A Single-Arm Phase 1b Study of Everolimus and Sunitinib in Patients With Advanced Renal Cell Carcinoma.
BACKGROUND: Everolimus, an oral inhibitor of mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR), and sunitinib, an oral inhibitor of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)/platelet-derived growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase signaling, have both been shown to provide clinical benefit in patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC). We sought to determine the safety and efficacy of combination therapy with these agents in patients with advanced RCC. METHODS: We conducted a phase 1b dose escalation trial of sunitinib and everolimus in patients with advanced metastatic RCC. Prior nephrectomy was required, and prior radiation or chemotherapy other than VEGF/mTOR-based therapies was permitted. The primary end point was to determine the maximum tolerated dose/recommended phase 2 dose. RESULTS: A total of 4 out of a planned 30 subjects were enrolled onto this study (M:F = 2:2; mean age 52 years, 50% with Karnofsky performance status < 80). The first 3 patients were enrolled onto a 4 + 2 dosing schedule of daily sunitinib 50 mg and weekly everolimus 30 mg. Mean time receiving drug was 99 days. One partial response was seen. Toxicities included mucositis, thrombocytopenia, anemia, fatigue, dehydration, and hypoglycemia. Because of multiple grade 3 to 4 toxicities, the protocol was amended to 2 + 1 dosing of sunitinib 37.5 mg and daily everolimus 5 mg. The first patient on this schedule died from multiorgan failure with septic shock after 1 cycle of treatment. Subsequently, the study was closed. Pharmacokinetic results inconclusively suggest that toxicities could be attributed to the drug exposure. CONCLUSION: Combined use of everolimus and sunitinib in the treatment of metastatic RCC was not well tolerated in this small cohort.
Kanesvaran, R; Watt, K; Turnbull, JD; Armstrong, AJ; Wolkowiez, MC; George, DJ
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