Monk Recaps Benefit of Rucaparib Maintenance Therapy in Advanced Ovarian Cancer


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Dr Monk discusses pertinent efficacy and safety data from the ATHENA-MONO trial, which evaluated first-line maintenance treatment with rucaparib in patients with stage III-IV high-grade ovarian cancer.

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In today’s episode, sponsored by Clovis Oncology, we spoke with Bradley J. Monk, MD, FACS, FACOG. Monk is a professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at Arizona Oncology, part of the US Oncology Network, at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. He is also a professor at Creighton University School of Medicine at St. Joseph’s Hospital; the medical director of the US Oncology Research Network – Gynecologic Program; the vice-president and a member of the board of directors of the GOG-Foundation; and the co-director of GOG-Partners.

In our exclusive interview, Monk discussed pertinent efficacy and safety data from the phase 3 ATHENA-MONO trial (NCT03522246) that were presented at the 2022 ASCO Annual Meeting. This trial evaluated first-line maintenance treatment with rucaparib (Rubraca), a PARP inhibitor, in patients with stage III-IV high-grade ovarian cancer who were undergoing surgical cytoreduction and who had responded to first-line platinum-doublet chemotherapy. Rucaparib elicited a median progression-free survival of 28.7 months (95% CI, 23.0-not reached) vs 11.3 months (95% CI, 9.1-22.1) with placebo.


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