Efficacy and safety of trastuzumab in combination with oxaliplatin and fluorouracil-based chemotherapy for patients with HER2-positive metastatic gastric and gastro-oesophageal junction adenocarcinoma patients: a retrospective study

Émilie Soularue, Romain Cohen, Christophe Tournigand, Aziz Zaanan, Christophe Louvet, Jean-Baptiste Bachet, Olivia Hentic, Emmanuelle Samalin, Benoist Chibaudel, Aimery de Gramont, Thierry André
Bulletin du Cancer 2015, 102 (4): 324-31

BACKGROUND: Trastuzumab with 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) and cisplatin offers prolonged survival in patients with HER2-overexpressing advanced gastric cancer (AGC) and advanced gastro-oesophageal junction cancer (AGOJ). Oxaliplatin in combination with intravenous 5-FU plus leucovorin (LV; modified [m]FOLFOX6) or capecitabine (XELOX) improves tolerability compared with 5-FU/cisplatin regimen. There are few data available on the efficacy and safety of trastuzumab-oxaliplatin-based chemotherapy in previously untreated HER2-positive AGC and AGOJ patients.

METHODS: Clinical data were retrospectively analysed in patients receiving trastuzumab plus mFOLFOX6 or XELOX as first-line therapy between July 2009 and December 2012. Eligible patients had histologically proven AGC or AGOJ, HER2 overexpression, and no prior chemotherapy for metastatic disease.

RESULTS: Thirty-four patients met the eligibility criteria. Median age was 63 years, 79% of patients had ECOG PS score of 0-1, and all had metastatic disease. Median duration of treatment was 7.5 months. Overall response rate was 41% (95% CI: 25-56). Median progression-free survival and overall survival were 9.0 months (95% CI: 5.6-12) and 17.3 months (95% CI: 13.5-32.3), respectively. Tolerability was acceptable. The most frequent grade 3-4 toxicities were neutropenia (8.8%) and neuropathy (17.6%).

CONCLUSION: mFOLFOX6-trastuzumab combination is an efficient regimen with an acceptable safety profile for AGC and AGOJ patients. These results warrant further prospective study.

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