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The combination of atezolizumab plus cobimetinib did not improve progression-free survival (PFS) or overall survival (OS) compared with regorafenib in patients with previously treated unresectable locally advanced or metastatic microsatellite-stable colorectal cancer (CRC), according to phase 3 data presented at the ESMO World Congress on Gastrointestinal Cancer 2018.1

Cobimetinib inhibits MEK1/2, which are components of the MAPK pathway. Downregulation of this pathway may alter the tumor microenvironment and improve T-cell response against tumor cells. The investigators hypothesized that the addition of cobimetinib to atezolizumab would further improve immune recognition and result in better antitumor activity.

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The international, open-label, phase 3 IMblaze370 trial ( Identifier: NCT02788279) randomly assigned 363 patients with unresectable locally advanced or metastatic CRC that was microsatellite stable or microsatellite instability-low to receive 2:1:1 atezolizumab plus cobimetinib, atezolizumab alone, or regorafenib. The primary endpoint was OS and the secondary endpoints included PFS, objective response rate (ORR), and duration of response.

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At enrollment, the median age was 58 and 26% of patients had received more than 3 prior therapies. A RAS mutation was present in 54.3% of tumors.

There was no difference in ORR, PFS, OS between groups. The ORR was 2.7% with atezolizumab plus cobimetinib compared with 2.2% each with atezolizumab monotherapy or regorafenib. The median OS was 8.9 with atezolizumab plus cobimetinib (hazard ratio [HR], 1.00; 95% CI, 0.73-1.38) and 7.1 months with atezolizumab alone (HR, 1.19; 95% CI, 0.83-1.71) compared with 8.5 months with regorafenib. The median PFS was also similar with atezolizumab plus cobimetinib (HR, 1.25; 95% CI, 0.94-1.65) and atezolizumab monotherapy (HR, 1.39; 95% CI, 1.0-1.94) compared with regorafenib.

Grade 3/4 treatment-related adverse events (TRAEs) occurred more frequently among patients who received regorafenib at 49% compared with 45% of patients treated with atezolizumab plus cobimetinib and 10% of patients who received atezolizumab monotherapy. TRAEs that occurred in more than 30% of patients who received the combination included diarrhea, rash, and nausea, whereas palmar-plantar erythrodysesthesia, fatigue, diarrhea, and decreased appetite occurred with regorafenib. There were no grade 3/4 TRAEs that occurred in more than 30% of patients in the atezolizumab monotherapy group.

The authors stated that in the IMblaze370 trial, atezolizumab plus cobimetinib or atezolizumab monotherapy did not meet the primary endpoint.

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  1. Bendell J, Ciardiello F, Tabernero J, et al. Efficacy and safety results from IMblaze370, a randomised phase III study comparing atezolizumab+cobimetinib and atezolizumab monotherapy vs regorafenib in chemotherapy-refractory metastatic colorectal cancer. Ann Oncol. 2018;29 (suppl 5;abstr LBA-004):v123. doi: 10.1093/annonc/mdy208.003