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Ref Type Journal Article
PMID (19144678)
Authors Kane RC, Farrell AT, Madabushi R, Booth B, Chattopadhyay S, Sridhara R, Justice R, Pazdur R
Title Sorafenib for the treatment of unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma.
Journal The oncologist
Vol 14
Issue 1
Date 2009 Jan
Abstract Text To describe the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) review and approval of sorafenib (Nexavar; Bayer Pharmaceuticals Corp., Montville, NJ, and Onyx Pharmaceuticals Corp., Emeryville, CA), an oral kinase inhibitor, for the treatment of patients with unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).The FDA independently analyzed an international, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial comparing the effect of best supportive care plus sorafenib or matching placebo on overall survival. Eligible patients had unresectable, biopsy-proven HCC and had not received prior systemic therapy.Among the 602 randomized patients (placebo, 303; sorafenib, 299), baseline characteristics were well balanced, and 97% were Child-Pugh score A. HCC was "advanced" in 70% overall, as defined by extrahepatic metastases or by tumor radiographically visible in venous structures outside the liver. Underlying liver diseases included hepatitis B (18%), hepatitis C (28%), and alcohol-related (26%). The trial was stopped following a prespecified second interim analysis showing a statistically significant survival advantage for sorafenib [median, 10.7 vs 7.9 months; hazard ratio, 0.69 (95% confidence interval, (0.55, 0.87)), p = 0.00058]. Adverse events in sorafenib-treated patients included diarrhea in 55% (grade 3, 10%), hand-foot syndrome in 21% (grade 3, 8%), rash in 19% (grade 3, 1%), and cardiac ischemia or infarction in 2.7% (versus 1.3% for placebo). On sorafenib, treatment-emergent hypertension occurred in 9% of patients (placebo, 4%) and was grade 3 in 4% (placebo, 1%); elevated serum lipase occurred in 40% (placebo, 37%); hypophosphatemia occurred in 35% (placebo, 11%).Sorafenib is the first systemic therapy to demonstrate a survival benefit in a randomized trial for unresectable HCC and has received FDA approval for this indication.


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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
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Molecular Profile Indication/Tumor Type Response Type Therapy Name Approval Status Evidence Type Efficacy Evidence References
Unknown unknown hepatocellular carcinoma not applicable Sorafenib FDA approved Actionable In a Phase III trial that supported FDA approval, treatment with Nexavar (sorafenib) improved median progression free survival to 10.7 months in patients with unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma (PMID: 19144678). 19144678 detail...