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Ref Type Journal Article
PMID (24424564)
Authors Balaña C, Gil MJ, Perez P, Reynes G, Gallego O, Ribalta T, Capellades J, Gonzalez S, Verger E
Title Sunitinib administered prior to radiotherapy in patients with non-resectable glioblastoma: results of a phase II study.
Journal Targeted oncology
Vol 9
Issue 4
Date 2014 Dec
Abstract Text Sunitinib is a tyrosine kinase inhibitor with direct anti-tumor and anti-angiogenesis activity targeting VEGFR 1-2, PDGFR α-β, c-kit, bFGF, (CSF-1), FLT3 and RET. The present trial examined the activity of sunitinib in 12 patients with newly diagnosed, non-resectable glioblastoma. Patients (≤75 years of age with performance status [PS] ≥2 and minimental status [MMS] ≥25) were treated post-biopsy with sunitinib 37.5 mg daily for 8 weeks pre-radiotherapy, during radiotherapy (60 Gy, 6 weeks) and post-radiotherapy until disease progression. The primary endpoints were overall response rate (ORR; RANO criteria) after 8 weeks of sunitinib and patient tolerance. Secondary endpoints were percentage of patients free of neurological deterioration pre-radiotherapy, percentage of patients completing radiotherapy, progression-free survival (PFS), overall survival (OS), and 1-year survival. A Simon 2-stage design (12 →20) based on ORR was applied to calculate the number of patients needed to detect at least 10 % response with α error of 0.05 and β error of 0.10. The trial was closed because it did not meet minimal activity criteria. ORR was 0 % with only 1/12 patients (8.3 %) achieving stable disease after sunitinib treatment. No patient showed reduction in gadolinium enhancement. The most frequent G3/4 toxicities were fatigue (24.9 %) and diarrhea (16.6 %); one patient died of a CNS hemorrhage; 10/12 patients (83.3 %) deteriorated neurologically before radiation therapy; median PFS was 7.7 weeks (95 % CI: 7.2-8.2); median OS was 12.8 weeks (95 % CI: 0.5-23.8 weeks); 1-year survival was 0 %. Sunitinib has no activity as monotherapy in glioblastoma, and further investigation of its efficacy in this setting is unwarranted.


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Molecular Profile Treatment Approach
Gene Name Source Synonyms Protein Domains Gene Description Gene Role
Therapy Name Drugs Efficacy Evidence Clinical Trials
Drug Name Trade Name Synonyms Drug Classes Drug Description
Gene Variant Impact Protein Effect Variant Description Associated with drug Resistance
Molecular Profile Indication/Tumor Type Response Type Therapy Name Approval Status Evidence Type Efficacy Evidence References
Unknown unknown glioblastoma no benefit Sunitinib Phase II Actionable In multiple Phase II clinical trials, Sutent (sunitinib) failed to demonstrate any benefit in patients with glioblastoma with or without concurrent bevacizumab treatment (PMID: 24424564, PMID: 23086433). 23086433 24424564