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A Multicenter Phase I Study of Pazopanib in Combination with Paclitaxel in First-Line Treatment of Patients with Advanced Solid Tumors

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Ruth Plummer



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This study was designed to evaluate the safety, pharmacokinetics, and clinical activity of pazopanib combined with paclitaxel to determine the recommended phase II dose in the first-line setting in patients with advanced solid tumors. Patients were enrolled in a 3-3 dose-escalation design to determine the maximum tolerated regimen (MTR) of once daily pazopanib plus paclitaxel administered every 3 weeks at four dose levels (DL1-4). Safety, pharmacokinetics, pharmacogenetics, and disease assessments were performed. Twenty-eight patients received treatment. One patient at DL1 had dose-limiting toxicity (DLT) of elevated hepatic enzymes. After pazopanib discontinuation, liver enzyme concentrations remained high until a concurrent medication, simvastatin, was discontinued. This patient had the defective CYP2C8*3*3 genotype. At DL2, 1 patient had DLT of elevated hepatic enzymes with rash and 1 patient had DLT of rash. The MTR was paclitaxel 150 mg/m(2) plus pazopanib 800 mg. The most common toxicities were alopecia, fatigue, hypertension, nausea, diarrhea, dysgeusia, neutropenia, myalgia, hair color changes, and peripheral neuropathy. Coadministration of pazopanib and paclitaxel resulted in a 38% increase in systemic exposure to paclitaxel, relative to administration of paclitaxel alone, at the MTR. Of the 28 patients treated with the combination, 10 achieved a partial response and 10 achieved stable disease of > 12 weeks. Pazopanib 800 mg daily plus paclitaxel 150 mg/m2 every 3 weeks was the recommended phase II dose, with a manageable safety profile, and with clinical activity in both melanoma and non-small cell lung cancer that suggest further evaluation of this combination is warranted. (C) 2014 AACR.

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Author(s): Kendra KL, Plummer R, Salgia R, O'Brien MER, Paul EM, Suttle AB, Compton N, Xu CF, Ottesen LH, Villalona-Calero MA

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics

Year: 2015

Volume: 14

Issue: 2

Pages: 461-469

Print publication date: 01/02/2015

Online publication date: 10/12/2014

Acceptance date: 25/11/2014

Date deposited: 15/12/2015

ISSN (print): 1535-7163

ISSN (electronic): 1538-8514

Publisher: American Association for Cancer Research


DOI: 10.1158/1535-7163.MCT-14-0431


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