Title: Phase III trial of bevacizumab in combination with gemcitabine and erlotinib in patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer
Authors: Van Cutsem, Eric ×
Vervenne, Walter L
Bennouna, Jaafar
Humblet, Yves
Gill, Sharlene
Van Laethem, Jean-Luc
Verslype, Chris
Scheithauer, Werner
Shang, Aijing
Cosaert, Jan
Moore, Malcolm J #
Issue Date: May-2009
Publisher: Grune & Stratton
Series Title: Journal of Clinical Oncology vol:27 issue:13 pages:2231-2237
Abstract: PURPOSE: Treatment with gemcitabine provides modest benefits in patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer. The addition of erlotinib to gemcitabine shows a small but significant improvement in overall survival (OS) versus gemcitabine alone. Phase II results for bevacizumab plus gemcitabine provided the rationale for a phase III trial of gemcitabine-erlotinib plus bevacizumab or placebo. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients with metastatic pancreatic adenocarcinoma were randomly assigned to receive gemcitabine (1,000 mg/m(2)/week), erlotinib (100 mg/day), and bevacizumab (5 mg/kg every 2 weeks) or gemcitabine, erlotinib, and placebo in this double-blind, phase III trial. Primary end point was OS; secondary end points included progression-free survival (PFS), disease control rate, and safety. RESULTS: A total of 301 patients were randomly assigned to the placebo group and 306 to the bevacizumab group. Median OS was 7.1 and 6.0 months in the bevacizumab and placebo arms, respectively (hazard ratio [HR], 0.89; 95% CI, 0.74 to 1.07; P = .2087); this difference was not statistically significant. Adding bevacizumab to gemcitabine-erlotinib significantly improved PFS (HR, 0.73; 95% CI, 0.61 to 0.86; P = .0002). Treatment with bevacizumab plus gemcitabine-erlotinib was well tolerated: safety data did not differ from previously described safety profiles for individual drugs. CONCLUSION: The primary objective was not met. The addition of bevacizumab to gemcitabine-erlotinib did not lead to a statistically significant improvement in OS in patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer. PFS, however, was significantly longer in the bevacizumab group compared with placebo. No unexpected safety events were observed from adding bevacizumab to gemcitabine-erlotinib.
ISSN: 0732-183X
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Hepatology
Translational Research in GastroIntestinal Disorders
Clinical Digestive Oncology (+)
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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