Results of a randomized phase III trial (MPACT) of weekly nab-paclitaxel plus gemcitabine versus gemcitabine alone for patients with metastatic adenocarcinoma of the pancreas with PET and CA19-9 correlates.

Gastrointestinal (Noncolorectal) Cancer
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Oral Abstract Session, Gastrointestinal (Noncolorectal) Cancer
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J Clin Oncol 31, 2013 (suppl; abstr 4005^)


Daniel D. Von Hoff, Thomas J. Ervin, Francis P. Arena, E. Gabriela Chiorean, Jeffrey R. Infante, Malcolm J. Moore, Thomas E. Seay, Sergei Tjulandin, Wen Wee Ma, Mansoor N. Saleh, Marion Harris, Michele Reni, Ramesh K. Ramanathan, Josep Tabernero, Manuel Hidalgo, Eric Van Cutsem, David Goldstein, Xinyu Wei, Jose Luis Iglesias, Markus Frederic Renschler; Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center Clinical Trials at Scottsdale Healthcare/TGen, Scottsdale, AZ; Florida Cancer Specialists, Englewood, FL; Arena Oncology Associates, Lake Success, NY; University of Washington, Seattle, WA; Sarah Cannon Research Institute; Tennessee Oncology, Nashville, TN; Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto, ON, Canada; Atlanta Cancer Care, Atlanta, GA; N. N. Blokhin Cancer Research Center, Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, Moscow, Russia; Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY; Georgia Cancer Specialists PC, Atlanta, GA; Southern Health, East Bentleigh, VIC, Australia; Ospedale San Raffaele, Istituto di Ricovero e Cura a Carattere Scientifico, Milan, Italy; Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare/TGen, Scottsdale, AZ; Vall d'Hebron University Hospital, Barcelona, Spain; Centro Integral Oncológico Clara Campal, Madrid, Spain; University Hospitals Leuven, Leuven, Belgium; Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney, Australia; Celgene Corporation, Summit, NJ; Bionomics Ltd., Thebarton, Australia

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Background: nab-paclitaxel (nab-P; 130 nm albumin-bound paclitaxel) has demonstrated both single-agent activity and synergy with gemcitabine (G) in preclinical models of pancreatic cancer (PC). nab-P + G also demonstrated promising efficacy in a phase I/II study in metastatic PC (J Clin Oncol. 2011:4548-4554), warranting a phase III study of nab-P + G vs G for metastatic PC. Methods: 861 patients (pts) with metastatic PC and a Karnofsky performance status (KPS) ≥ 70 were randomized at 151 community and academic centers 1:1 to receive nab-P 125 mg/m2 + G 1000 mg/m2 days 1, 8, and 15 every 4 weeks or G alone 1000 mg/m2weekly for 7 weeks followed by 1 week of rest (cycle 1) and then days 1, 8, and 15 every 4 weeks (cycle ≥ 2). The primary endpoint was OS; secondary endpoints were PFS and ORR by independent review. Results: The median age was 63 years (range 27 - 88). KPS was 100 (16%), 90 (44%), 80 (32%), and 70 (7%). Pts had advanced disease with liver metastases (84%), ≥ 3 metastatic sites (46%), and CA19-9 ≥ 59 × ULN (46%). nab-P + G was superior to G for all efficacy endpoints: median OS was 8.5 vs. 6.7 mo (HR 0.72; 95% CI, 0.617 - 0.835; P = 0.000015); median PFS was 5.5 vs. 3.7 mo (HR 0.69; 95% CI, 0.581 - 0.821; P = 0.000024), and ORR was 23% vs. 7% (P = 1.1 × 10−10) by RECIST v1.0. Metabolic response by PET in 257 patients was 63% for nab-P + G vs 38% for G (P = 0.000051). CA19-9 response (≥ 90% decrease) was 31% for nab-P + G vs. 14% for G (P < 0.0001). Grade ≥ 3 AEs with nab-P + G vs. G included neutropenia (38% vs. 27%), fatigue (17 % vs. 7%), diarrhea (6% vs 1%), and febrile neutropenia (3% vs. 1%). Grade ≥ 3 peripheral neuropathy (PN) occurred in 17% vs. 1% of pts who received nab-P + G vs. G, respectively; for nab-P + G, PN improved to grade ≤ 1 in a median 29 days, and 44% of patients resumed nab-P treatment. The median duration of treatment was 3.9 mo for nab-P + G and 2.8 mo for G. Conclusions: MPACT was a large, international study performed at community and academic centers. nab-P + G was superior to G across all efficacy endpoints, had an acceptable toxicity profile, and is a new standard for the treatment of metastatic PC that could become the backbone for new regimens. Clinical trial information: NCT00844649.