for people ages 18 years and up (full criteria)
study started
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The purpose of this study is to determine whether nivolmab alone or the combination of nivolumab and ipilimumab versus placebo, is safe and effective for delaying or preventing recurrence of cancer in participants who have experienced partial or entire removal of a kidney.

Official Title

A Phase 3 Randomized, Double-Blind Study of Nivolumab Monotherapy or Nivolumab Combined With Ipilimumab vs Placebo in Participants With Localized Renal Cell Carcinoma Who Underwent Radical or Partial Nephrectomy and Who Are at High Risk of Relapse


The study has two primary endpoints. The first primary completion date is anticipated to be reached Aug 2022 (DFS in Part A). The second primary completion date is anticipated to be reached July 2024 (DFS in Part B).


Renal Cell Carcinoma localized resected adjuvant Kidney Cancer Nephrectomy Clear cell High Risk of Relapse/Recurrence Carcinoma Carcinoma, Renal Cell Nivolumab Ipilimumab


For people ages 18 years and up

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Inclusion Criteria:

  • Kidney tumor has been completely resected with negative surgical margins obtained. The randomization must occur greater than 4 weeks and less than (or equal to) 12 weeks from the date of nephrectomy
  • Pathologic TNM staging meeting one of the following: pT2a, G3 or G4, N0 M0; pT2b, G any, N0 M0; pT3, (a, b, c), G any, N0 M0; pT4, G any, N0 M0; pT any, G any, N1 M0
  • Post-nephrectomy tumor shows RCC with a predominantly clear cell histology, including participants with sarcomatoid features
  • Participants must have no clinical or radiological evidence of macroscopic residual disease or distant metastases after nephrectomy
  • Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) Performance Status (0 - 1)
  • Women must agree to follow methods of contraception, if applicable

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Participants with an active known or suspected autoimmune disease
  • Known history of positive test for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or known acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)
  • Prior treatment with an anti-PD-1, anti-PD-L1, anti-PD-L2, or anti-CTLA-4 antibody, or any other antibody or drug specifically targeting T-cell con-stimulation or checkpoint pathways
  • Any severe or serious, acute or chronic medical or psychiatric condition, or laboratory abnormality that may increase the risk associated with study participation
  • History of allergy or hypersensitivity to study drug components
  • Participants with a condition requiring systemic treatment with corticosteroids
  • Participants who have received a live/attenuated vaccine within 30 days of first treatment

Other protocol defined inclusion/exclusion criteria apply


  • University Of California Los Angeles accepting new patients
    Los Angeles California 90095 United States
  • California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute accepting new patients
    San Francisco California 94115 United States
  • Cedars Sinai Medical Center accepting new patients
    Los Angeles California 90048 United States


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