Sorafenib and pegylated interferon- 2b in advanced metastatic melanoma: a multicenter phase II DeCOG trial

  • Egberts F
  • Gutzmer R
  • Ugurel S
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BACKGROUND The combination of sorafenib, a multikinase inhibitor, and pegylated interferon-α2b (Peg-IFN-α2b) could potentially lead to an improved antitumoral response. Previously, combinations of interferon and sorafenib have been used in renal cell cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients with stage IV metastatic melanoma and no previous systemic therapies apart from adjuvant immunotherapy received Peg-IFN-α2b 3 μg/kg once per week, and sorafenib 400-mg b.i.d. for a minimum of 8 weeks. The primary study end point was disease control rate (DCR). RESULTS Between February 2008 and February 2009, 55 patients were enrolled with a median age of 64 years (20-85). At 8 weeks, 2 patients (3.6%) had a partial response (PR) and 14 patients a stable disease (25.5%), for a DCR of 29.1% in the intention-to-treat (ITT) population. The median progression-free survival in the ITT population was 2.47 months (95% confidence interval 1.22-3.72 months). The toxicity of sorafenib and Peg-IFN-α2b combination was characterized by mainly hematological side-effects, including one treatment-related bleeding complication with a fatal outcome. Other grade 3/4 toxic effects were fatigue and flu-like symptoms. CONCLUSION The combination of sorafenib and Peg-IFN-α2b showed modest clinical activity and some serious side-effects including fatal bleeding complications.

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  • F. Egberts

  • R. Gutzmer

  • S. Ugurel

  • J. C. Becker

  • U. Trefzer

  • A. Degen

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