A phase II evaluation of sunitinib in the treatment of persistent or recurrent clear cell ovarian carcinoma: An NRG Oncology/Gynecologic Oncology Group Study (GOG-254)


      • Efficacy of sunitinib in recurrent or persistent clear cell ovarian cancer
      • 16.7% of patients had PFS >6 months and 6.7% had responses with PFS of 2.7 months.
      • Common adverse events were fatigue, hypertension, neutropenia, and anemia.
      • Sunitinib was tolerable but had minimal activity.



      To determine the efficacy and tolerability of sunitinib in recurrent or persistent clear cell ovarian cancer patients.


      All patients had one or two prior regimens with measurable disease. Tumors were at least 50% clear cell histomorphology and negative for WT-1 antigen and estrogen receptor expression by immunohistochemistry. Sunitinib 50 mg per day for 4 weeks was administered in repeated 6-week cycles until disease progression or prohibitive toxicity. Primary end points were progression-free survival (PFS) at 6 months and clinical response. The study was designed to determine if the drug had a response rate of at least 20% or 6-month PFS of at least 25%.


      Of 35 patients enrolled, 30 were treated and eligible (median age: 51, range: 27–73). Twenty-five (83%) were White, 4 (13%) Asian, and 1 (3%) unknown. The majority 28 (83%) patients, underwent ≤3 but 2 (7%) had 16 courses of study therapy. Five (16.7%) patients had PFS ≥6 months (90% CI: 6.8%–31.9%). Two (6.7%) patients had a partial or complete response (90% CI: 1.2%–19.5%). The median PFS was 2.7 months. The median overall survival was 12.8 months. The most common grade 3 adverse events were fatigue (4), hypertension (4), neutropenia (4), anemia (3), abdominal pain (3), and leukopenia (3). Grade 4–5 adverse events included: thrombocytopenia (5), anemia (2), acute kidney Injury (1), stroke (1), and allergic reaction (1).


      Sunitinib demonstrated minimal activity in the second- and third-line treatment of persistent or recurrent clear cell ovarian carcinoma. number, NCT00979992.


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