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2016 - Pooled analysis of factors to predict durable clinical outcomes with combination dabrafenib (D) and trametinib (T) across registration trials


09 Oct 2016


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Michael Davies


Annals of Oncology (2016) 27 (6): 379-400. 10.1093/annonc/mdw379


M. Davies1, J.J. Grob2, G.V. Long3, K. Flaherty4, P. Nathan5, A. Ribas6, D. Schadendorf7, B. Mookerjee8, J.J. Legos8, S. Lane8, C. Robert9

Author affiliations

  • 1 Melanoma Medical Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, 77030 - Houston/US
  • 2 Service De Dermatologie Et Cancérologie Cutanée, Aix Marseille University, 13885 Marseille CEDEX 05 - Marseille/FR
  • 3 Medical Oncology, Melanoma Institute of Australia and The University of Sydney, 2060 - Sydney/AU
  • 4 Melanoma, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, 02114 - Boston/US
  • 5 Department Of Medical Oncology, Mount Vernon Cancer Centre, HA6 2RN - Northwood/GB
  • 6 Medicine, Hematology & Oncology, UCLA and the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, 90095 - Los Angeles/US
  • 7 Department Of Dermatology, University Hospital of Essen, 45147 - Essen/DE
  • 8 Global Oncology, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, 07936 - East Hanover/US
  • 9 Dermatology, Gustave Roussy Comprehensive Cancer Center, 94805 - Villejuif/FR


Abstract 2016


Phase 2 (BRF113220 [NCT01072175]) and phase 3 (COMBI-d [NCT01584648], COMBI-v [NCT01597908]) trials provide a large dataset for evaluating D + T in patients (pts) with BRAF V600E/K–mutant melanoma. Pooled analyses showed that D + T efficacy across studies (N = 617) is consistent with that in individual trials (response, 67%; median progression-free survival [PFS], 11.1 mo [95% CI, 9.7-12.9]; median overall survival [OS], 25.6 mo [95% CI, 23.1-34.3]) and identified factors associated with these outcomes. Here we describe additional analyses to determine factors that predict durable outcomes (≥ 24 mo) in the pooled D + T population.


The pooled population included randomized pts treated with D 150 mg twice daily + T 2 mg once daily in BRF113220 (Part C; cutoff Jan 2015), COMBI-d (cutoff Jan 2015), and COMBI-v (cutoff Mar 2015). Baseline factors (Table) were analyzed by regression tree analyses to identify predictors of D + T treatment (Tx), PFS, or OS lasting ≥ 24 mo.


Of 617 pts treated with D + T in BRF113220 (n = 54), COMBI-d (n = 211), and COMBI-v (n = 352), 165 (27%) received it for ≥ 24 mo. Long-term PFS (n = 472) and OS (n = 456) analyses excluded pts censored prior to 24 mo. A total of 85 pts (18%) had PFS ≥ 24 mo and 186 (41%) had OS ≥ 24 mo (Table). Regression tree analyses identified baseline lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) as the most predictive factor for durable benefit. Pts with normal vs elevated LDH had improved PFS (median: 12.1 vs 5.5 mo; 2-y rate: 26% vs 5%) and OS (median: 31.6 vs 10.8 mo; 2-y rate: 56% vs 15%). At data cutoff, 172 pts (28%) remained on D + T, including 140 (81%) with Tx ≥ 24 mo and 69 (40%) with PFS ≥ 24 mo.

Characteristic PFS 


Long-term Tx and durable PFS and OS were achieved in a subset of pts with BRAF V600–mutant melanoma receiving D + T. Baseline LDH was the strongest predictor for PFS and OS ≥ 24 months. Additional follow-up/analyses are needed to further define the durability of PFS and OS achievable with D + T.

Clinical trial identification

NCT01597908; first received by CT.gov on May 10, 2012 and NCT01584648; first received by CT.gov on April 23, 2012 and NCT01072175; first received by CT.gov on February 12, 2010

Legal entity responsible for the study

Supported by GlaxoSmithKline. Dabrafenib and trametinib are assets of Novartis AG as of 2 March 2015.


Supported by GlaxoSmithKline. Dabrafenib and trametinib are assets of Novartis AG as of 2 March 2015.


M. Davies: Research funding: Genentech/Roche, GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca, Sanofi-Aventis, Merck Membership on board of directors or advisory committees: Novartis, Genentech/Roche, GlaxoSmithKline, Sanofi-Aventis, Vaccinex. J.J. Grob: Consultancy: Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline, Roche, Merck, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Amgen. G.V. Long: Consultancy: Roche, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Merck, Amgen, Novartis Honoraria: Bristol-Myers Squibb, Merck, Novartis. K. Flaherty: Consultancy: Novartis, Roche, Array, Lilly, Takeda Research funding: Novartis. P. Nathan: Consultancy: Novartis Speakers Bureau: Novartis Membership on board of directors or advisory committees: Novartis. A. Ribas: Consultancy: Novartis, Merck, Pfizer, Roche Equity Ownership: Kite Pharma Honoraria: Novartis. D. Schadendorf: Consultancy, Honoraria, Speakers Bureau: Amgen, Novartis, Roche, BMS, MSD/Merck, Pfizer Research Funding: BMS, MSD/Merck Membership on board of directors: Amgen, Novartis, Roche, BMS, MSD/Merck, Pfizer, Array. B. Mookerjee: Employment: Novartis Equity Ownership: Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline, Incyte, AstraZeneca. J.J. Legos: Employment: Novartis Own company stock: Novartis. S. Lane: Employment: Novartis. C. Robert: Consultancy: Novartis, Amgen, BMS, Merck, Roche Honoraria: Novartis, Amgen, BMS, Merck, Roche.

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