BACKGROUND: Results from phase III clinical trial CheckMate 025 have established nivolumab as the standard of care for treatment of metastatic renal-cell carcinoma (mRCC) after VEGF inhibitor failure; however, elderly patients are under-represented in the registration trial and little is known about the activity of nivolumab in this subgroup. The purpose of the Expanded Access Program was to provide nivolumab to patients with mRCC who had progressed despite treatment with other agents that were considered standard of care.
METHODS: Nivolumab 3 mg/kg was administered intravenously every 2 weeks to a maximum of 24 months or until progression or unacceptable toxicity. The current analysis included all patients from the EAP Italian cohort who had received ≥1 dose of nivolumab. Adverse events (AEs) were monitored using Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events v4.0.
RESULTS: A total of 389 patients with advanced RCC were enrolled in the Italian cohort of the EAP and treated with nivolumab. Of these patients, 125 (32%) were at least 70 years of age and 70 (18%) were at least 75 years of age. Efficacy with nivolumab in the elderly patients was similar to that observed in the overall EAP population and in the CheckMate 025 trial. Safety was comparable between the elderly patients and the overall EAP population, and was consistent with what previously reported.
CONCLUSION: The final results suggest that elderly patients with pretreated metastatic RCC may benefit from therapy with nivolumab.
- Aged, 80 and over
- Antineoplastic Agents, Immunological/administration & dosage
- Carcinoma, Renal Cell/drug therapy
- Kidney Neoplasms/drug therapy
- Middle Aged
- Neoplasm Metastasis
- Neoplasm Staging
- Nivolumab/administration & dosage
- Survival Analysis
- Treatment Outcome