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Olaparib Improves PFS as Frontline Maintenance in Ovarian Cancer

Jason M. Broderick @jasoncology
Published: Wednesday, Jun 27, 2018

Sean Bohen, MD, PhD
Sean Bohen, MD, PhD
Olaparib (Lynparza) tablets reduced the risk of disease progression or death compared with placebo as frontline maintenance therapy for women with BRCA-positive advanced ovarian cancer, according to findings from the randomized phase III SOLO-1 trial.

The 12-month PFS rate was 65% in the olaparib group (95% CI, 57.8%-71.4%) versus 21% in the placebo arm (95% CI, 13.3%-29.6%). PFS also favored olaparib at 24 months (43% vs 15%). For patients with confirmed or suspected deleterious BRCA1/2 mutations (n = 286), PFS was superior for olaparib compared with placebo (19.3 vs 5.5 months; HR, 0.33; 95% CI, 0.24-0.44; P <.0001).

In Study 19,2 patients with platinum-sensitive, recurrent high-grade serous ovarian cancer (n = 265) were randomized to olaparib capsules as 400 mg twice daily (n = 136) or placebo (n = 129).Patients had received 2 or more prior regimens of platinum-based chemotherapy and experienced complete response or partial response to their most recent regimen.

The median PFS for patients taking maintenance olaparib was 8.4 months, compared to 4.8 months for the control group (HR, 0.35; P <.0001). For those with BRCA mutations, the median PFS was 11.2 versus 4.3 months for placebo, representing an 82% reduction in the risk of progression or death (HR, 0.18; P<.0001).

In the third interim analysis of Study 19, across the full study the median OS was 29.8 months in the olaparib group and 27.8 months in the placebo group (HR, 0.73; 95% CI, 0.55-0.96; nominal P = .02483). In the BRCA mutation group (n = 136), median OS was 34.9 months for the olaparib group and 30.2 months for placebo (HR, 0.62; 95% CI, 0.41-0.94; nominal P = .02480). However, these were not considered to be statistically significant.

According to the FDA, the most commonly observed adverse events (AEs) for olaparib were anemia, nausea, fatigue (including asthenia), vomiting, nasopharyngitis, diarrhea, arthralgia/myalgia, dysgeusia, headache, dyspepsia, decreased appetite, constipation, and stomatitis. The most common laboratory abnormalities were decrease in hemoglobin, increase in mean corpuscular volume, decrease in lymphocytes, decrease in leukocytes, decrease in absolute neutrophil count, increase in serum creatinine, and decrease in platelets.

In the SOLO2 trial, which assessed the tablets specifically, grade ≥3 AEs were reported for 36.9% of patients treated with olaparib versus 18.2% with placebo. The most common non-hematologic AEs for olaparib were nausea (75.9%), fatigue/asthenia (65.6%), vomiting (37.4%), diarrhea (32.8%), and abdominal pain (24.1%). The incidence of serious hematologic AEs included anemia (19.5%), neutropenia (5.1%), and thrombocytopenia (1.0%).

The median duration of treatment was 19.4 months for olaparib versus 5.6 months with placebo. Forty-five percent of patients required a dose interruption in the olaparib group versus 18% in the placebo arm and dose reductions were required for 27% and 3% of patients, respectively. The most frequent AEs leading to dose interruption or reduction were anemia (22%), neutropenia (9%), and fatigue/asthenia (8%).
Olaparib is also approved by the FDA for the treatment of women with germline BRCA-positive advanced ovarian cancer following at least 3 lines of chemotherapy.
  1. Pujade-Lauraine E, Ledermann JA, Selle F, et al. Olaparib tablets as maintenance therapy in patients with platinum-sensitive, relapsed ovarian cancer and a BRCA1/2 mutation (SOLO2/ENGOT-Ov21): a double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled, phase 3 trial [published online July 25]. Lancet Oncol. doi: 10.1016/S1470-2045(17)30469-2.
  2. Gourley C, Friedlander M, Matalonis U, et al. Clinically significant long-term maintenance treatment with olaparib in patients (pts) with platinum-sensitive relapsed serous ovarian cancer (PSR SOC). J Clin Oncol. 2017;35 (suppl; abstr 5533).


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