CA19-9 decrease at 8 weeks as a predictor of overall survival in a randomized phase III trial (MPACT) of weekly nab-paclitaxel plus gemcitabine versus gemcitabine alone in patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer

E. G. Chiorean, D. D. Von Hoff, M. Reni, F. P. Arena, J. R. Infante, V. G. Bathini, T. E. Wood, P. N. Mainwaring, R. T. Muldoon, P. R. Clingan, V. Kunzmann, R. K. Ramanathan, J. Tabernero, D. Goldstein, D. McGovern, B. Lu, A. Ko

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© The Author 2016. Background: A phase I/II study and subsequent phase III study (MPACT) reported significant correlations between CA19-9 decreases and prolonged overall survival (OS) with nab-paclitaxel plus gemcitabine (nab-P + Gem) treatment for metastatic pancreatic cancer (MPC). CA19-9 changes at week 8 and potential associations with efficacy were investigated as part of an exploratory analysis in the MPACT trial. Patients and methods: Untreated patients with MPC (N = 861) received nab-P + Gem or Gem alone. CA19-9 was evaluated at baseline and every 8 weeks. Results: Patients with baseline and week-8 CA19-9 measurements were analyzed (nab-P + Gem: 252; Gem: 202). In an analysis pooling the treatments, patients with any CA19-9 decline (80%) versus those without (20%) had improved OS (median 11.1 versus 8.0 months; P = 0.005). In the nab-P + Gem arm, patients with (n = 206) versus without (n = 46) any CA19-9 decrease at week 8 had a confirmed overall response rate (ORR) of 40% versus 13%, and a median OS of 13.2 versus 8.3 months (P = 0.001), respectively. In the Gem-alone arm, patients with (n = 159) versus without (n = 43) CA19- 9 decrease at week 8 had a confirmed ORR of 15% versus 5%, and a median OS of 9.4 versus 7.1 months (P = 0.404), respectively. In the nab-P + Gem and Gem-alone arms, by week 8, 16% (40/252) and 6% (13/202) of patients, respectively, had an unconfirmed radiologic response (median OS 13.7 and 14.7 months, respectively), and 79% and 84% of patients, respectively, had stable disease (SD) (median OS 11.1 and 9 months, respectively). Patients with SD and any CA19-9 decrease (158/199 and 133/170) had a median OS of 13.2 and 9.4 months, respectively. Conclusion: This analysis demonstrated that, in patients with MPC, any CA19-9 decrease at week 8 can be an early marker for chemotherapy efficacy, including in those patients with SD. CA19-9 decrease identified more patients with survival benefit than radiologic response by week 8.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbermdw006
Pages (from-to)654-660
JournalAnnals of Oncology
Volume27
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2016

Keywords

  • CA19-9
  • Chemotherapy
  • MPACT
  • Nab-paclitaxel
  • Pancreatic cancer

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    Chiorean, E. G., Von Hoff, D. D., Reni, M., Arena, F. P., Infante, J. R., Bathini, V. G., Wood, T. E., Mainwaring, P. N., Muldoon, R. T., Clingan, P. R., Kunzmann, V., Ramanathan, R. K., Tabernero, J., Goldstein, D., McGovern, D., Lu, B., & Ko, A. (2016). CA19-9 decrease at 8 weeks as a predictor of overall survival in a randomized phase III trial (MPACT) of weekly nab-paclitaxel plus gemcitabine versus gemcitabine alone in patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer. Annals of Oncology, 27(4), 654-660. [mdw006]. https://doi.org/10.1093/annonc/mdw006