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2080 - A Matching-Adjusted Indirect Comparison of Trabectedin and Pazopanib for the Treatment of Advanced, Metastatic, Leiomyosarcomas


11 Sep 2017




Cytotoxic Therapy;  Soft Tissue Sarcomas


Robin Jones


Annals of Oncology (2017) 28 (suppl_5): v521-v538. 10.1093/annonc/mdx387


R.L. Jones1, J. Blay2, A. Lecesne3, J. Martin-Broto4, M.J. Pontes5, J.M. Fernandez Santos6, B. García San Andrés7, G. Wang8, S. Wang9, C.R. Shin10, R. Maki11, S. Patel12, G.D.S. Demetri13

Author affiliations

  • 1 Sarcoma Unit, Royal Marsden Hospital/Institute of Cancer Research, SM2 5NG - London/GB
  • 2 Département D'oncologie Médicale Adulte, Centre Léon Bérard, 69008 - Lyon/FR
  • 3 Department Of Medical Oncology & Surgery, Institut Gustave Roussy, Villejuif/FR
  • 4 Musculoskeletal Tumor Board Of Excellence Sevilla, Hospital Univ. Virgen de Rocio, Seville/ES
  • 5 Oncology, Pharma Mar SA, Madrid/ES
  • 6 Hecor Oncology, Pharma Mar SA, Madrid/ES
  • 7 Marklet Access, Pharma Mar S.A., Madrid/ES
  • 8 Biostats, Janssen Research & Development, LLC, Spring House/US
  • 9 Hecor, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Horsham/US
  • 10 Med Group Oncology, Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC, Horsham/US
  • 11 Medical Oncology And Hematology, Monter Cancer Center, Lake Success/US
  • 12 Oncology, The University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston/US
  • 13 Center For Sarcoma And Bone Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Ludwig Center at Harvard, Boston/US


Abstract 2080


Trabectedin (T) and pazopanib (P) are approved treatments for locally advanced or metastatic leiomyosarcoma (L-mSTS). In the absence of head-to-head randomized controlled trials (RCTs); a matched indirect comparison (MAIC) was performed to assess potential differences in clinical efficacy between the treatment groups.


MAIC was performed by extracting baseline characteristics from two phase III RCTs: SAR 3007 (T) and PALETTE (P): individual patient level data (IPD) was available forT only aggregated was published for P. Excluding those T patients who did not meet inclusion criteria for PALETTE, a sample size of 372 L-mSTS patients (T = 263, P = 109) was generated. Of all baseline characteristics, only time since diagnosis (≥30 vs. < 30 months), age (≥65 vs. < 65 years), and body weight (≥77 vs. < 77 kilograms), were statistically significant outcome predictors with T. The generalized method of moments (GMM) was used to optimally match cohorts for evaluation of differences in overall survival (OS), progression-free survival (PFS), and safety. Statistical analysis was performed using “R”.


There was no statistically significant difference in PFS [HR = 0.82, (95%CI 0.63-1.06, p = 0.13)], or OS [HR = 0.86, (95% CI 0.64-1.18, p = 0.36)]. The percentage of patients with post-progression therapies was higher in T (74.5%) vs. P (59%) group. In the subgroup with PFS ≥6 months, patients treated with T experienced significantly improved median PFS (11.2 months vs PFS 8.4 months HR: 0.47 (95% CI: 0.3007 – 0.7434), p = 0.002 and were significantly more likely to achieve long term survival (OS ≥ 18 months): 45.8% vs. 33.7% (95%CI: 23.5%-48.3%), p = 0.025. Increased myelosuppression and hepatotoxicity observed with T whereas diarrhea, hypertension, pulmonary toxicity/pneumothorax, and neurotoxicity were observed with P.


The MAIC model warrants further investigation and validation. No differences in mPFS or mOS were noted in a MAIC comparison. Among patients achieving long term disease control (PFS > 6 mo), T significantly increased mPFS and the proportion of patients achieving prolonged overall survival (OS ≥ 18 mo). Differences in the safety profile were highlighted by this indirect comparison.

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Legal entity responsible for the study

Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC, Pharma Mar S.A., LLC


Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC, Pharma Mar S.A., LLC


R.L. Jones: Consultant for: Adaptimmune, Blueprint, Eisai, Epizyme, Daichii, Deciphera, Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC, Immunedesign, Lilly, Merck, Pharmamar. J-Y. Blay: Research Funding and honoraria from Novartis, GSK and Pharmamar. A. Lecesne: Honoraria: Pfizer, Novartis, Pharmamar, Amgen, Lilly. J. Martin-Broto: Advisory boards for Novartis, Lilly, PharmaMar, Eisai, Bayer. M.J. Pontes, J.M. Fernandez Santos, B. García San Andrés: Employee of Pharma Mar S.A. and own stock in Pharma Mar S.A. G. Wang, S. Wang, C.R. Shin: Employee of Janssen and own stock in Johnson & Johnson. R. Maki: Consulting or advisory role: SARC, ASCO, AADX, ARCUS, Bayer, GSAI, GEM, Novartis, GSK, Immune Design, Janssen, Kyropharm, Lilly Tracon and Presage. Research Funding, travel and accommodations, expenses: Tracon, Immune Design, Lilly and SARC. S. Patel: Consultant to: Janssen, Eisai, Novartis, CytRx, Epizyme, Bayer, Eli Lilly. Grants for clinical trial from: Janssen, Eisai, Morphotek. G.D.S. Demetri: Consulting: Novartis, Janssen, PharmaMar, Daiichi-Sankyo, Adaptimmune, Eisai Patent licensed to Novartis from Dana-Farber with royalty paid to Dana-Farber. Research support to Dana-Farber: Novartis, Janssen.

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