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Cediranib prolonged progression-free survival (PFS) among patients with alveolar soft part sarcoma (ASPS), according to a study to be presented at the 2017 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting in Chicago.1

ASPS constitutes just 0.5 to 1% of soft tissue sarcomas and demonstrates poor response to chemotherapy. Cediranib — a VEGFR and other receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor — showed activity in ASPS in previous single-arm phase 2 trials. The CASPS trial ( identifier: NCT01337401) evaluated cediranib with a placebo comparator.

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The phase 2 trial randomly assigned 48 patients age 16 or older with metastatic ASPS 2:1 to receive 30 mg daily of cediranib or placebo.

The median age was 31 at baseline and 52% of patients were female. Patients who received placebo were switched to cediranib at 24 weeks, and all patients were unblinded.

The best response was partial response (21%) in the cediranib group compared with 0% in the placebo group at 24 weeks (P = .053). The change in the sum of target marker lesions was -8.3% (interquartile range [IQR], -26.2% to +5.9%) with cediranib compared with +13.4% (IQR, -0.6% to +21.3%) with placebo (P = .0013).

The median PFS was 10.8 months with cediranib compared with 3.7 months with placebo (hazard ratio [HR], 0.54; 90% CI, 0.30-0.97; P = .041).

The 1-year overall survival rate was 96% in the cediranib arm compared with 64.3% in the placebo arm.

The most common grade 3 or higher adverse effects were hypertension (23%), diarrhea (14%), and fatigue (9%).

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According to the investigators, these data suggest that cediranib-treatment of ASPS results in a substantial reduction in tumor burden and prolonged PFS. Future studies will assess tissue and serial blood samples to identify predictive and prognostic biomarkers.

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  1. Judson IR, Morden JP, Leahy MG, et al. Activity of cediranib in alveolar soft part sarcoma (ASPS) confirmed by CASPS (cediranib in ASPS), an international, randomised phase II trial (C2130/A12118). J Clin Oncol. 2017;35(suppl; abstr 11004).