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Adding sintilimab to chemotherapy improved responses, but not survival outcomes, in patients with advanced pancreatic adenocarcinoma, according to data from the phase 3 CISPD3 trial.

These results were presented at the ASCO Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium 2022 by Tingbo Liang, MD, PhD, of the First Affiliated Hospital/Zhejiang University School of Medicine in Hangzhou, China.

Dr Liang noted that pancreatic cancers seem to be resistant to PD-1/PD-L1 antibodies when used as monotherapy. With the CISPD3 study, Dr Liang and colleagues attempted to determine if the PD-1 inhibitor sintilimab would be effective when combined with chemotherapy.

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The study ( Identifier: NCT03977272) included 110 patients who were randomly assigned 1:1 to receive sintilimab plus modified FOLFIRINOX (leucovorin, fluorouracil, irinotecan, and oxaliplatin) or modified FOLFIRINOX alone.

The median age was 62 years in both arms (overall range, 44-74 years). Most patients were men (76.3% in the sintilimab arm and 63.6% in the control arm), had primary tumors in the neck/body/tail (70.9% and 61.8%, respectively), and had liver metastasis (81.8% and 70.1%, respectively).

Results showed a significant improvement in objective response rate (ORR) for patients assigned to sintilimab plus modified FOLFIRINOX. The ORR was 50% in this group and 23.9% in the control group (P <.05). There was 1 complete response in the sintilimab arm and none in the control arm.

There were no significant differences between the sintilimab and control arms with regard to disease control rate (84.0% and 71.7%, respectively) or median duration of response (7.85 months and 4.63 months, respectively).

Similarly, there were no significant differences in progression-free survival (PFS) or overall survival (OS) between the arms. The median OS was 10.9 months with sintilimab and 10.8 months with chemotherapy alone (hazard ratio [HR], 1.09; 95% CI, 0.70-1.69; P >.05). The median PFS was 5.9 months and 5.7 months, respectively (HR, 0.93; 95% CI, 0.62-1.41; P >.05).

The most common grade 3 or higher adverse events (in the sintilimab and control arms, respectively) were neutropenia (58.5% and 44.4%), thrombocytopenia (17.0% and 11.1%), anemia (13.2% and 13.0%), vomiting (13.2% and 11.1%), and increased aminotransferase (11.3% and 5.6%).

Grade 3 or higher immune-related adverse events occurred in 5.7% of patients in the sintilimab arm.

These data suggest that PD-1 blockade may expand the benefit of chemotherapy in pancreatic adenocarcinoma, according to Dr Liang.

Disclosures: The study authors had no conflicts of interest.

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Fu Q, Chen Y, Huang D, et al. Randomized phase III study of sintilimab in combination with modified folfrinox versus folfrinox alone in patients with metastatic and recurrent pancreatic cancer in China: The CISPD3 trial. Presented at ASCO GI 2022; January 20-22, 2022. Abstract 560.