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Proffered paper session - Melanoma and other skin tumours

4441 - KEYNOTE-022 Part 3: Phase 2 Randomized Study of 1L Dabrafenib (D) and Trametinib (T) Plus Pembrolizumab (Pembro) or Placebo (PBO) for BRAF-Mutant Advanced Melanoma


22 Oct 2018


Proffered paper session - Melanoma and other skin tumours


Targeted Therapy;  Immunotherapy

Tumour Site



Paolo Ascierto


Annals of Oncology (2018) 29 (suppl_8): viii442-viii466. 10.1093/annonc/mdy289


P.A. Ascierto1, P.F. Ferrucci2, R. Stephens3, M. Del Vecchio4, V. Atkinson5, H. Schmidt6, J. Schachter7, P. Queirolo8, G.V. Long9, A.M. Di Giacomo10, I. Svane11, M. Lotem12, G. Bar-Sela13, F. Couture14, B.P. Mookerjee15, R. Ghori16, N. Ibrahim16, B. Homet Moreno16, A. Ribas17

Author affiliations

  • 1 Melanoma, Cancer Immunotherapy And Development Therapeutics Unit, Istituto Nazionale Tumori Fondazione G. Pascale, 80131 - Napoli/IT
  • 2 Oncology, Istituto Europeo di Oncologia, 20141 - Milan/IT
  • 3 Medical Oncology, Auckland City Hospital, Auckland/NZ
  • 4 Medical Oncology, Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori, 20133 - Milan/IT
  • 5 Medical Oncology, Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation, Greenslopes Private Hospital, Brisbane/AU
  • 6 Oncology, Aarhus University Hospital, 8000 - Aarhus C/DK
  • 7 Oncology, Ella Lemelbaum Institute for Melanoma, Sheba Medical Center at Tel HaShomer, Cancer Center (Oncology Institute), Ramat Gan/IL
  • 8 Oncologia Medica 2, IRCCS San Martino-IST, Genova/IT
  • 9 Medical Oncology, Melanoma Institute Australia, University of Sydney, 2060 - North Sydney/AU
  • 10 Medical Oncology, Center for Immuno-Oncology, University Hospital of Siena, 53100 - Siena/IT
  • 11 Oncology, Herlev Hospital, University of Copenhagen, Herlev/DK
  • 12 Medical Oncology, Sharett Institute of Oncology, Hadassah Hebrew Medical Center, Jerusalem/IL
  • 13 Oncology, Rambam Health Care Campus, 31096 - Haifa/IL
  • 14 Hematology, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Québec Research Center, Laval University, Québec/CA
  • 15 Oncology Clinical Development, Novartis, 07906 - East Hanover/US
  • 16 Medical Oncology, Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth/US
  • 17 Medical Oncology, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, 90095-1781 - Los Angeles/US


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Abstract 4441


Pembro + D + T had promising antitumor activity and acceptable tolerability in phase 1 of KEYNOTE-022 (NCT02130466).


In the double-blind phase 2 part of KEYNOTE-022, pts with treatment (tx)-naive BRAFV600E/K-mutant stage III/IV melanoma were randomly assigned (stratified by ECOG PS [0/1)]; LDH level [>1.1 vs ≤ 1.1× ULN]) to pembro 2 mg/kg Q3W + D 150 mg BID + T 2 mg QD or PBO + D + T. Strata with ECOG PS 1 and either LDH level were combined due to small numbers. Primary end point was PFS. Significance requirements to reject null hypothesis at 1-sided 0.025 type I error: ∼74 PFS events for 80% power; observed HR ≤ 0.62. Additional end points included ORR, DOR, TTR, and OS. Data cutoff: Feb 15, 2018.


Of 60 pts in each arm, most baseline characteristics were balanced (stage IV disease, 98% in pembro + D + T vs 95% in PBO + D + T; ECOG PS 0, 80% both; LDH >1.1× ULN, 45% vs 43%). Median follow-up for both arms was 9.6 mo (range 2.7-23.4). 67% vs 70% received ≥12 mo tx. Median PFS was 16.0 mo (95% CI 8.6-21.5) with pembro + D + T vs 10.3 mo (95% CI 7.0-15.6) with PBO + D + T; HR, 0.66; P = 0.04287; 12-mo PFS rates were 59% vs 45%. ORR was 63% vs 72%; CR rates were 18% vs 13%. Median TTR was 2.8 mo in each arm; median DOR was 18.7 mo (range 1.9+ to 22.1) vs 12.5 (2.1-19.5+). More patients (60%) on pembro + D + T had responses lasting ≥18 mo vs PBO + D + T (28%). OS rates at 12 mo were 80% vs 73%. Any grade (G) treatment-related AEs (TRAEs) occurred in 95% vs 93% and G3-5 TRAEs occurred in 58% vs 27% of pts. G3-5 TRAEs occurring in ≥ 5% of pts were pyrexia (10% vs 3%), increased ALT (7% vs 5%), increased AST (8% vs 5%), increased GGT (7% vs 5%), rash (5% vs 2%), and neutropenia (2% vs 5%). 40% vs 20% of pts discontinued any of the 3 study tx due to TRAEs, and 1 pt died due to a TRAE (pneumonitis) in the pembro + D + T arm. Immune-mediated AEs occurred in 43% vs 13% of pts, most commonly pneumonitis (15% vs 2%), hypothyroidism (8% vs 2%), skin disorders (7% vs 2%), hyperthyroidism (5% vs 0%), and uveitis (5% vs 3%); most resolved with tx discontinuation/modification.


Pembro + D + T vs PBO + D + T demonstrated numerically longer PFS and DOR and a higher rate of G3-5 TRAEs in pts with tx-naive BRAFV600E/K-mutant advanced melanoma.

Clinical trial identification


Legal entity responsible for the study

Merck & Co., Inc.


Merck & Co., Inc.

Editorial Acknowledgement

Medical writing and/or editorial assistance was provided by Doyel Mitra, PhD, of the ApotheCom pembrolizumab team (Yardley, PA, USA). This assistance was funded by Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, NJ, USA.


P.A. Ascierto: Advisory board member: BMS, Roche-Genentech, MSD, Array, Novartis, Amgen, Merck Serono, Pierre Fabre, Incyte, Genmab, Newlink Genetics, Medimmune, Syndax, AstraZeneca; Research funding: BMS, Roche-Genentech, Array. P.F. Ferrucci: Advisory board member: BMS, Novartis, MSD; Research funding: BMS, MSD; Honoraria, travel expenses, accommodations: BMS, Novartis, MSD, Roche. R. Stephens: Honoraria, travel expenses: MSD NZ. M. Del Vecchio: Consultant, advisor, research funds: Bristol-Myers Squibb, Roche-Genentech, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck Sharp and Dohme. V. Atkinson: Advisory board member: BMS, MSD, Novartis, Merck Serono, Pierre Fabre; Speakers’ bureau: BMS, MSD, Novartis, Roche; Honoraria: BMS, MSD, Novartis; Travel expenses: BMS, MSD. H. Schmidt: Advisory board member: BMS, MSD, Incyte, Roche; Speakers’ bureau: BMS, Novartis; Research funding: MSD; BMS. J. Schachter: Honoraria, consultant/advisory, travel, accomodations, expenses: BMS, MSD. P. Queirolo: Advisory board member, speakers' bureau, gonoraria, travel expenses, accommodations: BMS, Roche, Novartis, MSD. G.V. Long, A.M. Di Giacomo: Advisory board member: Incyte, GSK, Pierre Fabre; Honoraria: BMS, Roche, MSD; Travel expenses, including accommodations: BMS, Roche. I. Svane: Honoraria/Consulting fees: Roche, Novartis, Merck, MSD, Celgene, Incyte, Pfizer, BMS, AstraZeneca, TILT Bio, IO Biotech; Stock (co-founder): IO Biotech. M. Lotem: Advisory board member: Merck; Honoraria: Merck, BMS; Travel expenses, accommodations: Merck, BMS, Novartis. G. Bar-Sela: Research funding: Merck. B.P. Mookerjee: Employee: Novartis; Stock: Novartis, GSK, AstraZeneca. R. Ghori, N. Ibrahim, B. Homet Moreno: Employee: Merck & Co., Inc. A. Ribas: Stock ownership: Lutris, PACT, Tango; Advisory board member: Advaxis, Arcus, BioncoTech, Compugen, CytomX, Five Prime, FLX-Bio, ImaginAb, Isoplexis, Kite-Gilead, Rgenix; Honoraria: Amgen, BMS, Chugai, Genentech, Merck, Novartis, Roche. All other authors have declared no conflicts of interest.

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