for females ages 18 years and up (full criteria)
at UC Davis UCLA
study started
estimated completion



The purpose of this study is to evaluate the efficacy and safety of pembrolizumab plus concurrent chemoradiotherapy compared to placebo plus concurrent chemoradiotherapy in participants with locally advanced cervical cancer. The primary hypotheses are that pembrolizumab plus concurrent chemoradiotherapy is superior to placebo plus concurrent chemoradiotherapy with respect to progression-free survival and overall survival. Once the study objectives have been met or the study has ended, participants will be discontinued from this study and will be enrolled in an extension study to continue protocol-defined assessments and treatment.

Official Title

A Randomized, Phase 3, Double-Blind Study of Chemoradiotherapy With or Without Pembrolizumab for the Treatment of High-risk, Locally Advanced Cervical Cancer (KEYNOTE-A18/ENGOT-cx11/GOG-3047)


Uterine Cervical Neoplasms, Programmed Cell Death Receptor 1 (PD-1, PD1), Programmed Cell Death Receptor Ligand 1 (PD-L1, PDL1), Programmed Cell Death Receptor Ligand 2 (PD-L2, PDL2), Cisplatin, Pembrolizumab, External Beam Radiotherapy (EBRT), Brachytherapy, chemoradiotherapy + pembrolizumab


You can join if…

Open to females ages 18 years and up

  • Has high-risk locally advanced cervical cancer (LACC): The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) 2014 Stage IB2-IIB (with node-positive disease) or FIGO 2014 Stages III-IVA
  • Has histologically-confirmed squamous cell carcinoma, adenocarcinoma, or adenosquamous carcinoma of the cervix
  • Has not previously received any definitive surgical, radiation, or systemic therapy for cervical cancer, including investigational agents, and is immunotherapy-naïve
  • Female participants must not be pregnant or breastfeeding and agree to use highly effective contraception during the treatment period and for at least 120 days after the last dose of pembrolizumab or placebo and 180 days following the end of chemoradiotherapy and agrees not to donate eggs (ova, oocytes) to others or freeze/store for her own use for the purpose of reproduction during this period.
  • Female participants must abstain from breastfeeding during the study intervention period and for at least 120 days after the last dose of pembrolizumab or placebo and 180 days following the end of chemoradiotherapy
  • Has an Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status of 0 or 1 within 7 days prior to the first dose of study treatment
  • Has provided a tissue sample from a core incisional or excisional biopsy of a tumor lesion
  • Has radiographically evaluable disease, either measurable or non-measurable per RECIST 1.1, as assessed by the local site investigator/radiology
  • Has adequate organ function within 7 days prior to the start of study treatment.

You CAN'T join if...

  • Has excluded subtypes of LACC
  • Has FIGO 2014 Stage IVB disease
  • Has undergone a previous hysterectomy defined as removal of the entire uterus or will have a hysterectomy as part of their initial cervical cancer therapy
  • Has bilateral hydronephrosis, unless at least one side has been stented or resolved by positioning of nephrostomy or considered mild and not clinically significant in the opinion of the investigator
  • Has anatomy or tumor geometry or any other reason or contraindication that cannot be treated with intracavitary brachytherapy or a combination of intracavitary and interstitial brachytherapy
  • Has received a live vaccine within 30 days prior to the first dose of study treatment
  • Has received treatment with systemic immunostimulatory agents, colony stimulating factors, interferons, interleukins and vaccine combinations within 6 weeks or 5 half-lives of the drug, whichever is shorter, prior to Cycle 1, Day 1
  • Has received prior therapy with an anti-programmed cell death receptor 1 (PD-1), anti-programmed cell death receptor ligand 1 (PD-L1), or anti-programmed cell death receptor ligand 2 (PD-L2) agent or with an agent directed to another stimulatory or co-inhibitory T-cell receptor (eg, cytotoxic T-lymphocyte-associated protein 4 (CTLA-4), OX-40, CD137)
  • Has received prior systemic anticancer therapy including investigational agents within 4 weeks prior to randomization
  • Is currently participating in or has participated in a study of an investigational agent or has used an investigational device within 4 weeks prior to randomization
  • Has any contraindication to the use of cisplatin
  • Has a diagnosis of immunodeficiency or is receiving chronic systemic steroid therapy (in dosing exceeding 10 mg daily of prednisone equivalent) or any other form of immunosuppressive therapy within 7 days prior to the first dose of study treatment
  • Has a known additional malignancy that is progressing or has required active treatment within the past 3 years
  • Has severe hypersensitivity to pembrolizumab and/or any of its excipients
  • Has an active autoimmune disease that has required systemic treatment in past 2 years
  • Has a history of (non-infectious) pneumonitis/interstitial lung disease that required steroids or has current pneumonitis/interstitial lung disease
  • Has an active infection requiring systemic therapy
  • Has a known history of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection
  • Has a known history of Hepatitis B or known active Hepatitis C virus infection
  • Has a history or current evidence of any condition, therapy, lab abnormality, or other circumstance that may increase the risk associated with study participation or study treatment administration or may interfere with the interpretation of study results, and in the judgment of the investigator or Sponsor, would make the participant inappropriate for entry into this study
  • Has a known psychiatric or substance abuse disorder that would interfere with the participant's ability to cooperate with the requirements of the study
  • Has had an allogenic tissue/solid organ transplant
  • Has evidence of metastatic disease per RECIST 1.1 including lymph nodes above the first lumbar vertebra (L1) cephalad body, in the inguinal region


  • UCLA Hematology/Oncology - Westwood (Building 200 Suite 120) ( Site 0027) accepting new patients
    Los Angeles California 90095 United States
  • UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center ( Site 0017) accepting new patients
    Sacramento California 95817 United States
  • Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian ( Site 0038) accepting new patients
    Newport Beach California 92663 United States


accepting new patients
Start Date
Completion Date
Merck Sharp & Dohme LLC
Merck Oncology Clinical Trials Information
Phase 3 Cervical Cancer Research Study
Study Type
Expecting 980 study participants
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