Acute Myeloid Leukemia Clinical Trials at the Mario Lemieux Center for Blood Cancers

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Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is an aggressive and rare cancer of myeloid cells (a white blood cell responsible for fighting infections). Successful treatment of AML is dependent on what subtype of AML the patient has, and the age of the patient when diagnosed.

Venetoclax is an experimental drug that kills cancer cells by blocking a protein (part of a cell) that allows cancer cells to stay alive. This study is designed to see if adding venetoclax to azacitidine works better than azacitidine on its own.

This is a Phase 3, randomized, double-blind (treatment is unknown to patients and doctors), placebo controlled study in patients with AML who are >= 18 or more years old and have not been treated before. Patients who take part in this study should not be suitable for standard induction therapy (usual starting treatment). AbbVie is funding this study which will take place at approximately 150 hospitals globally and enroll approximately 400 patients.

In this study, 2/3 of patients will receive venetoclax every day with azacitidine and the remaining 1/3 will receive placebo (dummy) tablets with azacitidine.

Patients will continue to have study visits and receive treatment for as long as they are having a clinical benefit. The effect of the treatment on AML will be checked by taking blood, bone marrow, scans, measuring side effects and by completing health questionnaires. Blood and bone marrow tests will be completed to see why some people respond better than others. Additional blood tests will be completed for genetic factors and to see how long the drug remains in the body.

Principal Investigator: Jing Hou, MD
Sponsor: AbbVie

View eligibility criteria and the full trial at ClinicalTrials.gov.

Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is an aggressive and rare cancer of myeloid cells (a white blood cell responsible for fighting infections). Successful treatment of AML is dependent on what subtype of AML the patient has, and the age of the patient when diagnosed.

Venetoclax is an experimental drug that kills cancer cells by blocking a protein (part of a cell) that allows cancer cells to stay alive. This study is designed to see if adding venetoclax to cytarabine works better than cytarabine on its own.

This is a Phase 3, randomized, double-blind (treatment unknown to patients and doctors), placebo-controlled, multicenter study in patients with AML who are 18 or more years old and have not been treated before. Patients who take part in this study should not be suitable for intensive induction chemotherapy (usual starting treatment). Abbvie is funding this study which will take place at approximately 125 hospitals globally and enroll approximately 175 patients. In this study, 2/3 of patients will receive venetoclax every day with cytarabine and the remaining 1/3 will receive placebo (dummy) tablets with azacitidine.

Patients will continue to have study visits and receive treatment for as long as they are having a clinical benefit. The effect of the treatment on AML will be checked by taking blood, bone marrow, scans, measuring side effects and by completing health questionnaires. Blood and bone marrow tests will be completed to see why some people respond better than others. Additional blood tests will be completed for genetic factors and to see how long the drug remains in the body.

Principal Investigator: Jing Hou, MD, PhD
Sponsor: AbbVie

View eligibility criteria and the full trial at ClinicalTrials.gov.

The purpose of this study is to determine the activity of SY-1425 in relapsed/refractory acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients, relapsed/refractory higher-risk myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) patients (SY-1425 administered as a monotherapy or in combination with daratumumab), newly diagnosed treatment naïve AML patients who are unlikely to tolerate standard intensive chemotherapy (SY-1425 administered as a monotherapy or in combination with azacitidine), or lower-risk myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) patients (SY-1425 administered as a monotherapy) who are positive for a RARA biomarker.

Principal Investigator: Robert Redner, MD
Sponsor: Syros Pharmaceuticals

View eligibility criteria and the full trial at ClinicalTrials.gov.

This is an open label, single-arm, pilot trial to evaluate the immune effects, safety and tolerability of pembrolizumab in subjects newly diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) who have persistent leukemia after induction chemotherapy. Patients must have an ECOG performance status of 0-1. The enrollment target for this study is 10 patients.

Principal Investigator: Michael Boyiadzis, MD

View eligibility criteria and the full trial at ClinicalTrials.gov.

This is a Phase 2 study to evaluate the effect of pembrolizumab on the duration of remission in acute myeloid leukemia. Pembrolizumab is given after complete remission is obtained in those with AML at least 60 years old who are not candidates for allogeneic stem cell transplant. The primary purpose of this study is to determine if the time to relapse can be extended. Additionally, the safety and tolerability of pembrolizumab will be closely monitored.

Principal Investigator: Michael Boyiadzis, MD

View eligibility criteria and the full trial at ClinicalTrials.gov.

The purpose of this study is to characterize the safety and tolerability of JNJ-63709178 and identify the recommended Phase 2 dose(s) (RP2D) and schedule for JNJ-63709178 in Part 1 and to characterize the safety and tolerability of JNJ-63709178 at the RP2D(s) in Part 2.

Principal Investigator: Michael Boyiadzis, MD
Sponsor: Janssen Research & Development LLC

View eligibility criteria and the full trial at ClinicalTrials.gov.