Fecal Microbiota Transplant (FMT) in Melanoma Patients

2017-11-20 03:45:11 | BioPortfolio


The main goal of this research study is to determine if the fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) improves the body's ability to fight your cancer.


This is a phase II Simon two-stage single-center study of concurrent fecal microbiota transplang (FMT) with pembrolizumab in patients with PD-1 resistant/refractory melanoma. The study will be conducted over a 12-week period (and up to 24-weeks in responding patients).

Patient eligibility is based upon prior exposure to PD-1 inhibitor therapy and response at restaging scans at any time up to 1 year from time of initiation of PD-1 therapy. Patients who have received either nivolumab or pembrolizumab are eligible. Patients who have received pembrolizumab/nivolumab in combination with other investigational agent(s) are NOT eligible. PD-1 refractory disease is defined as progressive disease (PD) at the first (or subsequent) radiographic evaluation while receiving PD-1 inhibitor treatment as assessed by RECIST v1.1 or immune-related RECIST criteria. Other eligibility criteria include absence of CNS disease, presence of disease amenable to biopsy and lack of contra-indications to FMT administration.

Suitable patients will be identified following restaging study documenting disease progression. Patients will undergo a rapid screening evaluation consisting of CNS imaging, tumor biopsy, and serological/stool studies to confirm suitability for FMT administration. Eligible patients will receive FMT endoscopically (with cycle 1 pembrolizumab +/- 3 days) followed by 3 further cycles of pembrolizumab (cycles 2-4) following which restaging will be performed. Patients with stable and/or responding disease will continue to receive pembrolizumab on study for 4 cycles. Patients with stable and/or responding disease after 8 cycles of pembrolizumab will continue to receive therapy off study till progression.

Study Design




Fecal Microbiota Transplant with Pembrolizumab


Not yet recruiting


University of Pittsburgh

Results (where available)

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