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Berenson J.R.,Institute for Myeloma and Bone Cancer Research | Cartmell A.,Comprehensive Blood and Cancer Center | Bessudo A.,Cancer Care Associates for Research and Excellence | Lyons R.M.,Us Oncology Research And Cancer Care Centers Of South Texas | And 13 more authors.
Blood | Year: 2016

Carfilzomib, a proteasome inhibitor, is approved in the United States as a single agent, and in combination with dexamethasone or lenalidomide/dexamethasone (KRd) for relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma (MM). Under the single-agent and KRd approvals, carfilzomib is administered as a 10-minute IV infusion on days 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, and 16 of 28-day cycles (20 mg/m2 [cycle 1, days 1-2]; 27 mg/m2 thereafter). This multicenter, single-arm, phase 1/2 study, Community Harmonized Assessment of Myeloma Patients via an Integrated Oncology Network-1 (CHAMPION-1), evaluated once-weekly carfilzomib with dexamethasone in relapsed, or relapsed and refractory MM (1-3 prior therapies). Patients received carfilzomib (30-minute IV infusion) on days 1, 8, and 15 of 28-day cycles. The phase1 portion used a 3 + 3 dose-escalation scheme to determine the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) of carfilzomib. During phase 2, patients received carfilzomib on the same schedule at the MTD. Patients received dexamethasone (40 mg) on days 1, 8, 15, and 22; dexamethasone was omitted on day 22 for cycles 9+. A total of 116 patients were enrolled. The MTD was 70 mg/m2, and 104 patients (phase 1/2) received carfilzomib 70 mg/m2. At 70 mg/m2, the median number of prior regimens was 1; and 52% were bortezomib-refractory. At 70 mg/m2, the most common grade ≥3 adverse events were fatigue (11%) and hypertension (7%). Overall response rate at 70 mg/m2 was 77%. Median progression-free survival was 12.6 months. These findings merit additional evaluation of the once-weekly dosing regimen. This trial was registered at www.clinicaltrials.gov as #NCT01677858. © 2016 by The American Society of Hematology. Source


Chen C.-S.,Loma Linda University | Patel R.,Comprehensive Blood and Cancer Center | Bessudo A.,Pacific Oncology Hematology Associates | Boccia R.V.,Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders | And 9 more authors.
British Journal of Haematology | Year: 2011

The combination of pegylated liposomal doxorubicin (PLD), bortezomib and dexamethasone has shown efficacy in the treatment of multiple myeloma (MM) patients. Our earlier retrospective study suggested that modification of the doses, schedules and route of administration of these drugs appears to reduce toxicity without compromising anti-MM activity. As a result, we evaluated this modified drug combination in the frontline setting in a prospective multicentre phase II trial. Thirty-five previously untreated MM patients were enrolled. Dexamethasone IV 40mg, bortezomib 1mg/m2 and PLD 5mg/m2 were administered on days 1, 4, 8 and 11 of a 4-week cycle. Patients were treated to their maximum response plus two additional cycles. The treatment regimen was discontinued after a maximum of eight cycles. Our modified schedule and dosing regimen achieved a high overall response rate of 86%, while showing a marked decrease in the incidence and severity of peripheral neuropathy, palmar-plantar erythrodysesthesia and myelosuppression compared to the standard dosing on a 3-week cycle using these drugs. This modified regimen of dexamethasone, bortezomib and PLD shows improved tolerability and safety while maintaining a high response rate when compared to standard treatment with these agents in the frontline setting. © 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd. Source


Berenson J.R.,Oncotherapeutics | Berenson J.R.,Berenson | Berenson J.R.,Institute for Myeloma and Bone Cancer Research | Yellin O.,Oncotherapeutics | And 10 more authors.
Leukemia | Year: 2012

Our previous studies have shown that lowering the dose of pegylated liposomal doxorubicin (PLD) and bortezomib in combination with intravenous dexamethasone on a longer 4-week cycle maintained efficacy and improved tolerability in both previously untreated and relapsed/refractory (R/R) multiple myeloma (MM) patients. Lenalidomide has shown efficacy in combination with bortezomib and dexamethasone but this combination has been poorly tolerated. We conducted this phase 2 study (clinicaltrials.gov identifier: NCT01160484) to evaluate whether a longer 4-week schedule using modified doses and schedules of IV dexamethasone (40 mg), bortezomib (1.0 mg/m 2) and PLD (4.0 mg/m 2) administered on days 1, 4, 8, and 11 with lenalidomide 10 mg daily on days 1-14 (DVD-R) would be effective and tolerated for patients with R/R MM. A total of 40 heavily pretreated patients were enrolled and 84.6% showed clinical benefit (complete response, 20.5%; very good partial response, 10.3%; partial response, 17.9%; minimal response, 35.9%) to the combination regimen. An additional 10.3% showed stable disease and 5.1% progressed while on study. The regimen was well tolerated, with a low incidence of adverse events such as fatigue (40%), thrombocytopenia (35%), neutropenia (35%), anemia (30%), peripheral neuropathy (25%) and pneumonia (15%). Thus, the DVD-R regimen is well tolerated and produces high response rates for patients with R/R MM. © 2012 Macmillan Publishers Limited. Source


Hecht J.R.,University of California at Los Angeles | Pillai M.,Virginia Oncology Care | Gollard R.,Cancer and Blood Specialists of Nevada | Heim W.,Hematology and Oncology Associates of NEPA | And 5 more authors.
Clinical Colorectal Cancer | Year: 2010

Background: Adding irinotecan and/or oxaliplatin to every-2-week 5-fluorouracil (5-FU)/leucovorin (LV) prolongs survival in patients with colorectal cancer (CRC) but increases neutropenia frequency. Pegfilgrastim is indicated to decrease infection as manifested by febrile neutropenia (FN) in patients receiving chemotherapy at > 14-day intervals. This randomized, placebo-controlled phase II study examined pegfilgrastim efficacy and safety in patients with CRC receiving every-2-week chemotherapy. Patients and Methods: Patients with CRC were randomized 1:1 to pegfilgrastim 6 mg or placebo administered per-cycle on day 4. Randomization was stratified by chemotherapy regimen (patients received every-2-week FOLFOX4 [5-FU/LV/oxaliplatin], FOLFIRI [5-FU/LV/irinotecan], or FOIL [5-FU/LV/oxaliplatin/irinotecan] at physician discretion). The primary endpoint was incidence of grade 3/4 neutropenia. Secondary endpoints included incidence of grade 3/4 FN and adverse events. After 4 cycles of study treatment, progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) were followed for 2 years in long-term follow-up. Results: Of 241 eligible patients analyzed, 118 were in the placebo and 123 in the pegfilgrastim group. In the treatment period, the odds ratio for grade 3/4 neutropenia for pegfilgrastim versus placebo was 0.19 (95% CI, 0.10-0.37; P < .001); grade 3/4 FN incidence was also significantly lower in pegfilgrastim-treated patients (2%) compared with placebo-treated patients (8%; P = .04). Pegfilgrastim was well tolerated, with leukocyte counts remaining stable during cycles 2-4. In long-term follow-up, both treatment groups had similar PFS and OS. Conclusion: Pegfilgrastim was well tolerated in patients with CRC receiving every-2-week chemotherapy and significantly reduced neutropenia and FN compared with placebo, though FN was uncommon in both treatment groups. Results suggest that pegfilgrastim administration is feasible in CRC patients receiving every-2-week chemotherapy. Source


Finn R.S.,University of California at Los Angeles | Crown J.P.,Irish Cooperative Oncology Research Group | Ettl J.,TU Munich | Schmidt M.,University Hospital Mainz | And 12 more authors.
Breast Cancer Research | Year: 2016

Background: Palbociclib is an oral small-molecule inhibitor of cyclin-dependent kinases 4 and 6. In the randomized, open-label, phase II PALOMA-1/TRIO-18 trial, palbociclib in combination with letrozole improved progression-free survival (PFS) compared with letrozole alone as first-line treatment of estrogen receptor (ER)-positive, human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-negative, advanced breast cancer (20.2 months versus 10.2 months; hazard ratio (HR) = 0.488, 95 % confidence interval (CI) 0.319-0.748; one-sided p = 0.0004). Grade 3-4 neutropenia was the most common adverse event (AE) in the palbociclib + letrozole arm. We now present efficacy and safety analyses based on several specific patient and tumor characteristics, and present in detail the clinical patterns of neutropenia observed in the palbociclib + letrozole arm of the overall safety population. Methods: Postmenopausal women (n = 165) with ER+, HER2-negative, advanced breast cancer who had not received any systemic treatment for their advanced disease were randomized 1:1 to receive either palbociclib in combination with letrozole or letrozole alone. Treatment continued until disease progression, unacceptable toxicity, consent withdrawal, or death. The primary endpoint was PFS. We now analyze the difference in PFS for the treatment populations by subgroups, including age, histological type, history of prior neoadjuvant/adjuvant systemic treatment, and sites of distant metastasis, using the Kaplan-Meier method. HR and 95 % CI are derived from a Cox proportional hazards regression model. Results: A clinically meaningful improvement in median PFS and clinical benefit response (CBR) rate was seen with palbociclib + letrozole in every subgroup evaluated. Grade 3-4 neutropenia was the most common AE with palbociclib + letrozole in all subgroups. Analysis of the frequency of neutropenia by grade during the first six cycles of treatment showed that there was a downward trend in Grade 3-4 neutropenia over time. Among those who experienced Grade 3-4 neutropenia, 71.7 % had no overlapping infections of any grade and none had overlapping Grade 3-4 infections. Conclusion: The magnitude of clinical benefit seen with the addition of palbociclib to letrozole in improving both median PFS and CBR rate is consistent in nearly all subgroups analyzed, and consistent with that seen in the overall study population. The safety profile of the combination treatment in all subgroups was also comparable to that in the overall safety population of the study. © 2016 The Author(s). Source

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