Phase II trial of cetuximab and carboplatin in relapsed platinum-sensitive ovarian cancer and evaluation of epidermal growth factor receptor expression: a Gynecologic Oncology Group study.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

PURPOSE: This phase II trial assessed the activity and tolerability of cetuximab (C225, Erbitux) in combination with carboplatin in patients with relapsed platinum-sensitive ovarian or primary peritoneal carcinoma. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients were to receive combination therapy with cetuximab (initial dose of 400 mg/m2 intravenously on cycle 1, day 1, followed by weekly infusions of 250 mg/m2) and carboplatin (AUC of 6 on day 1 and every 3 weeks). The primary objectives of this trial were to estimate the anti-tumor activity and adverse events of this combination therapy. Immunohistochemical expression of EGFR was evaluated in tumor specimens from patients enrolled in this trial. RESULTS: Of the 29 patients, 28 (97%) were eligible and evaluable for analysis of the efficacy and toxicity of cetuximab administered in combination with carboplatin. Of the evaluable entries, 26 had EGFR-positive tumors and the response rate in this group of patients was as follows: 9 demonstrated an objective response (3 CR; 6 PR) and 8 had stable disease. The response rate did not meet criteria for opening a second stage of accrual. The median time to progression was 9.4+ months (range: .9-22.2+). The most commonly observed adverse events were dermatologic toxicity (grade 3 in 32%), thrombocytopenia (grade 3 in 14%), and hypersensitivity reactions (grade 3 and 4 in 18%). CONCLUSIONS: Cetuximab administered in combination with carboplatin had modest activity in screened patients with EGFR-positive, relapsed platinum-sensitive ovarian or primary peritoneal carcinoma. Cetuximab was associated with an acneiform rash in a majority of patients and occasional serious hypersensitivity reactions.

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Cited Authors

  • Secord, AA; Blessing, JA; Armstrong, DK; Rodgers, WH; Miner, Z; Barnes, MN; Lewandowski, G; Mannel, RS; Gynecologic Oncology Group,

Published Date

  • March 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 108 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 493 - 499

PubMed ID

  • 18191993

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC2744339

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1095-6859

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.ygyno.2007.11.029


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States