Study of Nivolumab in Combination With Ipilimumab Versus Nivolumab in Combination With Ipilimumab Placebo in Patients With Recurrent or Metastatic Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Head and Neck


About this study

A study in patients with metastatic or recurrent squamous cell cancer of the head and neck to evaluate the effectiveness of Nivolumab plus Ipilumumab vs. Nivolumab alone (CheckMate 714)

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Contact the study team to discuss study eligibility and potential participation.

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Inclusion Criteria:

  • Confirmed squamous cell head and neck cancer
  • Widespread (metastatic) disease, or returned after previous treatment (recurrent)
  • Tumor sample must be available for analysis of PDL1 (Programmed death-ligand 1) and HPV [Human Papilloma Virus (oropharynx only)]
  • Performance status ECOG 0-1 (Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Previous treatment for metastatic or recurrent disease
  • Cancer arising from one of the following primary sites: paranasal sinus, nasopharynx, salivary gland, skin
  • Any non-squamous subtype
  • Active autoimmune disease
  • Positive test for hepatitis B, C or HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) virus
  • Previous treatment with checkpoint inhibitor drugs
  • Active CNS metastases or carcinomatous meningitis

Other protocol defined inclusion/exclusion criteria could apply

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status Contact

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Katharine Price, M.D.

Closed for enrollment

Contact information:

Cancer Center Clinical Trials Referral Office

(855) 776-0015

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