Keynote Trials for Kidney Cancer

As the sponsor of the Keynote Oncology Clinical Trials, Merck is passionate about improving health. We are committed to accelerating every step in the journey in our quest to bring treatment options to people with cancer.

Below are trials currently being conducted in kidney cancer, evaluating the investigational study drug, pembrolizumab (MK-3475).

Active Clinical Trials

The cancer types listed below currently have active trial listings on clinicaltrials.gov. Click on a study name to be directed to that trial's information, or call 1-888-577-8839 to find a study site near you for the trial you are interested in.

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Study to Evaluate the Efficacy and Safety of Pembrolizumab in Combination With Axitinib Versus Sunitinib Monotherapy in Participants With Renal Cell Carcinoma

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the efficacy and safety of pembrolizumab (MK-3475) in combination with axitinib versus sunitinib monotherapy as a first-line treatment for participants with advanced/metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC). The primary hypotheses of this study are: 1) The combination therapy of pembrolizumab plus axitinib is superior to sunitinib monotherapy with respect to Progression-Free Survival (PFS) as assessed by blinded independent central imaging review per Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors version 1.1 (RECIST 1.1) and 2) the combination therapy of pembrolizumab plus axitinib is superior to sunitinib monotherapy with respect to Overall Survival (OS).

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Study of Pembrolizumab Monotherapy in Locally Advanced/Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma

The purpose of this study is to assess the safety and efficacy of monotherapy pembrolizumab (MK-3475) in participants with renal cell carcinoma (RCC). There will be two cohorts in this study: Cohort A will consist of participants with clear cell (cc) RCC and Cohort B will consist of participants with non-clear cell (ncc) RCC.

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Clinical Trials: Important Information to Consider

There is a lot to consider when deciding whether to participate in a clinical study. Any clinical study includes risks, which the study doctor will review with you. Make sure you understand the risks before participating.