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The antibody drug conjugate, T-DM1, when used alone or in combination with pertuzumab, did not significantly improve overall survival (OS) compared with trastuzumab and a taxane (HT), according to final data from the phase 3 MARIANNE study ( Identifier: NCT01120184) presented at the 2017 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting in Chicago.1

Carlos Barrios, MD, presented these data on behalf of Edith Perez, MD, the study investigator.

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Women enrolled in the study had centrally assessed HER2+ progressive/recurrent locally advanced breast cancer or untreated metastatic breast cancer (MBC) with at least a 6-month interval since treatment with a taxane or a vinca alkaloid.

MARIANNE had shown that T-DM1 alone or in combination with pertuzumab does not improve progression-free survival (PFS) compared with HT in this setting.

The present OS analysis of MARIANNE shows a similar trend to the PFS data. At the cut-off date of May 2016, after a median follow up of 54 months, median OS was 50.9, 53.7, and 51.8 months for HT (365 patients), T-DM1 (367 patients), and T-BM1 plus pertuzumab (363 patients), respectively. Comparisons of the T-DM1 arms with HT were not significant.

Similar observations were noted when patients who received T-DM1 and/or pertuzumab after progressing on HT were censored from the analysis. Dr Barrios noted that there was no subgroup of patients in whom OS was significant in any of the T-DM1 arms.

Grade 3 to 5 adverse events (AEs) were seen less frequently among patients who received T-DM1. Grade 3 to 5 neutropenia was highest in patients on HT (19.3% vs 4.4% for T-DM1 vs 3.8% for T-DM1 + pertuzumab). 

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While the median OS was similar across treatment arms, a median OS of 53.7 months and fewer grade 3 or worse AEs (vs other arms) supports T-DM1 as an effective and alternative first-line treatment for HER2-positive patients with MBC, Dr Barrios concluded.

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  1. Perez EA, Barrios CH, Eiermann W, et al. Phase III, randomized study of first-line trastuzumab emtansine (T-DM1) ± oeruzumab (P) vs. trastuzumab + taxane (HT) treatment of HER2-positive MBC: Final overall survival (OS) and safety from MARIANNE. J Clin Oncol. 2017;34(suppl; abstr 1003).