A phase III randomized study comparing perioperative nivolumab vs. observation in patients with localized renal cell carcinoma undergoing nephrectomy (PROSPER RCC).


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TPS710 Background: The anti-PD-1 antibody nivolumab (nivo) improves overall survival (OS) in metastatic treatment refractory RCC and is generally tolerable. In 2017, there is no standard adjuvant therapy proven to increase OS over surgery alone in non-metastatic (M0) disease. Mouse solid tumor models have revealed an OS benefit with a short course of neoadjuvant PD-1 blockade compared to adjuvant therapy. Two ongoing phase 2 studies of perioperative nivo in RCC patients (pts) are showing preliminary feasibility and safety with no surgical delays/complications. PROSPER RCC will examine if the addition of perioperative nivo to radical or partial nephrectomy can improve clinical outcomes in pts with locally advanced RCC. We are implementing a three-pronged, multidisciplinary approach of presurgical priming with nivo followed by resection and adjuvant PD-1 blockade with the goal of increasing cure and recurrence-free survival (RFS) rates in M0 RCC. Methods: Tumor biopsy prior to randomization is mandatory to ensure RCC diagnosis but will also permit unparalleled correlative science in this global, unblinded, phase 3 National Clinical Trials Network randomized study. 766 pts with clinical stage ≥T2 or any node positive M0 RCC of any histology will be enrolled. The study arm will receive nivo 240mg IV for 2 doses prior to surgery followed by adjuvant dosing for 9 mo (q2 wks x 3 mo followed by q4 wks x 6 mo). The control arm will undergo the current standard of care: surgical resection followed by observation. Pts are stratified by clinical T stage, node positivity, and histology. There is 84.2% power to detect a 14.4% absolute increase in the primary endpoint of RFS from the ASSURE historical control of 55.8% to 70.2% at 5 yrs (HR 0.70). The study is also powered to detect a significant OS benefit (HR 0.67). Safety, feasibility, and quality of life are key secondary endpoints. PROSPER RCC exemplifies team science and incorporates a host of correlative work to examine the significance of the baseline immune milieu and changes induced by neoadjuvant priming and to identify predictive gene expression patterns. New collaborations welcomed. Clinical trial information: NCT03055013.

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Cited Authors

  • Harshman, LC; Puligandla, M; Haas, NB; Allaf, M; Drake, CG; McDermott, DF; Signoretti, S; Cella, D; Gupta, RT; Bhatt, RS; Van Allen, EM; Choueiri, TK; Lara, P; Kapoor, A; Heng, DYC; Shuch, BM; Jewett, MAS; George, DJ; Michaelson, MD; Carducci, MA

Published Date

  • February 20, 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 36 / 6_suppl

Start / End Page

  • TPS710 - TPS710

Published By

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1527-7755

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0732-183X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1200/jco.2018.36.6_suppl.tps710