Pembrolizumab for patients with non-Hodgkin lymphoma: Phase 1b KEYNOTE-013 study


Advocate Lutheran General Hospital


The multicohort phase 1b KEYNOTE-013 study (NCT01953692) evaluated the safety and efficacy of pembrolizumab in patients with relapsed or refractory NHL who were ineligible for or failed hematopoietic cell transplantation (auto-HCT). Patients received pembrolizumab (cohort 4) or pembrolizumab plus lenalidomide (cohort 5). Primary end points were safety and objective response rate (ORR) per IWG 2007 criteria. Cohort 4 included 89 patients. ORR was 22% (19/86; 90% CI 15-31; 10 CR, nine PR); ORRs by disease type were 48% (10/21), 10% (2/20), 12% (5/41), and 50% (2/4), for PMBCL, FL, DLBCL, and 'other' NHL, respectively. Toxicity was as predicted. Cohort 5 included 19 patients. ORR was 39% (90% CI 20-61; four CR, three PR). Hematologic toxicities were the most common treatment-related AEs. In conclusion, pembrolizumab following HCT ineligibility/failure confirms prior experience in PMBCL but not with NHL subtypes in this study. Additional analyses in DLBCL may not be warranted.



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