A trial of nab-paclitaxel with CC-486 and durvalumab for advanced non small cell lung cancer

Please note - this trial is no longer recruiting patients. We hope to add results when they are available.

Cancer type:

Lung cancer
Non small cell lung cancer




Phase 2

This trial is for people who have already had treatment for their advanced non small cell lung cancer. 

Advanced non small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) means that it has spread to another part of the body (metastatic) or into the surrounding tissue (locally advanced).

More about this trial

Chemotherapy is the usual treatment for advanced non small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). 2 chemotherapy drugs often used are paclitaxel and carboplatin. Doctors are always looking for ways they can improve treatment.

Nab-paclitaxel is a type of paclitaxel. It has a protein called albumin attached to it. 

CC-486 is a tablet form of the chemotherapy drug azacitidine.

Durvalumab (MEDI4736) is a biological therapy called a monoclonal antibody. It works by targeting a particular protein on the cancer cell. This helps your immune system fight the cancer.

Researchers think giving CC-486 or durvalumab with nab-paclitaxel might benefit people more than nab-paclitaxel only. In this trial they want to compare:

  • nab-paclitaxel only
  • nab-paclitaxel and CC-486
  • nab-paclitaxel and durvalumab

The aims of this trial are to find

  • how well the combination of CC-486 with nab-paclitaxel and durvalumab with nab paclitaxel works for advanced NSCLC
  • what the side effects are
  • how well people cope with this combination of drugs 

Who can enter

The following bullet points list the entry conditions for this trial. Talk to your doctor or the trial team if you are unsure about any of these. They will be able to advise you.

You may be able to join this trial if all of the following apply. You:

  • Have advanced non small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)  
  • Have had a scan Open a glossary item such as a CT scan that shows at least 1 area of cancer that can be measured
  • Have already had 1 course of treatment that included a platinum chemotherapy drug Open a glossary item such as cisplatin or carboplatin for your advanced NSCLC 
  • Have satisfactory blood test results
  • Are able to do everything apart from heavy physical work (performance status 0 or 1)
  • Are willing to use reliable contraception for a month before starting treatment, during treatment and for up to 6 months afterwards if there is any chance you or your partner could become pregnant
  • Are at least 18 years old

You cannot join this trial if any of these apply. You:

Cancer related

  • Have NSLC  that is a squamous cell type
  • Have cancer spread to the brain unless it has been treated, there are no symptoms and have had a scan that shows the spread has been stable for at least 8 weeks after treatment
  • Have a known change (mutation) in the EGFR protein or the EML4-ALK gene

Medical conditions

  • Have had another cancer in the past 5 years apart from some successfully treated early cancers Open a glossary item
  • Have moderate to severe nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy Open a glossary item)
  • Develop a blood clot within 1 month of starting treatment in the trial
  • Have congestive heart failure
  • Have had other heart problems such as a heart attack or severe angina in the past 6 months
  • Have had high blood pressure in the past 6 months that hasn’t been controlled by medication
  • Have had a stroke in the past 6 months
  • Have a disorder that causes fits (seizures) in the past 6 months
  • Have HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C
  • Have an infection that needs treatment
  • Have had lung diseases such as interstitial lung disease, sarcoidosis, silicosis, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis or pulmonary hypersensitivity pneumonitis
  • Have a disease that means you can’t absorb the necessary nutrients from your food such as Crohn’s disease, coeliac disease or lactose intolerance (a malabsorption syndrome)
  • Have an ongoing problem with diarrhoea
  • Are known to have a blockage in your bowel
  • Have any other medical or mental health condition that could the trial team think could affect you taking part


  • Have already had a taxane drug Open a glossary item
  • Are currently taking part in another clinical trial or have had treatment with an experimental drug as part of a clinical trial in the past month
  • Are taking medication that affects how your immune system Open a glossary item  works
  • Are sensitive to nab-paclitaxel, azacitidine, human albumin or mannitol
  • Are pregnant or breastfeeding 

Trial design

This is an international phase 2 trial. The researchers need 240 people to join.

This is a randomised trial. You are put into 1 of 3 treatments groups by a computer. Neither you nor your doctor can choose which group you are in.

  • nab-paclitaxel
  • nab-paclitaxel and CC-486
  • nab-paclitaxel and durvalumab 

Trial Diagram

You have nab-paclitaxel as an injection into a vein. You have it once a week for 2 weeks and then you have 1 week with no treatment.

CC-486 is a tablet you take every day for 2 weeks and then you have 1 week with no treatment.

You have durvalumab as an injection into a vein once every 3 weeks.

Each 3 week period is called a cycle of treatment.

You continue to have treatment until your cancer starts to get worse.

Quality of life
The researchers will ask you to fill out questionnaire:

  • at the start of each cycle of treatment
  • at the end of treatment
  • a month after finishing treatment

The questionnaires will ask you about how are feeling and any side effects. This is a quality of life study.

Tissue and blood samples
The researchers will ask for a sample of your cancer that was removed when you had surgery or a biopsy Open a glossary item and for some extra blood samples.

They will use these samples to look for substances (biomarkers) that might tell how well the treatment is working and to see how your genes might affect the way you respond to treatment (pharmacogenetics).  

Hospital visits

You see the doctor to have some tests before taking part. These tests include

  • a physical examination
  • blood tests
  • chest CT scan
  • heart trace (ECG Open a glossary item)

During treatment you see the doctor at the start of each cycle of treatment for a physical examination and blood tests. You have a chest CT scan every 6 weeks.

At the end of treatment you see the doctor for the same tests you had at the start apart from the heart trace. A month later you see the doctor to see how you are and then they will tell you how often they want to see you.

A member of the trial team will phone you every 3 months to find out how you are. 

Side effects

The most common side effects of CC-486 are:

The most common side effects of durvalumab are:

The most common side effects of nab-paclitaxel are:

  • a drop in blood cells
  • feeling or being sick
  • constipation or diarrhoea
  • stomach pain
  • sore mouth including swelling
  • nerve changes causing tingling, numbness and changes to sensations
  • dizziness
  • headache
  • tiredness
  • feeling weak
  • high temperature (fever)
  • chills
  • loss of appetite and changes to taste
  • weight loss
  • difficulty sleeping
  • depression
  • shortness of breath
  • hair loss
  • rash, itching and nail changes
  • a change to the way the liver works
  • nose bleeds
  • loss of water and minerals in the body (dehydration Open a glossary item)

Your doctor will talk to you about the side effects of the drugs before you agree to take part. 

Recruitment start:

Recruitment end:

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Please note: In order to join a trial you will need to discuss it with your doctor, unless otherwise specified.

Please note - unless we state otherwise in the summary, you need to talk to your doctor about joining a trial.

Chief Investigator

Professor D Talbot

Supported by

Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre (ECMC)

If you have questions about the trial please contact our cancer information nurses

Freephone 0808 800 4040

Last review date

CRUK internal database number:


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