Clinical Trial 18838

Cancer Type:
Interventions:5-fluorouracil; BMS-936558 (Nivolumab); Cetuximab; Erbitux (Cetuximab); Ipilimumab; Nivolumab; Paraplatin (carboplatin); Yervoy (Ipilimumab); carboplatin; cisplatin

Study Type: Treatment
Phase of Study: Phase III

  • Christine Chung


Study Title

An Open Label, Randomized, Two Arm Phase III Study of Nivolumab in Combination with Ipilimumab versus Extreme Study Regimen (cetuximab + cisplatin/carboplatin + fluorouracil) as First Line Therapy in Recurrent or Metastatic Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Head and Neck


The purpose of this study is to test the effectiveness (how well the drug works), safety, and tolerability of the combination of two investigational drugs called nivolumab and ipilimumab. Nivolumab and ipilimumab are types of immunotherapy. Immunotherapy works by encouraging the body's own immune system to attack the cancer cells. Nivolumab (Opdivo) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for the treatment of metastatic melanoma (a type of skin cancer), and specific types of previously treated advanced lung and kidney cancers. Ipilimumab (Yervoy) is approved by the FDA, EMA and other health authorities for the treatment of metastatic melanoma.


Primary Objective: To compare progression free survival (PFS) as determined by independent radiology committee (IRC), and overall survival (OS) of Nivolumab combined with Ipilimumab to Extreme regimen as first line treatment in subjects with recurrent or metastatic SCCHN.

Inclusion Criteria

  • Histologically confirmed metastatic or recurrent squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (oral cavity, oropharynx, hypopharynx & larynx) that is not amenable to curative therapy.
  • No prior systemic cancer therapy for recurrent or metastatic disease (except if chemotherapy was part of multimodal treatment completed 6 months prior to enrolment).
  • Measurable disease detected by imaging exam (CT or MRI).
  • Have tumor tissue for PD L1 expression testing, and for oropharyngeal cancer have results from testing of HPV p16 status.

  • Exclusion Criteria

  • Metastatic or recurrent carcinoma of the nasopharynx, squamous cell carcinoma of unknown primary, squamous cell carcinoma originating from skin and salivary glands or non-squamous histologies (e.g., mucosal melanoma).
  • Prior treatment with anti PD1, anti PD L1, anti CTLA 4 antibody or any other antibody or drugs targeting T cell costimulation or checkpoint pathways, or cetuximab or EGFR inhibitors in any treatment setting.
  • Potential participants with certain diseases such as active autoimmune disease, type I diabetes, hypothyroidism that needs hormone replacement, active infection, psychiatric disorder.
  • Inadequate hematologic, renal or hepatic function.
  • Other protocol defined inclusion/exclusion criteria could apply.