A phase II multicentre study of ziv-aflibercept in combination with cisplatin and pemetrexed in patients with previously untreated advanced/metastatic non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer. British journal of cancer Chen, H., Modiano, M. R., Neal, J. W., Brahmer, J. R., Rigas, J. R., Jotte, R. M., Leighl, N. B., Riess, J. W., Kuo, C. J., Liu, L., Gao, B., DiCioccio, A. T., Adjei, A. A., Wakelee, H. A. 2014; 110 (3): 602-608


Background:This study evaluated the efficacy and safety of ziv-aflibercept in combination with cisplatin and pemetrexed in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).Methods:This single arm, multicentre phase II trial enrolled patients with previously untreated, locally advanced or metastatic non-squamous NSCLC. Patients received intravenous ziv-aflibercept 6?mg?kg(-1), pemetrexed 500?mg?m(-2), and cisplatin 75?mg?m(-2), every 21 days for up to six cycles. Maintenance administration of ziv-aflibercept was to continue until disease progression, intolerable toxicity or other cause for withdrawal. The co-primary end points were objective response rate (ORR) and progression-free survival (PFS). Planned sample size was 72 patients.Results:The study was closed prematurely because of three confirmed and two suspected cases of reversible posterior leukoencephalopathy syndrome (RPLS). A total of 42 patients were enrolled. Median age was 61.5 years; 55% were male, 86% Caucasian and 50% had Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group performance status (ECOG PS)=0. A median of four cycles of ziv-aflibercept was administered. The most common treatment-emergent adverse events (TEAEs) of any grade were nausea (69%) and fatigue (67%), with hypertension (36%) as the most common grade 3/4 TEAE. Of the 38 evaluable patients, ORR was 26% and median PFS was 5 months.Conclusion:Cases of RPLS had been observed in other studies in the ziv-aflibercept clinical development programme but the rate observed in this study was higher than previously observed. This might be related to declining renal function and/or hypertension. Although ORR and PFS were in accordance with most historical first-line NSCLC studies, this combination of ziv-aflibercept/cisplatin/pemetrexed will not be further explored in NSCLC.

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