Phase II study of safety and efficacy of motesanib in patients with progressive or symptomatic, advanced or metastatic medullary thyroid cancer

Martin J. Schlumberger, Rossella Elisei, Lars Bastholt, Lori J. Wirth, Renato G. Martins, Laura D. Locati, Barbara Jarzab, Furio Pacini, Chantal Daumerie, Jean Pierre Droz, Michael J. Eschenberg, Yu Nien Sun, Todd Juan, Daniel E. Stepan, Steven I. Sherman

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Purpose: This phase II study investigated the efficacy and tolerability of motesanib, an investigational, highly selective inhibitor of vascular endothelial growth factor receptors 1, 2, and 3; platelet-derived growth factor receptor; and Kit in advanced medullary thyroid cancer (MTC). Patients and Methods: Patients with locally advanced or metastatic, progressive or symptomatic MTC received motesanib 125 mg/d orally for up to 48 weeks or until unacceptable toxicity or disease progression. The primary end point was objective response by independent review. Other end points included duration of response, progression-free survival, safety, pharmacokinetics, and changes in tumor markers. Results: Of 91 enrolled patients who received motesanib, two (2%) achieved objective response (95% CI, 0.3% to 7.7%); their duration of response was 32 weeks (censored) and 21 weeks (disease progressed). Eighty-one percent of patients had stable disease (48% had durable stable disease ≥ 24 weeks), 8% had disease progression as best response, and 9% were not evaluated; 76% experienced a decrease from baseline in target lesion measurement. Median progression-free survival was 48 weeks (95% CI, 43 to 56 weeks). Among patients with tumor marker analysis, 69 (83%) of 83 and 63 (75%) of 84 had decreased serum calcitonin and carcinoembryonic antigen during treatment, respectively, compared with baseline. The most common treatment-related adverse events were diarrhea (41%), fatigue (41%), hypothyroidism (29%), hypertension (27%), and anorexia (27%). In pharmacokinetic analyses, motesanib trough concentrations were lower compared with differentiated thyroid cancer patients from the same study. Conclusion: Although the objective response rate was low, a significant proportion of MTC patients (81%) achieved stable disease while receiving motesanib.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3794-3801
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Clinical Oncology
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - Aug 10 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology
  • Medicine(all)


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