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    FP01 - Early Stage/Localized Disease (ID 111)

    • Event: WCLC 2020
    • Type: Posters (Featured)
    • Track: Early Stage/Localized Disease
    • Presentations: 1
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    • Coordinates: 1/28/2021, 00:00 - 00:00, ePoster Hall
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      FP01.05 - The ASCENT Trial: A Phase II Study of Neoadjuvant/Adjuvant Afatinib, Chemoradiation +/- Surgery for Stage III EGFR-Mutant NSCLC (ID 3752)

      00:00 - 00:00  |  Author(s): John Paul Marcoux

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      The ADAURA trial showed benefit to adjuvant osimertinib in stage III EGFR-mutant (EGFRm) NSCLC, but the role of TKI induction is unknown. In 2011, we began ASCENT, a phase II trial of neoadjuvant and adjuvant afatinib in addition to standard of care (SOC) curative-intent therapy for EGFRm stage III NSCLC (NCT01553942). The study closed early for slow accrual. This is the final analysis.


      ASCENT enrolled patients with EGFRm, stage IIIA/B (AJCC 7th ed.) NSCLC amenable to curative-intent chemoradiation therapy (CRT) ± surgery. Resectability was determined by the treating multidisciplinary team at diagnosis. Patients received neoadjuvant afatinib 40mg QD x 2 months, then concurrent CRT (up to 4 cycles of cisplatin/pemetrexed and 3D conformal RT or intensity-modulated RT personalized to tumor size, site, operability) +/- surgery and an optional 2 years of adjuvant afatinib. The primary outcome was objective response rate (ORR) to neoadjuvant afatinib. Major pathologic response (MPR) was defined as < 10% residual tumor at resection, complete pathologic response (CPR) as no residual tumor.


      19 patients (14F/5M), median age 56 (range 34-75) were enrolled. 12 had EGFR del19, 7 L858R. 10 were classified as potentially resectable stage IIIA at diagnosis, 9 as unresectable IIIA/B. All completed two months of neoadjuvant afatinib; 5 (26%) required afatinib dose reduction. The ORR after neoadjuvant afatinib was 11/19 (58%; 95% CI, 33-80%). 1 patient initially deemed inoperable became a surgical candidate based on response to neoadjuvant afatinib; 2 patients progressed on neoadjuvant afatinib or exhibited findings that clarified their presenting stage as IV; both discontinued the protocol. The remaining 17 patients proceeded to CRT with pre-op median radiotherapy dose of 54 Gy (range 45-66; n=10), definitive median dose of 67 Gy (range 63-72; n=7). Among 10 patients who underwent resection (all via lobectomy), the MPR rate was 70% (6 MPR, 1 CPR). 13 (68%) patients started adjuvant afatinib after surgery (7) or definitive CRT (6); 4 completed 2 years, 3 discontinued early (median 1.5 months), 2 recurred during adjuvant afatinib and 4 remain on adjuvant therapy. Key grade 3/4 toxicities included rash (n=6), diarrhea (5), esophagitis (3), nausea (3), pneumonitis (2) and febrile neutropenia (1); there were no treatment-related deaths. With median follow-up of 30.6 months (range 3.1-96.3), 9 (47%) patients have recurred, with 5/9 having CNS-only recurrence. Recurrences occurred in 3/10 surgical patients and 5/7 definitive CRT patients. Median PFS was 34.6 months (95% CI 16.9-66.1) and median OS was 69.1 months (95% CI 29.4-NR). 2-year OS is 88% (95% CI 59-97%).


      In stage III EGFRm NSCLC, 2 months of neoadjuvant afatinib is associated with an ORR comparable to that seen in advanced disease and does not impair receipt of SOC chemoradiotherapy ± surgery. PFS and OS are favorable in this single-arm study. The high rate of CNS-only recurrence highlights a potential for improved outcomes with more CNS-penetrant EGFR TKIs. Along with the interim results of ADAURA, these results support genotype-directed therapies in stage III EGFRm NSCLC, though the optimal sequence of TKI therapy will need to be defined.

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