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    OA14 - Update of Phase 3 Trials and the Role of HPD (ID 148)

    • Event: WCLC 2019
    • Type: Oral Session
    • Track: Immuno-oncology
    • Presentations: 1
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      OA14.01 - KEYNOTE-024 3-Year Survival Update: Pembrolizumab vs Platinum-Based Chemotherapy for Advanced Non–Small-Cell Lung Cancer (ID 1465)

      11:30 - 13:00  |  Author(s): Victoria Ebiana

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      In the phase 3 KEYNOTE-024 trial (NCT02142738), first-line pembrolizumab significantly improved PFS (hazard ratio [HR] 0.50, P<0.001) and OS (HR 0.60, P=0.005) vs platinum-based chemotherapy in patients with advanced NSCLC, PD-L1 tumor proportion score (TPS) ≥50%, and no targetable EGFR/ALK alterations (median follow-up, 11.2 months). We present data with 3-years minimum follow-up.


      Patients were randomized to pembrolizumab 200 mg Q3W for 2 years or platinum doublet (investigator’s choice) for 4‒6 cycles plus optional maintenance (nonsquamous), with stratification by ECOG PS (0/1), tumor histology (squamous/nonsquamous), and region (East Asia/non‒East Asia). Patients in the chemotherapy arm could cross over to pembrolizumab upon disease progression if they met eligibility criteria. The primary endpoint was PFS; OS was a key secondary endpoint. Response per investigator by RECIST version 1.1 is reported.


      305 patients were randomized (pembrolizumab, n=154; chemotherapy, n=151). At data cutoff (February 15, 2019), median (range) follow-up was 44.4 (39.6‒52.9) months. 210 patients had died (pembrolizumab, n=97; chemotherapy, n=113). 98 (64.9%) patients crossed over from chemotherapy to anti‒PD-(L)1 therapy during/outside of the study. Median (95% CI) OS in the pembrolizumab arm was 26.3 (18.3‒40.4) months vs 14.2 (9.8‒18.3) months in the chemotherapy arm (HR, 0.65; 95% CI, 0.50‒0.86). 36-month OS rate was 43.7% in the pembrolizumab arm vs 24.9% in the chemotherapy arm. Despite longer mean treatment duration in the pembrolizumab arm (11.1 vs 4.4 months), grade 3‒5 treatment-related adverse events (AEs) were less frequent with pembrolizumab vs chemotherapy: 31.2% vs 53.3%. 38 patients in the pembrolizumab arm completed 2 years (35 cycles) of therapy. Among these, 34 were alive, 31 (81.6%) had an objective response (including 3 with complete response), and median duration of response was not reached (range, 4.2‒46.7+ months). OS rate 12 months after completing pembrolizumab treatment (ie, ~36 months after initiating treatment) was 97.4% (95% CI, 82.8‒99.6). Among the 38 patients who completed 2 years, 5 (13.2%) had treatment-related grade 3-4 AEs; no fatal treatment-related AEs occurred. 10 patients who completed 2 years (1 completed 34 cycles) and subsequently progressed received second-course pembrolizumab; 7 had an objective response, 8 remain alive.


      With >3 years’ follow-up, first-line pembrolizumab monotherapy continued to provide durable long-term OS benefit vs chemotherapy despite a majority of patients assigned to chemotherapy crossing over to pembrolizumab. Pembrolizumab was associated with less toxicity than chemotherapy. Patients who completed 35 cycles of pembrolizumab had durable clinical benefit and most were alive at data cutoff.

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