1477P - A novel phase II trial of ipilimumab, carboplatin and etoposide (ICE) for the first line treatment of extensive stage small cell lung cancer (SCLC)

Date 29 September 2014
Event ESMO 2014
Session Poster Display session
Topics Anticancer Agents
Small Cell Lung Cancer
Biological Therapy
Presenter Christian Ottensmeier
Citation Annals of Oncology (2014) 25 (suppl_4): iv511-iv516. 10.1093/annonc/mdu355
Authors C.H.H. Ottensmeier1, I. Galea2, N. Cross3, T. Maishman3, D. Hamid3, J. Cave4, M. Wheater5, T. Geldart6, C. Mulatero7, V. Potter8, S. Danson9, P. Woll10, R. Griffiths11, L. Nolan5
  • 1Cancer Sciences Division, Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust, SO16 6YD - Southampton/GB
  • 2Wessex Neurosciences Centre, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, SO166YD - Southampton/GB
  • 3Clinical Trials Unit, University of Southampton, SO166YD - Southampton/GB
  • 4Department Of Medical Oncology, University Hospitals Southampton NHS FoundationTrust, SO16 6YD - Southampton/GB
  • 5Medical Oncology, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, SO16 6YD - Southampton/GB
  • 6Medical Oncology, Royal Bournemouth Hospital, BH7 7DW - Bournemouth/GB
  • 7Medical Oncology, The Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust St. James University Hospital, LS9 7TF - Leeds/GB
  • 8Department Of Oncology, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, NG5 1PB - Nottingham/GB
  • 9Academic Unit Of Clinical Oncology, Weston Park Hospital Cancer Research Centre, S10 2SJ - Sheffield/GB
  • 10Department Of Oncology, Weston Park Hospital Cancer Research Centre, Sheffield/GB
  • 11Medical Oncology, Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, CH63 4JY - Wirral/GB



Background: Platinum etoposide doublet chemotherapy remains the standard of care for SCLC; newer combination regimens have failed to improve outcome. A subgroup of patients with apparently better long-term survival present with autoimmune paraneoplastic syndromes. These reflect cross reactivity of anti-tumour immune responses with self-antigens, most frequently neuronal antigens, and suggest that SCLC is susceptible to immune control. Our study examines for the first time, whether addition of the immune stimulating anti-CTLA4 antibody Ipilimumab to carboplatin/etoposide chemotherapy can increase anti-tumour activity and whether this might come at the cost of extra immune related neurological toxicity.


This phase II study examines the efficacy and toxicity of Ipilimumab (10 mg/kg) together with Carboplatin (AUC=6) and Etoposide (120 mg/m2 IV day1, 100mg BD PO days 2 and 3) chemotherapy in previously untreated patients with extensive stage (ES) SCLC. Ipilimumab was introduced in responding patients at cycles 3-6 with planned 3-monthly maintenance Ipilimumab. Primary end point is progression free survival at 1 year; secondary endpoints include 1 year overall survival and Immune related progression free survival (irPFS).


39 of a planned 40 patients have entered the study with a median age of 58 yrs (range 47-84); 64% are male. Patients received at least one cycle of Ipilimumab. In 61.1% [95% CI: 44.9-75..2] >grade 3 adverse events were seen, assessed by the investigators as possibly ipilimumab related in 41.7% [95% CI: 27.1, 57.8]. Two patients (6%) had ipilimumab related neurological events, of these one was fatal, presenting like an anti-Hu syndrome. Both events occurred in patients with positive baseline anti-neuronal antibodies.


Our multi centre study has demonstrates for the first time that chemo-immunotherapy with ICE is deliverable in ES SCLC, but with an appreciable burden of immune related toxicity. Two significant neurological immune mediated events were seen, one fatal. The data reinforce the view that SCLC is immunogenic and that immunological visibility of the tumour can link to anti neuronal immune events.


C. Ottensmeier: Funding for this study was by an educational grant from BMS and Cancer Research UK. The trial uses the BMS proprietary compound Ipilimumab; J. Cave: Conference attendance support from BMS; M. Wheater: Conference attendance support from BMS; C. Mulatero: I have undertaken consultancy/advisory work for BMS (ipilimumab) and for Pfizer (although not about tremelimumab), and have received honoraria to attend meetings from BMS; V. Potter: I have received honoraria and consultancy fees from Roche, GSK and Lilly, but nothing from BMS; S. Danson: I sat on an advisory board and received travel expenses for a meeting from BMS - this was about 4 years ago; R. Griffiths: I have received honoraria and consultancy fees from Pfizer, Pierre-Fabre, GSK and Novartis, but nil from BMS. All other authors have declared no conflicts of interest.