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Ref Type Journal Article
PMID (32738416)
Authors Fan Y, Chen J, Zhou C, Wang H, Shu Y, Zhang J, Hua H, Huang DC, Zhou C
Title Afatinib in patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer harboring HER2 mutations, previously treated with chemotherapy: A phase II trial.
Journal Lung cancer (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Vol 147
Date 2020 Jul 16
Abstract Text Despite 1-4 % of NSCLC tumors harboring mutations in the HER2 gene, there are no approved HER2-pathway-targeted treatments available. We report an open-label, single-arm, multicenter phase II study investigating the efficacy and safety of afatinib in Asian patients with HER2-mutation positive (HER2m+) NSCLC.Eligible patients for Part A had confirmed stage IIIb/IV HER2m + NSCLC, had failed one or two prior lines of chemotherapy, and were EGFR/HER2-inhibitor naïve. Patients received oral afatinib 40 mg/day in continuous 28-day cycles, until disease progression or intolerable adverse events (AEs). Patients qualified for Part B if they had > 12 weeks' clinical benefit and Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group performance status ≤ 2. In Part B, patients were to receive afatinib at the last received dose, plus paclitaxel 80 mg/m2 weekly, until disease progression or intolerable AEs. The primary endpoint in Part A was objective response (OR); secondary endpoints included disease control (DC), progression-free survival (PFS), and overall survival (OS). Further exploratory endpoints were OR, DC, and PFS in Part B.Eighteen patients received afatinib in Part A. No patient achieved an OR; 11 patients (61.1 %) achieved stable disease, and six patients (33.3 %) had progressive disease. DC rate was therefore 61.1 % (95 % confidence interval [CI]: 35.7, 82.7). A decrease in tumor size from baseline of > 0 to < 30 % was observed in eight patients. At the time of analysis, 16 patients (88.9 %) had progressed or died. Median PFS was 2.76 months (95 % CI: 1.87, 4.60) and median OS was 10.02 months (95 % CI: 8.47, 10.08). All patients experienced ≥ 1 AE, most commonly diarrhea (66.7 %) and rash (33.3 %). No patients met the inclusion criteria for Part B, and recruitment was slow; therefore, the study was terminated.This study found no clinical benefit of afatinib for EGFR TKI-naïve patients with HER2m + NSCLC.


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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
ERBB2 exon20 lung non-small cell carcinoma no benefit Afatinib Phase II Actionable In a Phase II trial, Gilotrif (afatinib) monotherapy was tolerated but did not result in clinical benefit in patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer harboring ERBB2 (HER2) exon 20 mutations who had not received tyrosine kinase inhibitor therapy, with no patient (0/18) achieved objective response and 61.1% (11/18) of patients achieved stable disease as best response (PMID: 32738416). 32738416