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Cabozantinib may have activity in carcinosarcoma and warrants further investigation, according to a study that will be presented at the 2017 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting in Chicago.1

Carcinosarcoma is a rare and particularly aggressive subtype of endometrial cancer for which limited treatment options exist. Patients with carcinosarcoma have a median progression-free survival (PFS) of less than 2 months, with a 6-month PFS rate of less than 20%.

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This multicenter, single-arm, phase 2 trial evaluated cabozantinib among patients with endometrial cancer, including a cohort of patients with carcinosarcoma (19 patients) and other subtypes. Patients were eligible if they had progressed within 1 year adjuvant chemotherapy or after first-line chemotherapy for metastatic disease. Further investigation was deemed warranted if 4 out of 10 patients demonstrated a response.

The median age at baseline was 66, and prior treatment included platinum-based chemotherapy and/or radiation. There were 15 patients evaluable for response in the carcinosarcoma cohort.

The median PFS was 3 months (95% CI, 2.7-4.6 months) with a 12-week PFS of 53% and estimated 6-month PFS of 13% (95% CI, 2-33%).

The most common adverse events with cabozantinib were fatigue and gastrointestinal upset. The most common grade 3 or worse events included hypertension, anemia, and diarrhea. Gastrointestinal fistula or perforation each occurred in 2 patients.

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The investigators indicated that the predefined endpoint for further study was met for the carcinosarcoma subtype.

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  1. Mandilaras V, Dhani NC, Tan Q, et al. Exploratory phase II evaluation of cabozantinib in recurrent/metastatic uterine carcinosarcoma (CS): a study of the Princess Margaret, Chicago, and California phase II consortia. J Clin Oncol. 2017;35(suppl; abstr 5587).