for people ages 18 years and up (full criteria)
at Los Angeles, California and other locations
study started
estimated completion



This phase II trial studies how well olaparib works in treating patients with urothelial cancer with DNA-repair defects that has spread to other places in the body and usually cannot be cured or controlled with treatment. Olaparib may stop the growth of tumor cells by blocking some of the enzymes needed for cell growth.

Official Title

A Phase II Study of Olaparib (AZD2281) in Patients With Metastatic/Advanced Urothelial Carcinoma With DNA-Repair Defects



  1. To evaluate the efficacy of olaparib in two cohorts of patients with metastatic/advanced urothelial carcinoma (UC) pre-selected by deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA)-repair defects as measured by overall response rate (ORR).


  1. To describe the effect of therapy on progression free survival (PFS). II. To describe the effect of therapy on overall survival (OS). III. To describe the safety/tolerability and drug-related toxicities of olaparib.


  1. To determine the proportion of patients with DNA-repair pathway-mutated genes in metastatic UC (patient cohort referred for screening).

II. To explore tumor-mutational profiles in metastatic tumor biopsies, saliva "normal" DNA, changes in tumor or peripheral immune characteristics, or tumor associated somatic mutation load in blood DNA in response to treatment.

III. To explore changes in plasma cytokines and correlate with clinical response.

IV. To correlate levels of circulating endothelial cells with clinical outcome. V. To correlate levels of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) with clinical outcome. VI. To correlate peripheral immune and DNA damage response transcriptional signatures with clinical outcomes.

VII. To determine the effectiveness of using next-generation sequencing (NGS) to identify DNA-repair pathway gene defects in tumor samples and circulating DNA and identify patients with UC suitable for PARP inhibition.


Patients receive olaparib orally (PO) twice daily (BID) on days 1-28. Courses repeat every 28 days in the absence of disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

After completion of study treatment, patients are followed up at 4 weeks, every 3 months for 1 year, and annually thereafter.


Abnormal DNA Repair ATM Gene Mutation ATR Gene Mutation BAP1 Gene Mutation BARD1 Gene Mutation BLM Gene Mutation BRCA1 Gene Mutation BRCA2 Gene Mutation BRIP1 Gene Mutation CHEK1 Gene Mutation CHEK2 Gene Mutation FANCC Gene Mutation FANCD2 Gene Mutation FANCE Gene Mutation FANCF Gene Mutation MEN1 Gene Mutation Metastatic Urothelial Carcinoma MLH1 Gene Mutation MSH2 Gene Mutation MSH6 Gene Mutation MUTYH Gene Mutation NPM1 Gene Mutation PALB2 Gene Mutation PMS2 Gene Mutation POLD1 Gene Mutation POLE Gene Mutation PRKDC Gene Mutation RAD50 Gene Mutation RAD51 Gene Mutation SMARCB1 Gene Mutation Stage III Bladder Urothelial Carcinoma AJCC v6 and v7 Stage IV Bladder Urothelial Carcinoma AJCC v7 STK11 Gene Mutation Urothelial Carcinoma Carcinoma Carcinoma, Transitional Cell Olaparib Laboratory Biomarker Analysis


You can join if…

Open to people ages 18 years and up

  • Patients must have a histologically confirmed diagnosis of urothelial carcinoma of the urothelial tract/bladder cancer
  • Patients must have Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA) confirmed presence of a somatic or germline alteration considered pathogenic/likely pathogenic by FM and/or the Genetics Review Panel in one or more of the following genes: BRCA1, BRCA2, ATM, BAP1, FANCF, PALB2, and BRIP1 or in one or more of the DNA-repair genes tested in the

FoundationOne panel including the following genes: ABL1, ATR, ATRX, BARD1, BLM, BRD4, CCND1, CHEK1, CHEK2, DOT1L, FANCC, FANCD2, FANCE, FANCG, FANCL, IKBKE, MEN1, MLH1, MSH2, MSH6, MUTYH, NPM1, PMS2, POLD1, POLE, PRKDC, RAD50, RAD51, SMARCB1, STK11

  • Note: FoundationOne is a comprehensive and fully informative genomic profile that can reveal both somatic and germinal gene alterations in the tumor tissue sample; if the patient has prior evidence of a somatic or germline alterations that are considered actionable (pathogenic/likely pathogenic) by FoundationOne panel and the Genetics Review Panel in one of the genes listed in cohort 1 and 2 using FoundationOne panel prior to enrollment in this protocol, confirmation of this alteration won't be required
  • Patients must have measurable disease, defined as at least one lesion that can be accurately measured in at least one dimension (longest diameter to be recorded for non-nodal lesions and short axis for nodal lesions) as >= 20 mm (>= 2 cm) by chest x-ray or as >= 10 mm (>= 1 cm) with computed tomography (CT) scan, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or calipers by clinical exam
  • Evidence of disease progression as defined by Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors (RECIST) (version 1.1) during treatment or after the most recent dose of therapy with at least one platinum-based regimen of chemotherapy and/or an immune-checkpoint inhibitor (atezolizumab, pembrolizumab, nivolumab, avelumab or durvalumab) (2-week washout from chemotherapy and 4-weeks washout from monoclonal antibodies is required)
  • Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status =< 2 (or Karnofsky >= 60%)
  • Leukocytes >= 3,000/mcL
  • Absolute neutrophil count >= 1,500/mcL
  • Platelets >= 100,000/mcL
  • Total bilirubin =< 1.5 x upper limit of normal (ULN) (for subjects with documented Gilbert's disease total bilirubin =< 3.0 mg/dL)
  • Aspartate aminotransferase (AST) (serum glutamic-oxaloacetic transaminase [SGOT])/alanine aminotransferase (ALT) (serum glutamate pyruvate transaminase [SGPT]) =< 2.5 x institutional upper limit of normal (for subjects with liver metastasis AST/ALT =< 5 x ULN)
  • Creatinine =< 1.5 x ULN OR creatinine clearance >= 50 mL/min/1.73 m2 for patients with creatinine levels above institutional normal

  • Hemoglobin >= 9 g/dL
  • Prothrombin time (PT)/international normalized ratio (INR) and activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT) within 1.25 x ULN institutional limits, except where a lupus anti-coagulant has been confirmed
  • Patients must be able to tolerate oral medications and not have gastrointestinal illnesses that would preclude absorption of olaparib
  • Women of child-bearing potential and their partners should agree to use two (2) highly effective forms of contraception throughout study participation and for at least one (1) month after the last dose of olaparib; male study participants should avoid fathering a child or donating sperm during the study and for three (3) months after the last dose of olaparib
  • Note: breastfeeding should be discontinued if the mother is treated with olaparib
  • Ability to understand and the willingness to sign a written informed consent document or patients with impaired decision making capacity (IDMC) if they are represented by a legally authorized representative (LAR)
  • Patients must provide tumor sample for mutation analysis or be willing to undergo mandatory screening biopsy
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-positive patients will be eligible if they are on an effective combination antiretroviral therapy (cART) regimen (and if there are no known pharmacokinetic interactions of the cART agents with olaparib) for >= 4 weeks with an HIV viral load < 200 copies/mL and CD4+ count >= 100 cells/uL; for CD4+ count < 200 cells/uL, requires CD4+/CD8+ ratio greater than 0.4
  • Patients seropositive for hepatitis B virus (HBV) and/or hepatitis C virus (HCV) will be eligible if HBV and/or HCV viral load are undetectable

You CAN'T join if...

  • Patients with benign or variants of unknown significance as determined by FoundationOne panel and Genetics Review Panel review will be excluded
  • Patients who have had prior treatment with olaparib
  • Patients with myelodysplastic syndrome/acute myeloid leukemia; or baseline features suggestive of myelodysplastic syndrome or acute myelogenous leukemia on peripheral blood smear or bone marrow biopsy, if clinically indicated
  • Persistent toxicities (>= Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events [CTCAE] grade 2) with the exception of alopecia, caused by previous cancer therapy
  • Patients who are receiving any other investigational agents
  • Patients with known brain metastases should be excluded from this clinical trial
  • History of allergic reactions attributed to compounds of similar chemical or biologic composition of olaparib
  • Patients receiving any medications or substances that are inhibitors or inducers of CYP3A are ineligible
  • Uncontrolled intercurrent illness including, but not limited to, ongoing or active infection, symptomatic congestive heart failure, unstable angina pectoris, cardiac arrhythmia, or psychiatric illness/social situations that would limit compliance with study requirements
  • Pregnant women are excluded from this study
  • Any chronic or concurrent acute liver disease
  • History of stroke, transient ischemic attack (TIA), or myocardial infarction, within 6 months prior to enrollment
  • Uncontrolled concurrent disease or illness including but not limited to:
  • Symptomatic congestive heart failure, unstable angina pectoris, clinically significant cardiac arrhythmia
  • Unstable or untreated cardiac conditions or ejection fraction of < 50% as determined by echocardiogram (ECHO) or multiple gated acquisition scan (MUGA)
  • Uncontrolled diabetes mellitus
  • Other severe, acute, or chronic medical or psychiatric condition or laboratory abnormality that may increase the risk associated with study participation or study drug administration or that may interfere with the interpretation of study results and, in the judgment of the investigator, would make the patient inappropriate for the study


  • Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center accepting new patients
    Los Angeles California 90033 United States
  • USC / Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center accepting new patients
    Los Angeles California 90033 United States


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