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EVERSUN: A phase 2 trial of alternating sunitinib and everolimus as first-line therapy for advanced renal cell carcinoma

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Davis, ID and Long, A and Yip, S and Espinoza, D and Thompson, JF and Kichenadasse, G and Harrison, M and Lowenthal, RM and Pavlakis, N and Azad, A and Kannourakis, G and Steer, C and Goldstein, D and Shapiro, J and Harvie, R and Jovanovic, L and Hudson, AL and Nelson, CC and Stockler, MR and Martin, A, EVERSUN: A phase 2 trial of alternating sunitinib and everolimus as first-line therapy for advanced renal cell carcinoma, Annals of Oncology, 26, (6) pp. 1118-1123. ISSN 0923-7534 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1093/annonc/mdv078

Abstract

Background: We hypothesised that alternating inhibitors of the vascular endothelial growth factor receptor (VEGFR) and mammalian target of rapamycin pathways would delay the development of resistance in advanced renal cell carcinoma (aRCC).

Patients and methods: A single-arm, two-stage, multicentre, phase 2 trial to determine the activity, feasibility, and safety of 12-week cycles of sunitinib 50 mg daily 4 weeks on / 2 weeks off, alternating with everolimus 10 mg daily for 5 weeks on / 1 week off, until disease progression or prohibitive toxicity in favourable or intermediate-risk aRCC. The primary end point was proportion alive and progression-free at 6 months (PFS6m). The secondary end points were feasibility, tumour response, overall survival (OS), and adverse events (AEs). The correlative objective was to assess biomarkers and correlate with clinical outcome.

Results: We recruited 55 eligible participants from September 2010 to August 2012. Demographics: mean age 61, 71% male, favourable risk 16%, intermediate risk 84%. Cycle 2 commenced within 14 weeks for 80% of participants; 64% received ≥22 weeks of alternating therapy; 78% received ≥22 weeks of any treatment. PFS6m was 29/55 (53%; 95% confidence interval [CI] 40% to 66%). Tumour response rate was 7/55 (13%; 95% CI 4% to 22%, all partial responses). After median follow-up of 20 months, 47 of 55 (86%) had progressed with a median progression-free survival of 8 months (95% CI 5-10), and 30 of 55 (55%) had died with a median OS of 17 months (95% CI 12-undefined). AEs were consistent with those expected for each single agent. No convincing prognostic biomarkers were identified.

Conclusions: The EVERSUN regimen was feasible and safe, but its activity did not meet pre-specified values to warrant further research. This supports the current approach of continuing anti-VEGF therapy until progression or prohibitive toxicity before changing treatment.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:angiogenesis inhibitors, clinical trial, everolimus, renal cell carcinoma, sunitinib, vascular endothelial growth factor receptors
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Cardiorespiratory Medicine and Haematology
Research Field:Haematology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions)
Objective Field:Cancer and Related Disorders
Author:Lowenthal, RM (Professor Ray Lowenthal)
ID Code:102286
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:10
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2015-08-11
Last Modified:2017-11-07
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