Effects of MK-3475 (Pembrolizumab) on the Breast Tumor Microenvironment in Triple Negative Breast Cancer

2016-12-01 16:08:22 | BioPortfolio


Assess response to MK-3475 in both primary tumor, normal breast stroma, circulating lymphocytes and serum exosomes in treatment naive triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) patients.

Assess for change in tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILS) both stromal (sTILS) and intraepithelial (iTILS) in newly diagnosed early stage TNBC patients treated with two doses of MK-3475 prior to lumpectomy.


This is an open-label, single-arm, single institution pre-operative "window of opportunity study" of pembrolizumab in subjects with newly diagnosed triple-negative, < 3 cm, node negative breast cancer. Subjects may not have received any prior neo/adjuvant chemotherapy, definitive surgery or radiation treatment prior to enrollment.

The goal of this project is to determine if immune modulation through treatment with MK-3475 (Pembrolizumab) in triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) patients will alter expression of immune tolerant markers [including PD-L1], within the primary tumor. Investigators hope to determine if MK-3475 exposure will change the molecular signature of breast stroma from "normal" adjacent breast tissue (non-tumor tissue) obtained prospectively at the time of breast conserving surgery (BCS) in TNBC patients. Finally, investigators will investigate how MK-3475 alters breast stromal response to high dose radiation delivered by intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT).

Study Design

Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment


Breast Cancer


Merck 3475 Pembrolizumab, Intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT)


Columbia University Medical Center
New York
New York
United States


Not yet recruiting


Columbia University

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2016-12-01T16:08:22-0500

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