A Randomized Phase II Trial of Epigenetic Priming with Guadecitabine and Carboplatin in Platinum-resistant, Recurrent Ovarian Cancer.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Multicenter Study)

PURPOSE: Platinum resistance in ovarian cancer is associated with epigenetic modifications. Hypomethylating agents (HMA) have been studied as carboplatin resensitizing agents in ovarian cancer. This randomized phase II trial compared guadecitabine, a second-generation HMA, and carboplatin (G+C) against second-line chemotherapy in women with measurable or detectable platinum-resistant ovarian cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients received either G+C (guadecitabine 30 mg/m2 s.c. once-daily for 5 days and carboplatin) or treatment of choice (TC; topotecan, pegylated liposomal doxorubicin, paclitaxel, or gemcitabine) in 28-day cycles until progression or unacceptable toxicity. The primary endpoint was progression-free survival (PFS); secondary endpoints were RECIST v1.1 and CA-125 response rate, 6-month PFS, and overall survival (OS). RESULTS: Of 100 patients treated, 51 received G+C and 49 received TC, of which 27 crossed over to G+C. The study did not meet its primary endpoint as the median PFS was not statistically different between arms (16.3 weeks vs. 9.1 weeks in the G+C and TC groups, respectively; P = 0.07). However, the 6-month PFS rate was significantly higher in the G+C group (37% vs. 11% in TC group; P = 0.003). The incidence of grade 3 or higher toxicity was similar in G+C and TC groups (51% and 49%, respectively), with neutropenia and leukopenia being more frequent in the G+C group. CONCLUSIONS: Although this trial did not show superiority for PFS of G+C versus TC, the 6-month PFS increased in G+C treated patients. Further refinement of this strategy should focus on identification of predictive markers for patient selection.

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Cited Authors

  • Oza, AM; Matulonis, UA; Alvarez Secord, A; Nemunaitis, J; Roman, LD; Blagden, SP; Banerjee, S; McGuire, WP; Ghamande, S; Birrer, MJ; Fleming, GF; Markham, MJ; Hirte, HW; Provencher, DM; Basu, B; Kristeleit, R; Armstrong, DK; Schwartz, B; Braly, P; Hall, GD; Nephew, KP; Jueliger, S; Oganesian, A; Naim, S; Hao, Y; Keer, H; Azab, M; Matei, D

Published Date

  • March 1, 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 26 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 1009 - 1016

PubMed ID

  • 31831561

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC7056559

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1557-3265

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-19-1638


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States