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MINI 31 - ALK (ID 158)
- Event: WCLC 2015
- Type: Mini Oral
- Track: Treatment of Advanced Diseases - NSCLC
- Presentations: 1
MINI31.04 - Intracranial Efficacy of First-Line Crizotinib vs. Chemotherapy in ALK-Positive NSCLC (ID 1238)
18:30 - 20:00 | Author(s): K.D. Wilner
The ongoing multicenter, randomized, open-label phase III study PROFILE 1014 recently demonstrated superior efficacy of crizotinib compared with chemotherapy in patients with previously untreated advanced ALK-positive NSCLC (Solomon et al, N Engl J Med 2014). Intracranial efficacy of crizotinib vs. chemotherapy was compared prospectively in this trial.
Patients with previously untreated advanced non-squamous ALK-positive NSCLC (N=343) were randomized 1:1 to receive crizotinib 250 mg orally BID (n=172) or intravenous chemotherapy (pemetrexed 500 mg/m[2 ]+ cisplatin 75 mg/m or carboplatin at AUC 5–6; all q3w for ≤6 cycles; n=171). Patients with treated brain metastases that were stable for ≥2 weeks with no ongoing requirement for corticosteroids were eligible. Treatment was continued until PD. Continuation of, or crossover to, crizotinib after PD (per independent radiology review [IRR]) was allowed for patients randomized to crizotinib or chemotherapy, respectively. Brain scanning was performed every 6 weeks in patients with baseline brain metastases and every 12 weeks in those without baseline brain metastases. Protocol-specified efficacy endpoints included PFS (primary endpoint), ORR, OS, and 12- and 18-month OS, as well as intracranial TTP. Intracranial DCR at 12 and 24 weeks was also evaluated. Efficacy was evaluated in the ITT population and in two subgroups of patients: those with and without baseline brain metastases.
Of 343 patients in the ITT population, 79 had brain metastases at baseline identified by IRR (23%) and 263 did not (77%; data not reported for one patient). Baseline characteristics of patients randomized to receive crizotinib or chemotherapy were generally well balanced within these two patient subgroups. Among the patients with baseline brain metastases, a significantly higher proportion achieved intracranial disease control with crizotinib than with chemotherapy at 12 weeks (33/39 [85%] vs. 18/40 [45%], respectively; P=0.0003) and at 24 weeks (22/39 [56%] vs. 10/40 [25%]; P=0.006). There was a numerical improvement in prospectively measured intracranial TTP with crizotinib in the ITT population (HR 0.60, P=0.069), as well as in patients either with baseline brain metastases (HR 0.45, P=0.063) or without baseline brain metastases (HR 0.69, P=0.323). The frequency of progression in the brain was low in the ITT population (15%) and in patients with and without baseline brain metastases (27% and 11%, respectively). Overall PFS was significantly longer with crizotinib than with chemotherapy in both subgroups (brain metastases present: HR 0.40, P=0.0007, median 9.0 vs. 4.0 months; brain metastases absent: HR 0.51, P≤0.0001, median 11.1 vs. 7.2 months), as it was in the ITT population (HR 0.45, P<0.0001, median 10.9 vs. 7.0 months). Twenty-five patients in the crizotinib arm of the study experienced intracranial PD; 22 of these patients received crizotinib for ≥3 weeks beyond PD and 19 also received intracranial radiotherapy.
In this prospective assessment of intracranial efficacy, crizotinib demonstrated significantly greater intracranial disease control and overall efficacy compared with chemotherapy in patients with baseline brain metastases. These findings provide further confirmation of crizotinib as the standard of care for patients with previously untreated advanced ALK-positive NSCLC, including those patients with brain metastases at baseline.
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