A randomized phase II study comparing erlotinib versus erlotinib with alternating chemotherapy in relapsed non-small-cell lung cancer patients: the NVALT-10 study
SourceAnnals of Oncology, 24, 11, (2013), pp. 2860-2865
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Annals of Oncology
SubjectN4i 3: Poverty-related infectious diseases
BACKGROUND: Epidermal growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) administered concurrently with chemotherapy did not improve outcome in non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). However, in preclinical models and early phase noncomparative studies, pharmacodynamic separation of chemotherapy and TKIs did show a synergistic effect. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A randomized phase II study was carried out in patients with advanced NSCLC who had progressed on or following first-line chemotherapy. Erlotinib 150 mg daily (monotherapy) or erlotinib 150 mg during 15 days intercalated with four 21-day cycles docetaxel for squamous (SQ) or pemetrexed for nonsquamous (NSQ) patients was administered (combination therapy). After completion of chemotherapy, erlotinib was continued daily. Primary end point was progression-free survival (PFS). RESULTS: Two hundred and thirty-one patients were randomized, 115 in the monotherapy arm and 116 in the combination arm. The adjusted hazard ratio for PFS was 0.76 [95% confidence interval (CI) 0.58-1.02; P = 0.06], for overall survival (OS) 0.67 (95% CI 0.49-0.91; P = 0.01) favoring the combination arm. This improvement was primarily observed in NSQ subgroup. Common Toxicity Criteria grade 3+ toxic effect occurred in 20% versus 56%, rash in 7% versus 15% and febrile neutropenia in 0% versus 6% in monotherapy and combination therapy, respectively. CONCLUSIONS: PFS was not significantly different between the arms. OS was significantly improved in the combination arm, an effect restricted to NSQ histology. STUDY REGISTRATION NUMBER: NCT00835471.
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