Supports Recent Addition of HER2 Blockade Therapy to NCCN Guidelines for Treatment Refractory mCRC Patients
BARCELONA, Spain, Sept. 28, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Guardant Health and the National Cancer Center Hospital East will present data at the European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO) conference from a prospective, multi-center phase II clinical trial (TRIUMPH). Study showed that patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) with a HER2 (ERBB2) amplification detected by the Guardant360® assay experienced clinical benefit from National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guideline-recommended HER2-directed combination therapy.
The study, to be presented at a poster discussion session on September 29, included patients with RAS-wild-type mCRC refractory to standard EGFR-directed therapies, and HER2 amplification detected using standard tissue-based testing or Guardant360.
An interim analysis, led by principal investigators from the National Cancer Center Hospital East in Japan, demonstrated that mCRC patients with HER2 amplification detected by Guardant360 and treated with HER2-directed combination therapy (trastuzumab and pertuzumab) achieved an objective response rate (ORR) of 33.3% (95% CI, 11.8-61.6%). Excluding patients with known markers of resistance detected by Guardant360, the ORR was 45.5% (95% CI, 16.7-76.6%). The overall median progression-free survival (PFS) was 4.0 months (95% CI, 1.3-5.6 months), and the median duration of response was 4.2 months (95% CI, 3.8 months-not reached). Importantly, patients with HER2-amplified tumors who also had Guardant360-detected mutations in KRAS, NRAS, PIK3CA or HER2 had much poorer responses and shorter PFS. In contrast, median PFS was 5.6 months (95% CI, 1.3-6.2 months) when mutations in these genes were not detected by Guardant360.
“This study, led by Drs. Yoshino and Nakamura, underscores the increasing importance of identifying targetable HER2 amplifications across cancer types. It confirms findings from the previous HERACLES trial that comprehensive circulating-tumor DNA testing can identify patients with HER2 amplification with high sensitivity, as well as genomic mutations that predict lack of response,” said Guardant Health Global Chief Medical Officer Rick Lanman, MD. “Virtually no patients’ tumors with advanced CRC are tested for HER2 amplification unless they are getting next-generation sequencing. Because Guardant360 is non-invasive and highly sensitive for HER2 amplifications, it can help fill a critical gap in making sure every patient gets comprehensively tested.”
“Tissue analysis has been the standard for detecting biomarkers, including HER2 amplification. However, tissue analysis has inherent limitations, such as the invasiveness of sampling procedure and the long turnaround time. The results of the TRIUMPH study strongly suggested that circulating-tumor DNA analysis can equally identify patients with HER2-amplified mCRC who benefit from the dual HER2-targeted therapy as the tissue analysis. The implementation of Guardant360 for the treatment for patients with HER2-amplified mCRC will be useful for precision medicine of mCRC,” said the Principal Investigator of this study Dr. Yoshiaki Nakamura.
HER2-directed combination therapy was added this year to NCCN guidelines for use in mCRC, adding to several other solid-tumor cancers where this biomarker is relevant for treatment decisions.
The following posters across the continuum of cancer care will be presented:
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