Purpose: We investigated the safety and antitumor activity of the anti–programmed death 1 monoclonal antibody pembrolizumab in patients with estrogen receptor–positive (ER+)/human epidermal growth factor receptor 2–negative (HER2) advanced breast cancer with programmed death ligand 1–positive (PD-L1–positive) tumors in the phase Ib open-label, multicohort KEYNOTE-028 (NCT02054806) study.

Experimental Design: Patients with ER+/HER2 advanced breast cancer with PD-L1–positive tumors (combined positive score ≥1) received pembrolizumab (10 mg/kg every 2 weeks) up to 2 years or until confirmed progression/intolerable toxicity. Primary endpoints were safety and overall response rate (ORR), based on Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors, version 1 (RECIST v1.1) as assessed by investigator review.

Results: Between April 2014 and January 2015, 25 patients were enrolled. Median number of prior therapies for breast cancer, including endocrine agents, was 9 (range, 3–15). Median follow-up was 9.7 months (range, 0.7–31.8 months). Three patients experienced partial response (PR) and none experienced complete response (CR), resulting in an ORR of 12.0% (95% CI, 2.5%–31.2%); 16% of patients had stable disease (SD) and clinical benefit rate (CR + PR + [SD for ≥24 weeks]) was 20% (95% CI, 7–41). Median duration of response was 12.0 months (range, 7.4–15.9 months). The incidence of treatment-related adverse events was 64%; nausea (20%) and fatigue (12%) were most common and were predominantly grade 1/2. No treatment-related discontinuations or deaths occurred.

Conclusions: Pembrolizumab was well tolerated with modest but durable overall response in certain patients with previously treated, advanced, PD-L1–positive, ER+/HER2 breast cancer. Clin Cancer Res; 1–8. ©2018 AACR.

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