Phase 2 Study of Dabrafenib Plus Trametinib in Patients With BRAF V600E-Mutant Metastatic NSCLC: Updated 5-Year Survival Rates and Genomic Analysis

J Thorac Oncol. 2022 Jan;17(1):103-115. doi: 10.1016/j.jtho.2021.08.011. Epub 2021 Aug 26.


Introduction: Dabrafenib plus trametinib was found to have robust antitumor activity in patients with BRAF V600E-mutant metastatic NSCLC (mNSCLC). We report updated survival analysis of a phase 2 study (NCT01336634) with a minimum of 5-year follow-up and updated genomic data.

Methods: Pretreated (cohort B) and treatment-naive (cohort C) patients with BRAF V600E-mutant mNSCLC received dabrafenib 150 mg twice daily and trametinib 2 mg once daily. The primary end point was investigator-assessed overall response rate per Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors version 1.1. Secondary end points were duration of response, progression-free survival, overall survival, and safety.

Results: At data cutoff, for cohorts B (57 patients) and C (36 patients), the median follow-up was 16.6 (range: 0.5-78.5) and 16.3 (range: 0.4-80) months, overall response rate (95% confidence interval [CI]) was 68.4% (54.8-80.1) and 63.9% (46.2-79.2), median progression-free survival (95% CI) was 10.2 (6.9-16.7) and 10.8 (7.0-14.5) months, and median overall survival (95% CI) was 18.2 (14.3-28.6) and 17.3 (12.3-40.2) months, respectively. The 4- and 5-year survival rates were 26% and 19% in pretreated patients and 34% and 22% in treatment-naive patients, respectively. A total of 17 patients (18%) were still alive. The most frequent adverse event was pyrexia (56%). Exploratory genomic analysis indicated that the presence of coexisting genomic alterations might influence clinical outcomes in these patients; however, these results require further investigation.

Conclusions: Dabrafenib plus trametinib therapy was found to have substantial and durable clinical benefit, with a manageable safety profile, in patients with BRAF V600E-mutant mNSCLC, regardless of previous treatment.

Keywords: BRAF V600E; Dabrafenib; Genomic analysis; Non–small cell lung cancer; Trametinib.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial, Phase II
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols / therapeutic use
  • Genomics
  • Humans
  • Imidazoles
  • Lung Neoplasms* / drug therapy
  • Lung Neoplasms* / genetics
  • Mutation
  • Oximes
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins B-raf* / genetics
  • Pyridones / therapeutic use
  • Pyrimidinones
  • Survival Rate


  • Imidazoles
  • Oximes
  • Pyridones
  • Pyrimidinones
  • trametinib
  • BRAF protein, human
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins B-raf
  • dabrafenib