Tivozanib versus sorafenib as initial targeted therapy for patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma: Results from a phase III trial

Robert J. Motzer*, Dmitry Nosov, Timothy Eisen, Igor Bondarenko, Vladimir Lesovoy, Oleg Lipatov, Piotr Tomczak, Oleksiy Lyulko, Anna Alyasova, Mihai Harza, Mikhail Kogan, Boris Y. Alekseev, Cora N. Sternberg, Cezary Szczylik, David Cella, Cristina Ivanescu, Andrew Krivoshik, Andrew Strahs, Brooke Esteves, Anna BerkenblitThomas E. Hutson

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Abstract

Purpose: Tivozanib is a potent and selective tyrosine kinase inhibitor of vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 1 (VEGFR1), -2, and -3. This phase III trial compared tivozanib with sorafenib as initial targeted therapy in patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC). Patients and Methods: Patients with metastatic RCC, with a clear cell component, prior nephrectomy, measurable disease, and 0 or 1 prior therapies for metastatic RCC were randomly assigned to tivozanib or sorafenib. Prior VEGF-targeted therapy and mammalian target of rapamycin inhibitor were not permitted. The primary end point was progression-free survival (PFS) by independent review. Results: A total of 517 patients were randomly assigned to tivozanib (n = 260) or sorafenib (n = 257). PFS was longer with tivozanib than with sorafenib in the overall population (median, 11.9 v 9.1 months; hazard ratio [HR], 0.797; 95% CI, 0.639 to 0.993; P = .042). One hundred fifty-six patients (61%) who progressed on sorafenib crossed over to receive tivozanib. The final overall survival (OS) analysis showed a trend toward longer survival on the sorafenib arm than on the tivozanib arm (median, 29.3 v 28.8 months; HR, 1.245; 95% CI, 0.954 to 1.624; P = .105). Adverse events (AEs) more common with tivozanib than with sorafenib were hypertension (44% v 34%) and dysphonia (21% v 5%). AEs more common with sorafenib than with tivozanib were hand-foot skin reaction (54% v 14%) and diarrhea (33% v 23%). Conclusion: Tivozanib demonstrated improved PFS, but not OS, and a differentiated safety profile, compared with sorafenib, as initial targeted therapy for metastatic RCC.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3791-3799
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Clinical Oncology
Volume31
Issue number30
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 20 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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