Purpose: This multicenter, randomized, open-label, phase II study (JO19907) compared the efficacy and safety of first-line carboplatin-paclitaxel (CP) alone with bevacizumab-CP in Japanese patients with advanced non-squamous non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC).
Methods: Chemonaïve patients with stage IIIB, IV or recurrent non-squamous NSCLC were eligible for participation. Patients were randomly assigned in a 2:1 ratio to receive bevacizumab-CP or CP alone. Chemotherapy was repeated for up to 6 cycles or until disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. Bevacizumab recipients who completed ≥3 cycles of chemotherapy could continue bevacizumab as monotherapy until disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. The primary endpoint was progression-free survival (PFS).
Results: After confirming the tolerability of bevacizumab-CP in a small number of patients, 180 patients were recruited, of whom 121 were assigned to bevacizumab-CP and 59 to CP alone. Hazard ratio (HR) for PFS was 0.61 with bevacizumab-CP versus CP alone (p=0.0090; median 6.9 versus 5.9 months). Objective response rate was significantly higher with bevacizumab-CP than with CP alone (60.7% versus 31.0%; p=0.0013). Median overall survival was >22 months in both treatment groups (HR 0.99; p=0.9526). No new safety signals were detected.
Conclusion: Study JO19907 met its primary endpoint, demonstrating that the addition of bevacizumab to first-line CP significantly improves PFS in Japanese patients with advanced non-squamous NSCLC. This prolonged PFS by bevacizumab did not translate into OS benefit with the extremely longer underlying survival compared to historical data. No new safety signals were identified in this population. (Japan Pharmaceutical Information Center [JAPIC] registration number: CTI-060338).
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