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Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are research studies that help doctors find new and better ways to prevent and treat cancer. Almost every cancer treatment that is saving lives today is the result of a clinical trial. Search below to find clinical trials related to urologic cancer, visit the About Clinical Trials page on the Lurie Cancer Center website to learn more and talk with your doctor to decide if a clinical trial is right for you.

Trials
The Genetics of Prostate Cancer in Active Surveillance
Our study uses saliva samples to detect whether or not active surveillance is the best option for the subject, based on their their genetic makeup and susceptibility to aggressive prostate cancer.
1. Patients diagnosed with prostate cancer
2. Patients with Gleason ≤ 3+3 prostate cancer
3. Patients with fewer than 3 cores involved with cancer. If a patient has 3 or more cores involved with cancer but still meets all pathologic criteria and after discussing risks and benefits does not want definitive treatment, he may still be eligible for active surveillance.
4. Patients with no more than 50% of any 1 core involved with prostate cancer. If a patient has more than 50% of any 1 core involved with prostate cancer but still meets all pathologic criteria and after discussing risks and benefits does not want definitive treatment, he may still be eligible for active surveillance.
5. Patients age > 18. Patients are typically offered AS if they are ≥ 60 years of age. However, if a man meets pathologic criteria and is < 60, he can be entered in AS if, after discussing risks and benefits, does not want definitive treatment.
6. Most patients will have PSA value ≤ 10 ng/ml. However, since PSA is prostate specific and not prostate cancer specific, many patients with elevated PSA levels > 10 ng/ml will not have prostate cancer, and PSA is elevated due to conditions such as BPH or inflammation. If a patient has a PSA value > 10 ng/ml, but still meets all pathologic criteria, he may still be eligible for active surveillance
Kundu, Shilajit DKundu, Shilajit D
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STU00059221
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NU 15U06: A Phase 1 Dose-Escalation Study of Intravesical Pembrolizumab and Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) in Subjects with High Risk and BCG-Refractory Non-Muscle-Invasive Bladder Cancer
Purpose The purpose of this study is to evaluate the efficacy (the effect of drug on tumor) and the tolerabili…
Purpose The purpose of this study is to evaluate the efficacy (the effect of drug on tumor) and the tolerability (the effect of drug on the body) of Pembrolizumab, when given as a single agent in patients with bladder tumors. Another purpose of the study is to see what tumor characteristics are associated with increased efficacy of the Pembrolizumab. Overview Pembrolizumab (MK-3475) is an antibody (a human protein that sticks to a part of the tumor and/or immune cells) designed to allow the body‰Ûªs immune system to work against tumor cells. Pembrolizumab is FDA approved for the treatment of advanced melanoma (a type of skin cancer) and some types of lung cancer. It is not yet approved by the USFDA for bladder cancer, hence it is considered an investigational agent for this disease. Description of Treatment All study participants will take the same study drug, Pembrolizumab. Pembrolizumab will be given intravesically through urethra. With intravesical therapy, doctor administers the drug directly into the bladder (through a catheter), rather than giving it by mouth or injecting it into a vein. During the first six weeks of therapy, one will also receive treatment with BCG as a standard of care. We expect that one will receive treatment for up to 1 year or until your disease gets worse (whichever occurs first). After completing treatment, the study team will continue to watch you for side effects for at least 30 days. The study team will also continue to check periodically to see how you are doing until your disease returns.
Some of the eligibility criteria include:

- Participants must have a recurrent, high or low risk non-muscle-invasive bladder carcinoma.
- Participants must (be BCG refractory) have received at least one 6-week course of BCG induction plus 1 maintenance dose, OR 2 full 6-week courses of induction BCG treatment.
- Participants must be 18 or older.

Note: This is only a partial list of eligibility criteria. Please contact the Lurie Cancer Center for complete screening information if you are interested in this clinical trial.
Meeks, Joshua JMeeks, Joshua J
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NCT02808143 STU00202754
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NU 16U05: A Randomized Phase II Trial of Abiraterone, Olaparib, or Abiraterone + Olaparib in Patients with Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer with DNA Repair Defects
Purpose The purpose of this research is to study two US FDA approved drugs alone or in combination with each other in p…
Purpose The purpose of this research is to study two US FDA approved drugs alone or in combination with each other in people who have metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer and specific changes in their DNA, to see which one is best at keeping prostate cancer from growing. Metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer means the cancer is spreading outside of the prostate and does not stop or go away with hormone therapy or surgery to reduce testosterone. One of the drugs, Olaparib, is not FDA approved for prostate cancer, which means it is experimental or investigational. Overview Once prostate cancer has progressed to metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer, standard treatment focuses on extending life, delaying disease progression, and improving symptoms and quality of life. The purpose of this research is to study two US FDA approved drugs alone and in combination with each other in people who have metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer and DNA repair defects. One of the drugs, Olaparib, is not FDA approved for prostate cancer. People who take part in this research study have been diagnosed with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer and either their body or the the cancer have a genetic defect (flaw) that causes problems with their body‰Ûªs ability to repair damage to their DNA. Description of Treatment Participants will be placed into one of four groups. The treatment that each group will receive is as follows. Group 1 will receive Abiraterone (1000 mg by mouth once per day) and prednisone (5 mg by mouth twice per day). Group 2 and 4 will receive Olaparib (300 mg by mouth twice per day). Group 3 will receive Olaparib (300 mg by mouth twice per day), Abiraterone (1000 mg by mouth once per day) and prednisone (5 mg by mouth twice per day). Treatment may continue until disease progression, severe or unacceptable side effects, or until the participant or study doctor think the treatment should stop.
Some of the eligibility criteria include:

- participants must have been diagnosed with prostate cancer that is metastatic (has spread outside of the prostate region) and castration-resistant (means the cancer is still growing even when testosterone levels are close to zero)
- participants must be males 18 years of age or above

Note: This is only a partial list of eligibility criteria. Please contact the Lurie Cancer Center for complete screening information if you are interested in this clinical trial.
Hussain, MahaHussain, Maha
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NCT03012321 STU00203960
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The Molecular Markers of Bladder Cancer
Genetic research may discover genes, find out how genes function, or help researchers learn how to use what we know about genes to treat or prevent and treat disease. The purpose is to study whether the results of genetic testing can predict if bladder cancer i…
Genetic research may discover genes, find out how genes function, or help researchers learn how to use what we know about genes to treat or prevent and treat disease. The purpose is to study whether the results of genetic testing can predict if bladder cancer is going to recur, progress (get worse), or respond to chemotherapy.
Male or female patients ages 40-89 with high-grade T1 bladder cancer or patients with muscle invasive (>T2) bladder cancer undergoing neoadjuvant chemotherapy and radical cystectomy.
Meeks, Joshua JMeeks, Joshua J
STU00204352
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DRUG CA209-914: A Phase 3 Randomized Double Blind Study of Nivolumab Monotherapy or Nivolumab Combined with Ipilimumab Combination vs Placebo in Participants with Localized Renal Cell Carcinoma Who Underwent Radical or Partial Nephrectomy and Who Are at High Risk of Relapse

The purpose of this stu…

The purpose of this study is to test the effectiveness (how well the drug works), safety, and tolerability of an investigational drug combination of nivolumab (also known as BMS-936558) and ipilimumab (also known as BMS-734016) in subjects with localized kidney cancer that have had their tumors completely removed but are at risk of having their cancer return.

Nivolumab and ipilimumab are types of immunotherapy. Immunotherapy works by encouraging the body's own immune system to attack the cancer cells.

OPDIVO® (nivolumab) is approved for the treatment of certain types of cancer, including skin, kidney, blood, and lung, in multiple countries including the United States, the European Union, and Japan. Ipilimumab (Yervoy™) is approved by the FDA, EMA and other health authorities for the treatment of metastatic melanoma. The combination of nivolumab (Opdivo™) and ipilimumab (Yervoy™) is also approved by the US FDA for the treatment of advanced kidney cancer that has spread to other parts of the body and by the US FDA and the EMA for the treatment of metastatic melanoma.

You may be eligible for this research study if you have kidney cancer and have had your tumors completely removed but are at risk of having your cancer return.

Sosman, Jeffrey AlanSosman, Jeffrey Alan
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NCT03138512 STU00205491
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