Open-label phase II to evaluate the efficacy of NEoadjuvant dose-dense MVAC In cOmbination with durvalumab and tremelimumab in muscle-invasive urothelial carcinoma: NEMIO

Bull Cancer. 2020 Jun;107(5S):eS8-eS15. doi: 10.1016/S0007-4551(20)30281-2.


Background: Neoadjuvant cisplatin-based chemotherapy (NAC) is the standard of care in localized muscle-invasive bladder cancer (MIBC). However, 60-70% of patients have residual tumor after NAC. Based on the overall response rate observed in the metastatic setting, ddMVAC is the most commonly used NAC regimen in Europe. The emergence of immune checkpoint inhibitor (ICI) in the metastatic setting raises the question if the combination of chemo plus ICI could increase the pCR rate.

Methods/design: NEMIO is a French open-label randomized phase I/II trial assessing in the neoadjuvant setting the combination of ddMVAC plus durvalumab alone or with tremelimumab: 4 cycles of ddMVAC/2 weeks + 2 cycles of Durvalumab +/- Tremelimumab/4 weeks. Cystectomy is performed 4-8 weeks after the last dose of ddMVAC. Six pts will be included in each arm in a safety run-in cohort to evaluate the toxicity rate. Each arm will be expanded to a maximum of 60 pts. The primary endpoint of the safety run-in phase will be the rate of grade 3/4 treatment-related adverse events G3/4 TRAE. The primary endpoint of the phase II will be the pathological response rate and G 3/4 TRAE. Exploratory endpoints will include biomarkers of response and resistance to the combo. A total of 120 patients will be included in 15 French centers and we expect the recruitment to be completed in 2021.

Discussion: NEMIO trial will assess for the first time the tolerance and the efficacy of ddMVAC regimen associated with checkpoints inhibitors as neoadjuvant treatment in localized MIBC. NCT number: NCT03549715. Registered on June 8, 2018.

Keywords: Bladder cancer; Cancer de la vessie; Chimiothérapie; Durvalumab; Immune checkpoints inhibitor; Inhibiteur de points; MVAC; Neoadjuvant chemotherapy; Tremelimumab; de contrôle immunitaire; néoadjuvante.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial Protocol

MeSH terms

  • Antibodies, Monoclonal / administration & dosage*
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal, Humanized / administration & dosage*
  • Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols / administration & dosage*
  • Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols / therapeutic use
  • Carcinoma, Transitional Cell / drug therapy*
  • Carcinoma, Transitional Cell / pathology
  • Cisplatin / therapeutic use
  • Clinical Trials, Phase II as Topic / methods*
  • Doxorubicin / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Methotrexate / therapeutic use
  • Neoadjuvant Therapy
  • Neoplasm Invasiveness
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic / methods*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Urinary Bladder Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Urinary Bladder Neoplasms / pathology
  • Vinblastine / therapeutic use


  • Antibodies, Monoclonal
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal, Humanized
  • durvalumab
  • Vinblastine
  • Doxorubicin
  • Cisplatin
  • tremelimumab
  • Methotrexate

Supplementary concepts

  • M-VAC protocol

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