Efficacy of Lenvatinib in patients with advanced pancreatic (panNETs) and gastrointestinal (giNETs) grade 1/2 (G1/G2) neuroendocrine tumors: Result...

Date 22 October 2018
Event ESMO 2018 Congress
Session Proffered paper session - NETs and endocrine tumours
Topics Anticancer Agents
Neuroendocrine Tumours
Presenter Jaume Capdevila Castillon
Citation Annals of Oncology (2018) 29 (suppl_8): viii467-viii478. 10.1093/annonc/mdy293
Authors J. Capdevila Castillon1, N. Fazio2, C. Lopez3, A. Teule4, J.W. Valle5, S. Tafuto6, A. Custodio7, N. Reed8, M. Raderer9, E. Grande10, R. Garcia-Carbonero11, P. Jimenez Fonseca12, V. Alonso13, L. Antonuzzo14, A. Spallanzani15, A. Berruti16, I. Sevilla Garcia17, A. La Casta18, J. Hernando1, T. Ibrahim19
  • 1Gastrointestinal And Endocrine Tumor Unit, Vall d'Hebron University Hospital. Vall Hebron Institute of Oncology (VHIO), 08035 - Barcelona/ES
  • 2Unit Of Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology And Neuroendocrine Tumors, Istituto Europeo di Oncologia, 20141 - Milan/IT
  • 3Medical Oncology, Marques de Valdecilla University Hospital, Santander/ES
  • 4Medical Oncology, Catalan Institute of Oncology (ICO), 8026 - Bellvitge/ES
  • 5Medical Oncology, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, M20 4BX - Manchester/GB
  • 6Medical Oncology, Istituto Nazionale Tumori – I.R.C.C.S - Fondazione Pascale, 80131 - Napoli/IT
  • 7Medical Oncology Department, Hospital Universitario La Paz, 28046 - Madrid/ES
  • 8Medical Oncology, Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre, G12 0YN - Glasgow/GB
  • 9Medical Oncology, Vienna General Hospital (AKH) - Medizinische Universität Wien, 1090 - Vienna/AT
  • 10Head Of Medical Oncology Department, MD Anderson Cancer Center Center Espana, 28033 - Madrid/ES
  • 11Medical Oncology, University Hospital 12 De Octubre, 28041 - Madrid/ES
  • 12Medical Oncology, Hospital Universitario Central de Asturias, 33006 - Oviedo/ES
  • 13Medical Oncology Service, Hospital Miguel Servet, 50009 - Zaragoza/ES
  • 14Medical Oncology Service, Azienda Ospedaliera Careggi, 50139 - Firenze/IT
  • 15Medical Oncology, University Hospital of Modena, Modena/IT
  • 16Department Of Medical And Surgical Specialties, Radiological Sciences, And Publi, Azienda Ospedaliera Spedali Civili di Brescia, 25123 - Brescia/IT
  • 17Medical Oncology Service, Hospital Regional Universitario Carlos Haya, 29010 - Malaga/ES
  • 18Medical Oncology, Donosti University Hospital, Donosti/ES
  • 19Medical Oncology, Istituto Tumori della Romagna I.R.S.T., 47014 - Meldola/IT



Patients (pts) with advanced well-differentiated (G1/G2) NETs have limited treatment options. Everolimus (E) and sunitinib (S) are approved with overall response rates (ORR) <10% with no demonstrated activity after progression (PD) to prior targeted agents (TA). Lenvatinib is a multikinase inhibitor with potent affinity against VEGFR1-3 and FGFR1-4 that may increase efficacy and revert primary and acquired resistance to TA. We conducted a phase II study to evaluate the efficacy of lenvatinib in panNETS and giNETs.


This is a prospective phase II study with two cohorts of pts with advanced G1/G2 panNETs (cohort A) and giNETs (cohort B). All pts had documented PD by RECIST prior inclusion. In cohort A, pts should have PD to E or S, regardless prior therapy with somatostatin analogs (SSAs) or chemotherapy (CHT), and in cohort B after PD on SSAs. Pts were treated with lenvatinib at 24 mg qd until PD or intolerable toxicity. The primary endpoint was ORR by RECIST 1.1 upon central radiology review. With 55 pts in each arm, our study was powered to identify an ORR with lenvatinib of ≥ 25% with 90% power and 5% α-error.


We included 111 pts (55 panNETs and 56 giNETs). Median age was 59-y, 51% were male and 70% were G2. For panNETs, 32% of pts were previously treated with CHT, 87% with SSAs, 70% with E and 30% with S. ORR by central radiology assessment was 29%, 40% for panNETs and 18.5% for giNETs. Stable disease was observed as best response in 55.7% of panNETs and 76% of giNETs. With a median follow-up of 11 months, estimated median progression-free survival (PFS) for panNETs was 14.2 months (95% CI 11.4-NR) and 17.6 months (95% CI 11.5-NR) for giNETs. Adverse events (AEs) were mild to moderate in 90% of pts, being fatigue, diarrhea and hypertension the most frequent. Grade 3/4 AEs were reported in 10% of pts.


Lenvatinib showed significant antitumor activity and a favorable toxicity profile in progressive advanced NETs. This is the highest reported ORR with a TA confirmed by central radiology assessment in panNETs and giNETs with promising PFS in a pretreated population; further evaluation is warranted.

Clinical trial identification


Legal entity responsible for the study

Grupo Español de Tumores Neuroendocrinos y Endocrinos (GETNE).



Editorial Acknowledgement


All authors have declared no conflicts of interest.