Grothey Spotlights the Growing HER2+ Paradigm in GI Cancers

February 25, 2021
OncLive Staff

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Axel Grothey, MD, discusses the excitement surrounding HER2-directed therapies in gastrointestinal malignancies, the approval of trastuzumab deruxtecan in HER2-positive metastatic gastric/gastroesophageal junction cancer, and the investigational agents patritumab deruxtecan and zanidatamab that are poised to further advance the paradigm.

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In today’s episode, sponsored by Daiichi-Sankyo, we had the pleasure of speaking with Axel Grothey, MD, a medical oncologist and director of Gastrointestinal Cancer Research at West Cancer Center and Research Institute, to discuss HER2-targeted treatment strategies in gastrointestinal (GI) cancers.

Most recently, on January 15, 2021, the FDA approved fam-trastuzumab deruxtecan-nxki (Enhertu) for the treatment of adult patients with locally advanced or metastatic HER2-positive gastric or gastroesophageal junction adenocarcinoma (GEJ) who have received a previous trastuzumab (Herceptin)-based regimen.

The regulatory decision was based on data from the phase 2 DESTINY-Gastric01 trial (NCT04014075), which demonstrated that treatment with the antibody-drug conjugate improvemed overall survival compared with irinotecan or paclitaxel, at 12.5 months versus 8.4 months, respectively, in patients with advanced, HER2-positive gastric or GEJ adenocarcinoma who had progressed following a trastuzumab-based treatment.

In our exclusive interview, Grothey discussed the excitement surrounding HER2-directed therapies in gastrointestinal malignancies, the approval of trastuzumab deruxtecan in HER2-positive metastatic gastric cancer/gastroesophageal junction cancer, and the investigational agents patritumab deruxtecan and zanidatamab that are poised to further advance the paradigm. 


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