I. To determine the objective response rate (ORR) and disease control rate (DCR) of patients
with locally advanced or metastatic renal medullary carcinoma (RMC) treated with combination
of ixazomib with gemcitabine and doxorubicin.
I. To determine the overall survival (OS), progression-free survival (PFS), duration of
response (DOR) and safety of the combination of ixazomib with gemcitabine and doxorubicin in
patients with RMC.
I. To evaluate potential biomarkers, such as tumor tissue protein disulfide isomerase (PDI),
binding immunoglobulin protein (BiP), and phosphorylated eIF2a (eIF2aP), as well as serum
levels of interleukin 6 (IL-6), for patient stratification, and as pharmacodynamics measures
of treatment response.
II. To determine, via the molecular profiling of biopsy and blood speciments, the mechanisms
of resistance to the trial therapy (ixazomib + gemcitabine + doxorubicin).
INDUCTION: Patients receive ixazomib orally (PO), gemcitabine intravenously (IV) over 90
minutes, and doxorubicin IV over 15-30 minutes on day 1. Treatment repeats every 14 days for
up to 13 cycles in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.
MAINTENANCE: Patients receive ixazomib PO and gemcitabine IV over 90 minutes. Cycles repeat
every 14 days for up to 2 years in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable
After completion of study treatment, patients are followed up at 30 and 90 days, then every 3
- Patients with locally advanced or metastatic RMC histologically confirmed by expert
pathology review and loss of SMARCB1 staining by immunohistochemistry. Also eligible
are patients with other rare SMARCB1-negative tumors of the kidney, such as advanced
or metastatic unclassified renal cell carcinoma with medullary phenotype (a rare RMC
variant occurring in individuals without sickle hemoglobinopathies), and adult-onset
malignant rhabdoid tumors. The principal investigator (PI) is the final arbiter in
questions related to eligibility.
- Patients will be eligible regardless of whether they have had prior nephrectomy or
still have their primary tumor in-situ. Patients with prior nephrectomy can be
screened for enrollment at any time following the procedure.
- Patients must have at least one measurable site of disease, defined as a lesion that
can be accurately measured in at least one dimension (longest diameter to be recorded)
and measures >= 15 mm with conventional techniques or >= 10 mm with more sensitive
techniques such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or spiral computed tomography (CT)
scan. If the patient has had previous radiation to the marker lesion(s), there must be
evidence of progression since the radiation. Patients with disease confined to bone
may be eligible if a measurable lytic defect is present or a serum marker is elevated
(> 4 x upper limit of normal [ULN]). The PI is the final arbiter in questions related
- Patients can have received prior immunotherapies such as anti-PD1, anti-PD-L1, or
anti-CTLA-4 immune checkpoint inhibitors, or targeted therapies such as sunitinib,
pazopanib, axitinib, cabozantinib, bevacizumab, erlotinib, and everolimus, or any
cytotoxic chemotherapy regimens with the exception of regimens using a combination of
gemcitabine >= 800 mg/m^2 plus adriamycin >= 30 mg/m^2. In addition, the total
lifetime dose of doxorubicin prior to enrollment must not exceed 382 mg/m^2 as these
would preclude patients from receiving at least 4 cycles of induction therapy of the
trial protocol. Patients must not have received any proteasome inhibitors such as
bortezomib or carfilzomib.
- There must be evidence of progression on or after last treatment regimen received.
- Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status 0-2. NOTE: If subject is
unable to walk due to paralysis, but is mobile in a wheelchair, subject is considered
to be ambulatory for the purpose of assessing their performance status.
- Adolescent patients age 12 years and older are allowed with signed assent and parental
consent according to institutional guidelines and requirements, as long as their body
surface area (BSA) is >=1.2 given that this is the lower limit for which the
independence between BSA and ixazomib exposure has been ascertained.
- Hemoglobin >= 9 g/dl (treatment allowed). May receive transfusion (within 14 days of
the first dose of the study drugs).
- Absolute neutrophil count >= 1000/uL. Without growth factor support (filgrastim or
pegfilgrastim) for at least 14 days (within 14 days of the first dose of the study
- Platelets >= 75,000/uL. Platelet transfusions to help patients meet eligibility
criteria are not allowed within 3 days before study enrollment (within 14 days of the
first dose of the study drugs).
- Total bilirubin =< 1.5 mg/dl. For patients with Gilbert's disease, total bilirubin
should be =< 3 mg/dL (=< 51.3 umol/L) (within 14 days of the first dose of the study
- Aspartate aminotransferase (AST) (serum glutamic-oxaloacetic transaminase [SGOT]) or
alanine aminotransferase (ALT) (serum glutamate pyruvate transaminase [SGPT]) =< 2.5 X
institutional ULN, except in known hepatic metastasis, wherein may be =< 5 x ULN as
per current American Society of Clinical Oncology recommendations. Approximately 15%
of patients with RMC develop liver metastases (within 14 days of the first dose of the
- Creatinine clearance > 30 mL/kg/1.73 m^2. If creatinine is not < 1.5 x ULN, then
calculate by Cockcroft-Gault methods or local institutional standard (within 14 days
of the first dose of the study drugs).
- International normalized ratio (INR) and partial thromboplastin time (PTT) =< 1.5 x
ULN prior to study entry. Therapeutic anticoagulation with warfarin is allowed if
target INR =< 3 on a stable dose of warfarin or other oral anticoagulant, or on a
stable dose of low molecular weight (LMW) heparin for > 2 weeks (14 days) at the time
of enrollment. Patients who have liver metastases resulting in INR and/or PTT > 1.5 x
ULN and require chronic (>= 3 months) anticoagulation are not allowed.
- Patients must have a measured ejection fraction of at least 45% as measured by either
multigated acquisition (MUGA) scan, echocardiogram, stress test, or ventriculography.
- Patients with controlled brain metastases are allowed on protocol if they have
solitary brain metastasis that is asymptomatic and not requiring treatment or that was
surgically resected or treated with radiosurgery or gamma knife, without recurrence or
edema for 1 month (4 weeks).
- Female patients who
- Are postmenopausal for at least 1 year before the screening visit, OR
- Are surgically sterile, OR
- Women of childbearing potential (WOCBP) must have a negative serum or urine
pregnancy test (minimum sensitivity 25 IU/L or equivalent units of human
chorionic gonadotropin [HCG]) within 24 hours prior to the start of the study
- Women must not be breastfeeding.
- WOCBP must agree to practice 2 effective method(s) of contraception, at the same time,
from the time of enrollment for the duration of treatment with study drug (s) plus 5
half-lives of study drug (s) plus 30 days (duration of ovulatory cycle) for a total of
5 months post treatment completion, or agree to practice true abstinence when this is
in line with the preferred and usual lifestyle of the subject. (Periodic abstinence
[e.g., calendar, ovulation, symptothermal, post-ovulation methods] and withdrawal are
not acceptable methods of contraception). Complete abstinence is defined as complete
avoidance of heterosexual intercourse and is an acceptable form of contraception for
all study drugs.
- Abstinence is only acceptable when this is in line with the preferred and usual
lifestyle of the subject. Periodic abstinence (e.g., calendar, ovulation,
symptothermal, profession of abstinence for entry into a clinical trial,
post-ovulation methods) and withdrawal are not acceptable methods of contraception.
Subjects who choose complete abstinence are not required to use a second method of
contraception, but female subjects must continue to have pregnancy tests. Acceptable
alternate methods of highly effective contraception must be discussed in the event
that the subject chooses to forego complete abstinence.
- Men who are sexually active with WOCBP, even if surgically sterilized (i.e., status
post-vasectomy), must agree to follow instructions for method(s) of contraception for
the duration of treatment with study drug (s) plus 5 half-lives of study drug (s) plus
90 days duration of sperm turnover) for a total of 5 months post-treatment completion.
- Azoospermic males and WOCBP who are continuously not heterosexually active are exempt
from contraceptive requirements. However WOCBP must still undergo pregnancy testing as
described in these sections.
- Patients diagnosed or treated for another malignancy within 2 years before study
enrollment or previously diagnosed with another malignancy and have any evidence of
residual disease. Patients with nonmelanoma skin cancer or carcinoma in situ of any
type are not excluded if they have undergone complete resection. Patients with another
malignancy on watch and wait without any needing of treatment can be enrolled in this
- Patients must not have received anticancer therapies (including chemotherapy and
targeted therapy) within 2 weeks (14 days) or 5 half-lives (whichever is shorter)
prior to study day 1. Patients who have completed palliative radiation therapy more
than 14 days prior to study day 1 are eligible. If the involved field is small, 7 days
will be considered a sufficient interval between treatment and administration of the
- Patients, who have had a major surgery or significant traumatic injury (injury
requiring > 4 weeks [28 days] to heal) within 4 weeks (28 days) of start of study
drug, patients who have not recovered from the side effects of any major surgery
(defined as requiring general anesthesia) or patients that are expected to require
major surgery, other than cytoreductive nephrectomy +/- retroperitoneal lymph node
dissection, during the course of the study.
- Known history of testing positive for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or known
acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).
- Positive test for hepatitis B virus (HBV) using HBV surface antigen (HBVsAg) test
(regardless of HBV deoxyribonucleic acid [DNA] levels or IgM hepatitis B virus core
antibody [anti-HBc] status) or positive test for hepatitis C virus (HCV) using HCV
ribonucleic acid (RNA) or HCV antibody test indicating acute or chronic infection. If
hepatitis C antibody test is positive then active infection has to be confirmed by
hepatitis C RNA testing for the patient to be excluded.
- Patient has >= grade 3 peripheral neuropathy, or grade 2 peripheral neuropathy with
pain on clinical examination during the screening period.
- Known gastrointestinal (GI) disease or GI procedure that could interfere with the oral
absorption or tolerance of ixazomib, including difficulty swallowing, refractory
nausea and vomiting, uncontrolled diarrhea, malabsorption, significant small bowel
resection or gastric bypass surgery, use of feeding tubes. The PI is the final arbiter
in questions related to eligibility.
- Systemic treatment, within 14 days before the first dose of ixazomib, with strong
CYP3A inducers (rifampin, rifapentine, rifabutin, carbamazepine, phenytoin,
phenobarbital), or use of St. John's wort.
- Patients receiving any concomitant systemic therapy for renal cell cancer are
- Participation in other clinical trials, including those with other investigational
agents not included in this trial, within 30 days of the start of this trial and
throughout the duration of this trial.
- Patients who have any severe and/or uncontrolled medical conditions or other
conditions that could affect their participation in the study such as:
- Symptomatic congestive heart failure of New York heart Association class III or
- Unstable angina pectoris, symptomatic congestive heart failure, myocardial
infarction within 6 months of start of study drug, serious uncontrolled cardiac
arrhythmia or any other clinically significant cardiac disease.
- Severely impaired lung function as defined as oxygen (O2) saturation that is 92%
or less at rest on room air.
- Uncontrolled diabetes as defined by fasting serum glucose > 1 .5 x ULN.
- Systemic fungal, bacterial, viral, or other infection that is not controlled
(defined as exhibiting ongoing signs/symptoms related to the infection and
without improvement) despite appropriate antibiotics or other treatment.
- Known active or symptomatic viral hepatitis or chronic liver disease.
Uncontrolled adrenal insufficiency.
- Patients must not have history of other diseases, metabolic dysfunction, physical
examination finding, or clinical laboratory finding giving reasonable suspicion of a
disease or condition that contraindicates the use of ixazomib, gemcitabine, or
doxorubicin, or that might affect the interpretation of the results of the study or
render the subject at high risk from treatment complications.
- Uncontrolled brain or leptomeningeal metastases, including patients who continue to
require glucocorticoids for brain or leptomeningeal metastases.
- Female patients who are pregnant or breast feeding, or adults of reproductive
potential who are not using effective birth control methods as defined above. If
barrier contraceptives are being used, these must be continued throughout the trial by
both sexes. Hormonal contraceptives are not acceptable as a sole method of
- Failure to have fully recovered (i.e., =< grade 1 toxicity) from the reversible
effects of prior chemotherapy.
- Known allergy to any of the study medications, their analogues, or excipients in the
various formulations of any agent.