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Pembrolizumab, a Monoclonal Antibody Against PD-1, in Combination With Capecitabine and Oxaliplatin (CAPOX) in People With Advanced Biliary Tract Carcinoma (BTC)

Background: Biliary tract cancers are rare but they are serious. Researchers want to see if a certain drug helps the immune system fight cancer cells. The drug is called pembrolizumab. It may work even better with two chemotherapy drugs that are widely used to treat gastrointestinal cancers. Objective: To study if pembrolizumab given with capecitabine and oxaliplatin (CAPOX) increases the time it takes for a person's biliary tract cancer to get worse. Eligibility: People age 18 and older with previously treated biliary tract cancer that has spread to other parts of the body Design: Participants will be screened with tests as part of their regular cancer care. Each study cycle is 3 weeks. For 6 cycles, participants will: Get pembrolizumab and oxaliplatin on day 1 of each cycle. They will be given in an intravenous (IV) catheter. Take capecitabine by mouth for 2 weeks then have 1 week without it. Participants will complete a patient diary. Starting with cycle 7, participants will get only pembrolizumab. They will get it once every 3 weeks. On day 1 of every cycle, participants will have: Physical exam Review of symptoms and how well they do normal activities Blood tests Every 9 weeks, they will have a scan. Participants may have tumor samples taken. Participants will have a final visit about 1 month after they stop the study drug. After that, they will be contacted by phone or email yearly.

Start: June 2017
Personal Resilience Empowerment Program Study

The Personal Resilience Empowerment Program (PREP) at Hackensack Meridian Integrative Health & Medicine was designed in Legacy Meridian to assist all selected patients with upcoming hospitalization. For the "Personal Resilience Empowerment Program (PREP) in the perioperative setting of surgically treated cancer patients", hereafter "the Project or PREP", the Hackensack Meridian Integrative Health & Medicine is designing a new pilot program to focus on the needs of oncology patients. All patients diagnosed with cancer that will undergo a scheduled surgical (Hepato-Biliary, and Thoracic) procedure in Hackensack Meridian Health and specifically in the Jersey Shore University Medical Center, will be eligible to participate (for more details please see eligibility criteria, section 4). Overall, this pilot project will include 5 coaching sessions and an introductory session/visit that will take place on the physician's office. The initial physician visit will focus on patient eligibility, introduction to the Project, informed consent and a pre-intervention survey and will be conducted by the principal investigator or one of the sub-investigators listed above. The following 5 sessions will be conducted by one of the integrative health coaches/registered nurses (for details please see section 5). A post-intervention survey will be completed during the final session and repeated at one month, and at 3 months from the final session. The goal of this project is to investigate whether using the PREP as an intervention in patients diagnosed with cancer would result in improving various metrics including improvements to resilience, sleep, activity, purpose, nutrition, empowerment to manage one's own health and well-being, decrease in pain medication use and more rapid return to previous functional status according to Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG).

Start: May 2018
A Study of Tislelizumab Combined With Radiotherapy as the Second-line Treatment of Advanced Biliary Malignant Tumors

Biliary tract cancer (BTC) accounts for 4% of the malignant tumors of the digestive system, and the incidence has increased significantly in recent years. For advanced malignant tumors of the biliary tract, the existing treatment methods are very limited and the effective rate is low. At present, gemcitabine combined with platinum therapy is the first-line standard treatment for advanced biliary tract cancer. In recent years, tumor immunotherapy has made huge breakthroughs. There are also research attempts in advanced biliary tract cancer. A study published in the international top medical journal NEJM in 2015 showed that PD-1 monoclonal antibody treatment has mismatch gene repair defects. Patients with advanced biliary tract tumors have a higher curative effect. It suggests that PD-1 monoclonal antibody is worthy of in-depth study in the treatment of biliary tract tumors. In the previous clinical studies of PD-1 in the treatment of biliary tract tumors conducted by our center, it was observed that the tumor control of some patients was stable with the combination of immunotherapy and radiotherapy. In view of the observations in the clinical research of our unit, relevant case reports, and the mechanism of the combination of radiotherapy and immunotherapy, we speculate that in patients with biliary tract cancer, radiotherapy and immunotherapy have a certain combined sensitization effect. Therefore, it is planned to carry out clinical research on the second-line treatment of advanced biliary tract cancer with radiotherapy and immunotherapy. This study will explore the effectiveness and safety of tislelizumab combined with radiotherapy in the treatment of patients with advanced biliary malignant tumors (BTC) in second-line and above, with a view to improving the therapeutic effect of biliary tract tumors.

Start: October 2020
Feasibility Study of Multi-Platform Profiling of Resected Biliary Tract Cancer

This study is going to test the ability to successfully obtain results from certain personalized tests for patients with biliary tract cancers that are able to be surgically removed. Through surveys, this study will also evaluate the usefulness of these tests to medical oncologists as they make decisions on what standard or experimental treatments might benefit the patient's enrolled in the study. The study is observational and does not require any change in the standard approach to treating biliary tract cancer. Results of the personalized tests will be provided to the treating medical oncologist and the medical oncologist can choose to whether or not to change management based on these results. These personalized tests include reading of the cancer DNA, testing whether a panel of drugs can kill a patient's cancer cells in a test tube, and testing for small amounts of cancer DNA in the blood as a way to check for the presence of leftover cancer in the body after it is removed surgically. This study will also give extra pieces of cancer, that would otherwise be discarded, from surgery for laboratory research into how biliary tract cancers respond to drugs and the body's immune system. The investigators hypothesize that the drug screen test will, in some cases, be useful to the medical oncologist and may lead to the use of cancer drugs that would not otherwise have been chosen based on standard guidelines or based on cancer DNA testing. The investigators hypothesize that the test tube drug screening method will correlate with how the cancer responds to the drugs in real life for those patients that end up receiving a drug that was included in the drug screen panel. The investigators hypothesize that monitoring of cancer DNA in the blood stream will help us predict which patients are most likely to have their cancer return after surgery. The investigators also hypothesize that in many cases the appearance of cancer DNA in the blood stream will happen weeks to months prior to the cancer showing up on usual body imaging or other lab tests. Finally, the investigators hypothesize that, for patients undergoing medical treatment for their cancer, trends in the amount of cancer DNA in the blood stream will correlate with the effectiveness of treatment.

Start: July 2020