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Site for A Phase II/III Randomized Study of Maintenance Nivolumab versus Observation in Patients with Locally Advanced, Intermediate Risk HPV Positive OPCA (PSCI# 20-016) (EA3161)

The purpose of this study is to compare the usual treatment alone (radiation and chemotherapy) to adding maintenance nivolumab to the usual treatment. The addition of nivolumab to the usual treatment could shrink your cancer or prevent it from returning. But, it could also cause side effects, which are described in the risks section below. This study will help the study doctors find out if this different approach is better than the usual approach. To decide if it is better, the study doctors will be looking to see if the nivolumab increases the lifetime of the patient without progression for 10 years. This immunotherapy drug, nivolumab, is already approved by the FDA for use in advanced and incurable head and neck cancer. But, most of the time it is not used until the cancer is very advanced and chemotherapy stops working. In this study we believe the use of nivolumab has a chance of preventing the cancer from coming back for patients with your type of cancer. There will be about 286 people taking part in the first part (phase II) of the study and 458 more people taking part in second part (phase III), if the results of the phase II portion are promising and if there is evidence that nivolumab may prolong your life.
Irina Geier at or 717-531-5471
18 year(s) or older
This study is NOT accepting healthy volunteers
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Inclusion Criteria:
Age ≥ 18 years.
ECOG performance status of 0 or 1.
Patients must have oropharynx cancer that is p16-positive by immunohistochemistry
Adequate baseline organ and marrow function
Adequate baseline liver functionality
Exclusion Criteria:
Patients with a history of allergic reactions attributed to platinum based chemotherapy agents
Patients must not have had prior systemic therapy or radiation treatment for p16 positive OPSCC
Patients must not have received previous irradiation for head and neck, tumor, skull base, or brain tumors
Patients must not have known hypersensitivity to nivolumab
Patients with evidence of distant metastases or leptomeningeal disease are excluded
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Hershey, PA