159TiP - TTFields and radiosurgery for 1-10 brain metastases from NSCLC: The Phase 3 METIS study

Date 07 May 2017
Event ELCC 2017
Session Poster Display Session
Topics Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer, Locally Advanced
Lung and other Thoracic Tumours
Surgery and/or Radiotherapy of Cancer
Presenter Minish Mehta
Citation Annals of Oncology (2017) 28 (suppl_2): ii52-ii55. 10.1093/annonc/mdx094
Authors M.P. Mehta1, V. Gondi2, P.D. Brown3
  • 1Miami Cancer Institute, FL 33146 - Miami/US
  • 2Northwestern Medicine Cancer Center, Chicago/US
  • 3Mayo Clinic, Rochester/US



Tumor Treating Fields (TTFields) are non-invasive, loco- regional, anti-mitotic treatment modality, based on low intensity alternating electric fields. Efficacy of TTFields in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) has been demonstrated in multiple in vitro and in vivo models, and in a phase I/II clinical study. TTFields treatment to the brain was shown to be safe and to extend overall survival in newly-diagnosed glioblastoma patients.

Trial design

The study objectives are to test the efficacy, safety and neurocognitive outcomes of TTFields in this patient population. Patients (N = 270) with 1-10 brain metastases (BM) from NSCLC are randomized in a ratio of 1:1 to receive stereotactic radio surgery (SRS) followed by either TTFields or supportive care alone. Patients are followed-up every two months until 2nd cerebral progression. Patients in the control arm may cross over to receive TTFields at the time of 2st cerebral progression. Key inclusion criteria: Karnofsky performance status (KPS) of 70 or above, 1 inoperable or 2-10 brain lesions amenable to SRS, optimal standard therapy for the extracranial disease, no brain-directed therapy, no signs of significantly increased intracranial pressure, and no electronic implantable devices in the brain. Endpoints: Time to 1st cerebral progression based on the RANO-BM Criteria or neurological death (primary); time to neurocognitive failure based on the following tests: HVLT, COWAT and TMT; overall survival; radiological response rate; quality of life; adverse events severity and frequency (secondary). Treatment: Continuous TTFields at 150 kHz for at least 18 hours per day are applied to the brain within 7 days of SRS. The treatment system is a portable medical device allowing normal daily activities. The device delivers TTFields to the brain using 4 Transducer Arrays, which may be covered by a wig or a hat for cosmetic reasons. Patients receive the best standard of care for their systemic disease. Statistical Considerations: This is a prospective, randomized, multicenter study for 270 patients. The sample size was calculated using a log-rank test (based on Lakatos 1988 and 2002) and has 80% power at a two sided alpha of 0.05 to detect a hazard ratio of 0.57.

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Legal entity responsible for the study





M.P. Mehta: Grants/research support: Novocure; Cellectar (both to institution, not to self) Advisor/board member: Board of Directors of Pharmacyclics Consultant: Cavion, Novocure, Varian, Agenus, Insys, Remedy, IBA Stock shareholder: Pharmacyclics. V. Gondi: Educational honoraria: Novocure Consultant: INSYX Therapeutics. All other authors have declared no conflicts of interest.