Powles and Rini Put ctDNA Into Perspective in Urothelial Cancer

January 11, 2021
OncLive Staff

Partner | Cancer Centers | <b>Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center</b>

In our exclusive interview, Dr. Powles and Dr. Rini provide insight into an analysis of the phase 3 IMvigor010 study and its implications for circulating tumor DNA as a biomarker in urothelial cancer and beyond.

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In today’s episode, we partnered with the Uromigos to speak with Thomas Powles, MBBS, MRCP, MD, director of Barts Cancer Institute, and Brian I. Rini, MD, professor of medicine and inaugural chief of Clinical Trials at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, to discuss the correlation between circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) positivity and survival with atezolizumab (Tecentriq) treatment in high-risk muscle-invasive bladder cancer.

In an analysis of the phase 3 IMvigor010 trial that was presented during the ESMO Immuno-Oncology Virtual Congress 2020, ctDNA positivity identified patients with high-risk muscle-invasive urothelial cancer who were likely to derive improvements in disease-free survival (DFS) and overall survival (OS) from adjuvant atezolizumab versus observation.

The DFS outcomes were similar in the ctDNA biomarker-evaluable population compared with the intention-to-treat group. However, ctDNA positivity served as a poor prognostic marker for DFS and OS, with hazard ratios of 6.30 and 8.00, respectively.

When comparing atezolizumab and observation in ctDNA-positive patients, however, the median DFS was 5.9 months and 25.8 months, respectively, and the median OS was 25.8 months and 15.8 months, respectively. Results also showed that ctDNA clearance was associated with improved outcomes in the atezolizumab group; moreover, ctDNA-positive patients with high tumor mutational burden (TMB) had improved outcomes versus those with TMB-low disease, as well as those with PD-L1 IC2/3 expression.

In our exclusive interview, Powles and Rini provide insight into this analysis of the IMvigor010 study and its implications for ctDNA as a biomarker in urothelial cancer and beyond.

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