Ribociclib as First-Line Therapy for HR-Positive, Advanced Breast Cancer.

Journal Article (Clinical Trial, Phase III;Journal Article;Multicenter Study)

BACKGROUND: The inhibition of cyclin-dependent kinases 4 and 6 (CDK4/6) could potentially overcome or delay resistance to endocrine therapy in advanced breast cancer that is positive for hormone receptor (HR) and negative for human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2). METHODS: In this randomized, placebo-controlled, phase 3 trial, we evaluated the efficacy and safety of the selective CDK4/6 inhibitor ribociclib combined with letrozole for first-line treatment in 668 postmenopausal women with HR-positive, HER2-negative recurrent or metastatic breast cancer who had not received previous systemic therapy for advanced disease. We randomly assigned the patients to receive either ribociclib (600 mg per day on a 3-weeks-on, 1-week-off schedule) plus letrozole (2.5 mg per day) or placebo plus letrozole. The primary end point was investigator-assessed progression-free survival. Secondary end points included overall survival, overall response rate, and safety. A preplanned interim analysis was performed on January 29, 2016, after 243 patients had disease progression or died. Prespecified criteria for superiority required a hazard ratio of 0.56 or less with P<1.29×10-5. RESULTS: The duration of progression-free survival was significantly longer in the ribociclib group than in the placebo group (hazard ratio, 0.56; 95% CI, 0.43 to 0.72; P=3.29×10-6 for superiority). The median duration of follow-up was 15.3 months. After 18 months, the progression-free survival rate was 63.0% (95% confidence interval [CI], 54.6 to 70.3) in the ribociclib group and 42.2% (95% CI, 34.8 to 49.5) in the placebo group. In patients with measurable disease at baseline, the overall response rate was 52.7% and 37.1%, respectively (P<0.001). Common grade 3 or 4 adverse events that were reported in more than 10% of the patients in either group were neutropenia (59.3% in the ribociclib group vs. 0.9% in the placebo group) and leukopenia (21.0% vs. 0.6%); the rates of discontinuation because of adverse events were 7.5% and 2.1%, respectively. CONCLUSIONS: Among patients receiving initial systemic treatment for HR-positive, HER2-negative advanced breast cancer, the duration of progression-free survival was significantly longer among those receiving ribociclib plus letrozole than among those receiving placebo plus letrozole, with a higher rate of myelosuppression in the ribociclib group. (Funded by Novartis Pharmaceuticals; ClinicalTrials.gov number, NCT01958021 .).

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Cited Authors

  • Hortobagyi, GN; Stemmer, SM; Burris, HA; Yap, Y-S; Sonke, GS; Paluch-Shimon, S; Campone, M; Blackwell, KL; André, F; Winer, EP; Janni, W; Verma, S; Conte, P; Arteaga, CL; Cameron, DA; Petrakova, K; Hart, LL; Villanueva, C; Chan, A; Jakobsen, E; Nusch, A; Burdaeva, O; Grischke, E-M; Alba, E; Wist, E; Marschner, N; Favret, AM; Yardley, D; Bachelot, T; Tseng, L-M; Blau, S; Xuan, F; Souami, F; Miller, M; Germa, C; Hirawat, S; O'Shaughnessy, J

Published Date

  • November 3, 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 375 / 18

Start / End Page

  • 1738 - 1748

PubMed ID

  • 27717303

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1533-4406

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1056/NEJMoa1609709


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States