Clinical trial researches combination drug and vaccine for mouth cancer

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Cancers in and around the mouth associated with human papilloma virus (HPV) are common. Researchers want to know how two currently used treatments — pembrolizumab and the HPV vaccine PRGN-2009 — might work together against newly diagnosed cancer of the tonsil or tongue base prior to surgery or radiation therapy. A clinical trial led by Charalampos S. Floudas, M.D., D.M.Sc., M.S., Assistant Research Physician in the Center for Immuno-Oncology, is researching this combination therapy for such cancers. 

The trial will take place at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and there is no cost for participation.

For more information, please contact Marissa B. Mallek, R.N., at (240) 760-7498 or identifier: NCT05996523

NCI Protocol ID: IRB001536

Official Title: Phase II Trial of Immunotherapeutic HPV Vaccine PRGN-2009 With Pembrolizumab Before Standard Treatment in Subjects With Newly Diagnosed HPV-Associated Oropharyngeal Cancer

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Posted on Wed, 11/08/2023