Neoadjuvant Avelumab and Hypofractionated Proton Radiation Therapy Followed by Surgery for Recurrent Radiation-refractory Meningioma

Washington University School of Medicine (Other)
Overall Status
Active, not recruiting ID
Pfizer (Industry)

Study Details

Study Description

Brief Summary

Meningioma is the most common central nervous system (CNS) tumor and accounts for approximately 30% of all CNS tumors. For meningioma recurring after surgery and radiation therapy, there is no effective medical therapy. Repeat surgery or radiation therapy may be possible, but they are temporizing measures with limited durable relief. PD-L1 expression in meningioma is increased for recurrent tumors or prior radiation therapy, and a recent case study reported significant reduction of an intracranial meningioma after 6 months of PD-L1 blockade. Radiation has been shown to augment immune response when combined with PD-L1 blockade. Proton radiation therapy has higher relative biological effectiveness (RBE) and may further amplify the above immunological signals. Combination of proton radiation therapy administered concurrently with PD-L1 inhibitor may maximize immune response for recurrent meningioma. However, confirmation of the increased immunogenicity or increased tumor infiltrating lymphocytes using the combination of radiation therapy and PD-L1 blockade have not been confirmed in patients. The proposed study will be a single institution, single-arm, open-label, phase Ib study to combine neoadjuvant avelumab (a PD-L1 inhibitor) with hypofractionated proton therapy of 20 CGE (cobalt gray equivalent) over 5 fractions followed by planned surgery for recurrent radiation-refractory meningioma. This study is designed to provide proof of concept to demonstrate on-target effect of the combination to increase immunogenicity by directly examining the resected tumor for immune response and to evaluate preliminary clinical efficacy

Condition or Disease Intervention/Treatment Phase
Phase 1

Study Design

Study Type:
Actual Enrollment :
9 participants
Intervention Model:
Single Group Assignment
None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose:
Official Title:
A Phase Ib Study of Neoadjuvant Avelumab and Hypofractionated Proton Radiation Therapy Followed by Surgery for Recurrent Radiation-refractory Meningioma
Actual Study Start Date :
Jan 10, 2018
Anticipated Primary Completion Date :
Mar 31, 2023
Anticipated Study Completion Date :
Sep 30, 2025

Arms and Interventions

Arm Intervention/Treatment
Experimental: Avelumab + Proton Therapy

Avelumab will be started concurrently with proton therapy (up to 3 days before or after is permissible) and administered every 2 weeks for 3 months Proton therapy 20 CGE (cobalt gray equivalent) will be given over 5 daily fractions of 4 CGE per day during weekdays After 3 months of avelumab, patient will have a brain MRI evaluation, and radiological response will be assigned based on the iRANO criteria. Surgery will be performed as per routine clinical care If the brain MRI after 3 months of avelumab shows complete response with no signs of residual tumor, no surgery will be indicated, and the patient may continue to take adjuvant avelumab for an additional 3 months. After the patient has recovered from the surgery and if deemed medically eligible by the treating physician to receive additional immunotherapy, avelumab will be restarted and administered every 2 weeks for an additional 3 months

Drug: Avelumab
-10mg/kg IV
Other Names:
  • Bavencio
  • Radiation: Proton Therapy
    -Proton therapy will start concurrently with the first dose of avelumab (up to 3 days before or after is permissible) and will be administered once daily during weekdays (Monday through Friday).

    Procedure: Surgery
    -Standard of care

    Outcome Measures

    Primary Outcome Measures

    1. Immunogenicity as measured by changes of CD8+/CD4+ tumor infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) in recurrent radiation-refractory meningioma [Through time of progression (up to 6 months after completion of treatment - estimated to be 12 months)]

      -The change of CD8+/CD4+ TILs in the tumor specimens over time will be compared using paired t-test or Wilcoxon rank-sum test as appropriate and plotted using the box plot. The association between TILs increase and clinical response will also be explored by comparing the differences in theses biomarkers between responders versus non-responders using t-test or Mann-Whitney rank-sum test as appropriate.

    Secondary Outcome Measures

    1. Safety of proton therapy and avelumab in combination as measured by The number and percentage of subjects experiencing each type of adverse event will be tabulated by severity, and relationship to treatment. [6 months after completion of treatment (estimated to be 12 months)]

      If appropriate, confidence intervals will be used to characterize the precision of the estimate.

    2. Radiological response [3 months of immunotherapy]

      95% confidence intervals will be calculated Response and progression will be evaluated in this study using the modified updated response assessment criteria for high-grade gliomas: Response Assessment in Neuro-Oncology (RANO) working group guideline

    3. Pathologic response [3 months of immunotherapy]

      -Will be evaluated by board-certified neuropathologist on formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tumor specimens stained with hematoxylin and eosin, where responders are defined as ≥30% necrosis/reactive changes and ≤50% viable tumor.

    4. Progression-free survival (PFS) [Through 2 years after completion of treatment (estimated to be 2.5 years)]

      PFS is defined as the duration of time from start of treatment to time of progression or death, whichever occurs first. Median PFS and their 95% confidence intervals will be assessed using Kaplan-Meier product limit methods.

    5. Overall survival (OS) [Through 2 years after completion of treatment (estimated to be 2.5 years)]

      -Median OS and their 95% confidence intervals will be assessed using Kaplan-Meier product limit methods.

    Eligibility Criteria


    Ages Eligible for Study:
    18 Years and Older
    Sexes Eligible for Study:
    Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
    Inclusion Criteria:
    • Diagnosis of recurrent or progressive histologically confirmed WHO grade I-III meningioma which has failed maximal safe resection and radiation therapy.

    • At least one prior surgery with available archival formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tumor blocks. In the case that tumor block is unavailable, unstained tissue sections may be used in its place.

    • Prior treatment must include external beam radiation, radiosurgery, or combination of both.

    • Deemed eligible for additional partial resection by treating physician and determined to be safe to receive 3 months of neoadjuvant therapy before planned surgery.

    • Age ≥ 18 years old. 6. Karnofsky performance status (KPS) ≥ 60.

    • Adequate organ and bone marrow function (as defined by the following laboratory values):

    • Absolute neutrophil count ≥ 1.5 × 10⁹ cells per L

    • Platelet count ≥ 100 × 10⁹ platelets per L

    • Hemoglobin ≥ 9 g/dL but transfusion allowed

    • Total bilirubin concentration of ≤ 1.5 × the upper limit of normal [ULN] range

    • Aspartate aminotransferase and alanine aminotransferase concentrations of ≤ 2.5 × ULN)

    • Estimated creatinine clearance ≥ 30 mL/min according to the Cockcroft-Gault formula.

    • Dexamethasone dose ≤ 4mg daily.

    • Women of childbearing potential and men must agree to use adequate contraception (hormonal or barrier method of birth control, abstinence) prior to study entry and for the duration of study participation. Should a woman become pregnant or suspect she is pregnant while participating in the study, she must inform her treating physician immediately.

    • Able to understand and willing to sign an IRB approved written informed consent document (or legally authorized representative, if applicable)

    Exclusion Criteria:
    • Previous treatment with PD-1 or PD-L1 directed therapy.

    • Active infection requiring systemic therapy.

    • Uncontrolled intercurrent illness including, but not limited to, clinically significant (i.e. active) cardiovascular disease: cerebral vascular accident/stroke (< 6 months prior to enrollment), myocardial infarction (< 6 months prior to enrollment), congestive heart failure (≥ NYHA class II), unstable angina pectoris, or serious cardiac arrhythmia requiring medication.

    • Known history of testing positive for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or known acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).

    • Hepatitis B virus (HBV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection at screening (positive HBV surface antigen or HCV RNA if anti-HCV antibody screening test positive).

    • Currently receiving any other investigational agents.

    • Current use of immunosuppressive medication, EXCEPT for the following:

    • Intranasal, inhaled, topical steroids, or local steroid injection (e.g. intra-articular injection)

    • Systemic corticosteroids at physiologic doses ≤ 10 mg/day of prednisone or equivalent

    • Steroids as premedication for hypersensitivity reactions (e.g. CT scan premedication)

    • Active autoimmune disease that might deteriorate when receiving an immuno-stimulatory agent. Patients with diabetes type I, vitiligo, psoriasis, or hypo- or hyperthyroid disease not requiring immunosuppressive treatment are eligible.

    • Prior organ transplantation including allogeneic stem cell transplantation.

    • Other severe acute or chronic medical conditions including immune colitis, inflammatory bowel disease, immune pneumonitis, pulmonary fibrosis, or psychiatric conditions including recent (within the past year) or active suicidal ideation or behavior, or laboratory abnormalities that may increase the risk associated with study participation or study treatment administration or may interfere with the interpretation of study results and, in the judgment of the investigator, would make the patient inappropriate for entry into this study.

    • Vaccination within 4 weeks of the first dose of avelumab and while on trial is prohibited except for administration of inactivated vaccines.

    • History of allergic reactions or hypersensitivity attributed to compounds of similar chemical or biologic composition to avelumab or other agents used in the study (or monoclonal antibodies).

    • Persisting toxicity related to prior therapy (CTCAE > grade 1); however, alopecia, sensory neuropathy ≤ grade 2, or other ≤ grade 2 not constituting a safety risk based on the investigator's judgment are acceptable.

    • Pregnant and/or breastfeeding. Women of childbearing potential must have a negative pregnancy test within 14 days of study entry.

    Contacts and Locations


    Site City State Country Postal Code
    1 Washington University School of Medicine Saint Louis Missouri United States 63110

    Sponsors and Collaborators

    • Washington University School of Medicine
    • Pfizer


    • Principal Investigator: Jiayi Huang, M.D., Washington University School of Medicine

    Study Documents (Full-Text)

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    More Information

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    Other Study ID Numbers:
    • 201711195
    First Posted:
    Aug 30, 2017
    Last Update Posted:
    Mar 7, 2022
    Last Verified:
    Mar 1, 2022
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    Study Results

    No Results Posted as of Mar 7, 2022