for people ages 18 years and up (full criteria)
at Sacramento, California
study started
completion around
Principal Investigator
by Mamta Parikh



This phase Ib/II trial finds the best dose of selinexor and its effect with pembrolizumab in treating patients with urothelial carcinoma that are not eligible to receive the chemotherapy drug cisplatin, or have been given cisplatin and the cancer has gotten worse. Patients must also have urothelial carcinoma that has spread locally, near where it started (locally advanced), or has spread to other parts of the body (metastatic). Selinexor may stop the growth of tumor cells by blocking a protein, called XPO1, that is needed for cell growth. Immunotherapy with monoclonal antibodies, such as pembrolizumab, may help the body's immune system attack the cancer, and may interfere with the ability of tumor cells to grow and spread. Giving selinexor and pembrolizumab may kill more tumor cells.

Official Title

A Phase Ib/II Study of Selinexor Plus Pembrolizumab in Cisplatin-Ineligible or Cisplatin-Refractory Patients With Advanced Urothelial Carcinoma



  1. To determine the recommended phase 2 dose (RP2D) of selinexor in combination with standard-dose pembrolizumab in patients with advanced urothelial carcinoma who are cisplatin-ineligible or platinum-refractory. (Phase Ib) II. To determine the objective response rate (ORR) of selinexor in combination with pembrolizumab in patients with advanced urothelial carcinoma who are cisplatin-ineligible or platinum-refractory. (Phase II)


  1. To further evaluate the toxicity profile of the combination of selinexor with pembrolizumab in patients with advanced urothelial carcinoma.

II. To further evaluate the efficacy of the combination of selinexor with pembrolizumab in patients with advanced urothelial carcinoma as defined by progression-free survival (PFS).


Advanced Urothelial Carcinoma, Locally Advanced Urothelial Carcinoma, Metastatic Urothelial Carcinoma, Refractory Urothelial Carcinoma, Carcinoma, Transitional Cell Carcinoma, Pembrolizumab, Selinexor


You can join if…

Open to people ages 18 years and up

  • Pathologically confirmed locally advanced or metastatic urothelial carcinoma by histology
  • Measurable disease by Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors (RECIST) version (v)1.1
  • Not eligible to receive cisplatin-based chemotherapy due to renal dysfunction (defined as creatinine clearance [CrCl] =< 60 mL/min), > grade 2 peripheral neuropathy, or ototoxicity (defined as >= grade 2 hearing loss); OR unwillingness of patient to receive cisplatin; OR progressed on one platinum-based chemotherapy regimen for advanced disease
  • May have had neoadjuvant or adjuvant platinum-based chemotherapy or intravesical therapy in the past
  • >= 18 years of age
  • Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status score of 0, 1 or 2
  • Life expectancy >= 3 months
  • Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) >= 1 × 109/L
  • Platelet count >= 75 × 109/L (patients for whom <50% of bone marrow nucleated cells are plasma cells) or >= 50,000/mm3 (patients for whom >= 50% of bone marrow nucleated cells are plasma cells)
  • Hemoglobin >= 9 g/dL (may have been transfused)
  • Total bilirubin level =< 1.5 x the upper limit of normal (ULN) range (except patients with Gilbert's syndrome who must have a total bilirubin of < 3 x ULN)
  • Aspartate aminotransferase (AST) and alanine aminotransferase (ALT) levels =< 2.5 x ULN, or AST and ALT levels =< 5 x ULN (for subjects with documented metastatic disease to the liver)
  • Creatinine clearance >= 30 mL/min by Cockcroft-Gault formula
  • Subjects with active hepatitis B virus (Hep B) are allowed if antiviral therapy for hepatitis B has been given for > 8 weeks and viral load is < 100 IU/mL prior to first dose of trial treatment. Subjects with untreated hepatitis C virus (HCV) are allowed. Subjects with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) who have CD4+ T-cell counts >= 350 cells/uL and no history of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)-defining opportunistic infections in the last year are allowed
  • Willingness to undergo mandatory pre-treatment biopsy (unless there is adequate archival tumor specimen available for PD-L1 IHC evaluation)
  • Female subjects who are of non-reproductive potential (i.e., post-menopausal by history - no menses for >= 1 year; OR history of hysterectomy; OR history of bilateral tubal ligation; OR history of bilateral oophorectomy). Or, female subjects of childbearing potential must have a negative serum or urine pregnancy test within 72 hours prior to the first study drug administration
  • Male and female subjects who are of reproductive potential must agree to use highly effective method of birth control (e.g., implants, injectables, birth control pills with two hormones, intrauterine devices [IUDs], complete abstinence or sterilized partner, and female sterilization) and a barrier method (e.g., condoms, vaginal ring, sponge, etc.) during the period of therapy and for 4 months after the last dose of study drug
  • Ability to understand and willingness to sign an informed consent form
  • Ability to adhere to the study visit schedule and other protocol requirements
  • Must be able to swallow study drug

You CAN'T join if...

  • Receiving radiation =< 14 days prior to enrollment to the site of selected target lesions
  • Systemic therapy for cancer =< 21 days prior to enrollment
  • Autoimmune disorder requiring active therapy as defined by corticosteroids at a dose >= 10 mg oral prednisone or the equivalent or requiring chronic immunosuppressive therapy
  • Use of corticosteroids =< 14 days prior to enrollment at a dose of >= 10 mg oral prednisone or the equivalent per day
  • Received immune checkpoint inhibitor therapy (anti-PD-1, anti-PD-L1, or anti-CTLA4 directed therapy) on a prior clinical trial
  • Has received selinexor or another XPO1 inhibitor previously
  • Any active gastrointestinal dysfunction that could interfere with absorption of study treatment in the opinion of the investigator
  • Pregnant or lactating women
  • Any condition that would prohibit the understanding or rendering of informed consent
  • Any condition including additional malignancies, laboratory abnormalities, or psychiatric illness that in the opinion of the investigator would interfere with the patient's safety or compliance while on trial
  • Severe infection that in the opinion of the investigator would interfere with patient safety or compliance on trial within 4 weeks prior to enrollment


  • University of California Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center accepting new patients
    Sacramento California 95817 United States

Lead Scientist at UC Davis

  • Mamta Parikh
    Assistant Professor, Hematology and Oncology, School of Medicine. Authored (or co-authored) 29 research publications


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