Targeted Therapies: Trastuzumab and Beyond (continued)

Rilotumumab targets the c-met receptor’s activating ligand, the hepatocyte growth factor; data published in 2012 from a phase 2 randomized trial of epirubicin, cisplatin, and capecitabine either with or without rilotumumab, found superior PFS (5.6 vs. 4.2 months) among patients with metastatic gastric or gastroesophageal cancers and “a trend toward improvement of OS (11.1 months vs. 8.9 months; HR, 0.73; 94% CI: 0.53-1.01)” with rilotumumab administration, Dr. Bendell reported.8  Notably, among the 42% of patients in that trial who were found to overexpress c-met, OS was superior among patients receiving rilotumumab (11.1 months vs. 5.7 months; HR, 0.29; 95% CI: 0.11-0.76), Dr. Bendell was quick to add.8  

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