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Large 'Real-World' Study Shows Avastin-based Therapy Extends Survival Beyond Fourteen Months in Patients With Advanced Lung Cancer
Basel, Switzerland, July 21, 2010 (ots/PRNewswire) - New data show that Avastin(R) (bevacizumab) based therapy provides a median overall survival (OS) of 14.6 months with a range of chemotherapies routinely used in clinical practice and in a broad population of patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), the most commonly diagnosed type of lung cancer. The data, published in The Lancet Oncology, are from the phase IV SAiL study of more than 2,000 patients, the vast majority of whom had adenocarcinoma, the most common form of NSCLC.
Two phase III clinical trials (E4599and AVAiL,) have already demonstrated that first-line Avastin-based therapy significantly improves outcomes for patients with NSCLC. The SAiL trial data adds to this evidence base and confirms that Avastin is an important advance for patients with NSCLC, where survival with chemotherapy alone is typically less than one year., Of note, the results observed in SAiL were consistent with those from a preplanned analysis of the pivotal E4599 study, which showed a median OS of 14.2 months in patients with adenocarcinoma histology.
"The SAiL trial results confirm that Avastin-based therapy represents a significant improvement in the treatment of non-squamous, non-small cell lung cancer and with a favourable safety profile. Extending survival beyond 14 months is truly good news for patients diagnosed with this devastating disease, and I'm sure my colleagues around the world will welcome these results. This outstanding overall survival can now be achieved using Avastin together with different chemotherapy combinations - this is really important since it gives new treatment options where previously there were only very few," said Professor Lucio Crino, Hospital S. Maria della Misericordia, Perugia, Italy, lead study author.
Manageable safety profile
SAiL's broad patient population included the elderly (age greater than or equal to 65), those with central nervous system (CNS) metastases and those with poor performance status. Despite the complexity of patients' health at baseline, SAiL investigators reported a low incidence of clinically significant side effects, confirming Avastin's well established and manageable safety profile.
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involving 2,212 patients with untreated locally advanced, metastatic
or recurrent non-squamous NSCLC.
- Adenocarcinoma was the most common histological type amongst patients
- The primary objective of SAiL was to confirm safety and efficacy data
for Avastin combined with a range of standard first-line chemotherapy
regimens, in a broad population of patients.
- The secondary objective was to assess the efficacy of Avastin (OS,
disease control rate [DCR] and time to progression [TTP]) and the
safety of Avastin in patients who develop CNS metastases during and
for six months following treatment.
- Patients received Avastin (7.5 or 15mg/kg every 3 weeks) plus standard
chemotherapy for up to six cycles, followed by single-agent Avastin
maintenance until disease progression.
- Across the total SAiL patient population, an OS of 14.6 months was
observed together with TTP of 7.8 months, and in patients with tumour
assessments, a DCR of 88.7% was observed.
- SAiL demonstrated the consistent efficacy of Avastin across a wide
range of chemotherapy regimens commonly used in clinical practice.
- The overall rate of bleeding in SAiL was low (3.6%) and pulmonary
haemorrhage was a rare event (0.7%). In addition, only two patients
(0.1%) experienced clinically significant CNS bleeding among the more
than 200 patients with CNS metastases. These findings contributed to
those reported by a recent retrospective exploratory analysis of over
13,000 patients from several trials of Avastin-based therapy across
multiple cancer types, which recommended that patients with CNS
metastases should not be generally excluded from Avastin therapy or
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