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or known acquired
immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)
- Any positive test result for hepatitis B virus or hepatitis C virus indicating
acute or chronic infection.
11. History of allergy or hypersensitivity to study drug or any constituent of the
12. Participation in another clinical study with an investigational product during the
last 30 days before inclusion
13. Patient who has been incarcerated or involuntarily institutionalized by court order or
by the authorities § 40 Abs. 1 S. 3 Nr. 4 AMG.
14. Patients who are unable to consent because they do not understand the nature,
significance and implications of the clinical trial and therefore cannot form a
rational intention in the light of the facts [§ 40 Abs. 1 S. 3 Nr. 3a AMG].